By Eduardo Angel | Saturday, September 13, 2014
Nowadays dolly shots can be found in nearly every film, from indie low-budget productions to high-end Hollywood blockbusters. Technically speaking, the dolly setup is simple, consisting of a mobile platform, a construction upon which the platform glides, and the camera. You can achieve this camera movement with a dolly on tracks, a dolly on wheels, or—for faster, easier setups—a slider (see the latest Video Gear Weekly episode for more tips on sliders). Dolly shots are also often referred to as tracking or trucking shots.
By Ashley Kennedy | Friday, September 12, 2014
Scene from the 1913 film “The Evidence of the Film”
In the very early days of film, nearly all editing positions were held by women. Female editors, or “cutters” as they were called, were known as the stitchers and menders of the craft. The work was all done by hand; it was low-paid and women rarely received screen credits for their work.
Fast forward to a century later, and although advancing film technologies have made the work easier and more efficient, the proportion of women editing motion pictures has gone from a majority to a low minority—extending the Hollywood gender divide to yet another area of motion picture-making.
By Richard Harrington | Saturday, September 06, 2014
Now you can get your shot from the sky without having to buy a separate camera. The Phantom 2 Vision lets you capture your overhead shot with its built-in camera.
In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, my guest host Francis Torres and I will show you how the DJI Phantom 2 Vision camera works.
By Eduardo Angel | Friday, September 05, 2014
Camera movement is a powerful tool in filmmaking. It can infuse a scene with drama, track a characters’ movements, direct the viewer’s attention, reveal key details in a scene, and transition between shots in a sequence.
There are essentially six types of camera motion techniques: tilts, pans, dollies, trucks, pedestals, and arcs—and you can accomplish all of these with a handheld camera.
By Robbie Carman | Saturday, August 30, 2014
In an interview or close up shot, setting a soft background with bokeh is a really popular look.
Ultra fast prime lenses allow you to work with more of a set’s natural light to help you create that soft look, while keeping the focus area crisp and sharp.
This week on Video Gear weekly, Rich and I shed light on why a fast prime lens should be in your camera bag.
By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
I woke up on Saturday to find a new link posted to a popular video editors forum I belong to. It was advertising lots of free tutorials, available to anyone.
I looked closer at the post, and noticed that the tutorials were mine—those I had recorded under contract for lynda.com. As a special bonus, the collection even came with a cracked (unauthorized) copy of the software that I teach!
By Richard Harrington | Saturday, August 23, 2014
Weather, dust, and scratches, oh my! When getting into position for a great shot, there are many things that can damage your video gear.
However, there are just as many strategies that can keep your equipment out of harm’s way.
This week on Video Gear Weekly, I take you to Dig This! in Las Vegas to show you multiple ways to keep your gear safe while shooting outdoors.
By Ashley Kennedy | Friday, August 22, 2014
Have you ever shut yourself in an unventilated closet for hours at a time during the hottest, most humid months of the year?
It’s fun—let me tell you.
And if you’ve watched any of my courses on lynda.com, you’ve probably heard my voice speak through the sweaty resilience that resulted from such a setup. But no longer.
Life is looking up, and it’s thanks to the life-changing addition of a WhisperRoom recording booth to my professional setup.
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