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PODCAST: 5 Fundamental Tips For Shooting In Natural Light

By Noam Kroll

Micro-budget filmmakers often utilize natural light as a means to simplify production requirements and reduce time on set, while also benfitting from the beautiful aethetic that it offers. When done right, this approach can truly offer filmmakers a best of both worlds scenatio – the ability to capture gorgeous images with minimal crew and gear.

Achieving cinema-quality results with natural light can be easier said than done though, as the lack of control over lighting, color temperature, and other variables can pose some major challenges for filmmakers.

In this episode, I discuss 5 fundamental tips for shooting in natural light which cover everything from choosing the right camera for the job to the importance of tech scouting, and everything in between.

Take a listen to Episode 19: 5 Fundamental Tips For Shooting In Natural Light

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Instagram update adds threaded comment replies

Threaded replies are a small update, but regular users will really appreciate it.

Instagram just launched a minor update that regular users will really enjoy: threaded comments. Previously, comments on the Facebook-owned photo sharing app were all lumped together, only @-replies denoting who was talking to who. Now, when you reply to a comment it will automatically create a new thread.

“Comment threads help you keep track of conversations and make it easy to respond to a specific thread,” writes Instagram in its press release. “This update will make your feed an even better place to share interests, get inspired and connect with others.”

To take advantage of the new feature, download Instagram from the iTunes App Store or Google Play, or update your current app to the latest version.

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Cinnac uses its community to rate your photos

If you have trouble deciding which of your images to include in your portfolio or a gallery the new cinnac app might be what you have been waiting for. Cinnac is a social network for photographers that uses means-tested ratings from its community to help you filter your photos.

In the app you can upload so-called “mini blogs” which are sets of 20 photos. Other users are then presented with pairs of images from your set and have to vote on their favorite. As an end result you receive a crowd-generated rating for your images and a ranking, showing you which of your photos are most popular with the cinnac community.

Cinnac is still pretty bare bones but offers an easy and intuitive “tinder-style” user interface and could turn into a genuinely useful tool once the community grows large enough for reliable ratings. Cinnac is now available to download free of charge in the Apple App Store or on Google Play.

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PODCAST: Developing a Festival Strategy That Works For Your Film

By Noam Kroll

With thousands of film festivals in existence and more popping up every year, filmmakers are finding it increasingly difficult to navigate the festival circuit. And while most filmmakers have some rough festival goals in mind as they approach the submission process, many have not taken the time to truly develop a strategy that will benefit their film.

In this episode, I shed light on the film festival submission process from my perspective as both a filmmaker, and someone who has judged for festivals and film competitions in the past. Topics covered include: Budgeting for festival submissions, understanding the odds of getting accepted and how to improve them, the benefit of submitting to festivals that only accept blind submissions, and much more.

Take a listen to Episode 18: Developing a Festival Strategy That Works For Your Film

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PODCAST: 7 Time Saving & Efficiency Rules For The Micro-Budget Filmmaker

By Noam Kroll

Production and post-production time on micro-budget films is severely limited, making it crucial for filmmakers to ensure they are being as efficient as possible with the limited time that they do have.

Based on my experiences on my micro-budget feature film Shadows on the Road, I outline my top 7 rules for filmmakers looking to optimize production time and increase efficiency across the board. Topics covered include: How and why to keep your locations to a minimum, simplified coverage options that allow for better creative results in less time, a post-production workflows that involves locking picture reel by reel, and much more.

Check out Episode 17: 7 Time Saving & Efficiency Rules For The Micro-Budget Filmmaker

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How To Direct & Execute a No-Budget Production Without a Crew

By Noam Kroll

Making a micro-budget film is hard. Making a no-budget film is even harder – especially when you are the only crew member.

In this episode, I share some actionable tips and advice for no-budget filmmakers who need to act as the Director, DP, and Sound Recordist all at once. From making adjustments to the screenplay, to modifying blocking, lighting, and sound recording techniques, there are countless ways in which no-budget filmmakers can ensure they are still achieving a high production value, even without a crew to fall back on…

All of this and much more on this week’s episode!

Listen to Episode 16: How To Direct & Execute a No-Budget Production Without a Crew

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