Despite being in a massive funk (see previous post), I did come across some inspiring things worth our time this week. To cheer myself up I also created an animated GIF for my linktresting posts – it’s corny but I kinda like it so there you go:
I spend way too much time on the intertubes, so that you don’t have to:
- iPhone filmmaker creates an award-winning horror film with a $400 budget – “You know, when you haven’t got resources, you do what you can. I got my wife’s iPhone, some friends and the table and chairs from my garden, that’s all. Oh, and a reflector too” – It won’t be too long before people finally work out that they already own a HD video studio and it’s right in their pocket but it is interesting to see how far you can push that technology.
- Hey! I Like What You Are Doing – To many Ted Hope is an inspiration (count me among that number), It’s interesting to see the people, and sites, Ted Hope went to for inspiration in 2013.
- Zoom Introduces the H5 Audio Recorder, a More Compact Version of the H6 – more than the H4. Less than the H6. Perhaps this is the model to get DSLR filmmakers to give up their H4n’s … probably not though.
- Menthol’ Micro-Budget Film Case Study Part 1: ‘Your Trailer is Your Film – “In this series of posts, I’m going to test, prod, and explore the process of releasing my first feature film almost entirely online, with no money or nepotism“. I’m already looking forward to the next article in this series.
- The Power of Story: Through Story, We Achieve Better Understanding and Healing – “Telling a story is an action with powerful consequences. It changes us, and alters our relationship with the world around us.”
- 6 Filmmaking Tips From Sarah Polley –
- Wireless frequencies are going to disappear in 2014 – Why should you care? Time to check your wireless mics and check that they’re not in the 600 MHz band. If you’re buying new gear, make sure it transmits in the 500 MHz range.
- What every video editor should know about motion graphics
- How To Shoot B-Roll
- The Art of Close-Ups with Edgar Wright
I waste my time trolling the internwebs so that you don’t have to. Here’s what I read, or watched, this week that I think is worth your time:
- What comes after YouTube stardom? Grace Helbig is figuring it out – a Washington Post article on the transition YouTube star, Grace Helbig, is trying to make from YouTube star, to something else. What’s interesting t0 us is how she built a brand out of just her personality, hard work and persistence. There’s a lesson there for YouTube marketeers, if you’re willing to take it.
- 12 Years a Slave D.P. Sean Bobbitt on Handheld Cinematography | Filmmaker Magazine – there’s more than an hour and a half of video here but it is worth sitting through.
- Smart Passive Income: The DOs and DON’Ts of Online Video with Caleb Wojcik – there’s a lot of fluff and self-promotion here, but this episode is still worth your time on one of your commutes this week.
- Techniques and Tools for Creative Storytelling with HDSLRs – another free, video tutorial, this time from B&H. Another long one. Another one worth your time.
- How to Remove an Unwanted Logo from Clothing in Adobe After Effects – if you create videos for any length of time, at some point you’ll be asked to do this.
- Choosing the Best Camera to Tell Your Story – “Just because a story calls for you to use a 5D Mark III this week, when you had a fully kitted-up EPIC last week, doesn’t mean one story is going to be better than another.“
- 2014: The Year Prankvertising Jumps the Shark? – putting aside that I hate this newly invented, amalgam word, and that, how new is a concept Candid Camera was rocking back in the 70’s, it is still a trend you should be aware of.
- News Shooter | China Heavyweight – how a successful feature documentary was shot on Canon 5D mkII – with all the talk of the ARRI dominating Sundance submissions, it’s nice to see a film using more modest equipment and still looking great.
- Create Your Video Plan for 2014
- Will 2014 Be the Year That Smartphone Filmmaking Goes Mainstream?
- Are Practical FX making a come-back in Movies? – I hope so. At some point there’s going to be a backlash against CGI; please let it be sooner rather than later.
Another clutch of links I have enjoyed in the past week:
I hope that you’ve not been hit by the post-Christmas season blues quite as hard as I have but, if you have, here are a few things to read or watch to take you’re mind off how short the days are:
- More Movies at Sundance Are Sidestepping the Big Screen – article from the NYT:
“Agents say that digital sales are starting to make up the slack at Sundance. […] But most filmmakers have a more pessimistic view of digital distribution, saying that the money from those deals does not routinely reach them.“
- ‘The Field Recordist’ Film – weirdly introverted, unfinished short that bills itself as an ‘autobiographical film’. I’m not sure that the autobiographical genre is about to explode, and yet I found this oddly compelling.
- How Cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema Made ‘Her’ Beautiful – gotta love me some cinematography
- Transcribe is a Free, Keyboard-Friendly Transcription Tool – if, like me, you have to transcribe interviews for your producers after 1st assembly, this tool might be useful to both of us.
- Make a Cheap DIY Solar Filter for DSLR Cameras – not something you’ll need often, but it you ever need to film the sun, or an eclipse, for any reason, at least you’ll now know how.
- Scorsese Says Cinema Has a Bright Future, Here’s Why – of course, it’s easy for him to say: he’s fff-ing Martin ff-ing Scorsese. Still, worth reading.
- Thinking about Simple, Web-Based Storytelling
- A Beginner’s Guide to Basic Steadicam Positions – not the karmasutra for camera men, as I first thought, but interesting nonetheless.
- Five Big Social Media Trends for 2014
- How To Be Prolific: Guidelines for Getting It Done from Joss Whedon – it’s no secret that I want to be Mr Whedon – failing that, I guess I could try and work like him. Then again, he’s so far ahead of me, what’s the point? Maybe I’ll just eat a Twinkie and read about how he get’s it done. You should too – great article from Fast Company.
Happy 2014! Let’s get started with some more stuff worth taking your time to read or watch:
This is probably the last Linktrest of 2013 so I’ll take this opportunity to wish any readers a safe and happy holiday season and prosperous 2014. With that, let’s go:
- Get Off Your Ass & Get Noticed with Gary Vaynerchuk – I’m currently reading Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk. Video is only one side of the holy trifecta of 2013/14 which also includes Social and Mobile. The most misunderstood of the three, I think, is social. This book and video explore the marketing potential and use of social in a practical but inspiring way.
- The State of Practical Special Effects in Filmmaking – I like the Tested channel but, be warned, it could be a huge time suck if you’ve never visited before and you have any geek tendencies.
- 15 Predictions On The Future Of Indie Film – Ted Hope is wise and always worth reading. I’m sure most of these predictions will come to pass.
- Should you buy a Mac Pro (the new one) or an iMac? – as a PC guy, all the hype about the new Mac Pro hasn’t really hit home but this is an interesting piece if your a Mac-head and considering your next editing machine.
- 10 Video Editing Habits to Give Up
- Jared Leto On Creativity, Commerce, And Lessons From Surviving A $30 Million Lawsuit – “I’d rather have 10 followers who give a shit, than a million who don’t.”
- A Counterpoint: Less Content, Not More, in 2014
- Action! Roll ‘em: Personal Video Poised to Take Off – Personal video hasn’t taken off like photos have. But it’s about to explode.
- Adobe Create Now World Tour videos – if you, like me, couldn’t make it in the flesh.