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NLE Showdown: DaVinci Resolve vs. Adobe Premiere Pro — The Cost

Par Lewis McGregor

In this showdown, we look at how these two powerhouse programs affect the user, specifically in regards to how much each program costs.

The Simple, Stable Solution to Rigging Your Lights Anywhere

Par Rubidium Wu

So how can you position your lights exactly where you want them — without the shooting environment constraining your setup?

Mastering the Subtle Techniques of the Zoom and the Punch In

Par John Francis McCullagh

There are several stylistic and technological approaches to communicate information at a distance. We look at two: the zoom and the punch In.

How a Pre-Production Checklist Can Help Your Production

Par Jason Boone

Filmmaking is a puzzle. Let’s examine what a pre-production checklist might look like for a low-budget, narrative short film.

Know the Rules and Regulations of Traveling with Batteries

Par Tanner Shinnick

In this write-up, we take a look at the rules and regulations of flying with batteries for your next filmmaking excursion.

Production Tips: Getting Started with High-Output Lights on Set

Par Rubidium Wu

Today, we’ll look at the three main reasons filmmakers use high-output lights on their set, how to harness this light, and what it’s good for. When people ...

Documentary Tips: Capturing the Who, What, When, Where, and Why

Par Jourdan Aldredge

Documentary film is only as good as its story. Consider the following filmmaking advice when capturing documentary exposition.

Follow Fill: The Simple Solution to Lighting a Difficult Scene

Par Rubidium Wu

Lighting a moving subject and staying out of frame is always difficult. The solution to this problem is easy: follow fill.

Introducing The Content Creator Starter Kit: Folk Horror Films

Par Scott Porter

The dew is settled upon the field, the villagers are dancing, and the demonic goats are screaming your name. Welcome to Folk Horror 101.

Learn How to Speak Filmmaking: Formatting the Screenplay

Par Jason Boone

If you want a smooth production, it’s important to understand the language. Follow along on my journey to write a short film, from pre-production to post.

15 FREE Camera Shake Presets for After Effects and Premiere Pro

Par Todd Blankenship

Add authentic and realistic camera shake to your footage and motion graphics with these 15 FREE presets for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro.

7 DIY Filmmaking Projects You Can Complete in a Weekend

Par Jourdan Aldredge

Expand your filmmaking skill-set in only a weekend with these DIY tutorials for fun, creative, and relatively simple filmmaking projects.

Industry Insights: Turning Short Stories into Beautiful Feature Films

Par Lyndsay Knecht

Adapting short fiction for the big screen can be challenging. These writers and directors shared their ideas on what worked for them.

The Advantages of Hard Light and the Benefits of Using It on Set

Par Rubidium Wu

You can create dramatic compositions by bouncing hard light off something to make it soft, and create sharp edges and punchy, bold images.

Why Filmmakers and Photographers Prefer to Use Soft Light

Par Rubidium Wu

In this article, we take a look at why most filmmakers and photographers prefer to light their subjects with large, soft light sources.

Video Games vs. Feature Films: Why Adaptations Usually Fail

Par Lewis McGregor

While video games include cinematic storytelling, we have to wonder why they rarely translate into good movies. It seems to come down to delivery.

The Biggest B-Roll Mistakes to Avoid When Shooting on the Run

Par Jourdan Aldredge

Here are 5 of the biggest mistakes filmmakers and videographers make when shooting B-roll — and how to avoid them when you’re on the run.

Capturing the Cinematic Moment: Creative Uses for a Color Meter

Par Rubidium Wu

Color has long been one of the primary tools filmmakers use to communicate aspects of their characters and the worlds they live in.

What Is Panavision’s Liquid Crystal Neutral Density (LCND) Filter?

Par Caleb Stephens

Panavision recently announced its brand new LCND filter. We took a look at what it is, how it works, and what to expect from ND filters in ...

Working with a Green Screen Is Easier than Ever — Here’s Why

Par Rubidium Wu

In recent years, working with a green screen has changed. Take a look at a few new factors that have made the process easier than ever.

Where to Find Vintage Lenses (and Tips on How to Use Them)

Par Jourdan Aldredge

Let's take a look at some creative and affordable options into finding, purchasing, and utilizing vintage lenses in your film and video projects.

What the Marvel Cinematic Universe Means for the Future of Film

Par Jourdan Aldredge

What do all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbusters mean for filmmakers and the future development of the industry?

Inside the Electric Department: Lighting, Tools, and Safety Skills

Par Caleb Stephens

The Electric Department is the backbone of any production. Let's look at the roles, tools, and responsibilities behind safely powering a set.

Industry Insights: Filming Documentary Subjects in Conflict Zones

Par Lyndsay Knecht

Michael Rowley's 2018 Telluride selection "Hurdle" dives headfirst into creating a documentary about Parkour in an occupied conflict zone.

7 Tutorials on Adding The “Cinematic” Look to Your Videos

Par Jourdan Aldredge

Here's a bit of advice on breaking down how to create that “cinematic” look — including some helpful and creative resources.

Quality vs. Quantity: What Should You Record While Traveling?

Par Zach Ramelan

While having selection footage is helpful, the key to great storytelling is about quality content, not quantity overload.

4 Older Cinema Cameras That Hold Up to Today’s Standards

Par Tanner Shinnick

With the announcements of so many new cinema cameras, we often forget about the cameras that paved the way for digital cinematography.

From “The Wizard of Oz” to “Transformers”: 100 Years of Color Grading

Par Darin Bradley

Since the early 20th Century, color has been an integral part of cinema. Here's how to recreate some of the most iconic trends in DaVinci Resolve.

Quick and Easy Tips on Shooting and Processing Day for Night

Par Caleb Stephens

In this article, we'll take a look at the basics of shooting day for night footage — as well as post-production processing in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Working as a Grip: Essential Tips for Safety and Success

Par Caleb Stephens

The grip's job is one of the most important and difficult on a film set. Let's take a look at the details and see if gripping is ...