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...

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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/basicfilmmaker
Email: thebasicfilmmaker@gmail.com
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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!

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Reach The Basic Filmmaker...

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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...

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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)
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(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
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(16) 1/4" (inside diameter)

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

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

Furniture Tips
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(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

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Reach The Basic Filmmaker...

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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