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Short Film

Hello film lovers! I'm needing a film to score. Anybody have one that needs it?

JPL's Cassini's Grand Finale short film is cinematic and very well done.

Was blown away at how cinematic and Hollywood quality it is.

C Harris Lynn

I'm consistently "blown-away" by how Hollywood NASA's footage is. ;)

Mark Ratering

Always love a good Murder MystryStory.

Royce Allen Dudley

Gotta love total CGI simulations.

Any advice for my no-budget filmmaking efforts in a mansion?

I'm in pre-production for a short film I'm going to shoot in mid to late August. I managed to get permission to film in a mansion for three days, six hours each, and the main scene will be in the dining room, shown in the attached picture. 3 will be seated along the left, with the hostess appearing...

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Andrew Sobkovich

I waited for a couple of weeks in hopes that someone else would chime in. Oh well. A few questions to narrow down the scope of your question. What is the mood of your picture, what is the mood of this s ...

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Rome Mubarak

I am attempting to do something similar with at least 12 shots done in an old Spanish Mediterranean home in Los Angeles. Any and all advice/discussion is welcome.

JD Hartman

What time of day the scene occurs in the script will determine how you treat the window and what color temp light (if any) comes through the window. Beyond this tidbit of advice, no budget stuff is usually more of a headache than it's worth.

Royce Allen Dudley

OK< time passed, how did it work out ?

Turn any railing into a tripod.
Turn Any Railing into a Tripod with This Pocket-Sized Camera Strap
Turn Any Railing into a Tripod with This Pocket-Sized Camera Strap
Sometimes tripods are just too big, bulky, and heavy to use on a shoot. Miniorengi is hoping to address that issue with the Mini Plaster Hand. We've all been in situations where using a tripod in a ce…
Robert Franklin

Thx for this!

Royce Allen Dudley

Usually, things with fabric straps tend to loosen and slip. A time proven Mafer or Cardellini with a threaded adapter to a tripod mount is a more secure piece of kit, IMHO.

Best Camera for Shooting Reality TV

Hello fellow filmmakers ...i would like your opinios on the best camera for shooting reality TV

Ken Hall

Arri Alexa, Red Scarlett, Red Raven or the Canon C700. For TV you need the top of the line raw image.

Royce Allen Dudley

Most reality shows use a ton of gear in different formats, from GoPro to handy cams to full ENG style cameras to cine-style rigged cameras, all for different applications. 8 to 10 cameras would be con...

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Michael Giordano

I am in the same boat as you. I was told that Netflix won't accept anything less than 4k. So, should we all be thinking 4K if we ever want to submit this type of work for consideration even if its not...

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Andrew Sobkovich

Different exhibitors have different Production and Post-Production requirements. Yes, Netflix is 4K. But not just any 4K. These are their requirements. https://backlothelp.netflix.com/hc/en-us/article ...

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Michael Giordano

Of course its always best to start high and be able to downgrade from there. No argument from me.

1st Time Filmmaking Question RE: Camera & Operator

I'm thinking about investing into a Sony PXW-FS5 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System with Zoom Lens and someone to operate it. It's specifications are: Super 35-Sized CMOS Sensor Sony E-Mount UHD at 24/30 FPS, HD Up to 240 FPS XAVC Long, AVCHD Recording Codecs 2 x SD Media Card Slots HD/3G-SDI & HDMI Output ...

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Royce Allen Dudley

At the risk of oversimplifying it, cameras today are like saws and hammers- they all do the job in the hands of a craftsman. Some are more suited to some tasks than others. Unlike carpentry, cameras a...

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Camera advice

Seeking advice on a camera to purchase for the production of short films for Vimeo or YouTube. I have a small budget so am looking for good bang for my buck. Thanks

Mark W. McIntire

Adrian, thanks so much. I had looked at Sony but not Canon yet. Cheers

Landis Stokes

I second Adrian's comment. A used Canon 5Dmkii or 7D or Nikon D800 will produce great images when used properly. The only caveat is that you'll have to record sound separately with a Zoom or the like...

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Robert Franklin

I love Sony!

Ken Hall

It depends on how long the shots are. DSLRs shut down after around 16 min of continuous shooting. If you need it for longer shooting time. I recommend a camcorder or something like it. Panasonic makes good ones.

Scott Singer

I have a few Sony's that I use for what you are doing you can go far with a Sony X70 I use this as my C camera with great results. My prime camera's are Sony FS7.

Analog film camera

Hi guys, Is here anybody from the older generation? if i would like to create an analog film movie, what would i need to make it? I found 1 old camera here (bolex h-16) and i would like to try some play with that. is here anybody with experiences with analog film? Already i am working with Canon AE-1 ...

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Jakub Micuch

Hi Lindbergh, thank you for book advice, i'll try it. Hey, it's nice to know, that they are at Koliba collaborating international! What was that movie? Our cinematography is just growing up now. The c...

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Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

"Behind Enemy Lines" (20th Century Fox). Really enjoyed visiting Bratislava. Most of the crew was picked from all over Europe.

Andrew Sobkovich

Jakub, there are 2 general types of film, negative and reversal. Negative creates a negative image on the original film stock. Reversal creates a positive image on the original film, like slide film....

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Ken Hall

I did this back in film school. It’s an entire process bro. I don’t recommend it unless you 1) have a lot of money to waist & 2) a lot of time. One person cannot make a theatrical film alone in this w...

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Jakub Micuch

Hi guys, really thanks for comments, especially Andrew, your detail explanation was really usefull. Now I am just finding how that camera works, I need to clean it up, cause it is a full of dust.. :)...

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Filming on a budget

Been sitting on my upgrade for awhile waiting on the Samsung Galaxy S8+ to come out. It has 4k cenimatic capabilities which is now industry standard. Can't wait! https://beastgrip.com/blogs/news/the-samsung-galaxy-s8-camera-performanc......

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The Samsung Galaxy S8+ Camera Performance with Beastgrip Gear
The Samsung Galaxy S8+ Camera Performance with Beastgrip Gear
With the recent release of the Samsung Galaxy S8+, all of you in the #BeastgripNation have been incredibly excited to see some sample footage and get our thoughts on its performance. TL;DR: the Galaxy…
Rome Mubarak

Tell me more Ken. Just stating it's not against the article provided above is insufficient.

Ken Hall

All phone cameras shoot in composite HD. They have no raw independent controls in post. The lens is ultra wide and the zoom (if there is one) is digital, not focal. Film is an industry. I’ve been doin...

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Rome Mubarak

Understood and I appreciate the feedback. What's your take on DSLR's shooting "Raw"? ISO1080/ 60sp?

Ken Hall

Most DSLRs are made to be a still camera. The most they can do for video is composite H264, 1080p resolution. The only DSLRs that can do raw video is the higher end Canon models. (I haven’t looked int...

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Rome Mubarak

Lol! Word.So what's your honest professional opinion of the film "Tangerine" and other films shot with 4K phone camera? If you haven't seen or read the reviews it's worth it for those among us on a bu...

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Does Starting with a Comic Book Rather than a Script Save Money

I tell stories in the comic book medium. I'm talking with people about producing them as movies, and one of questions that comes up is whether it at all helps in production to have an already existing comic book. To my way of thinking, you already had one version of the scene as a starting reference...

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Royce Allen Dudley

Do you mean a storyboard? Most re-shoots come from story changes, recasting, technical errors or general lack of planning. But many very cohesive things are shot without even a storyboard, sometimes wi ...

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Preston Poulter

I meant an actual comic book.

Suzette Stewart

The comic book idea makes sense to me you have the main idea of the story which saves time deciding what to write about. How do you make it evolve without being so halting and develop the plot without going out of bounds is what you have to work on.

Kody Chamberlain

It's an interesting theory, but I don’t think it’ll hold. I won’t go so far as to say it will never work, but so far I don’t think it has. Even the most loyal adaptations (Sin City, Scott Pilgrim, Log...

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Ken Hall

No because you still need to do a screenplay, break it down into shots, assign those shots numbers, assign those numbers to shoot days. This is how it has worked for almost 100 years of film making. A...

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Desert plates - small fee

Hi folks. Wondering if anyone based in the desert area in the states capable of knocking off some 4k POV plates riding along the desert..preferably the likes of monument valley or anywhere there's volcanic plugs? general John ford desert area will do. They're to be used as a backdrop for a short fil...

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Andrew Sobkovich

You might try some of the stock footage libraries. This is an offer for 7 days of free downloads, including plates, from an ad in an American Cinematographer junk mail I received https://www.videoblock ...

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