Archive for July, 2012

Free Filmmaking Course Offer – “Fundamentals of Video: Cameras and Shooting”

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

The good folks at are offering a limited time (July 28 – Aug. 10), no charge opportunity for everyone to experience one of their great filmmaking courses:  Fundamentals of Video: Cameras and Shooting. The course is taught by veteran filmmaker, Anthony Q. Artis – the author of the “Shut Up and Shoot…” filmmaking guides and an instructor at NYU Film School.  The length of the course runs just shy of 3 hours (2:58:00) and is appropriate for all skill levels of filmmakers. All you have to do to get this free access is go to their Facebook tab [highlight]here[/highlight] and “Like” them.

[notice]Please note that the comp offer only runs from July 28 – August 10, 2012[/notice]

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Here’s the synopsis of the course from
Embark on the very first steps in the process of creating moving images. In this course, author Anthony Q. Artis, a veteran of the film and television industry, introduces the core ideas behind how video cameras capture moving images. The course covers foundational concepts of lighting, such as why light is important, what kinds of lights to look for, and where to put lights relative to a subject. In addition, Anthony discusses sounds, an often-misunderstood aspect of video, and shows how to properly set up mics and adjust audio levels on a shoot.

Topics include:
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  • Exploring the different types of video cameras
  • Understanding how to focus
  • Shooting with shallow depth of field
  • Understanding exposure
  • Using ND filters to correct overexposure
  • Using gain to brighten an underexposed shot
  • Choosing the right shutter speed
  • White-balancing a shot
  • Working with a tripod
  • Shooting handheld
  • Using a boom microphone
  • Setting up a 4-point lighting scene
  • Using corrective gels

You can watch the course’s introduction video here (00:03:04).

Make Your Own Animated Movies with Source Filmmaker

Friday, July 27th, 2012

The Source Filmmaker (SFM) is a software moviemaking tool built by Valve – the video game makers of Portal & Portal 2, Team Fortress 2 and “Meet the…” short films.  SFM gives users the ability to make animated movies by repurposing the video game world (the base game assets from Team Fortress 2 and “Meet the Team” short films) into a virtual movie studio.

This is not for the novice user – but if you have experience in video editing and/or 3D animation you will hit the ground running with this incredible tool.  There’s a Youtube channel full of tutorials that can be found here.  Oh… did I mention that it’s FREE!  All you need is a Steam account (also free) – then you can download SFM here.

Check out their introduction video that will explain it all (below):


Vyclone – A New iPhone App that Merges Footage from Multiple Cameras

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Vyclone, a cool new filmmaking app just launched.  It’s a free mobile app that let’s users co-create, sync and edit multiple videos of a shared event.  The result can be made into a single movie that incorporates multiple camera angles.  It reminded me of how the late Adam Yauch (a.k.a. Nathanial Hörnblowér, a.k.a. MCA) directed Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That! (IMDB) – where camcorders were given to 50 audience members of a sold out Beastie Boys concert in 2004.  Cut to 2012 where everyone has a camera on their phone – making this type of collaborative filmmaking a much easier task.  That is what Vyclone’s co-founder noticed…

Working as a musician for years, I noticed that people were always taking video of their favorite moments of each concert, but there was no way for them to share their different viewpoints with each other,” said co-founder and chief creative officer Joe Sumner. “We created Vyclone to solve that problem and the result is something that goes far beyond concerts to finding a new medium for expression.”

Here are the list of features listed from
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  • Ability to film from four different camera angles in a variety of filters including black & white and sepia
  • Simple video editing tools including one-tap and multi-camera editing
  • Option to share videos privately, with friends or the Vyclone community
  • One-tap sharing to Facebook and Twitter or to the camera roll on iPhone or iPod touch to share anywhere
  • Discover featured, new, and popular content from Vyclone’s active community
  • Ability to tag friends and events, comment on videos, like videos, and follow other Vyclone users

Currently, it’s only available for the iPhone and iPod Touch (iTunes Store link) – and it’s FREE!  Check it out.

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Filmlinker Redesign Update

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Filmlinker is going through a redesign.  It’s the first change since the site’s initial launch back in 2007.  This has been a long time coming – so here’s the basic updates:

    • New logo – I thought the old one was very stale and needed an update.
    • New WordPress Theme – minimalistic & more flexible with the latest WP versions.
    • New Links Directory – biggest change of all.  You can now submit your own links!


That’s all for now.  There’s still some minor bugs that need to be fixed – so I’d greatly appreciate any feedback you can contribute.