Scuola di cinema a.k.a. Bone For Tuna

I have just spent the last three hours getting back on track with Broadwalk Empire. Actually I’m not entirely back on track, it will take a few more DVR sessions. Spoiler alert, this post may tell you something you don’t want to know! I have to say I like this third season. It’s not my favorite show, it’s not HBO’s best effort (that would be In Treatment, for me) but it delivers. It’s a solid gangster movie,...

To HTP or Not? That’s the problem

My dear Yorick, how easy it was when the questions were essentially binary: to be or not. A single bit (no pun intended, see below) yet a heavy one: to live or to die? Tough times for a confused, freudian, young prince. But when it comes to DSLR cameras, one bit, just one bit, can make just about the same difference and become a question that people will keep asking about, whispering softly in front of their shiny new digital cameras, ready to...

Flat color correction and After effects

Flat color correction and After effects

This is my very first attempt at an After Effects tutorial, and I’m a wordy, non technical, writer. Hey, I’m a filmmaker, not a compositing wizard, Jim. I always had this issue with exposure: brightening images in post led to a flat, cartoonish look. Not the burn out I’d have got with too much light (I could live with that) but a flat, boring picture that looks like a bad print from the sixties. Every camcorder on the market...

ND Filters (neutral density) and the unnecessary evil of White Balance

One of the simplest ways to change the look or your shots is by using filters. They are made or glass or optical plastic and screw onto a thread on the front of the camcorder’s lens. Probably the best kind of filter to have in your gadget bag may be the graduated. A graduated filter is great for all those numerous occasions when you might be recording a landscape shot, but the sky (which is heavenly!) is considerably brighter than the...

Coverage in video editing

At the conclusion of the shoot I should have a bunch of memory cards each one holding different aspects of coverage. These cards are my masters, just like tapes were masters in the past decade. These are the goldmine that will may ultimately allow me to create a top quality edit. I’m fond of SSD drives, but can’t afford them right now. So I have to shoot compressed but have to say that an mp4 is often as good as an uncompressed...

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