This Weird Octopus Thing Is Actually a Sweet Camera Mount That Uses Suction

By V Renée

Inspired by the sea, the Tentikle can bend, wrap, and use suction to mount your small size cameras.

Okay, sometimes you come across something on the World Wide Web that kind of befuddles you with its absurdity and its potential usefulness. That’s what happened to me when I came across Tentikle, a—I guess you could call it a camera mount, but it’s actually a lot of things. This strange Gorillapod-esque tool can be used in a myriad of ways, but filmmakers in particular will like that you can mount phones, GoPros, or small size cameras to it using not only a 1/4-20″ thread but it’s suction cups, as well. (You heard me. Like an octopus.)

Take a look at Tentikle’s Kickstarter campaign video to get a better picture of what we’re dealing with here.

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Quark – world’s smallest waterproof stabilizer for GoPro & other action cameras

By Matthew Allard ACS

Quark is a tiny waterproof stabilizer for your GoPro or action camera. It’s best to think of it as an extension of the GoPro because it has been designed to…

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Techniques You’ll Want to Know When Lighting People Without Hair

By V Renée

If you’re working with a bald subject, you’ll want to know how to approach lighting them.

Certain exposure issues tend to come up when lighting people with little to no hair. Since skin is so reflective, their foreheads, temples, and the tops of their heads will often be overexposed if you light them the way you would someone with a lot of hair. To learn a few valuable techniques that will help you solve these common lighting problems, check out this video by Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter, who is himself a self-proclaimed bald guy.

First off, Pike’s looking pretty dope with that new do. (A+, buddy!)

Now back to business—here are the techniques and tips he talks about in the video:

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10 Famous Movies Where The Lead Star Hated Their Role

By Cara McWilliam-Richardson

Actors choose the roles they play on a multitude of criteria. Sometimes it is to work with a certain director or other actor, sometimes it is to play a particular character and other times it is for cold hard cash.

Most actors will admit to having favourite roles that they have played, or roles that they feel have been pivotal to their career. It is rarer for actors to speak negatively about the roles that they have portrayed or to deride films that they have starred in, and it is generally seen as bad practice to do so.

This list looks at some actors who did not like the lead role that they played in a film, or series of films. The reasons for their dislike or dissatisfaction vary, but it goes to show that no matter whether an actor has starred in a massively successful franchise or a box office flop, they can still be unsatisfied with their role.

1. Daniel Craig – Spectre (2015)

Spectre

Originally, the casting of Daniel Craig as film’s most well-known spy was not a popular one. The announcement of Daniel Craig as the next James Bond in 2005, was met with much criticism and controversy. Many felt that he was not the right actor for the role, stating a variety of reasons from his lack of a debonair quality to his being too blonde. During production of Casino Royale, there was even a campaign to remove Daniel Craig from the role or fans would boycott the film.

However, his debut in 2006’s Casino Royale was met with much praise, and his grittier take on the character was lauded by both audiences and critics. Casino Royale subsequently became the highest grossing James Bond film of all time, until the later release of Skyfall in 2012. → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

5 Kind of Boring (but Super Important) Things to Remember About Flying a Drone

By V Renée

These tips aren’t sexy, but neither are mangled drones.

On the list of “Top Things Filmmakers Want to Learn About Flying Drones,” the following tips would probably be somewhere at the bottom. Drone safety is admittedly pretty boring, but anyone who’s even remotely responsible will agree that it’s absolutely necessary to protect others, yourself, and your drone when you’re out zipping through the sky.

In this video, Matti Haapoja of TravelFeels takes us along as he captures some breathtaking aerial footage of Geiranger, a Western Norwegian village in the Sunnmøre region of Møre og Romsdal, all the while offering up some great advice on smart droning.

Again, you’re not going to learn how to do a sweat corkscrew dolly zoom or anything, but you will learn several ways to shoot smarter and more efficient drone footage.

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Atlanta’s Picture It Productions Sells Scripted Show to FOX!

By Admin

ATLANTA
In a highly competitive bidding war, Fox has bought the pilot pitch for ONE CALL THAT’S ALL, a legal, scripted family dramedy from Atlanta based Picture It Productions in a co-production with Lionsgate Television, which will be written by Kathryn Price & Nichole Millard. ONE CALL

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Watch: 3 Ways to Create Worlds Using the Artistic Method of George Lucas

By Max Winter

Lucas’ films are steeped in a personal philosophy.

There are a host of filmmakers for whom the ability to imagine the simply unreal is central. Directors like Guillermo del Toro, Terry Gilliam, Michel Gondry, and others come to mind immediately—but you would also have to include George Lucas in this list. The worlds upon worlds he realized in the landmark Star Wars films have intrigued even the most jaded cineastes for decades. And yet, apart from the magic, what’s also important to consider is the purpose: what is the filmmaker trying to do with all of this distended inventiveness? In Lucas’ case, the answer is, as Alejandro Villareal points out in this moving new video essay, to teach us about the real world around us. He reached this point in stages, which could provide a series of steps for any filmmaker trying to develop a coherent vision.

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Gentleman Scholar Contributes “Welcome to the Imaginary Friend Society” Short Film For RPA’s Thoughtful Campaign For The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

By DWAgency

HOLLYWOOD and NEW YORK

In partnership with leading ad agency RPA, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation has just unveiled a groundbreaking campaign harnessing some of the global creative industry’s brightest stars. Collectively, this partnership has produced a series of 20 animated films addressing many of the first…

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Getty Images bans Photoshopping models to look thinner thanks to French law

In 2015, France passed a law that will require some commercial images with a digitally retouched model to have a label notifying viewers about the alterations. That requirement will be effective starting October 1st, 2017, and Getty Images is preparing for that day with a policy change of its own.

Announced in an email that DPReview has acquired from a reader, Getty has updated its Creative Stills Submission Requirements to specify that it will no longer accept images of models whose bodies have been edited to look either thinner or larger.

The law doesn’t extend to minor digital edits, such as fixing skin blemishes, altering hair color, or altering nose shape; however, edits that change a model’s body shape require a disclosure. In response, Getty Images says that starting October 1st, photographers may not “submit to us any creative content depicting models whose body shapes have been retouched to make them look thinner or larger.”

Submitting this type of altered image will result in the photographer breaching both submission guidelines and their agreement with the company, Getty warns. The same change applies to iStock submissions, as well.

Magazines and other entities in France that use these altered photos without proper disclosure face a fine of up to €37,500 (~$45,000 USD).

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6 Filmmaking Survival Tips from 5 Rising Stars of Indie Film

By Dylan Dempsey

We can learn a lot from the battle scars of these accomplished directors and producers.

Each year, IFP Film Week offers a unique opportunity to get personal insights from some of the biggest names in indie film. This year, writer/directors Ingrid Jungermann (Women Who Kill), Gillian Robespierre (Landline) and Joshua Z. Weinstein (Menashe) joined producer/director Chanelle Aponte Pearson (195 Lewis) and producer Kishori Rajan (American Fable) to discuss indie film challenges—including how to maintain a (somewhat) balanced life.

All five of these filmmakers are battle-hardened warriors. Each one of them has followed a long, winding path. Each one has had to make sacrifices. Each one has had their share of horror stories. Each one retains a vivid sense of where they’ve come from plus an even deeper appreciation of how they’ve gotten to where they are today—and now they’re here to give us advice.

“Don’t be too egotistical about your work, but go fucking bonkers with it, because you can.”

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Review: Epson SureColor P5000

By Canon Rumors I don’t think anyone does printer reviews better than Keith over at Northlight Images, and his review of the Epson SureColor P5000 continues his tradition of easy to read and thorough reviews of printers. I am personally in the market for a printer, and it’s always tough choosing between Canon (loyalty) and Epson (great quality). If … → continue…

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Killer Tracks Continues Harmonious Relationship with HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

By Artisans PR

Santa Monica, CA

When the award-winning comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm returns to HBO this fall it will be accompanied by one of the most recognizable theme songs in television. Written by Italian composer Luciano Michelini and licensed to the show by…

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Technicolor PostWorks Masters HBO’s “The Deuce” in HDR

By Artisans PR

NEW YORK

The Deuce, the new drama from HBO and Executive Producers David Simon and George Pelecanos, is set in 1970s New York City where prostitution and crime were rampant, and the modern adult entertainment industry was just coming into its own. Bold, brash and visually intoxicating, the…

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K-Pan is a 3D-printed panoramic film camera that shoots 6 x 14cm photos

The 3D-printed camera formerly known as the ‘Cycloptic Mustard Monster‘ has launched on Kickstarter under the name K-Pan Panoramic Camera. This medium-format analog camera has the same design showcased earlier this year, and assuming the crowdfunding campaign is successful, it’ll be made available to buyers as a DIY kit. Creator Paul Kohlhausen is also offering 10 limited edition pre-assembled camera units.

The K-Pan’s components are printed from SLS nylon, and once assembled, the camera measures 22cm x 9cm / 8.6in x 3.5in and weighs 350g / 12oz (without a lens). Users supply their own 4 x 5 lens and 120 film, of which the camera shoots five 6 x 14cm frames per roll. When assembled according to its default design, the K-Pan’s focus is set to infinity; however, users can change that by inserting spacer brackets as desired.

Kohlhaussen is offering K-Pan in various bundle options with pledges starting at £270 / $364 for a standard kit. Shipments to backers are available globally and are anticipated to start in March 2018.

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Snapchat ‘sky filters’ use augmented reality to replace the sky with stars, sunsets and more

File this one under minor smartphone photography news: it seems Snapchat is using its augmented reality powers to expose non-photographers to the magic of dropping a new sky into your photos. The newly released feature—dubbed ‘sky filters’—can take a regular boring old blue sky and replace it with a colorful sunset, starry night scene, and more.

Sky Filters are already rolling out now to both iOS and Android users, and like their other AR features, this one will rotate daily so you can experience a variety of world-bending effects.

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