Tutorial: A Quick and Easy Way to Pull Off a Sweet Luma Fade Transition

By V Renée

One of today’s dopest transitions explained…

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are that you’ve seen that sweet luma fade transition all over YouTube. Popularized by filmmaker Sam Kolder, the transition might look complicated, but it’s actually really simple to pull off in Adobe Premiere Pro. Using a gradient wipe, Peter McKinnon shows you how to do it in less than two minutes in the tutorial below.

And there you go—a super straightforward way to create a stylized transition. Granted, you’re probably not going to be using it all the time—or at least, maybe you shouldn’t—because these kinds of filmmaking and editing techniques tend to surge in popularity, get overused, and then become cliché faster than you can say “luma fade.” However, using it every once in a while can not only add some dimension to your filmmaking but can also show potential clients and employers that you’ve got a few tricks up your sleeve.

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From:: No Film School

10 Horror Films That Can Teach You a Lot About Indie Filmmaking

By V Renée

According to this video, these 10 horror flicks should be taught in every film school.

Horror is a genre that is near and dear to every indie filmmaker’s heart—or, at least, should be. It’s is deeply rooted in independent cinema; the 1960s not only saw a huge boom in independent film production due to the fact that indies didn’t have to adhere to the Hays Code, but they also saw an explosion of indie horror B-movies. They were cheap, relatively easy to make, and didn’t need above-the-line talent or movie stars. Fast forward several decades and horror film production is still counted as a desirable (and smart) way to cut your filmmaking teeth.

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The Museum Of the Bible Is Open!

By philcooke

On Saturday, the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC will be open to the public! Our team at Cooke Pictures has been documenting the building of the museum since groundbreaking almost 4 years ago. The resulting video presentations have been used for awareness campaigns, donor development, and helping tell the museum’s remarkable story to […] → continue…

From:: Phil Coke

5 Great Films Influenced By “The Dark Knight” That Aren’t Superhero Movies

By Charlie Jones

Perhaps the most lauded superhero film ever, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight set what many consider to be an unreachable bar for all that followed. Indeed, many superhero films have tried to recreate its serious and brooding tone, to emulate its narrative and moral complexity, to outshine its captivating performances, in particular Heath Ledger’s now iconic Joker, with varying degrees of success.

Its influence on much of the DCEU is abundantly clear, though many entries into the DC franchise have mistaken serious for humourless and dark for drab. It’s impact on the MCU is less clear, but still identifiable; gone are the shadowy colour palettes of Nolan’s Gotham in favour of brighter, more vivid tones; seriousness makes way for eccentricity and enjoyably ludicrous cosmic battles; but fundamentally solid characterisation remains.

Where The Dark Knight’s influence is harder to discern is in films further removed from the superhero genre. But be they action-thrillers, sci-fi epics, or black comedies, the influence of The Dark Knight is certainly there, in the narratives, the tones, and the performances of these films.

1. Skyfall (Sam Mendes, 2012)

Skyfall (2012)

Christopher Nolan loves Bond, and the debt his Batman trilogy owes to Bond is almost as great as the debt The Dark Knight itself owes to Michael Mann’s Heat. It is a sweet irony then that this influence came full circle with Skyfall, the twenty-third entry into the James Bond series.

Many comparisons have been drawn between the tone of both The Dark Knight and Skyfall, made all the more valid by director Sam Mendes’s admission that Nolan’s film gave him ‘the confidence to take [Skyfall] in directions that, without The Dark Knight, might not have been possible…it’s clearly possible to make a dark movie that people want to see.’

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

5 Reasons Why “Waking Life” Is The Most Profound Animated Movie of All Time

By Ian Flanagan

Waking Life

How do you explain the truth when it has been said for you? The best films, let alone animated ones, seem to take the words right out of your mouth. You feel as if a filmmaker has miraculously bridged their past present to your future present, all to make you feel more understood and a little less insane.

Great animated films, from Fantasia to Pixar’s finest to wondrous contemporary gems like Don Hertzfeldt’s It’s Such a Beautiful Day, all have played with a world that only exists onscreen. Richard Linklater, perhaps the quintessential independent American filmmaker of his era, has often crafted fables that exist in reality.

With Waking Life, one of his only two animated films, he conjoined the tangible and the elusive with a film that blurs the line between the surreal and the substantial. In a genuinely grandiose and poignantly lo-fi cinematic feast for the eyes and the brain, he molded what could be considered the most profound animated film of all time. Here are five reasons why Waking Life deserves such stature.

1. Revolutionary animation

On a strictly visual level, Waking Life was groundbreaking and remains to this day unmatched as a work of animation. Utilizing a breakthrough in computerized rotoscoping, rather embarrassing digital camera footage was purified into a film of evocative fluidity. Combining several styles of animation from scene to scene into a seamless whole, vivid colors and wavering, double-vision-esque and undeniably psychedelic imagery form the vibrant backbone of a picture with so much more to offer outside of its intoxicating visuals.

Five years after Waking Life’s release, Linklater’s own adaptation of the near-future novel A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick – who clearly holds a particular appeal for Linklater, as Dick is integral to the epilogue of Waking Life – would become → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

Watch: 5 Mistakes You Should Avoid When Color Grading

By V Renée

Color grading can be tricky, so try to avoid falling into these common traps.

Color grading your footage is not like adding an Instagram filter to your photos, though many beginners treat it as such. The process is long and frustrating, not only requiring a lot of patience, finesse, and understanding of color theory but also knowledge of how to avoid common mistakes. Luckily, Matti Haapoja of TravelFeels names five of them in the video below to help you set yourself on the right path when working on your grade in post.

We’ve all made these mistakes before, but the good thing is that knowing about them is half the battle. They’re all relatively easy to avoid or correct.

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From:: No Film School

Should increases in resolution even be a debate now?

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Simon Wyndham)

Should we still question why we need resolution increases?

The debates about whether we need more resolution reappear each and every time a new definition format is announced. Should the debate simply move on now?

  • 4K
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  • Resolution
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    From:: RedShark News

    DOC NYC 2017: Peter Braatz on Blue Velvet Revisited

    By Travis Crawford

    The past year has proven to be a uniquely rewarding time for David Lynch obsessives, with the Showtime revival of Twin Peaks being the obvious highlight, but also marked by recent Criterion Collection Blu-ray/DVD special editions of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and the new documentary, David Lynch: the Art Life, focused on Lynch’s painting roots. However, one of the most fascinating Lynch-related features in recent memory has yet to receive the widespread U.S. exposure it richly deserves, and it reflects back to a more traditionally structured Lynch favorite (indeed, still the film that some cite as his key work) that those […] → continue…

    From:: Filmmaker Magazine

    “We Digitized Every Frame”: Andrew Sherburne on Saving Brinton and Film Preservation

    By Soheil Rezayazdi

    “I like to save things,” Mike Zahs says in the opening seconds of Saving Brinton, “especially if they’re too far gone.” He’s referring, in the moment, to the stray animals that have hobbled onto his property over the years: a lost cat that birthed 11 kittens, a rotund dog named Tuesday. He’s also alluding to his great passion project, which originated at an estate sale in 1981. Zahs found a cache of mysterious boxes from the estate of Frank Brinton, a showman who traveled the country with his wife from 1895 to 1909 to project films and other pre-cinema entertainments […] → continue…

    From:: Filmmaker Magazine

    The World’s Largest Lens

    By Matthew Duclos While this post diverges from cinema just a tad, it’s particularly interesting to us. Duclos Lenses has been working with Formlabs for several years now, dating back to their original Form1 machine. To see such an inspiring use of modern technology compelled me to repost this quick article and share with the rest of you. … Continue reading The World’s Largest Lens → continue…

    From:: Matthew Duclos

    Director David Kiern, Music Composer Bob Farnsworth,and The Creative Team From Hummingbird Productions Present Their Documentary “I AM ISRAEL” Before the Israeli Knesset

    By Asbury PR


    Award winning director David Kiern, iconic music composer Bob Farnsworth, and the creative team from Hummingbird Productions presented a special screening of their documentary “I AM Israel” at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, on November 6, 2017, in Jerusalem. The event, which was produced…

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    From:: Shoot OnLine

    DxOMark republishes Pentax 645Z results and it’s as good as we always suspected

    In a move likely to completely silence all whispers of chicanery, DxOMark has finally published its results for Ricoh’s Pentax 645Z. The camera just misses out on being hailed as the best stills camera sensor ever (as it would have been, when data was first published for the camera back in 2015), but it still scores a very impressive 101 points.

    And, as we know, points mean… Er…

    The results themselves are very similar to those of the Hasselblad X1D 50c, which itself is based around a very similar Sony CMOS sensor (albeit for at least $3000 more). How much of the difference can be ascribed to better readout circuitry, how much to the Hasselblad’s use of 15-bit Raw files (I mean, that extra 0.1EV of DR has to live somewhere), and how much is simply within the tests’ margin of error it’s impossible to know.

    Still, we can now be certain that, while not quite the best sensor in the world, is 99% as good as the best sensor DxO has tested.

    In all seriousness, though, whatever the reason for the delay, it’s a seriously impressive performance from a very aggressively-priced camera. And, since we have first-hand knowledge of how difficult it is to get a 645Z for long enough to do extensive testing on, we think it’s great to see its performance recognized.

    Click here to read DxOMark’s assessment

    Press Release:

    Pentax 645Z: A great choice for medium-format shooters

    Pentax’s medium format camera delivers in all areas

    PARIS – November 14, 2017 – DxOMark has just published the results of its in-depth analysis of the Pentax 645Z medium-format camera. With an overall DxOMark sensor score of 101 points, the Pentax 645Z has the second-highest-scoring sensor we’ve ever tested, beaten only by the 51.4Mp Sony sensor in the Hasselblad X1D-50c. The 645Z achieves extremely good sub-scores, → continue…

    From:: DPreview

    Riptide Music Group Names George Howard, Chief Innovation Officer

    By Asbury PR

    Culver City, CA

    Riptide Music Group (Riptide), a leading synchronization and rights management company that provides music to advertising, movie trailers, TV programming and promos, major motion pictures, videogames, and multi-media productions, has named George Howard as Chief Innovation Officer. The…

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    From:: Shoot OnLine

    Oscar-Winning Make-Up Artist Greg Cannom and Emmy-Winning Hair Stylist Mary Guerrero To Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at 2018 Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards

    By Admin

    Oscar®-winning make-up artist Greg Cannom and four time Emmy®-winning hair stylist Mary Guerrero, will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Annual Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards, (…

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    Watch: Three Extremely Human Tactics Taika Waititi Uses to Make His Stories Relatable

    By Max Winter

    The ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ director revels in humanity.

    Sometimes the only road to true realism goes right through the imagination. Take, for instance, the work of Taika Waititi. His films show like slice-of-life dramas someone wrote in an unconscious state, dropping elements and storytelling techniques into them that could only be found in dreams. In so doing, Waititi has made himself one of the world’s most popular directors. How you get from the dark, dark humor of Things We Do in the Shadows, which he co-directed, to Thor: Ragnarok, his latest, a blockbuster, is probably best left his secret. And yet there are a few elements we can observe that help tell the story, and this video from YouTube channel We Need to Talk About Film helps sort them out elegantly and gracefully.

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    From:: No Film School