The Beauty in Starting Small: A Filmmaker’s Guide to Chilling the F*ck Out

By V Renée

This is a major reason why so many people walk away from filmmaking.

Filmmaking is one of those careers that necessitates a dream. Seriously, nobody in their right might would brave this brutal gauntlet of an industry if they didn’t have one. And that’s all very good and very beautiful and relatable and all that—we’ve all been the starry-eyed individual whose newfound love for cinema has had us weak in the knees—but sometimes it’s our dreams themselves that get in the way of making them a reality.

In this video, Darious Britt of D4Darious discusses this issue, providing a sober perspective on how to approach filmmaking in more practical, realistic ways so we can all chill the fuck out long enough to actually have a shot at turning them into a reality.

To be clear, having dreams isn’t the problem, it’s how you approach them. When I was 10, I told my dad I wanted a drum set, to which he replied, “Yeah, well I want a pony,” and then sang the chorus to The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Again, the problem wasn’t my dream of having a drum set, it was my approach to getting it.

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From:: No Film School

CES Innovation Awards Announce Two Product Awards for Insta360 Pro and Insta360 ONE

By Al Caudullo

The prestigious CES Innovation Awards announced today that Insta360 has been honored for two products, the Insta360 Pro and Insta360 ONE cameras, in the Virtual and Augmented Reality product category.

The two 360-degree cameras – a high-performance professional camera and a consumer action camera – were recognized for innovations in design, engineering and user experience that propel them to the forefront of the industry.

“360 cameras are a revolutionary storytelling tool, and our mission is to make them accessible and fun for everyone,” said JK Liu, founder and CEO of Insta360. “The heavy focus we put on R&D is a means to that end, and it’s thrilling to have our efforts recognized by some of the leading voices in tech.”

The annual CES Innovation Awards are judged by a panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and journalists, with the aim of recognizing products that define the cutting edge of consumer electronics.

Last year, Insta360 was also honored for its Insta360 Nano camera.

A Path-Breaking Portfolio

Both honored in the virtual and augmented reality category, the Insta360 ONE and Insta360 Pro occupy unique segments of the 360 camera market.

The Insta360 ONE is the most versatile 360 camera ever. Compact and easy-to-use, it offers standalone use, remote control via Bluetooth, and direct connection to a phone for 360 live-streaming.

It also introduces the world to FreeCapture, a unique way to re-capture the best parts of a 360 video in a traditional, rectangular frame. Among the feature’s key innovations is the way it lets users re-capture their favorite footage by moving their phone around in real-time, exactly as if they had gone back in time to relive an experience.

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From:: Student Filmmakers

Limited Edition DJI Mavic Pro Alpine White Combo

By Newsshooter Staff

DJI has released a new limited edition version of their popular Mavic Pro drone. The Mavic Pro Alpine White Combo is available exclusively at, Apple stores & DJI’s online store in…

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Check Out These Unique Ideas for DIY Camera Rigs

By V Renée

Moving and mounting your camera is an essential part of filmmaking. Here are some creative ways you can do it DIY style.

There are so many cinematic tools that will stabilize, slide, and swivel your camera all over the place, allowing you to get pretty much any dynamic shot you want. The only problem with that is buying them. Amassing these rigs can get extremely expensive, which is why it’s always a good idea to know a few cheap DIY alternative rigs that you can build yourself at home. In this video from PremiumBeat, you not only get to see a few of these rigs in action, but you get to learn how to build them, as well.

The great thing about many of these DIY builds is that they’re relatively simple to put together, as long as you have all of the tools and materials you need. Granted, there were a few slightly questionable rigs in the video—the SwifferCam had some pretty shaky images and may require a little more finesse, weight, or both—but the general ideas behind them are actually pretty clever.

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From:: No Film School

10 Massive Movie Flops That Killed Directors’ Careers

By Thor Magnusson

What’s in a flop? That much dreaded result when a costly film just doesn’t find its audience, or is mauled via word of mouth. Regardless of the whole spiel that a movie is “a collaboration of hundreds,” when the results go south someone has to be stuck with the blame, and the easy answer is that it’s the director’s fault.

Let’s observe examples of the films that flopped, and the director’s they took down with them.

10. The Scarlet Letter (1995) – Roland Joffe

The Scarlet Letter

Pre-Flop: After toiling away in TV land in his native Britain, Roland Joffe teamed up with wunderkind producer David Puttnam for a one-two punch breakthrough that swept the awards season plus critics off their feet.

First, “The Killing Fields” (1984), a haunting and immensely moving treatise on the ‘cleansing campaign’ atrocities in Cambodia, and then the lush yet equally devastating “The Mission” (1986), centred around a Jesuit priest siding with South American natives against the Portuguese slavers.

Both films featured stellar visuals (career-best work from famed cinematographer Chris Menges), nuanced and wrenching performances, and an outright fantastic handling on its direction.

Eyes were unanimously glued on a follow-up; “Shadow Makers” (1989) and “City of Joy” (1991) were the lower key results and didn’t take the world by storm, yet in retrospect they were strong efforts. Still, the awards and big leagues beckoned, so Joffe followed with something ambitious…

Film in Question: An adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic morality tale “The Scarlet Letter,” armed with a healthy budget and an A-list cast, seemed like a sure thing. Yet the film mussed up the opportunity for an award-winning topical movie by boiling down its material into a paperback ‘bodice ripper’ full of cheesy slow-mo love scenes and New Age retrospect placed on the Puritan era.

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

10 Great Performances in Not-So-Great Movies

By Raphael Costa

Film discussions on the internet have become a fight of extremes: if you were to believe some reviewers and commentators, every movie that comes out is either an absolute masterpiece or unredeemable trash. The truth, however, is a little more complex.

The fact is that almost every movie has both good and bad elements to it. It may be poorly written but have amazing cinematography, the score might be magnificent even if the characters aren’t great, and so on.

One of the most commonly looked at aspects of any movie is the performances, and that can make or break a movie for a lot of people. If the acting is good, the movie is good. If not, then it doesn’t work.

However, it is possible for a movie to be bad and have great performances, as this list will show.

10. Michael Fassbender – Prometheus


Though it has its share of admirers, Ridley Scott’s return to the universe of “Alien” has mostly been met with diminishing returns, both with the critical response and the box office numbers, and it all started with 2013’s “Prometheus.”

The movie is frankly a mess: most of the characters behave illogically, there are several loose plot points that never connect, and the philosophical undertones are never really developed. But in midst of the chaos, an absolute standout element was Michael Fassbender’s performance as the ambiguous android David.

Fassbender manages to infuse thoughtful nuance in what could have otherwise been a common villain, making David a complex character you can never really figure out, no matter how much you want to. It’s an intriguing and captivating performance, and it’s no wonder he is the only cast member to return (in dual roles) for this year’s sequel “Alien: Covenant.”

9. Tom Cruise – Rock of Ages

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

The Pixel 2 has incredible image stabilisation. Here’s why

By (RedShark News Staff)

The Pixel 2 has superior stabilisation abilities

Google explains the secrets behind the Pixel 2’s fantastic camera stabilisation.

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    From:: RedShark News

    Instagram testing feature the lets you follow hashtags

    Instagram is making it easier for users to follow subjects they care about by introducing support for following hashtags. In its present form, Instagram only supports following accounts, but a new test some users have spotted extends this ability to individual hashtags, presenting the tagged content in the follower’s feed.

    The feature was first brought to light on Twitter, where social media consultant Pippa Akram posted this screenshot:

    Ok this is new. What does this do @SimonSocialMM @BizPaul @NatalieTFG any ideas? I’ve followed 2 but can’t find what that means!!

    — Pippa Akram (@Social_Pip) November 9, 2017

    In its current iteration, Instagram allows users to tag content with hashtags, such as #city or #landscape, and other users can search for content with those tags and see it in the search results. Adding the ability to follow hashtags directly would allow users to revisit their favorite hashtags again and again without having to search for them every time. A pretty useful feature, especially if you regularly visit Instagram for photography inspiration and ideas in your particular genre.

    Unfortunately, for now, Instagram has kept quiet about this new feature, but if and when it rolls out to all users, we’ll let you know.

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    From:: DPreview

    This Kickstarter wants to revive the Ihagee Elbaflex film camera in Nikon F-mount

    Despite the gigantic volume of second hand film bodies in existence there remains, it seems, a demand for new 35mm SLRs with a retro feel. The latest is what the manufacturer is calling a remake of the Ihagee Elbaflex, which was the name for Exakta cameras sold in West Germany during the late sixties and early seventies. This remake, however, comes with a Nikon F mount.

    The new model will have a fully mechanical shutter with speeds of 1/2sec to 1/500sec + B, and a single stroke wind-on crank. It will be fitted with a PC socket for flash, a hotshoe, and a flash sync speed of 1/60sec. The use of the Nikon mount obviously allows it to use old and modern lenses, though there’s no mention of the extent of the aperture coupling.

    The camera doesn’t need batteries to operate as it has no built-in meter (the company says users can use an app on their phone instead), but there is an ISO dial around the rewind crank just in case.

    The new camera is said to be the result of a collaboration between German and Ukrainian engineers, and the camera will be built in the Arsenal factory that made the Kiev cameras. The use of the Nikon lens mount is perhaps an echo of the Kiev 17 35mm film camera that also used the Nikon mount.

    It’s hard to be certain what the new camera is actually based on as it uses a wooden grip and modern looking buttons and dials. The new manufacturers suggest it is an Exakta Varex llb, but it has none of the distinctive body styling, antique knobs or interchangeable pentaprism/wasitlevel finder—and the Varex llb was out of production by before the name → continue…

    From:: DPreview

    Calabash Helps Mobile Gaming Platform Signal Zero ‘Defend Your Throne’

    By Right Word Media


    Playing mobile games in the bathroom at the office is probably not a good idea for a lot of reasons, including the chance of an exploding toilet due to resounding defeat at the hands of your opponent. Such is the scenario depicted in a new animated online

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    FX Taps IKA Collective To Create Groundbreaking Launch Campaign For New Installment of “American Horror Story”

    By Right Word Media


    Your phone buzzes. The message is as simple as it is terrifying: “It’s time we free them. Will you help?” Such is one tantalizing clue in the groundbreaking 6-week interactive, multi-platform campaign for the new…

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    Polaroid Insta-Share Moto Mod attaches a printer to your smartphone

    Motorola has officially announced its Polaroid Insta-Share Moto Mod, a small Polaroid instant printer that attaches directly to the back of the Moto Z smartphones.

    The printer uses Polaroid’s Zink ZERO-INK Paper to produce 2 x 3-inch prints, and has a physical button to launch the phone’s camera. The printer also supports printing existing photos from Google Photos, Instagram, and Facebook.

    Here’s a closer look:

    The Insta-Share Moto Mod, which was recently leaked ahead of its debut, is a full-size camera backing with a classic Polaroid design… but it’s actually a little bit more than just a printer. Users are able to add customizations to images before printing, including borders and filters, and the resulting prints have an adhesive backing for use as stickers.

    The Moto Mod will be available from Verizon some time this week followed by other markets “in the coming months,” according to Motorola. No word yet on pricing.

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    From:: DPreview

    Y&R Named Advertising Agency of Record For All Nippon Airways

    By Admin


    Y&R New York announced that it has been appointed the Advertising Agency of Record in the United States for Japan’s largest airline, All Nippon Airways (ANA). It represents the first AOR assignment that ANA has awarded to a U.S. agency, who will play a major role to deepen ANA’s commitment…

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    From:: Shoot OnLine

    Blackmagic 8K Capture and Playback Cards Are Here

    By Charles Haine

    Today, Blackmagic announced Decklink 8K Pro PCI capture and playback cards available this January.

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    From:: No Film School

    One Arts Plaza Unveils New Digital Art Installation

    By youngcompany


    One Arts Plaza has unveiled the second round of the largest digital art installation in North Texas. Working again in collaboration with resident tenant and award-winning video production company, charlieuniformtango, the installation combines technology and art to provide an evolving and…

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    From:: Shoot OnLine