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5 Quick Tricks to Fix a Boring Documentary Project

Par Jourdan Aldredge

If you find yourself working on a documentary project that's starting to get boring, here are some quick tricks to help you get back on track.

7 Top-Notch Tutorials for Learning the Basics of Filmmaking

Par Jourdan Aldredge

From building a crew to shooting and editing a video, here's everything you need to know to begin your filmmaking career.

How “The Mandalorian” Got Feature Film Effects on a TV Budget

Par Rubidium Wu

Stagecraft vs. Green Screen: How Jon Favreau crafted the effects for the epic series The Mandalorian on a not-so-epic TV budget.

Capturing the Kinetic Filmmaking Energy of the Safdie Brothers

Par Jourdan Aldredge

A look into how the Good Time and Uncut Gems filmmakers — Benny and Josh Safdie — create kinetic energy and dynamic color palettes in their films.

DIY: How to DIY a Green Screen on a Budget

Par Charles Yeager

Find the right fabrics, paints, and equipment to make a DIY green screen. Learn how to light and mount your green screen without breaking the bank.

The Future of Browser-Based Creative Review with ftrack and cineSync

Par Chuck Crosswhite

Browser-based creative review is already a staple for collaboration in the industry, so what does ftrack's acquisition of Cospective mean for filmmakers?

The 2010s: The Biggest Filmmaking Moments of the Decade

Par Logan Baker

In ten years, a lot has happened to the world of filmmaking and cinematography. Let's take a look at some of the biggest moments.

The Importance of Capturing and Controlling Specularity

Par Rubidium Wu

Learn how to utilize specular reflections, why it is important you're getting that particular effect, and how to enhance or reduce it.

Shooting Video Interviews with Two People at Once

Par Jourdan Aldredge

Plan accordingly, know the usual problems, and be ready to adjust on the fly: A guide to handling two people at once for sit-down video interviews.

Tips for Shooting Music and Band Documentary Projects

Par Jourdan Aldredge

Let’s dive into the ins-and-outs of the band documentary sub-genre and how to create something that looks — and sounds — awesome.

Learning Curve: Managing a Successful Gimbal Handoff

Par Rubidium Wu

The classic gimbal hand-off is a great technique that can add style and eloquence to an otherwise pedestrian tracking shot.

Cinematography Tips from Watchmen DP Gregory Middleton

Par Chuck Crosswhite

Gregory Middleton shares some behind-the-scenes stories about the cinematography behind Watchmen — as well as some insights for aspiring filmmakers.

Script School: 3 Writing Tips to Improve Your Short Film

Par Robbie Janney

Having trouble writing your script? Here are a few tips to get your creativity flowing so you can discover the path to a great story.

A Look at Vimeo’s Mobile Shooting and Editing App

Par Jourdan Aldredge

Let’s take a quick look at the Vimeo mobile app and some of the updated technologies for smartphone shooting and editing.

Make Your Own Light Control for Quasar-Style Tube Lights

Par Rubidium Wu

In this tutorial, we'll go over how to build an inexpensive — and relatively simple — quasar-style light control using foam core.

The History of Skate Videography: The Unsung Hero of Cinéma Vérité

Par Robbie Janney

Let's dive into the history of the skate video and how skateboarding has influenced the videography and filmmaking landscape.

How to Master Alfred Hitchcock’s MacGuffin Technique

Par Jourdan Aldredge

The mystery and thrill of Alfred Hitchcock's MacGuffin: What it is and how it can be utilized in your next film and video project?

The Secrets of Making Money as a Documentary Filmmaker

Par Jourdan Aldredge

Here are some insightful tips on how to pitch and sell yourself, land the best gigs, and actually get paid for documentary film work.

Find Your New Favorite Tool: Five NLE Alternatives to Premiere

Par Caleb Stephens

Frustrated with Premiere? Tired of the subscription model? Today, we're taking a peek at some of the alternative NLEs available to editors.

“Watchmen” and The Art of Creating Nonlinear Stories

Par Jourdan Aldredge

Taking lessons from Watchmen and other classics, we deconstruct how you can harness the nonlinear style for your film projects.

The Pros and Cons of Forming a Production Company

Par Rubidium Wu

We take a look here at the relative pros and cons of forming your own production company — and when it makes sense to do so.

Making Ford v Ferrari: Cinematography at 100 mph

Par Rubidium Wu

See how director James Mangold relied on tried-and-true methods for shooting scenes at high speed—and invented a few techniques of his own.

3 Lessons in Lighting from Cinematographer Robert Richardson

Par Rubidium Wu

Robert Richardson's eye for the unusual showcases extreme framings and non-realistic lighting. Let's take a look at his signature style.

The Rules of Cinema Vérité Documentary Filmmaking

Par Jourdan Aldredge

Learn the origin of the term cinéma vérité, the vérité tradition, and tips for creating your own cinéma vérité documentary projects.

Has the Mirrorless Silent Mode Feature Killed the Unit Stills Blimp?

Par Lewis McGregor

Unit stills photographers shoot the majority of promotional material and behind-the-scenes stills, but many people don't know much about their role.

The Importance of Camera Movement in “The Irishman”

Par Rubidium Wu

"The Irishman" follows the "heighten naturalism" aesthetic from "The Wolf of Wall Street," injecting a darker, more conspiratorial tone.

Learning Curve: Using a Steadicam for the Right Shot

Par Rubidium Wu

Steadicam operation is a camera skill that requires a lot of equipment and experience, but how hard is it to put on the gear and get a ...

A Guide to Structuring Your Scripts and Screenplays

Par Jourdan Aldredge

When you're structuring your screenplay, there are a number of options to consider if you want the strongest script possible.

Why Tungsten Lighting in Filmmaking Is Still Alive and Thriving

Par Rubidium Wu

Some of the most successful DPs are using tungsten on some of the biggest productions, and for reasons that might surprise you.

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