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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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How The Windows 10 Creators Update Helps Indie Filmmakers

By Lewis McGregor Last week Microsoft released The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and there is a new feature that can be very useful for DIY and low-budget productions. → continue…

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Tutorial: How to Get the Anamorphic Look Without the Anamorphic Lens

By V Renée

Maybe you don’t need an anamorphic lens to achieve the look.

The anamorphic look is sexy as hell; the elliptical bokeh shape, shallower depth of field, and, of course, those classic horizontal lens flares. And even though anamorphic lenses can often be too expensive for some low-budget filmmakers to get their hands on them, there are ways to replicate a few of their most desired aesthetic qualities. In this video, filmmaker Brandon Li shows you two ways to do just that. Check it out below:

DIY anamorphic filter

You know those “cookie cutter” filters that change the shape of your bokeh balls? Well, instead of cutting hearts and stars, you cut an oval to mimic that anamorphic bokeh effect. No, this won’t produce any horizontal lens flares, which is one of the most distinguishing features of shooting anamorphic, but it’s definitely a start.

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‘A Gray State’: How Erik Nelson Unraveled a Triple Murder Conspiracy in His Herzog-Produced True Crime Doc

By Liz Nord

Director Erik Nelson calls his film ‘The Shining’ meets ‘Grizzly Man.’

In a sea of recent true-crime docs, Erik Nelson’s A Gray State stands apart as a truly riveting psychological drama, complete with widespread conspiracy theories, political currents, and penultimate tragedy.

The story revolves around an Iraq War vet and aspiring filmmaker named David Crowley, who went from patriot to skeptic during his two tours in Iraq, and made a DIY trailer for an ambitious dystopian feature film about a not-that-far-from-reality future where the government has trampled all over civil rights and the people are in armed revolt. Unsurprisingly, this trailer spread wildly via internet conspiracy theorists and tea party activists. Suddenly, Crowley was becoming the voice of a movement and his film was poised to receive real Hollywood funding.

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8 Cool Camera Tricks You Can Do with Cardboard

By V Renée

Want to know how to make those silly little alien thingies in the picture above? All you’ll need is cardboard.

Filmmaking can be very expensive, but it doesn’t always have to be. Sometimes you can use stuff you find in your own house to create intriguing, professional-looking effects, as well as cinematic tools that usually would cost you a few pretty pennies. In the video below, COOPH shows you how to utilize cardboard, perhaps one of the most readily available material you have in your home right now, to make some cool DIY light modifiers, tripods, and even lenses. Check it out below:

Even though this video is geared more toward photographers, filmmakers can still put them to good use on their projects, as well. Here’s the list of hacks you can pull off using cardboard:

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