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Cameo Enters the Video App Filmmaking Market

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Cameo is the latest addition to the video plus social networking app market. As with every new release into this crowded marketplace – users will ask (in a whining voice) – what’s new and different than Vine, Instagram, YouTube Capture, and all the others? Answer: A lot! First, Cameo vids are cloud based – all videos are stored in the Cloud (for free). It does not use the space in your phone (unless you want the final product to be there). Nice, but what else you got? Cameo allows users to shoot 720p HD (mp4 format) videos on their iPhones or iPads (requires iOS 7) with up to three friends – giving users the ability to collaborate, in real time. They also have a fully functional editing suite and a library of effects like 16 and 35mm, colors and themes like Luminous, Analog, Pop, Chromatic, and much more.

Users can make 2 minute short films with 6 second clips at a time (this gives Vine veterans the skill-set to expand their limited 6 second creations). You can also trim the 6 sec clips to utilize the most relevant parts and edit them all together.

Check out their intro video:


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Cameo allows you to easily create beautiful short films on your own or with friends. Cameo is the first app to bring professional-grade video effects and styles to users of any skill level. Download now and get creative.

  • Unlimited video creation
  • Free professional-grade effects and fonts
  • Film in real-time with friends
  • Instantly share on Cameo as well as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr
  • 720p HD video is embeddable on any website or blog
  • Save HD videos to your phone so you can upload to YouTube, Vimeo, or Instagram
  • Cloud storage so video clips don’t take up space on your phone
  • Follow friends and other creators
  • Like and comment on each other’s Cameos

–from official Cameo page on Apple iTunes App store.
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You can download the Cameo app for free at the Apple iTunes App store.

Use Moby’s Music Catalog for Free on Your Indie Film via MobyGratis

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Moby – the prolific DJ/Musician just re-launched MobyGratis – his free music service for independent filmmakers. Moby’s extensive music catalog has over 150 music tracks available to license for free*. MobyGratis is described as “a resource for independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or short.”

Check out the catalog and browse by instrument, tempo, genre, etc. All you need to do is create an account and submit an application for the tracks that you’d like. The approval process takes about 24 hours.

Check it out:

 

After you complete your film utilizing Moby’s music – you can share it with the mobygratis community by uploading it to YouTube or Vimeo.

*The music is free as long as it’s used in non-commercial films. If/when your film becomes commercial, the license changes and all royalties will go to the Humane Society. Be sure to read all the terms when you set up an account with mobygratis.

Top Filmmaking Pinterest Boards and Pins

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

At this point in time, everyone’s probably heard of Pinterest — the pinboard/scrapbook photo-sharing website that allows users to create theme-based “boards” by “pinning” image or video collections found on the web. There are a lot of Pinterest profiles and boards dedicated to film/cinema/movies, but I’ll only focus on the ones that are specific to filmmaking. Here are the best ones I found…

Cinescopophilia (cinescopophilia.com)


Ted Hope (film producer)


dbykov (art director, designer)


Abelcine


Shootblue (digital cinematography equipment based in London)


Tierible (Thierry Saint-Paul – Filmmaker, Cinematographer)


The Black and Blue (Evan Luzi – Camera Assistant and author)


Red Rock Micro (sells cinema accessories)


Roger Duck (video producer, web developer, and marketer)


Peter Feuersenger (digital producer)


Ben Mallaby (Director and Cinematographer)


MORE USEFUL BOARDS:

SoShare Your Large Media Files For Free

Monday, February 18th, 2013

SoShare is a new free file sharing/delivery service (currently in public Beta) that works through BitTorrent. You can send as many large video, audio and image files, or any other type of file – up to a terabyte of data in each transfer. All for free! The only limit that I can see is that the files are only available for 30 days.

“With SoShare, you can send files of any size. You can collaborate on media projects with friends and co-workers. Ideas are free. And so is SoShare. There are no caps or size limits on creativity.” – from official SoShare site.

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Summary Highlights:

  • Send bundles up to a terabyte in size, totally free.
  • Sharing is as easy as email. They get the files, you get a receipt.
  • The SoShare plug-in enables pause/resume and fast transfers.

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Check it out.

12 TED Talks on The Power of Film

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

This is a new playlist (TED’s collections of talks around a topic) that focuses on a theme that we all appreciate: The Power of Film.

“These carefully curated talks emphasize the evocative medium of film — be it to convey emotion, to protest, to educate or simply to entertain.” Few things are as magical as sitting back in a theater with a hushed crowd to enjoy a film, but what you see on the screen isn’t everything. Hear from visionaries — from Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood — on how to make movies.” – Curated by TED – from “The power of film (12 talks)

There are over 3 hours of “talks” here – averaging about 16 minutes each. Definitely worth your time. Check it out…

Here are the 12 Talks (Curated by TED):

1. Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story (19:16)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
Filmmaker Andrew Stanton (“Toy Story,” “WALL-E”) shares what he knows about storytelling — starting at the end and working back to the beginning.

2. Rob Legato: The art of creating awe (16:27)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
Rob Legato creates movie effects so good they (sometimes) trump the real thing. In this warm and funny talk, he shares his vision for enhancing reality on-screen in movies like Apollo 13, Titanic and Hugo.

3. JJ Abrams: The mystery box (18:02)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
J.J. Abrams traces his love for the unseen mystery –- a passion that’s evident in his films and TV shows, including Cloverfield, Lost and Alias — back to its magical beginnings.

4. Adam Sadowsky engineers a viral music video (14:28)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
The band “OK Go” dreamed up the idea of a massive Rube Goldberg machine for their next music video — and Adam Sadowsky’s team was charged with building it. He tells the story of the effort and engineering behind their labyrinthine creation that quickly became a YouTube sensation.

5. Beeban Kidron: The shared wonder of film (13:12)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
Movies have the power to create a shared narrative experience and to shape memories and worldviews. British film director Beeban Kidron invokes iconic film scenes — from Miracle in Milan to Boyz n the Hood — as she shows how her group FILMCLUB shares great films with kids.

6. James Cameron: Before Avatar … a curious boy (17:08)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
James Cameron’s big-budget (and even bigger-grossing) films create unreal worlds all their own. In this personal talk, he reveals his childhood fascination with the fantastic — from reading science fiction to deep-sea diving — and how it ultimately drove the success of his blockbuster hits “Aliens,” “The Terminator,” “Titanic” and “Avatar.”

7. Shekhar Kapur: We are the stories we tell ourselves (21:14)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
Where does creative inspiration spring from? At TEDIndia, Hollywood/Bollywood director Shekhar Kapur (“Elizabeth,” “Mr. India”) pinpoints his source of creativity: sheer, utter panic. He shares a powerful way to unleash your inner storyteller.

8. Ed Ulbrich: How Benjamin Button got his face (18:07)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
Ed Ulbrich, the digital-effects guru from Digital Domain, explains the Oscar-winning technology that allowed his team to digitally create the older versions of Brad Pitt’s face for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

9. Adam Savage: My obsession with objects and the stories they tell (15:38)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
Adam Savage talks about his fascination with the dodo bird, and how it led him on a strange and surprising double quest. It’s an entertaining adventure through the mind of a creative obsessive.

10. Deborah Scranton on her “War TApes” (17:36)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
Filmmaker Deborah Scranton talks about and shows clips from her documentary The War Tapes, which puts cameras in the hands of soldiers fighting in Iraq.

11. David Hoffman on losing everything (04:00)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
Nine days before TED2008, filmmaker David Hoffman lost almost everything he owned in a fire that destroyed his home, office and 30 years of passionate collecting. He looks back at a life that’s been wiped clean in an instant — and looks forward.

12. Franco Sacchi tours Nigeria’s booming Nollywood (17:34)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
Zambia-born filmmaker Franco Sacchi tours us through Nollywood, Nigeria’s booming film industry (the world’s 3rd largest). Guerrilla filmmaking and brilliance under pressure from crews that can shoot a full-length feature in a week.

On My Block NYC Film Challenge

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

On My Block is a film challenge that brings communities closer together by inviting filmmakers to create short narrative or documentary (1-5 minutes) films on their NYC block . The only rule (besides being located in one of the 5 New York City boroughs) is that you can only use your neighbors within a one block radius for all the cast and crew of your film. Read all the rules and eligibility requirements here.

Also, check out their “Filmmaking Steps” for some production tips – like how to recruit your crew, Pre & Post steps and more.

Watch Ryan O’Hara Theisen, one of the co-founders of On My Block Films, explain the mission behind OMB Films and some of the benefits of being an On My Block filmmaker:
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Once your film is submitted and approved, it’ll screen online on the OMB Vimeo Channel. After Oct. 31st, it goes offline and the top scoring (most amount of Vimeo Likes) 30 films move on to Judges round. They’ll pick the final 15 which will be screened at a yet to be disclosed location in New York City.

Submissions are open until October 31, 2012. Submit your film now.

Tom Cruise (Dot Com) Offers Guidance to Aspiring Filmmakers

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

I was pleasantly surprised that TomCruise.com has a series of filmmaking posts and guides that cover a wide spectrum of information and resource links for anyone interested in a career in movies. [note title=”Pictured:” align=”right” width=”250″] Tom Cruise with director, Steven Spielberg on the set of Minority Report. Photo from tomcruise.com [/note]Admittedly, I am a fan of Mr. Cruise’s films, but I’m not one that peruses actors/celebrities’ websites. I’ll credit Filmmaking.net for making me aware of these articles and guides when it recently published a post that referenced one of these articles from tomcruise.com. I greatly appreciate and sympathize the effort that the team at tomcruise.com put into their accumulation of numerous links in their guides (similar to what I do here at Filmlinker).

The TomCruise.com team wants to help you make your Hollywood dreams come true! Whether you are an aspiring actor, director and filmmaker, film editor, producer, screenwriter, stuntman or visual effects artist, we have complied guides for several of the most in-demand professions in the movie and television industry.” – tomcruise.com


Check out the list of guides that they’ve compiled:
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TOMCRUISE.COM “ASPIRING…” GUIDES

  • Aspiring Directors and Filmmakers Guide – Find out about numerous filmmaking techniques (including mobile!), film festivals, contests and competitions that could give your project exposure, award much-needed funds or offer training programs to advance your career in films.
  • Aspiring Visual Effects Artists Guide – Tips, Training, and Resources for a job in the field of post –production. As technology advances at lightning speed, the need for visual artists is on the rise.
  • Aspiring Actors Guide – Resources, Training, and Tools to take you to the top. Including a guide to Mobile Apps for training in an acting career.
  • Aspiring Stuntman Guide – Tips, Resources, and Information to help you launch your career as a stunt performer.
  • Aspiring Visual Effects Artists Guide – Tips, Training, and Resources for a job in the field of post –production. As technology advances at lightning speed, the need for visual artists is on the rise.

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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 Vyclone.com:
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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

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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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Blackmagic Cinema Camera Wows at the NAB

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

It’s NAB week, where 90,000+ media and entertainment professionals gather in Las Vegas – so it’s the ideal place to showcase the latest cameras for filmmakers. One standout is the Blackmagic Cinema Camera – priced at $2,995. With its 2.5K image sensor and wide dynamic rage, it claims to offer the sought after “feature film look from a true digital film camera.”

The back has a 5″ touchscreen that lets you see the shot and playback your sequence. You can also enter the shot info and metadata – which gets stored in the files & can be accessed by non-linear editing software (compatible with Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci Resolve). Their camera housing can also take Canon and Zeiss mount lenses.

Here’s the official press release.

Other reviews of this camera: Gizmag, DP Review.