Monday, October 12, 2015

Public Domain Footage

Here is a link to public domain footage websites: Click Here

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Free Video Editing Software

Hey all, there are some great options out there for free editing apps.  PVC recently posted an article, The Best and Free Video Editing Software, listing some new options.

HitFilm 3 Express
Looks like a great option to learn the ropes.  Has all the basic functionality that you need.  Even has some great compositing options.
 HitFilm 3

Fusion 7
VFX and motion graphics.

DaVinci Resolve Lite
Color correction and editing.

There was a followup article with some more VFX and animation options here.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011

The DollyCrane

DollyCrane Demo from Andrzej Dybowski on Vimeo.

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.
You can find out more at their website. Click here.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Plug-ins Won't Save You

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

Advice for the Evil Overlord

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
  1. My Legions of Terror will have helmets with clear plexiglass visors, not face-concealing ones.
  2. My ventilation ducts will be too small to crawl through.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The hero is not entitled to a last kiss, a last cigarette, or any other form of last request.
  6. 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.
  7. I will never utter the sentence "But before I kill you, there's just one thing I want to know."
  8. When I employ people as advisors, I will occasionally listen to their advice.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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

ShapeShifter Short

ShapeShifter from Charlex on Vimeo.

This is an amazing short film. Just had to share.