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iPhone Filmmaking: The Touchscreen Media Revolution (Article/Tutorial)

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Making an independent film, with a low budget is most easily possible through the iphone. While Droid devices may have some of these options, for my money, only the iphone replaces all my technical equipment needs for making films. And its use as an image acquisition device isn’t restricted to Indie films; iphone video clips were used in the Holly wood movie, THE AVENGER, and even some Oscar-winning…


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The Do’s & Don’ts of Successfully Directing Actors (Article/Tips)

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As we prepare for John Badham’s new book, John Badham on Directing, it seemed a great time to look at some advice from his last book, Creative Wars: I’ll be In My Trailer. This piece comes straight from John Badham’s experience as a director and it rings just as true for the microfilmmaker with a $3000 budget as it does for the Hollywood director with a $300 million budget. However, these rules are perhaps most important to the microfilmmaker, because a microfilmmaker doesn’t have a studio sending someone to babysit him on his film and, if he screws the rules up, he doesn’t have the financial resources to recast it…


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Rock It Like Spielberg: Color Isolation Effect with Colorista II (Tutorial)

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Ever wanted to give your film some real Hollywood magic? We’ve all seen the incredible shot in Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, where everything is in black and white except for the little girl’s cloak, which is red. Bet you wish you could do something equally powerful with color! Well, Michele Yamazaki from Toolfarm explains how to…


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Getting Near Perfect Video From Your New Camera: The Basics

With the right knowledge and right project in mind, even a security camera can create compelling images!

When you get a new camera, the first thing you want to know is: what are the best settings to make it look like a million dollars? The short answer: you’re already asking the wrong questions. This does not mean there aren’t ways to tweak your camera, but those are final touches to some much more preliminary understandings. The radio station you listen to while you drive your car is a much later choice than learning how to drive your car in the first place.


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