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Creative Development 101: Things To Consider Before Collaborating
Creative Development 101: Things To Consider Before Collaborating
Pre Production

Filmmaking is inherently collaborative and don’t let any auteur tell you otherwise. Even Steven Soderbergh needs a team around him to shape the idea, shoot, light, dress, and perform the scene. The Hollywood aphorism that a film is made three times: the


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Shaping A Scene With Light: A Cinematography Cheatsheet
Shaping A Scene With Light: A Cinematography Cheatsheet
Techniques , Gear

The core principles of cinematography are laid down in Genesis.  ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.…’ Cinematographers are gods. After all, what is photography of still


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Hollywood’s Top 5 Budgeting Software For Production
Hollywood's Top 5 Budgeting Software For Production
Gear

Budgeting is just about as far from the creative side of production you can get, but if you want to avoid the pitfalls of ‘creative’ accountancy then you’ll want to make sense of every cent.


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How To Execute Video Production And Social Distance
How To Execute Video Production And Social Distance
Production

As film and TV production tentatively resumes it's clear that things will never revert to the way they were before Covid-19. Production is being permitted to start up in countries across the world provided social distancing and sanitization measures are


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Video Editing: Mac VS PC
Video Editing: Mac VS PC
Gear

here’s a silent war that’s been brewing in the tech world for over 4 decades now. Macintosh VS Microsoft — There’s other PC brands out there but let’s be real, they’d be nowhere without Bill Gates. The mastermind behind “PC” computers. If you don’t know that,


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Contingency Costs Associated With Video Production Contracts
Contingency Costs Associated With Video Production Contracts

So let’s say you’re dealing with the minutiae of pre production and you’re trying to get an idea funded whether that be a film, commercial, documentary or TV show. You’re going through all of the rigmarole, putting together a pitch deck that includes a budget


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5 Filmmaking Tools To Make Your Life Easier On Set
Production , Techniques , Gear

When you arrive on set, you depend on your tools to get you by. It doesn’t matter what department you’re in, there’s certain things you couldn’t live without on set. The producer who’s connected at the hip to his laptop, the DP who is more efficient with his


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Consolidating Crew Members: Who's Expendable And When Is It Necessary?
Consolidating Crew Members: Who's Expendable And When Is It Necessary?
Crew

Not every production budget is ideal. Sure, we’d like to tack on another zero here or there, but the truth of the matter is that most producers and freelancers take what they can get.


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How To Manage Client Expectations In Post Production
How To Manage Client Expectations In Post Production
Techniques

Ah, the wonderful world of post production. Where all of the magic happens and terabytes worth of footage captured during production is organized and woven into an intricate story. Many say this is the most important stage in a video’s lifeline. Let’s face


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Aerial Cinematography And All The Places You Can't Fly
Aerial Cinematography And All The Places You Can't Fly
Techniques , Gear , Types of Video Production

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… Drone? Yes, they’ve taken over our lives completely the past 6 to 7 years or so. Whether you like it or not, they’re here to stay.  Yeah, they’ve got consumer ones for your kids and people over 40 still playing video games.


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Look Out FX9! The Canon C300 Mark III Is About To Drop
Look Out FX9! The Canon C300 Mark III Is About To Drop
Gear

Yes, it’s true. The Canon C300 Mark III is about to drop people! Now I don’t want to start this out busting Canon’s balls here, but it’s about damn time my friends! -- I say that with love. But seriously, Internal 4k RAW capture at 120fps — Thank you very


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Camera Depreciation And How To Avoid Losing Money
Camera Depreciation And How To Avoid Losing Money
Gear

In today’s fast world, camera tech changes rapidly, we all know that by now. And it can be frustrating watching a camera’s value diminish seemingly overnight.  It’s a harsh reality check when you first realize that you’re going to have to sell it in a few


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