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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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In this segment of Show Us Your Shot, filmmaker Jillian Bullock filmed a scene in Fairmount Park, in Philadelphia, in the summer: “We headed out early to beat the heat, but we had a problem with the DJI Ronin Gimbal, which wasn’t cooperating. This meant we had to do more takes of the scene. I made sure we had plenty of water bottles available for cast and crew. More care was given to the lead...
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The filmmakers behind Clickbait, Michael Epstein and Sophia Cacciola (collectively Filmmakers), share some thoughts on their film and filmmaking. Steven Gladstone: How long have you been filmmakers, and how did you get started? Filmmakers: While we’ve each had a lifelong interest in film and filmmaking,...
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Rotolight has just announced the Titan X2, a 2x1 RGBWW LED light fixture with just about everything you need built in, and with a very modern look that’s sure to impress your client. The brand that became a favorite for its well-made ring lights and circular on-camera lights has...
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In this segment of Show Us Your Shot, filmmaker Sophia You, Executive Producer Samantha Tan, and Creator Jenna Lam guide us through the filming of an episode of Ambitious, a web series about an Asian-American girl who cannot seem to find a place where she feels she belongs. In the final scene of the series’ finale, she placed the two main characters inside a frame within a frame to suggest that...
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In the segment of Show Us Your Shot, Director Roderick E. Stevens and Cinematographer Daniel Gonzalez explored a few options for safely capturing the driving scenes in this road movie, including using a 70" LED TV as a background, before settling on green screen for compositing. This also freed Stevens up to manipulate the art direction and color grading further to create a contrast between the...
Show Us Your Shot: Faking Desert Conditions in Pennsylvania
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In this segment of Show Us Your Shot, filmmaker Jillian Bullock explains how her DP created a desert shot at night, while shooting in Pennsylvania. We had filmed some scenes at the Bill Pickett Riding Academy, in Philadelphia, a horse-riding stable. My DP, Lamont Fountain, and I were there trying to figure out where we could...
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