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Start Your Engines
Oct01

Start Your Engines

We all have seen the documentary style and how it looks and feels with real people. The director, Xander over at Backyard Productions, had a different idea and it was so unique and fun to shoot that I wanted to share it with all of you.

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The Music Bed Wants Your Short Film Ideas
Aug11

The Music Bed Wants Your Short Film Ideas

What I would like to tell you about today is a new contest they are running, looking for your short film ideas. Pitch your idea of a film you want to create, and the public will vote on which films they want to see.

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Life Balance: Is It Possible?
Jul23

Life Balance: Is It Possible?

What are your daily rituals and how do they increase your creativity and inspiration? Creativity takes cultivation and discipline to stay on top of your game.

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Independent Filmmaking – Helen Disconnected
Jul16

Independent Filmmaking – Helen Disconnected

Budget-minded filmmaking forces you to solve your problems within limitations. However, given the importance of the visuals to engage the audience in the story, we needed creative control over every aspect of the film’s aesthetic.

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Part 2: Color Correction Made Easy
Jul02

Part 2: Color Correction Made Easy

Matching different lenses to save time during color correction.

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Color Correction Made Easy
Jun25

Color Correction Made Easy

The Spyder Datacolor is my KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid) recipe for color correction success. Many of you have asked me how I mix so many formats so seamlessly.

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Leadership: Paramount for Filmmakers
Apr23

Leadership: Paramount for Filmmakers

All of you have been so gracious with your comments about how much I help all of you and make a difference, or changed your life in some way. This is a huge responsibility that I take very seriously. I need to set a great example. I need to do my very best, and I need to illustrate for all of you what it means to be a good leader.

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The Music Bed – New Look for Music Licensing
Mar10

The Music Bed – New Look for Music Licensing

They’ve just relaunched The Music Bed website, and it’s really changing the music licensing game.

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Flipping The Traditional Documentary Model on Its Ear: Stillmotion #standwithme
Dec06

Flipping The Traditional Documentary Model on Its Ear: Stillmotion #standwithme

Patrick Moreau and the entire Stillmotion team have an amazing project that we would like to share with you. Their hope with #standwithme was to blur the lines of traditional documentary storytelling.

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DSLR Mic Test
Nov27

DSLR Mic Test

Understanding the characteristics of the microphones you own, and therefore knowing their strengths and limitations, is invaluable information used for achieving a great sound track for your production.

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Successful Communication Ideas and Techniques for Filmmakers
Oct21

Successful Communication Ideas and Techniques for Filmmakers

Effective communication is your trump card. It is a powerful tool for getting a job and building repeat business.

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HDSLR Workflow and Etiquette
Oct02

HDSLR Workflow and Etiquette

This is the workflow and etiquette that is tried and tested and that I use on all of my commercials, features and music videos.

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Adobe Creative Cloud for the Indy Creative
Aug28

Adobe Creative Cloud for the Indy Creative

A review of Adobe Creative Cloud for the independent creative

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The Drama Triangle & Difficult Personalities: How to Deal with Film Industry Quirkiness
Jul10

The Drama Triangle & Difficult Personalities: How to Deal with Film Industry Quirkiness

Big personalities, intense time pressure, and thousands of dollars riding on getting the shots to make your day. As a filmmaker, how do you deal with difficult personalities, especially if you are stuck with someone on a long feature?

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Canon 1D C Internal 4K Workflow
Jun05

Canon 1D C Internal 4K Workflow

Many people have asked about how I am processing these huge files from the Canon 1D C and its powerful 4K in camera capture. Here is how we roll it out.

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Dark Energy for After Effects
May22

Dark Energy for After Effects

Lance Maurer and his team at Cinnafilm developed the Dark Energy Suite, a revolutionary texture management system. This is how I was able to seamlessly cut film and the Canon 5D MkII together on Act of Valor.

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Your 4K Pro Recording Solution for the Canon C500
May08

Your 4K Pro Recording Solution for the Canon C500

The Codex S Recorder is incredibly lightweight and gives you assurance that your negative is under lock and key. See how we are using it on Need for Speed.

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Blackmagic Camera Post Workflow
Apr17

Blackmagic Camera Post Workflow

We look at some workflow options for getting both the CinemaDNG and ProRes files out of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and into the NLE of your choice.

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The Music Bed App for iPad and iPhone
Apr09

The Music Bed App for iPad and iPhone

The Music Bed has just released a cool little iOS app and it is a fantastic way to research what music you want for your project while you are mobile.

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The Basics of Audio Equipment for Filmmakers
Mar27

The Basics of Audio Equipment for Filmmakers

In order to be a well-rounded audio engineer, it is crucial that you understand the tools available to you. Here I break down the audio equipment available and teach you their purpose, limitations, and some tips on learning how high quality audio is recorded.

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