Friday, October 24, 2014

Redefining Micro-Budget Filmmaking: The $6,000 'Layover' (Guest Blog) - TheWrap

Redefining Micro-Budget Filmmaking: The $6,000 'Layover' (Guest Blog) - TheWrap:

"On “Layover,” I used the only camera available to me at the time that would allow me to be light and compact, without drawing attention to myself (since we were shooting guerilla style) and didn't require a ton of light to get an acceptable image (since were shooting the whole film at night). I used the Canon 5D mk II, and we lit the whole movie using a 1×1 LED panel light, china balls, some Home Depot can lights, and 250 watt practical bulbs. That's it. One of the great things about the Canon 5D mk II and mk III is its light sensitivity. You can shoot using much less light than would be required on an Alexa or a RED. It's also small and compact. It's easy to move, to hold for long periods of time, and delivers a beautiful image if used correctly. For the World Premiere of “Layover,” we had the final film blown up to 2K for a DCP and projected onto a 50 foot screen, and it looked really good.


Did we have a professional production sound mixer with thousands of dollars in equipment on set? We did. For one day. And then we realized we couldn't afford it throughout production. So, one of my producers, Vertel Scott, came to me with a solution: an H4N Zoom recorder, wireless lavs, a boom mic and pole. That's it. Our post sound mixer asked us what we had recorded on. I told him and he responded that our rough tracks sounded better than 90 percent of the professional raw audio he gets in."

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Adobe Audio Workflow Basics

Audio for Film Basics:

Basic Audio Design:

Meet 64-bit Adobe Audition | Adobe Creative Cloud tutorials:

Import audio files and browsing media | Adobe Creative Cloud tutorials: "Import audio files and browsing media"

Manually adjust audio level | Adobe Creative Cloud tutorials: "Manually adjust audio level"

Setting up multitrack sessions | Adobe Creative Cloud tutorials: "Setting up multitrack sessions"

Premiere Pro to Audition | No Stupid Questions with Colin Smith | Adobe TV: "Premiere Pro to Audition"  (CS5.5)

Adobe Premiere Pro CC: Audio Enhancements | Adobe at NAB 2013 | Adobe TV: "Adobe Premiere Pro CC: Audio Enhancements"

Clean up Premiere Pro audio clips with Audition | Adobe Creative Cloud tutorials: "Clean up Premiere Pro audio clips with Audition"

Remove noise tutorial | Remove noise from audio files with Adobe Audition CC: "How to remove noise from audio files with Audition "

Conform to broadcast standards with the ITU Loudness Radar panel | Adobe Creative Cloud tutorials: "Conform to broadcast standards with the ITU Loudness Radar panel"

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Lightroom Webinars from Pretty Presets

I have not watched these yet.  The first two look fairly basic, but there should be some useful review material in all three.  It’s always nice to check in from time to time on the basics, because our workflow habits drift over time, and not always in the best ways…  (Bad Habits!)

We recently offered three webinars for different levels of users in Lightroom. I wanted to share each link so you can catch up if you have time!

Lightroom for Beginners: We'll cover basic importing, the develop module, simple edit steps with presets and brushes and a basic export.

*Intermediate Lightroom Webinar*: We'll cover more about collections, keywords, virtual copies, snapshots, editing with presets and brushes, local adjustment tools, syncing, and exporting.

Advanced Lightroom Webinar: We'll cover more about library filters, metadata, shortcuts that save time, taking pics to photoshop and back to LR, and advanced exporting.

14 Fabulous Photography Freebies That Include E-Books, Courses and Presets

14 Fabulous Photography Freebies That Include E-Books, Courses and Presets: "So we, at Light Stalking, decided to indulge our readers once more in freebie fantasy by sharing links to fabulous free stuff. We’ve scouted the whole wide world of web to put together 14 more cool freebies for you that include photography eBooks, online guides & courses and software presets. We hope you like them."

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Some HD-SLR Video Gear Links

Rigs and Accessories - DSLR Video Shooter:

Vidpro MR-400 Motorized Focus & Zoom Rig VIMR400 B&H Photo: "The Vidpro MR-400 Motorized Focus & Zoom Rig features a battery-powered focus and zoom belt drive system, a height-adjustable baseplate, 3-door mattebox, and 5 lb counterweight. Integrated thumb switches on the handles control the drive belts at variable speeds dependant on the pressure you apply. A second set of identical switches is located on a rear-mounted component and enables comfortable control when you have the rig mounted on a tripod. The baseplate and shoulder pad both have 1/4" tripod-mount threads underneath."

Essential HD Video Accessories for DSLRs from Adorama Learning Center: "Convergence is a marvelous thing. The ability to combine the elements of high-tech electronics and software in unprecedented new ways his resulted in such marvels as the iPhone, the Blackberry, 8-megapixel cell phones, and yes, digital SLRs that can shoot HD movies of breathtaking quality. When I asked a PhD physicist and software developer why Nikon, Canon and now Panasonic decided to include HD movie capability in their latest DSLRs, he responded laconically, “Because they can.” Yes, you can shoot HD movies with your HD-enabled DSLR alone without using any accessories whatsoever other than a lens and a high-capacity memory card, but if your aim is to produce professional looking movies and movie clips, the following accessories will certainly help."