Sunday, November 25, 2012

Pro Secret, Hobbit Swords, and Time Travel - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 31



I share a Pro Filmmaking Secret to overcoming stumbling blocks, and describe why you would want to time travel with a Lord of the Rings Hobbit Sword.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Filmmaking, Halo 4, Forward Unto Dawn - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 28



Become better at film making with the Halo 4 Release and Forward Unto Dawn, and a Ghost.

Forward Unto Dawn Episodes:
Episode 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfJVgXBfSH8
Episode 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K56gSEJ6IGc
Episode 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbBYG77VeCE
Episode 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ_xn889cSk
Episode 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gULQ5GFIkcA
BTS Warthog: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le6TQCk2j7I

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Create That YouTube Channel! - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 27



Here's some tips, do's and don'ts, and opinions on creating, setting up, or making a YouTube channel better! Plus, some really bad acting! Best, BFM

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Lapel Mic Showdown! - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 25




By popular request, I compare a high-end ($300) lapel mic against a low-end ($18) lapel mic and of course, the $300 one is way better! Or is it?

LINKS TO THE SOUND GEAR IN THIS EPISODE:
Zoom H1: http://tinyurl.com/7mu5tb2 
Zoom H4n: http://tinyurl.com/8wnefkp 
Audio Technica ATR-3350 Lapel Mic (Cheap!): http://tinyurl.com/8wrtg3z 
Rode Lapel Mic (Not Cheap!): http://tinyurl.com/8zt9xu7 
Rode MiCon-2 Connector (3.5mm Stereo): http://tinyurl.com/ctk8q9d 
Rode Micon Extension Cable: http://tinyurl.com/9cs77pt 

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ABOUT THE BASIC FILMMAKER:
I post videos, short films, DIY build projects you've never seen before, After Effects tutorials, and cover cameras, gear, sliders, makeup, DSLRs, cranes, jibs, dolly's, stabilizers, shoulder rigs, rail systems, green screen tutorials, and answering any question you ask about filming.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

CRAP SOUND, MINI MUSIC VIDEO, AND MORE! - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 23


Sound again? Yep! Let's get rid of crappy sound - FOREVER! Plus, possibly the shortest music video ever made, and 2 mini-episodes of ultra stupid.

SOUND STUFF:
Zoom H1: http://tinyurl.com/7mu5tb2 
Zoom H4n (better): http://tinyurl.com/8wnefkp 
Rode Videomic: http://tinyurl.com/7w5bx6d 
Cheap Lav Mic: http://tinyurl.com/8wrtg3z 
Not Cheap Lav Mic (Way Better): http://tinyurl.com/8zt9xu7 

Best, BFM

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Popinator


Good shooting, good editing, decent sound, good message delivery, and fun video.

Enjoy!

BFM

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Projectors and Awesome Sauce!


Willow - Sweater from Filip Sterckx on Vimeo.


You may like or not like the music or the video style on this, but I think it's brilliant.

A great idea using three projectors in a studio, thinking outside the box (and a lot of work) and you can end up with awesome sauce!

Best,

BFM


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Jimmy Stewart, Cool People, and Posters! - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 22



A few people wanted my Code of a Filmmaker in poster form (me too).

Well, thanks to Jim Stewart (the graphic artist, not the actor, who out of the blue created this thing) they're now available!

UPDATE 09/17/2012
TIFF version to download for printing: http://bit.ly/filmcodefull
JPEG version to download for viewing: http://bit.ly/filmcodesm

The poster can be ordered here: http://www.imagekind.com/CODE-OF-A-FILMMAKER_art?IMID=8d40964f-f1a2-4006-adc9-d723d1b86f35

You can also upload your posters here and get them printed: http://www.overnightprints.com

Jim Stewart (the designer, not the actor) on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/drax02

Knoptop (who spawned the idea) on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/knoptop

Best, BFM

Monday, September 10, 2012

Better Heads! - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 21



"Talking head" videos aren't that hard to make look good. Here's how you can make yours look good in about 30 seconds in Premier Pro, After Effects, Sony Vegas and more!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Smackies - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 20



Do you or your actors get those irritating mouth clicks (the "smackies")? Well, here's what professional voice over artists do to fix it, and it's EASY!

Best,

BFM

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Code of a Filmmaker - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 19




Most professions have a set of principles they generally agree to. I made one for Filmmakers!

I hope you like it and share it with others.

THE CODE OF A FILMMAKER (CODE ONLY VIDEO):



Best, BFM

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Sometimes Ya Just Gotta Play Dress Up



Sometimes, you end up on a shoot, and everyone is way more comfortable when you dress the part.

Seriously...who's gonna feel in character with some guy in jeans behind the camera? :)

 Best,

BFM

Monday, August 13, 2012

GEAR AND STUFF! - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 18



So, you want to make films and videos? Well, you're gonna need some gear! In this episode, I cover some of the gear new and budding filmmakers will want to eventually get, and some tips and advices on when to buy them. Best, BFM

Saturday, August 11, 2012

After Effects, Video Copilot, Andrew Kramer and Element 3D




If you use After Effects, and don't follow Andrew Kramer and Video Copilot, well, I don't know what to say. You're missing out on great free stuff, awesome plugins, and some of the best After Effects tutorials in the universe.

This new offering, Element 3D, is just ridiculously awesome.

The only negative comments I've heard is that you might have to learn some 3D terminology to understand it fully. Ah....well...OK!

Go here and enjoy: http://www.videocopilot.net


Best,

BFM

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Simple 2-step Color Correction in After Effects, Premier, Vegas


Color Correcting film is an art. It takes time, skill, and a good eye. Wait! What about simple videos? Well, here's a 2-step process for color correcting your videos in After Effects, Premier Pro and Sony Vegas.

Best,

BFM

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Hocus Pocus of DSLR Focus - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 16



I am getting a lot comments from new DSLR users about how to keep a DSLR in focus while shooting video. Well, without getting into follow focus systems and shot planning, here's an answer!

Best, BFM

Monday, July 2, 2012

1500 Subscribers! Thank You! - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 13



I just wanted to thank everyone personally for helping to make The Basic Filmmaker a success. I just reached the 1500 subscriber mark, and really appreciate everyone who helped.

Here's looking to the next 1500, 5000, and over 9000!

Here's a playlist for all the episodes so far: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA5D45B87EC643AAB

Reach The Basic Filmmaker...

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheBasicFilmmaker
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/basicfilmmaker
Email: thebasicfilmmaker@gmail.com
Home: http://www.thebasicfilmmaker.com
Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/thebasicfilmmaker

A FEW cool YouTube Channels you should subscribe to:

http://www.youtube.com/knoptop
http://www.youtube.com/thefrugalfilmmaker
http://www.youtube.com/FilmIn5d
http://www.youtube.com/LJtutorials
http://www.youtube.com/indymogul

About The Basic Filmmaker...

I will be posting videos, short films, DIY build projects you've never seen before, After Effects tutorials, and covering cameras, gear, sliders, makeup, DSLRs, cranes, jibs, dolly's, stabilizers, shoulder rigs, rail systems, green screen tutorials, and answering any question you ask about film making.

The music "90 Seconds of Funk" is licensed by me and can be obtained from: http://www.audionautix.com

Thanks to my YouTube Favs...
Video Copilot, Andrew Kramer, FreddieW, Film Riot, The Frugal Filmmaker, Knoptop, Indy Mogul and Corridor Digital for trail blazing, and, to YouTube and Vimeo for giving filmmakers a home.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

DSLR Lighting Techniques from Eve Hazelton and Phillip Bloom


DSLR Lighting Techniques from Eve Hazelton



Lighting Techniques 2 - Eve Hazelton



Complete Greenscreen with Eve Hazelton


Hands down the best series of green screen and lighting techniques I have found (also where I got my 3 minute green screen episode).

Enjoy!

-- BFM

Need Good Audio Recording? This will help!



This is great coverage of recording audio and different mics.

You'll be tempted to blow it off at first, as you'll hear a lot of noise.

That was intentional - there's a loud humidifier in the studio to make noise on purpose.

Very informative if you're looking into sound.

Enjoy!

BFM

A Day In The Life - I Love My Job


Taking Direction



Look, look, look.

Touch Ups

Yes, zoom in on the eyes to focus

It's easier to check again before you call ACTION!

I love actors. :)

Yes, you have to direct, but you also have to listen.

Did I say focus on the eyes? Yes.

Great sound comes from great sound guys.

3 takes. Done. NICE!


Director of Photography (DP) Side

Actor side.


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Lenses - Zoom, Prime, and Cinema - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 12



Prime, Zoom and Cinema Lenses. Which ones do you need? Find out in this episode!

Please like, comment and subscribe: http://tinyurl.com/78tf9qk

Some cheaper lenses talked about in this Episode...

28mm Wide Angle Lens: http://tinyurl.com/7ycoo3n
50mm Nifty Fifty: http://tinyurl.com/7c7wsaa
28-135mm Zoom Lens: http://tinyurl.com/8xq738a

Reach The Basic Filmmaker...

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheBasicFilmmaker
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/basicfilmmaker
Email: thebasicfilmmaker@gmail.com
Home: http://www.thebasicfilmmaker.com
Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/thebasicfilmmaker

A FEW cool YouTube Channels you should subscribe to:

http://www.youtube.com/knoptop
http://www.youtube.com/thefrugalfilmmaker
http://www.youtube.com/FilmIn5d
http://www.youtube.com/LJtutorials
http://www.youtube.com/indymogul

About The Basic Filmmaker...

I will be posting videos, short films, DIY build projects you've never seen before, After Effects tutorials, and covering cameras, gear, sliders, makeup, DSLRs, cranes, jibs, dolly's, stabilizers, shoulder rigs, rail systems, green screen tutorials, and answering any question you ask about film making.

About the gear used...

Canon DSLR, 28 mm prime lens, Zoom H1, After Effects, Audition and Sony Vegas Pro.

Where to get some not so expensive (relatively) gear for filmmaking...

White Balance Filter: http://tinyurl.com/7e4k3rr
Green Screen Kit: http://tinyurl.com/7nuzr2v
Canon T2i 550D: http://tinyurl.com/breu6bj
Canon T3i 600D: http://tinyurl.com/c4uzyoh
Canon T4i 650D: http://tinyurl.com/6mgjou9
28mm Wide Angle Lens: http://tinyurl.com/7ycoo3n
50mm Lens ("Nifty Fifty"): http://tinyurl.com/7c7wsaa
28-135mm Zoom Lens: http://tinyurl.com/8xq738a
Zoom H1: http://tinyurl.com/7mu5tb2
Zoom H4n: http://tinyurl.com/6qdz6ts
Rode Videomic: http://tinyurl.com/7w5bx6d

The music "Chemistry" is licensed by me and can be obtained from: http://www.footagefirm.com

Thanks to my YouTube Favs...
Video Copilot, Andrew Kramer, FreddieW, Film Riot, The Frugal Filmmaker, Knoptop, Indy Mogul and Corridor Digital for trail blazing, and, to YouTube and Vimeo for giving filmmakers a home.

I love it when I can help someone out. :)

Nice Use of Robotics In Film - Keanu Reeves - Kungfu Proof of Concept

Thursday, June 21, 2012

After Effects on an iPad??!! What???!!! - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 11



WHAT!!??? You can use After Effects. Premier Pro, Sony Vegas, or ANYTHING on your computer from ANYWHERE on your iPad, Android, or iPhone????

Yep! In this episode, I show you how you can do this, and it's crazy easy.

Here's what you do:

1. Go to http://www.logmein.com and download LogMeIn to your computer, then download the version for your iPad, iPhone, Android, or whatever device you want. IT'S FREE!

2. After the setup and install and stuff, leave your computer on, and open an After Effects project (or whatever).

3. Go somewhere with WiFi, like a coffee shop or another planet. :)

4. Click around, render, do whatever.

SUGGESTED USES:

1. You forgot to hit the render button before you left. No problem!

2. You're at a coffee shop and want to check how the render's going. Well, continue to enjoy coffee heaven and check it out!

3. You want to trick your boss into thinking your computer is haunted! Cool!

I am sure a lot of people will come up with endless ideas on ho\w to use this, so LEAVE A COMMENT AND LET ME KNOW!

LEGAL LAWYER TYPE NOTICE THINGY: I DO NOT REPRESENT, WORK FOR, GET PAID FOR, OR RECEIVE ANYTHING FROM LOGMEIN.COM FOR THIS. I JUST WANTED TO SHARE IT BECAUSE IT'S AWESOME!

Please like, comment and subscribe: http://tinyurl.com/78tf9qk

Reach The Basic Filmmaker...

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheBasicFilmmaker
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/basicfilmmaker
Email: thebasicfilmmaker@gmail.com
Home: http://www.thebasicfilmmaker.com
Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/thebasicfilmmaker

A FEW cool YouTube Channels you should subscribe to:

http://www.youtube.com/knoptop
http://www.youtube.com/thefrugalfilmmaker
http://www.youtube.com/FilmIn5d
http://www.youtube.com/LJtutorials
http://www.youtube.com/indymogul
http://www.youtube.com/oliviatechvideos

About The Basic Filmmaker...

I will be posting videos, short films, DIY build projects you've never seen before, After Effects tutorials, and covering cameras, gear, sliders, makeup, DSLRs, cranes, jibs, dolly's, stabilizers, shoulder rigs, rail systems, green screen tutorials, and answering any question you ask about film making.

About the gear used...

Canon DSLR, 28 mm prime lens, Zoom H1, After Effects, Audition and Sony Vegas Pro.

Where to get some not so expensive (relatively) gear for filmmaking...

White Balance Filter: http://tinyurl.com/7e4k3rr
Green Screen Kit: http://tinyurl.com/7nuzr2v
Canon 550D: http://tinyurl.com/breu6bj
Canon 600D: http://tinyurl.com/c4uzyoh
50mm Lens ("Nifty Fifty"): http://tinyurl.com/7c7wsaa
Zoom H1: http://tinyurl.com/7mu5tb2
Rode Videomic: http://tinyurl.com/7w5bx6d

The music "Chemistry" is licensed by me and can be obtained from: http://www.footagefirm.com

Thanks to my YouTube Favs...
Video Copilot, Andrew Kramer, FreddieW, Film Riot, The Frugal Filmmaker, Knoptop, Indy Mogul and Corridor Digital for trail blazing, and, to YouTube and Vimeo for giving filmmakers a home.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Expert Filmmakers: THE MARMALADE: Behind the scenes (Super Slow Motion Effects)



Wow!

A special effects studio in Germany called THE MARMALADE had created a high speed robot used to take some seriously high speed film shots.Watch the whole thing, and watch for the super speed shot as the robot camera follows a falling glass of wine to the floor. Absolutely amazing.

You can read more about these guys here: http://www.themarmalade.com/about

Traveling, Remote Islands and Protecting Your Gear - The Basic Filmmaker...



Traveling to a remote island? You'd better take some precautions for your gear! Here's the 3 main things I found you need to pay attention to!

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Reach The Basic Filmmaker...

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheBasicFilmmaker
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/basicfilmmaker
Email: thebasicfilmmaker@gmail.com
Home: http://www.thebasicfilmmaker.com
Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/thebasicfilmmaker

A FEW cool YouTube Channels you should subscribe to:

http://www.youtube.com/knoptop
http://www.youtube.com/thefrugalfilmmaker
http://www.youtube.com/FilmIn5d
http://www.youtube.com/LJtutorials
http://www.youtube.com/filmriot
http://www.youtube.com/indymogul
http://www.youtube.com/oliviatechvideos
http://www.youtube.com/freddiew

About The Basic Filmmaker...

I will be posting videos, short films, DIY build projects you've never seen before, After Effects tutorials, and covering cameras, gear, sliders, makeup, DSLRs, cranes, jibs, dolly's, stabilizers, shoulder rigs, rail systems, green screen tutorials, and answering any question you ask about film making.

About the gear used...

Canon DSLR, 28-135mm lens, Zoom H1, edited in After Effects and Sony Vegas Pro.

Where to get some not so expensive (relatively) gear for filmmaking...

White Balance Filter: http://tinyurl.com/7e4k3rr
Green Screen Kit: http://tinyurl.com/7nuzr2v
Canon 550D: http://tinyurl.com/breu6bj
Canon 600D: http://tinyurl.com/c4uzyoh
50mm Lens (low end): http://tinyurl.com/7c7wsaa
50mm Lens (high end): http://tinyurl.com/88mez6u
Zoom H1: http://tinyurl.com/7mu5tb2
Rode Videomic: http://tinyurl.com/7w5bx6d

The music "Chemistry" is licensed by me and can be obtained from: http://www.footagefirm.com

Thanks to my YouTube Favs...
Video Copilot, Andrew Kramer, FreddieW, Film Riot, The Frugal Filmmaker, Knoptop, Indy Mogul and Corridor Digital for trail blazing, and, to YouTube and Vimeo for giving filmmakers a home.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

OliviaTech DIY Mini Camera Jib Crane ($40) Covered In Detail - The Basic...



Build this OliviaTech DIY jib for about $40! I give all the details, dimensions, hardware, test shots and comments. And yeah, it's awesome! Read the description...there's a lot of info here!

About this video:

I ran across this jib from OliviaTech.com and decided to build and test it. After figuring out all the exact dimensions and hardware, I decided to share it for all and make a DIY video. OMG!!! You guys who do DIY videos...Master Kudos! these take a LONG time to put together!

I include a full explanation of everything, all hardware needed, all aluminum parts needed, how to build it, the links to OliviaTech, and even some awesome test shots!

Check out OliviaTech.com for this jib and other cool stuff:

OliviaTech jib: http://oliviatech.com/how-to-make-a-diy-camera-jib
OliviaTech video: http://youtu.be/dyPvfpouPzk

Aluminum parts can be obtained from: http://www.onlinemetals.com.

You'll need:

1" x 1" x 1/8" thick channel (angle)
----------------------------------------------------
(3) 3" long
(2) 7" long

3/4" x 1/16" think square aluminum (tube)
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(2) 7" long
(1) 3 foot long
(1) 4 foot long

Hardware can be obtained from Home Depot, Lowe's, an auto parts or local hardware store.

You'll need:

1/4-20 Hex Head Bolts
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(3) 3" long
(4) 1-1/2" long
(2) 1" long
(1) 3/4" long (specific to my mounting

Lock Nuts
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(9) 1/4"-20 as shown

Nylon Flanged Bushings
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(8) 1/4" (inside diameter) x 5/16" long

Flat Washers
----------------------
(16) 1/4" (inside diameter)

Fender Washer
--------------------------
(1) 3/8" (insider diameter) specific to my weights

PVC Plugs
-----------------
(3) 3/4" specific to my weights

Furniture Tips
--------------------
(6) 3/4"

Your weight and mounting system may be different. Here's the weights from OliviaTech.com and my Manfrotto mount and plate:

Weights: http://tinyurl.com/84g55rd
Manfrotto Mount: http://tinyurl.com/82kujdz

Please like, comment and subscribe: http://tinyurl.com/78tf9qk

Reach The Basic Filmmaker...

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheBasicFilmmaker
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/basicfilmmaker
Email: thebasicfilmmaker@gmail.com
Home: http://www.thebasicfilmmaker.com
Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/thebasicfilmmaker

A FEW cool YouTube Channels you should subscribe to:

http://www.youtube.com/knoptop
http://www.youtube.com/thefrugalfilmmaker
http://www.youtube.com/FilmIn5d
http://www.youtube.com/LJtutorials
http://www.youtube.com/filmriot
http://www.youtube.com/indymogul
http://www.youtube.com/oliviatechvideos
http://www.youtube.com/freddiew

About The Basic Filmmaker...

I will be posting videos, short films, DIY build projects you've never seen before, After Effects tutorials, and covering cameras, gear, sliders, makeup, DSLRs, cranes, jibs, dolly's, stabilizers, shoulder rigs, rail systems, green screen tutorials, and answering any question you ask about film making.

About the gear used...

DIY Jib, White Balance Filter, Green screen with 2 lights, 3-point lighting, Canon DSLR, 35mm lens, off and on camera mics, edited in After Effects and Sony Vegas Pro.

Where to get some not so expensive (relatively) gear for filmmaking...

White Balance Filter: http://tinyurl.com/7e4k3rr
Green Screen Kit: http://tinyurl.com/7nuzr2v
Canon 550D: http://tinyurl.com/breu6bj
Canon 600D: http://tinyurl.com/c4uzyoh
50mm Lens (low end): http://tinyurl.com/7c7wsaa
50mm Lens (high end): http://tinyurl.com/88mez6u
Zoom H1: http://tinyurl.com/7mu5tb2
Rode Videomic: http://tinyurl.com/7w5bx6d

The music "Chemistry" and "Playing Hooky" are licensed by me and can be obtained from: http://www.footagefirm.com

Thanks to my YouTube Favs...
Video Copilot, Andrew Kramer, FreddieW, Film Riot, The Frugal Filmmaker, Knoptop, Indy Mogul and Corridor Digital for trail blazing, and, to YouTube and Vimeo for giving filmmakers a home.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Expert Filmmakers: Ken Ralston and Jay Redd, Men in Black 3


Read all about these visual effects gurus, Ken Ralstonabd Jay Redd, part of Men in Black 3, Alice in Wonderland 3D, Beowulf, The Polar Express, Cast Away, Star Wars: Episode VI, Back to the Future, Jumanji, Forrest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Star Trek , Monster House, The Haunted Mansion, Stuart Little, Waterworld, Babe...Gesssh! 

 They're Pros!

 

  


Thanks to Creative Cow Magazine for posting great stuff like this!

Best,

The Basic Filmmaker


Monday, June 4, 2012

Sliders, Shots and Konova - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 08



Sliders are freakin expensive! Here's a slider and some sample shots for a not so expensive (well, relatively) creamy smooth ball bearing slider.

Konova Slider: http://tinyurl.com/84qt9u8

Konova Test Shots Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ALf1ph7U8c

YouTube: Please like, comment and subscribe: http://tinyurl.com/78tf9qk

Reach The Basic Filmmaker...

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheBasicFilmmaker
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/basicfilmmaker
Email: thebasicfilmmaker@gmail.com
Home: http://www.thebasicfilmmaker.com
Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/thebasicfilmmaker

A FEW cool YouTube Channels you should subscribe to:

http://www.youtube.com/knoptop
http://www.youtube.com/thefrugalfilmmaker
http://www.youtube.com/FilmIn5d
http://www.youtube.com/LJtutorials
http://www.youtube.com/filmriot
http://www.youtube.com/indymogul
http://www.youtube.com/freddiew

About The Basic Filmmaker...

I will be posting videos, short films, DIY build projects you've never seen before, After Effects tutorials, and covering cameras, gear, sliders, makeup, DSLRs, cranes, jibs, dolly's, stabilizers, shoulder rigs, rail systems, green screen tutorials, and answering any question you ask about film making.

About the gear used...

Konova K Slider, White Balance Filter, Green screen with 2 lights, 3-point lighting, Canon DSLR, 35mm lens, off and on camera mics, edited in After Effects and Sony Vegas Pro.

Where to get some not so expensive (relatively) gear for filmmaking...

Konova Slider: http://tinyurl.com/84qt9u8
White Balance Filter: http://tinyurl.com/7e4k3rr
Green Screen Kit: http://tinyurl.com/7nuzr2v
Canon 550D: http://tinyurl.com/breu6bj
Canon 600D: http://tinyurl.com/c4uzyoh
50mm Lens (low end): http://tinyurl.com/7c7wsaa
50mm Lens (high end): http://tinyurl.com/88mez6u
Zoom H1: http://tinyurl.com/7mu5tb2
Rode Videomic: http://tinyurl.com/7w5bx6d

The music "Chemistry" can be obtained from from Footage Firm.

Thanks to my YouTube Favs...
Video Copilot, Andrew Kramer, FreddieW, Film Riot, The Frugal Filmmaker, Knoptop, Indy Mogul and Corridor Digital for trail blazing, and, to YouTube and Vimeo for giving filmmakers a home.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Expert Filmmakers: Steadicam Shots On Hugo By Larry McConkey

Master Steadicam operator Larry McConkey mounted a GoPro to his Steadicam rig, to show a long single-take scene. Now realize this guy is lugging around an enormous Arri Alexa 3D rig on this Steadicam!

Watch the the intricate level of blocking and planning. 360-degree scenes, walls moving so they can slide in behind the chair, and an audio boom following and keeping up.




Here's the completed shot which is amazing:



And here's a short 2 minute personal interview with him.



Larry received the 2008 SOC Mobile Camera Platform Operator Award, and is truly a film professional and master of his art.

Best,

The Basic Filmmaker

Monday, May 28, 2012

Jump Cuts In Video - Which Should I Use? - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 07



Please like, comment and subscribe: http://tinyurl.com/78tf9qk

Hey!!! There's More Stuff Down Here!... ↓

About this video...

What are jump cuts? Find out in this episode when you should use them, and when you should not.

A FEW cool YouTube Channels you should subscribe to:

http://www.youtube.com/knoptop
http://www.youtube.com/thefrugalfilmmaker
http://www.youtube.com/filmriot
http://www.youtube.com/indymogul
http://www.youtube.com/freddiew

Reach The Basic Filmmaker...

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheBasicFilmmaker
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/basicfilmmaker
Email: thebasicfilmmaker@gmail.com
Home: http://www.thebasicfilmmaker.com
Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/thebasicfilmmaker

About The Basic Filmmaker...

I will be posting videos, short films, DIY build projects you've never seen before, After Effects tutorials, and covering cameras, gear, sliders, makeup, DSLRs, cranes, jibs, dolly's, stabilizers, shoulder rigs, rail systems, green screen tutorials, and answering any question you ask about film making.

About the gear used...

White Balance Filter, Green screen with 2 lights, 3-point lighting, Canon DSLR, 35mm lens, off and on camera mics, edited in After Effects and Sony Vegas Pro.

Where to get some not so expensive (relatively) gear for filmmaking...

White Balance Filter: http://tinyurl.com/7e4k3rr
Green Screen Kit: http://tinyurl.com/7nuzr2v
Canon 550D: http://tinyurl.com/breu6bj
Canon 600D: http://tinyurl.com/c4uzyoh
50mm Lens (low end): http://tinyurl.com/7c7wsaa
50mm Lens (high end): http://tinyurl.com/88mez6u
Zoom H1: http://tinyurl.com/7mu5tb2
Rode Videomic: http://tinyurl.com/7w5bx6d

The music "Chemistry" can be obtained from from Footage Firm.

Thanks to my YouTube Favs...
Video Copilot, Andrew Kramer, FreddieW, Film Riot, The Frugal Filmmaker, Knoptop, Indy Mogul and Corridor Digital for trail blazing, and, to YouTube and Vimeo for giving filmmakers a home.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Lighting - Inside, Outside, Green Screen - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 06





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About this video...

There's lots of tutorials about lighting out there. I cover a few additional comments about this subject.

A FEW cool YouTube Channels you should subscribe to:

http://www.youtube.com/knoptop
http://www.youtube.com/thefrugalfilmmaker
http://www.youtube.com/filmriot
http://www.youtube.com/indymogul
http://www.youtube.com/freddiew

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Email: thebasicfilmmaker@gmail.com
Home: http://www.thebasicfilmmaker.com
Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/thebasicfilmmaker

About The Basic Filmmaker...

I will be posting videos, short films, DIY build projects you've never seen before, After Effects tutorials, and covering cameras, gear, sliders, makeup, DSLRs, cranes, jibs, dolly's, stabilizers, shoulder rigs, rail systems, green screen tutorials, and answering any question you ask about film making.

About the gear used...

White Balance Filter, Green screen with 2 lights, 3-point lighting, Canon DSLR, 50mm lens, off and on camera mics, edited in After Effects and Sony Vegas Pro.

Where to get some not so expensive (relatively) gear like that...

White Balance Filter: http://tinyurl.com/7e4k3rr
Green Screen Kit: http://tinyurl.com/7nuzr2v
Canon 600D: http://tinyurl.com/c4uzyoh
50mm Lens (low end): http://tinyurl.com/7c7wsaa
50mm Lens (high end): http://tinyurl.com/88mez6u
Zoom H1: http://tinyurl.com/7mu5tb2
Rode Videomic: http://tinyurl.com/7w5bx6d

The music "Chemistry" can be obtained from from Footage Firm.

Thanks to my YouTube Favs...
Video Copilot, Andrew Kramer, FreddieW, Film Riot, The Frugal Filmmaker, Knoptop, Indy Mogul and Corridor Digital for trail blazing, and, to YouTube and Vimeo for giving filmmakers a home.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Cords, Cables, Poop And Bringing Order - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 05



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About this video...

Problems managing and storing cords and cables? In this episode I tell you how taking a poop can help!

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Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/thebasicfilmmaker

About The Basic Filmmaker...

I will be posting videos, short films, DIY build projects you've never seen before, After Effects tutorials, and covering cameras, gear, sliders, makeup, DSLRs, cranes, jibs, dolly's, stabilizers, shoulder rigs, rail systems, green screen tutorials, and answering any question you ask about film making.

About the gear used...

White Balance Filter, Green screen with 2 lights, 3-point lighting, Canon DSLR, 50mm lens, off and on camera mics, edited in After Effects and Sony Vegas Pro.

Where to get some not so expensive (relatively) gear like that...

White Balance Filter: http://tinyurl.com/7e4k3rr
Green Screen Kit: http://tinyurl.com/7nuzr2v
Canon 600D: http://tinyurl.com/c4uzyoh
50mm Lens (low end): http://tinyurl.com/7c7wsaa
50mm Lens (high end): http://tinyurl.com/88mez6u
Zoom H1: http://tinyurl.com/7mu5tb2
Rode Videomic: http://tinyurl.com/7w5bx6d

The music "Chemistry" can be obtained from from Footage Firm.

Thanks to my YouTube Favs...
Video Copilot, Andrew Kramer, FreddieW, Film Riot, The Frugal Filmmaker, Knoptop, and Corridor Digital for trail blazing, and, to YouTube and Vimeo for giving filmmakers a home.

Friday, May 11, 2012

How Do I Edit Green Screen Footage In 3 Minutes? - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 04




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About this video...

I've had numerous questions about how to pull a good green screen. This is known as pulling a key, chroma key, replacing a green background, etc.

Well, here's the tutorial on how you do the perfect green screen removal process in After Effects and drop in a background that looks really real in about 3 minutes or less.

Special thanks go to Phillip Bloom, Eve Hazelton and the Realm Team for originally including part of this in a full lighting tutorial.

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About The Basic Filmmaker...

I will be posting videos, short films, DIY build projects you've never seen before, After Effects tutorials, and covering cameras, gear, sliders, makeup, DSLRs, cranes, jibs, dolly's, stabilizers, shoulder rigs, rail systems, green screen tutorials, and answering any question you ask about film making.

About the gear used...

White Balance Filter, Green screen with 2 lights, 3-point lighting, Canon DSLR, 50mm lens, off and on camera mics, edited in After Effects and Sony Vegas Pro.

Where to get some not so expensive (relatively) gear like that...

White Balance Filter: http://tinyurl.com/7e4k3rr
Green Screen Kit: http://tinyurl.com/7nuzr2v
Canon 600D: http://tinyurl.com/c4uzyoh
50mm Lens (low end): http://tinyurl.com/7c7wsaa
50mm Lens (high end): http://tinyurl.com/88mez6u
Zoom H1: http://tinyurl.com/7mu5tb2
Rode Videomic: http://tinyurl.com/7w5bx6d

The music "Chemistry" and "Playing Hooky" can be obtained from from Footage Firm.

Thanks to my YouTube Favs...
Video Copilot, Andrew Kramer, FreddieW, Film Riot, The Frugal Filmmaker, Knoptop, and Corridor Digital for trail blazing, and, to YouTube and Vimeo for giving filmmakers a home.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

How Do I Setup White Balance For Video? - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 03



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About this video...

Now you've got your camera, all the settings are correct, but things look wonky! Well...you need to set your white balance before each shoot, and once you know how to do it, it will take about 10 seconds!

Get the White Balance Filter as shown...

http://tinyurl.com/7e4k3rr

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About The Basic Filmmaker...

I will be posting videos, short films, DIY build projects you've never seen before, After Effects tutorials, and covering cameras, gear, sliders, makeup, DSLRs, cranes, jibs, dolly's, stabilizers, shoulder rigs, rail systems, green screen tutorials, and answering any question you ask about film making.

About the gear used...

White Balance Filter, Green screen with 2 lights, 3-point lighting, Canon DSLR, 50mm lens, off and on camera mics, edited in After Effects and Sony Vegas Pro.

Where to get some not so expensive (relatively) gear like that...

White Balance Filter: http://tinyurl.com/7e4k3rr
Green Screen Kit: http://tinyurl.com/7nuzr2v
Canon 600D: http://tinyurl.com/c4uzyoh
50mm Lens (low end): http://tinyurl.com/7c7wsaa
50mm Lens (high end): http://tinyurl.com/88mez6u
Zoom H1: http://tinyurl.com/7mu5tb2
Rode Videomic: http://tinyurl.com/7w5bx6d

Thanks to my YouTube Favs...
Video Copilot, Andrew Kramer, FreddieW, Film Riot, The Frugal Filmmaker, Knoptop, and Corridor Digital for trail blazing, and, to YouTube and Vimeo for giving filmmakers a home.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Clarification of DSLR Camera Setup - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 02.5




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About this video...

I had quite a few questions from Episode 2, how to setup the DSLR camera for video (http://youtu.be/ZwVBQ6FG2d8).

In this episode, I clarify them!

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About The Basic Filmmaker...

I will be posting videos, short films, DIY build projects you've never seen before, After Effects tutorials, and covering cameras, gear, sliders, makeup, DSLRs, cranes, jibs, dolly's, stabilizers, shoulder rigs, rail systems, green screen tutorials, and answering any question you ask about film making.

About the gear used...

Green screen with 2 lights, 3-point lighting, Canon DSLR, 50mm lens, off and on camera mics, edited in After Effects and Sony Vegas Pro.

Where to get some not so expensive (relatively) gear like that:

Green Screen Kit: http://tinyurl.com/7nuzr2v
Canon 600D: http://tinyurl.com/c4uzyoh
50mm Lens (low end): http://tinyurl.com/7c7wsaa
50mm Lens (high end): http://tinyurl.com/88mez6u
Zoom H1: http://tinyurl.com/7mu5tb2
Rode Videomic: http://tinyurl.com/7w5bx6d

Thanks to my YouTube Favs...
Video Copilot, Andrew Kramer, FreddieW, Film Riot, The Frugal Filmmaker, Knoptop, and Corridor Digital for trail blazing, and, to YouTube and Vimeo for giving filmmakers a home.

Monday, April 23, 2012

How Do I Setup My DSLR Camera For Video? - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 02





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About this video...
So you've got that new awesome Camera. So...how the heck do you set it up for video?

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About The Basic Filmmaker...

I will be posting videos, short films, DIY build projects you've never seen before, After Effects tutorials, and covering cameras, gear, sliders, makeup, DSLRs, cranes, jibs, dolly's, stabilizers, shoulder rigs, rail systems, green screen tutorials, and answering any question you ask about film making.

About the gear used...

Green screen with 2 lights, 3-point lighting, Canon DSLR, 50mm lens, off and on camera mics, edited in After Effects and Sony Vegas Pro.

Where to get some not so expensive (relatively) gear like that:

Green Screen Kit: http://tinyurl.com/7nuzr2v
Canon 600D: http://tinyurl.com/c4uzyoh
50mm Lens (low end): http://tinyurl.com/7c7wsaa
50mm Lens (high end): http://tinyurl.com/88mez6u
Zoom H1: http://tinyurl.com/7mu5tb2
Rode Videomic: http://tinyurl.com/7w5bx6d

Thanks to my YouTube Favs...
Video Copilot, Andrew Kramer, FreddieW, Film Riot, The Frugal Filmmaker, Knoptop, and Corridor Digital for trail blazing, and, to YouTube and Vimeo for giving filmmakers a home.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

What Camera Should I Get? - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 01



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About this video...
This is the first Basic Filmmaker Episode 1. I hope you like it!
The most asked question I've got since the beginning of the universe is, "WHAT KIND OF CAMERA SHOULD I GET?"

So I decided to answer it!

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About The Basic Filmmaker...

I will be posting videos, short films, DIY build projects you've never seen before, After Effects tutorials, and covering cameras, gear, sliders, makeup, DSLRs, cranes, jibs, dolly's, stabilizers, shoulder rigs, rail systems, green screen tutorials, and answering any question you ask about film making.

About the gear used...

Green screen with 2 lights, 3-point lighting, Canon DSLR, 50mm lens, off and on camera mics, edited in After Effects and Sony Vegas Pro.

Where to get some not so expensive (relatively) gear like that:

Green Screen Kit: http://tinyurl.com/7nuzr2v
Canon 600D: http://tinyurl.com/c4uzyoh
50mm Lens (low end): http://tinyurl.com/7c7wsaa
50mm Lens (high end): http://tinyurl.com/88mez6u
Zoom H1: http://tinyurl.com/7mu5tb2
Rode Videomic: http://tinyurl.com/7w5bx6d

A most excellent iPhone video...

http://youtu.be/I-KrhgwtXLg

Here's how it was done...

http://youtu.be/Ptz_ybNRavg

Thanks to my YouTube Favs...
Video Copilot, Andrew Kramer, FreddieW, Film Riot, The Frugal Filmmaker, Knoptop, and Corridor Digital for trail blazing, and, to YouTube and Vimeo for giving filmmakers a home.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

I Am A Space Marine Honey Badger (Game Commercial Parody)



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About The Basic Filmmaker...

I will be posting videos, short films, DIY build projects you've never seen before, After Effects tutorials, and covering cameras, gear, sliders, makeup, DSLRs, cranes, jibs, dolly's, stabilizers, shoulder rigs, rail systems, green screen tutorials, and answering any question you ask about film making.

About this video...

Six months ago, I put this together for a dear friend in the office who is into everything Space Marine (it's a game). This is a parody of the original Space Marine commercial with Lance Hendrickson and Tricia Helfer.

I decided to cut it down a bit and give it a home on YouTube.

Here are the links to the actual Space Marine products or companies:

http://www.spacemarine.com
http://www.youtube.com/THQInsider
http://www.thq.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Marines_%28Warhammer_40,000%29
http://www.games-workshop.com/

About the gear used...

Green screen with 2 lights, actors with 3-point lighting, Canon DSLR, 50mm lens, off and on camera mics, edited in After Effects and Sony Vegas Pro.

Where to get some not so expensive (relatively) gear like that:

Green Screen Kit: http://tinyurl.com/7nuzr2v
Canon 600D: http://tinyurl.com/c4uzyoh
50mm Lens (low end): http://tinyurl.com/7c7wsaa
50mm Lens (high end): http://tinyurl.com/88mez6u
Zoom H1: http://tinyurl.com/7mu5tb2
Rode Videomic: http://tinyurl.com/7w5bx6d

Thanks to my YouTube Favs...

Video Copilot, Andrew Kramer, FreddieW, Film Riot, The Frugal Filmmaker, Knoptop, and Corridor Digital for trail blazing, and, to YouTube and Vimeo for giving filmmakers a home.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Question Answered: What Film Gear Do You Use?


I'm often asked, "What gear do you use for shooting videos and commercials?"

The pictures above and text below should answer that question. BTW...you DO NOT need all this stuff to create great videos, as you'll see in an upcoming YouTube episode. In fact, that episode will cover how LITTLE you need to create great videos.

But...if you're wondering what all that is, read on...

Somewhere in all that stuff is a HDSLR camera using 32gig Class 10 cards.

The photo above also shows a 50mm f/1.8 fixed lens with image stabilization (I always go back to this lens - it just works).

The camera is mounted on a quick release plate which slides onto a set of 15mm rails with a follow focus. This allows me to "unmount and go" with the camera.

Part of the rail package includes a shoulder mount in back and a set of handle grips up front, mounted to a very good fluid head using another quick release plate so I can "unmount and go" with the whole unit for run and gun shooting.

Sometimes I also mount this rig onto a medium size slider (not shown) if I need silky smooth slider or reveal shots.

This is all is mounted to a tripod that goes as low as 8" and as high as 72" for very low and very high shots.

At the front of the lens mounted to the rails is a matte box to control light bleeding into the lens, and the back the camera has a magnetic 3x pop off viewfinder so I can really zero in on the eye focus.

The top of the camera hosts an adjustable (both angle and brightness) LED light and shotgun video microphone in a shock mount.

Also attached to this rig is an HDMI video monitor with "magic arm" mount, and a stereo recorder with pop filter in front. The stereo recorder also has a lapel mic and headphone set (not shown).

I also use a full 10 foot x 16 foot green screen, two green screen lights, and three more lights with filters for a three-point lighting system.

I do have other lenses and gear, but mostly it's the rig above and the studio lighting and green screen.

Thanks for asking the question! It was a nice inventory to make sure some of my stuff didn't "wander away" on my last shoot. :)

You can post any questions or requests here, by email, or my Facebook or Twitter pages.

NOW GO CREATE SOMETHING!

Best, Kevin


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