Sunday, April 28, 2013

Top 3 Training and Tutorial Sites - The Basic Filmmaker Ep 53

What are the top 3 BEST ever filmmaking training and tutorial sites? I also "reflect" on a near death experience. 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Wannabe Filmmakers and Parents - The Basic Filmmaker Ep 52

After a STAGGERING amount of "parents won't support me as a filmmaker, what do I do?" emails, this semi-rant episode will NOT make me popular. Well, whatever. :)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Talk to the World! YouTube Captions! The Basic Filmmaker Ep 51

TALK TO THE WHOLE WORLD with a little extra effort.  Also, I think I've discovered a whole new language! I think I'll call it...YouTube?

Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Story of Continuity - The Basic Filmmaker Episode 50

You all know about continuity, right? Well, what about STORY continuity? IT'S IMPORTANT! Also, I get Meow-ed! :)

Saturday, April 6, 2013

The "MōVI"! WOW!


Didn't see that coming!!

Vincent Laforet shows a behind the scenes and a short shot with the "MōVI", and as he says, "a digital 3-axis gyro-stabilized handheld camera gimbal. The completely silent device weighs under 3.5 pounds bare and can be operated solo, or with the help of a second "gimbal" operator with a joystick to pull off some incredible moves. To read more about it go to:

Here's the end result video:

WOW!! It really is a game changer!!



Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Footage Fail? Fix It! The Basic Filmmaker Ep 47 get home, and realize your footage is AWFUL! Sure, we can learn from these mistakes, but, let's FIX THE FOOTAGE!!! Also...I SHOW THE WORST MULTI-CAM EVER!!!

You get home, load your footage, and find out it sucks!

The other day, I was walking through a park.

And this thought struck me...

What if I just shot crap?

Could I fix it?

So I lifted my camera, turned it to video mode and just started shooting.

I set nothing – no focus, no aperture, I don’t even know what the ISO was.

I got back to my studio and copied the footage into my computer.

Let’s take a look.

I’m surprised I got anything.

And sure enough, the footage was bouncy, the ISO was too high, no ND filter on the lens, to name a few.

Actually it was better than I expected, but,




So I’m “ordinary guy”, just got home, and my footage sucks.

Do I throw it away?


Here’s what I did, and it took me about 5 minutes.

I added the warp stabilizer and let it do its thing.

Then I added the fast color corrector, moved the black slider a bit.

Then I added a curve effect, and tweaked the colors a bit more.

Lastly, I used an unsharp mask to sharpen the footage a bit.

Let’s take a look.

Warp Stabilizer.
Fast Color Corrector.
Unsharp Mask.


Looking at these before and after shots should tell us two things.

One: If you just got done shooting and your footage sucks,
well,that DOES NOT mean all is lost.

Two: If you take the time to set up your shots correctly, then you can REALLY make them look good in post.

I hope that helps, and, thanks for watching!

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