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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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Thoughts on Music for Filmmakers
Feb28

Thoughts on Music for Filmmakers

Po Chan and Lydia Hurlbut share their thoughts on the importance of music.

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Turning the Blackmagic Cinema Camera into a Movie Making Machine
Feb22

Turning the Blackmagic Cinema Camera into a Movie Making Machine

Blackmagic graciously supplied a camera for testing. We pushed and pulled this baby to see when it would break as well as where it excelled.

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Digital Cinematography vs Film: Tides are Turning
Feb06

Digital Cinematography vs Film: Tides are Turning

As I embark on a long creative, exciting journey on Need for Speed with DreamWorks, I wanted to share some of my most recent findings from a five day camera test that pushed every camera to its breaking point.

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Smart Business for Cinema Podcast
Jan29

Smart Business for Cinema Podcast

Last week as CEO and co-founder of Hurlbut Visuals, I joined Carl Olson, Chris Fenwick and Mitch Aunger on the Digital Convergence Podcast. We had a wonderful conversation about business, marketing, branding, education and building a team in the world of filmmaking.

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Canon 1DC Camera Tests Outside the Studio
Jan23

Canon 1DC Camera Tests Outside the Studio

How important it is to take your camera tests out of the studio and on to location. You want to see how your camera’s emulsion handles highlights, hot skies, night exteriors and night interiors.

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Writing “The Ticket”
Jan17

Writing “The Ticket”

By Po Chan. Shane and I have always said that The Ticket is a love story between art and science. I think the true beauty of art, as well as the art of cinema, is the power to communicate with people on a subconscious emotional level.

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Testing Your Camera’s Latitude
Jan09

Testing Your Camera’s Latitude

How to test your camera’s latitude. This is one of the most important tests that you can perform because over exposing is a very subjective and personal artistic choice.

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