Core SWX Helix Skypanel Bracket

Core SWX recently announced the Helix Skypanel Bracket. As the name implies, the Helix Skypanel Bracket allows users to remotely power ARRI Skypanel fixtures using either AB Gold Mount or V-mount Helix batteries. There is two versions available: HLX-SPV (for V-Lock batteries) HLX-SPA (for Anton Bauer Gold Mount batteries HLX-SPA The HLX-SPA mounts to the … Continued

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Musicbed Provides the Music, You Handle the Rest

Put your filmmaking skills to the test with the Musicbed Challenge. Just choose a song and make a film, and you could win big.

As filmmakers, we’re often working behind the eight ball, trying to make do with too little money, resources, and time. And perhaps the biggest challenge filmmakers face is making the most of those constraints and succeeding in spite of them.

If you’re looking to challenge yourself even further, you might want to take part in the Musicbed Challenge.

Filmmakers will be tasked with creating a film in just 30 days and submitting it to one of 5 categories:

  • Narrative
  • Spec Ad
  • Documentary
  • Music Video
  • Travel/Lifestyle

How does it work?

Musicbed has pre-selected songs from their catalog for each category and will require participants to use at least 10 seconds from one or more of those songs. So, pick a category, shoot your movie, and use at least 10 seconds of at least one of the pre-selected songs in your final edit. That’s it!

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Want to Get Your Bills Paid for 3 Months While You Write a Script?

One deserving screenwriter will win 3 months of paid bills if they promise to write a feature-length screenplay.

What’s the one thing that always seems to get in the way of your screenwriting? No, not TV. Not self-doubt. Not procrastination. Wait…having a full-time job and earning money to pay for bills? Yes! That thing.

SoCreate is hoping to take that pressure off of one very lucky screenwriter with the “So, Write Your Bills Away” Sweepstakes, which will award $3,000 per month for three months to one lucky writer to cover average monthly expenses for rent, utilities, car payments, groceries, etc. In exchange, the writer will be held accountable for finishing a 90-120-page script. The screenwriter will also provide brief blog or vlog check-ins weekly, so the writing community can follow along with the process.

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What to See at the 2019 BAMcinemafest

Following its very good opening night film — Lulu Wang’s The Farewell (also Filmmaker’s forthcoming Summer issue cover) — BAMcinemafest the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s essential early summer fest, is underway. This year’s edition is typical of the fest: a well-curated and relatively compact mix of recent festival standouts, a world premiere or two, and assorted other programs, including tomorrow’s day-long (and free) program of industry panels presented in collaboration with IFP. The festival runs until June 22, and for those in or headed to Brooklyn, here are some recommendations from us at Filmmaker. So Pretty Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli’s […]

How Sound Design Tricks Your Ears [Video]

Sound design in film is not only about creating a rich foley landscape, it’s also about creating emotion.

In the world of sound design, everything from sound effects, music, and dialogue is added in post-production. And it’s not always about matching exact sounds to whatever is happening on-screen — sometimes sound designers use different sounds that will still work with the images (like sizzling bacon during a rain scene) if it will create a stronger emotional reaction.

Now You See It’s latest video takes viewers on a sonic journey, opening on Star Wars’ sound design. Watch it below.

Strange and familiar

Legendary Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt was tasked with populating a whole new universe of sounds. As the video shows, he did this by grounding a lot of the sound design in the familiar, so audiences would still have a connection with what they were hearing.

The TIE fighters are taken from the roar of elephants, but they also sound distinctly like dive-bombing German planes from World War II — which links the sound to an established historical connotation.

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Does ‘Barry’ Have Better Fight Sequences Than ‘Avengers: Endgame’? [Video]

Do the most epic fight scenes only include muscle-bound superheroes? Can they also have skinny, low-level hitmen?

We’ve seen some amazing action sequences come out of recent film and TV, including Game of Thrones’ Battle of Winterfell and the explosive Avengers: Endgame.

But what Nerdwriter posits in a divisive video is that neither of those two franchises provided the best fight sequences of early May—Barry did, with its season two episode five entry, “ronny/lily.”

Check out their reasons why in the video below.

Not only does “ronny/lily” provide an exquisite example of how television can be exciting and fresh, with writing and direction from star Bill Hader, but it is an episode-long fight scene that gets everything right from start to finish.

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This Canon Gear Is 10x More Expensive, but Are the Results 10x Better?

This Canon Gear Is 10x More Expensive, but Are the Results 10x Better?

When you put a Canon 5D Mark IV and an L series lens up against an entry level Canon with kit lens, you’re obviously going to get better results with the more expensive option. But are the results 10 times worth the price?

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Praising Chernobyl, “Burning Cane” and Taking a Stand Against Apple’s New Monitor

Charles uses his computer in a really weird way.

This week on The No Film School Podcast, our resident tech-expert Charles Haine and Editor-in-Chief George Edelman chat about a new HBO show everyone loves and what makes it such a must-watch, a teenager who won Tribeca with a movie he shot in three weeks, plus that Apple monitor that is driving people a little nuts.

Check back next week for our next episode!

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An On-Set Education: Graham Swon on The World is Full of Secrets

When The World is Full of Secrets showed earlier this year at a festival for debut films in remote Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia, its director, Graham Swon (a 25 New Face of Film in 2016), briefly became almost as much of interest to the public audience and critics there as did his hypnotic cinematic spectacular. That I was there as the only international journalist in attendance to witness Swon fielding eager questions from this newfound audience of intrigued Siberian spectators strikes me now as a fluke of wondrous good fortune. The movie’s long, discursive monologues, in which 15- and 16-year-old girls narrate […]

It is now illegal to drink and drone in Japan

Japan’s parliament passed a law this week outlawing the operation of a drone while under the influence of alcohol. If authorities catch anyone flying an unmanned aerial vehicle while intoxicated, offenders will face up to a year in prison and a fine of 300,000 yen (roughly $2,763.00). ‘We believe operating drones after consuming alcohol is as serious as (drink) driving,’ a Japanese transport ministry official told the AFP news agency.

This latest legislation was passed to also address the growing popularity of drones coupled with the reckless and illegal activity taking place in the country’s more tourist-friendly areas. Dangerous stunts, which have become more common, including quickly plunging a drone towards crowds, can result in a fine of up to 500,000 yen ($4,607).

Areas where drones are now banned include a distance within 985 feet of Japan’s armed forces, U.S. military personnel, and ‘defense-related facilities’ without prior permission from the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. The new restrictions follow an earlier ban on approaching nuclear power plants, Japan’s parliament buildings, and the prime minister’s office. Stadiums and other sites hosting the forthcoming 2020 Olympic festivities are also off-limits.

The new law covers drones weighing more than 200g (close to half a pound). Operating a drone in Japan does not require a license. However, remote pilots much abide by a series of regulations including:

  • Staying below 150 meters (492 feet)
  • Avoiding airports
  • Avoiding crowded areas
  • Only flying during daylight
  • Keeping the drone in sight at all times

Anyone who is caught violating any of the established regulations could face a fine of up to 500,000 yen (or $4,607).

GQ Caught Photoshopping Women Into Group Photo of ‘Tech Titans’

GQ Caught Photoshopping Women Into Group Photo of 'Tech Titans'

GQ has been caught publishing an image in which two female CEOs were Photoshopped in. The photo was taken during a trip where a series of “tech titans” took to a small Italian village in order to visit luxury designer Brunello Cucinelli, but a BuzzFeed News editor called them out after feeling the image looked suspicious.

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Le Cinéma Club Relaunches With Claire Denis’s Very Rare Keep It for Yourself

Founded in 2015 by Marie-Louise Khondji, the streaming site Le Cinéma Club relaunches today with an exciting offering: Claire Denis’s long-lost 1991 40-minute short Keep It for Yourself. The only film she’s ever made in the states, it stars Vincent Gallo and Sara Driver, has a John Lurie score and was shot in New York City. After years of unavailability, a copy was found on a Japanese VHS being sold on Australian eBay. (For more on that story, click here.) From the official press release: The opening weeks of programming are completed with other streaming premieres, rarities and films by new […]

Learn Maya in 30 minutes, for free

With the market squeezing editors more and more to become generalists, 3D animation skills are becoming highly valued. But learning Autodesk’s Maya—the industry standard 3D package—has been notoriously difficult. Until now. Hot off the presses, our Maya Survival Guide will get you up to speed on the fundamentals of 3D animation using Maya in a little over 30 minutes (OK, well 38 minutes, but we’re rounding to the nearest 30).

What can you really learn in 30 minutes? Quite a lot actually. We’ve proven time and again with our Survival Guides that it’s the perfect amount of time to get acquainted with the essentials in a software package. Maya is no exception. You’ll learn how to get around the interface, add objects, place cameras and lights, adjust the material properties of your objects, animate and render.

Will you be animating the next Toy Story by the end of it? Doubtful. But will you know enough to create title animations and work with existing 3D models downloaded from the web? Absolutely.

Best of all—like everything available on—it’s absolutely free. So take a chance on your next lunch break, and see if you can add mad 3D skills to your resume.

(Don’t have a license for Maya? Download a student version from )

Maya Survival Guide

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This Time-Lapse of Alien-Like Marine Life Will Leave You Transfixed

This Time-Lapse of Alien-Like Marine Life Will Leave You Transfixed

Macro and time-lapse photography offer great ways of seeing the world in a different light; in ways the eyes on their own can’t replicate.

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Cine Gear 2019: cMotion Cinefade VariND and Depth of Field

Subtle image control when done very well is subtextual to the viewer. To execute the effect smoothly and repeatedly can be a challenge. With the Cmotion lens control system the iris motor slaves to the Cinefade VariND allowing cinematographers to change their depth of field while maintaining perfect exposure.  The in-camera effect is remotely controlled with a cmotion cPRO LCS via the hand unit.

The Cmotion Cinefade VariND consists of a Motorised Polariser and a Static Polariser. When inserted into a matte box together, they form a variable ND filter that works as a standalone VariND or as a remotely controlled dynamically adjustable variable ND filter for professional filmmakers.


So, how much does a subtle yet cool effect cost? The Cinefade system costs around $9500.00. Well, considering how much you get with this price I think Cmotion has priced the Cinefade unit just right. Cinematographers can also use the Cinefade system in multiple roles, for example, from a straight VariND to speed up shooting or to smoothly rotate a polarizer when shooting car spots so the effect looks as if they polarized light is rolling over the car. One example we thought of when we were at Cine Gear was to use the roll of a polarizer to reveal a character behind a windshield or other pane of glass.


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Cinematic Multi-Camera Editing in Will & Grace

The beloved NBC series Will & Grace continues to elevate the cinematic multi-camera editing employed by editor Peter Beyt within Season 10. The main difference from Season 9 to Season 10 is that a style is much more present. The editor described, “I bounce between scenes within two or three sentences. In the past, it’s […]

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