Keying and Background Removal in Photoshop, Part 2: Primatte Chromakey (Article/Tutorial)

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Articles, Featured, General, Software, Tips, Tutorials | 0 comments

If you work in video, you may be familiar with Red Giant Primatte Keyer. Red Giant’s Primatte and Digital Anarchy Primatte Chromakey both use Primatte chromakey technology, developed by Imagica Corporation in 1982. [Wikipedia] The last update for Primatte Chromakey for Photoshop was January 2012, but it does work in current versions of Photoshop.

Read More

Keying and Background Removal in Photoshop, Part 1: The Pre-Process (Article/Tutorial)

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Articles, Featured, General, Tips, Tutorials | 0 comments

If you’re working with still photography, it’s often necessary to cut someone out of the background to place them into a new scene or to add special effects. While there is no specific “Chroma Key Tool” that is built into Photoshop, it still has great tools for removing the background and other elements from an image, non-destructively.

Read More

Behind the Magic: How to Cut a Behind-the-Scenes Featurette (Article/Tutorial)

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Articles, Behind-the-Scenes, Event Coverage, Featured, General, Industry, Specific Projects, Tutorials | 0 comments

Despite my big plan to quit editing last year, I somehow ended up cutting nearly all the behind-the-scenes material for Ren, including a dozen YouTube videos and 30-odd exclusive set diaries which have just been released for sale. Guess I just have a fondness for BTS stuff.

Read More

Lighting & Cinematography Basics: Where to Put Your Key Light (Tips/Tutorial)

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Articles, Behind-the-Scenes, Featured, General, Tips, Tutorials | 0 comments

What angle the key light hits a character at is a KEY (groan) decision for a director of photography. The lighting featurette [I posted on my site a while back] looked at some of the options, but today I’d like to expand on those with some more up-to-date examples.

Imagine a clock face. You’re looking down on the scene and your talent is at the center with their eyeline to twelve o’clock.

Read More

Neither Rain nor Sleet: Shooting in a Downpour (Tips/Tutorial)

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Articles, Behind-the-Scenes, Featured, General, Retrospectives, Specific Projects, Tips, Tutorials | 1 comment

Rain. How we’d love to go inside and have a cup of tea when the old British precipitation interrupts a shoot, but quite often the schedule demands that we carry on regardless. Here are a few tips for filming in the wet stuff. Cover the Camera

If you don’t have a proper rain cover, a transparent recycling bag with a couple of holes cut in it will usually do the job, but have someone hold an umbrella over the camera at all times as added protection. If you have them, put on a matte box and top flag to keep rain off the lens.

Read More

Creating Content & Helping Fans Connect: Blogging Tips (Tips/Tutorial)

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Articles, Behind-the-Scenes, Featured, General, Tips, Tutorials, Walk Throughs | 0 comments

I recently passed the milestone of my 1,000th blog post, and many people have asked me how I have the discipline to keep writing posts week in, week out. I think the key is to see it as an opportunity, not an obligation: an opportunity to connect with and help others in your field; an opportunity to promote yourself; an opportunity to marshal your thoughts and solidify things you’ve learnt by communicating them to others. Sometimes I see my blog as a giant virtual notebook – I’m just keeping my notes publicly – and I often refer back to my own posts to remind myself how I did something or what mistakes I need to avoid this time around.

“But I don’t have anything to write about,” is a common refrain. I doubt this is true. I’m constantly surprised that I manage to keep coming up with ideas for posts, but there is nothing special about me. If I can do it, you can do it too...

Read More