PVC: Directing Motion with Vincent Laforet.
“The collaboration that goes into the filmmaking process is what excites me the most about directing. Being able to work with other people that are super talented in different visual realms is an incredible experience. Producing things collectively gives you something that’s greater than the sum of its parts.” This is what most solos (individual photographers trying to climb atop video skills) don’t get. The faster you grow to hire skilled people, the better your video is going to look. There is no reason to go the ‘old route’ of trying to learn everything yourself, and *then* starting to hire people. Get people right away. Your learning curve will exponentiate immediately, and your stuff will be so much better. Instead of getting kudos from family and friends, you can be competing in the wider stream of professionals.
Youtube/Jay Leno’s Garage: Mille Miglia 2014.
Always worth the watch. 21 minutes. Stretch a coffee break.
Dazed: Watch the heart-bursting new video from Beverly.
Austin kids doing what Austin kids do. Had my eye out for a niece or nephew. No luck. Nothing special, video-wise, just nicely done.
DP Review: Panasonic GH4 samples.
The video capabilities make it the hot camera of the moment, but how are the stills? Caveat: As some have wisely told me, the proof is in the printing, not necessarily in the pixel-peeping.
fxGuide: RenderMan/RIS and the start of next 25 years.
RenderMan was a showstopper when it first came out.
Gizmodo: How to Get Hit in the Head With a Drone.
Quadcopter operators, use blade guards. $20 for a set of blades, $16 for blade guards. You can get super-light carbon fiber guards for like $70. Read about the attachment screw/motor burnout and possible descent issues before purchase. Better to have them; it’s only a matter of time before the crash or injury. The eyes you save may be your own.
AnotherSomething.org: Look over the Watchmakers’ Shoulders.
I was fascinated. I own, of course, mostly windable and self-windable watches. All except for one battery-powered ‘ruggedized’ piece of junk for backcountry use.
Youtube: Steve McQueen’s 1956 Jaguar XKSS - Jay Leno’s Garage.
The real fun starts at 14:00.
ProVideoCoalition: Learning About the How AND Why When It Comes to Cinematography.
“On a TV series the same crew is working on the same sets for months at a time and they get into a rhythm, whereas a commercial crew comes together for a day, shoots like crazy, and disbands for the next job. There’s often no pre rigging of sets, or any sets at all; we don’t have any of the advantages of time and familiarity. That makes it challenging, which also makes it a lot of fun.” He gets the history right. Great article with excellent advice all the way through; don’t miss it if you have any interest at all in filmmaking (DSLR or otherwise). Consider this a high recommendation from myself, an ‘old’ A/V dude.
EOSHD: Watch a 6K Red Dragon sample video in 4K VP9.
VLC or Chrome required. Of interest.
fxguide: Future threat/X-Men/Days of Future Past.
Another FX reel, just because.
Vimeo: MPC Godzilla VFX breakdown - sneak peak.
Everyone will enjoy a little Godzilla this afternoon. [‘peak’ - their spelling, not mine. Sic.]
EOSHD.com: Panasonic GH4 Review.
Likely most of what you’re dying to know: “None of the other 4K solutions at the moment including the upcoming Sony A7S are as practical or as affordable as the GH4 for shooting cinematic 4K.”
EOSHD: Best small camera for 1080/60p – Panasonic GX7 and A6000 review.
Of note. Panasonic seems to be making people happy these days.
Youtube/Carpool: Sir Patrick Stewart.
Brilliant hook for doing informal interviews. I need to try this, when folks visit Santa Fe.
Vimeo: Twenty Eight Feet - life on a little wooden boat.
Looks lovely; yet among books I’ve read about longtime sailors, eating fish constantly made them crave land-animal meat to an inordinate degree.
Vimeo: The Last Man on the Moon - Trailer.
Powerful. Jim Lovell’s aged quite a bit since I last saw him (he was a keynote speaker at some shows I was involved in). I suppose my child-memory thinks of these guys as age-proof.
Youtube: F1 car in traffic.
Feels like a stunt (people on the bridge), but still a bit of entertainment.
Messy Nessy Chic: The Great Parisian Waiters Race.
Vimeo: ObliqueFX - REEL 2014.
Sorry, I’m an addict for VFX reels.
Youtube: 3 random strangers make an awesome song.
A smile for today.
CNBC: GoPro gets ready to go public, but is it a good investment?
I was just wondering … remember the Flip video camera? It was all the rage for … two years? Where’d it go? Video is going to be iterating very swiftly over the next couple of years. Very swiftly.
Art of VFX: NON-STOP: VFX Breakdown.
Always interesting to see. I can’t imagine how hard it is for modern actors to deal with the domination of greenscreen. I’d start singing Kermit the Frog’s “It’s Not Easy Being Green” every time I walked into a greenscreen effects studio setup.
PATAKK. Blog of mindbending GIFs.
The Art of VFX: Spider Man 2, the animations.
Still fascinating, even though I’m not an SM fan.