Celtx is a really cool tool that you can use for screen writing and many other preproduction tasks. Below is a good overview by filmmaker/educator Mike Jones. You can find out more about Celtx here.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
This looks to be a pretty cool new product for us cinematographers. In my spare time I tinker around with ideas about new camera support tools. Here is someone who took my idea (Well, came up with on their own) and developed the crane idea I attempted. But they didn't just stop with the crane aspect. It is also a jib and a slider. I think I need to get one of these.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Here is a link to a great presentation by fimmaker Eric Escobar as he expounds upon the notion that you can't (or shouldn't) fix it in post. Eric is a producer, director, and vfx artist.
One of the really interesting things he does is demonstrate how to break down techniques filmmakers use in their projects. Once you know the "rules" of the show, you can replicate them. He takes a scene from the NBC show "Heroes" to explain his process. Cool stuff...
Here is the video. Click Here
Monday, January 17, 2011
Thinking of creating that perfect super villain? Found some great advice for the fledgling evil lord. Here is a sampling of the top 100 things to look out for:
If I Ever Became an Evil Overlord
- My Legions of Terror will have helmets with clear plexiglass visors, not face-concealing ones.
- My ventilation ducts will be too small to crawl through.
- I will not include a self-destruct mechanism unless absolutely necessary. If it is necessary, it will not be a large red button labelled "Danger: Do Not Push". The big red button marked "Do Not Push" will instead trigger a spray of bullets on anyone stupid enough to disregard it. Similarly, the ON/OFF switch will not clearly be labelled as such.
- One of my advisors will be an average five-year-old child. Any flaws in my plan that he is able to spot will be corrected before implementation.
- The hero is not entitled to a last kiss, a last cigarette, or any other form of last request.
- I will never employ any device with a digital countdown. If I find that such a device is absolutely unavoidable, I will set it to activate when the counter reaches 117 and the hero is just putting his plan into operation.
- I will never utter the sentence "But before I kill you, there's just one thing I want to know."
- When I employ people as advisors, I will occasionally listen to their advice.
- Despite its proven stress-relieving effect, I will not indulge in maniacal laughter. When so occupied, it's too easy to miss unexpected developments that a more attentive individual could adjust to accordingly.
- I will keep a special cache of low-tech weapons and train my troops in their use. That way -- even if the heroes manage to neutralize my power generator and/or render the standard-issue energy weapons useless -- my troops will not be overrun by a handful of savages armed with spears and rocks.
- If my trusted lieutenant tells me my Legions of Terror are losing a battle, I will believe him. After all, he's my trusted lieutenant.
Ah, what a cliched world we live in... You can see the whole list here.
The Evil Overlord List is Copyright 1996-1997 by Peter Anspach
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Found a few interesting tidbits about the web in regards to distribution. Found them on indy film producer Chris Jones' blog Make Film Teach Film. Chris even has a weekly video show he is producing about the filmmaking process. I've seen just a little bit of it, but it does have some helpful info. Here is one video clip I caught on his blog: "New models of film marketing, distribution, and financing in the digital age."
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Every now and then a project comes along that blows you away. I ran across this video and had to share it. Produced all in CGI, it is an incredible feast for the eyes. And to think that just one person, Alex Roman, put this together is mind boggling. So hats off to you Alex. The exterior shots with the trees and fields of grain are amazing.