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A future career path wasn’t even a blip on the radar when Sara Dietschy first displayed the determination and moxie that would catapult her to Internet stardom in the traditionally male-driven arena of tech. As a 4-year-old in Grapevine, Texas, she just wanted to play sports with the boys. Dietschy credits her parents, particularly her mother, with the total support that has allowed her to always...
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Sara Dietschy is an anomaly in the tech space. At first glance, you may see a bubbly social butterfly, but ask her anything about photo, video, computers, or technology, and get ready to be schooled. From a precocious beginning in her middle school video class to immersing herself in music while gigging with a band, to her status today as a social media influencer and YouTube phenom, Dietschy (...
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In this segment of Show Us Your Shot, filmmaker Alec Kubas-Meyer gives us a behind-the-scenes look at a video review of the 2018 thriller, Searching. Because the film takes place entirely on a computer desktop, Kubas-Meyer deviated from his usual review technique and chose to mimic the visual style of the film itself. So watch and follow along as he shows his filming setup, and how he...
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Storytelling is in my bones. It’s part of how I function, it’s how I move through the world,” says Caitlin Morris, one of the three co-founders of the women-in-film collective Pitch Her Productions. Launched in 2014 with two of her closest friends, Chanel Waterhouse and Gloria Munoz, this organization is not just a girls’ club, but a place where women striving to get to the top of the film...
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In this segment of Show Us Your Shot, skydiver and aerial cinematographer Laszlo Andacs discusses the possibilities and the challenges of camera work while jumping out of airplanes. The piece is illustrated with breathtaking aerial sequences that capture the beauty and technique of aerial cinematography as the cameraman hurtles toward the ground with cameras mounted on his helmet. You can see...
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In this segment of Show Us Your Shot, visual effects supervisor Adam C. Sager discusses how the team behind the 2018 Tribeca-selected, stop-motion animated short film, Two Balloons, utilized green-screen compositing to isolate and combine various shot elements together into seamless compositions. Writer/Director/Producer: Mark Smith Animation Director: Teresa Drilling Art Director:...
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Jake Estes tells you all about the Lume Cube 2.0, a portable LED photo/video light. Building on the first-generation Lume Cube, the 2.0 has more accurate color rendering, a 90-minute battery life at 100%, and a new low-light mode for adjusting output in 1% increments for creative long-exposure photography....
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A return to form is what I would call the Mac Pro (Late 2019). Not only does it return to a familiar tower form factor, it also makes a statement as one of the most powerful and beautiful computers on which you can edit. A bounty of configuration options for graphics, memory, storage, and processing means that the new Mac Pro can...
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The video camera baseplate—such a basic, humble camera component yet so important to a smooth shoot. Few moments are as aggravating to a camera operator or assistant as struggling to mount their camera with a baseplate that is not quite functioning. So, are high-end, cine-style baseplates worth their weight in gold? While some systems may be close to the current cost of an ounce of gold, luckily...
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In this segment of Show Us Your Shot, director Aaron Barrocas discusses how the production team of the horror-comedy short film Half-Cocked was able to create the illusion, safely, of a character being hit by a car, despite not having the time or budget for stunt performers or wire work. It is important to note that at no point was the actor in any danger, and he never made contact with the...
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The filmmaker behind Learning to Drive, Roderick Stevens, shares his thoughts on his film and filmmaking. Steven Gladstone: How long have you been working in the industry, and how did you get started? Roderick Stevens: I’ve worked in the film industry in some...
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In the segment of Show Us Your Shot, Director Roderick E. Stevens and Cinematographer Daniel Gonsalez, in an effort to accentuate the grounded reality of their hero's journey in the latter half of the film, chose to mix shooting styles and formats, including Super 8 film for the opening flashback scenes, 4k RAW (on a Sony F55) for the first half of the roadtrip with the two brothers, and 35mm (...
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Steven Gladstone: You wear many different hats—writer, producer, director, actor, etc. Do you go by Filmmaker, or is there a distinction? Gregory Blair: If I’m relegated to a single label, I use “Entertainment Professional,” because it is generic and inclusive enough to represent my writing consulting, TV, and theatre work in addition to my various roles in the film industry. SG: How long have...
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Making a complete film that lasts only a minute takes far more time to shoot and edit. Kelly Murray and Hillary Hanak opened up to me about what was involved in making the one-minute-long horror film, 3:13. Steven Gladstone: How long have you been working in the industry, and how did you get started? Kelly Murray: I've been working in film for seven years, since 2012. Growing up, I was involved...
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I had the opportunity to catch up with Jillian Bullock, the filmmaker and creative force behind A Sense of Purpose: Fighting for Our Lives, and she shared some thoughts on making the film and the filmmaking process in general. Steven Gladstone: How long have you been working in the industry, and how did you get started? Jillian Bullock: I’ve been in the industry since 1991 when I graduated from...
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