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When I was younger I used to collect Comics. I still LOVE all things Comics, SF, Pulps, Fantasy et al. Comics revved me up in my Art interests… I used to trace them, then finally drawing them, which lead to Fine Art, Storyboards, Animation, and Film Making. But collecting MINT Condition issues was very stressful. I used to fret over every damn little crease in those lil pamphlets! Now comics are Digital. (Really, with a FEW exceptions, the only collectible “real” comics are from the 70s and earlier anyways, IMHO).
Later, I used to maintain the Periodicals Library for my Dad, who founded Kingsway. I carefully filled a storeroom with all the professional magazines and manuals, writing up info, and sticking Post-Its where needed for future reference. Man, how times have changed! All-Digital, Instantly Accessible Information! Here are but a few of the more current links. More to come, as I update this blog entry.
Brand new edition of the FREE REEL DEAL book! Brand new chapter on Interviewing. Expanded sections and new material (over 6,500 words added), Two more resume templates (Five total included)
How to nail the timing of your Rack-Focus shots. http://www.youtube.com/theblackandblueblog
Tips and tricks for filmmakers who want to know what really happens on set https://www.facebook.com/theblackandblue
Blackmagic Cinema Camera Review 1 http://nofilmschool.com/2012/12/blackmagic-cinema-camera-review-part-1/
Blackmagic Cinema Camera 2 http://nofilmschool.com/2012/12/blackmagic-cinema-camera-review-part-2-learning-lab/
Blackmagic Cinema Camera Firmware updates http://nofilmschool.com/2012/12/blackmagic-cinema-camera-firmware-1-2-aperture/
DaVinci Resolve – Stop Hiding In A Un-Color-Corrected-Cave!
DaVinci Resolve LITE – FREE Mac & Windows versions
iPhone iPad Filming tips http://www.handheldhollywood.com/
Watch the Surreal ‘We Are On Fire’ Shot on the Weisscam HS-2, Plus Blackmagic Cinema Camera BTS http://nofilmschool.com/2012/12/we-are-on-fire-weisscam-hs-2-bmcc-bts/
NEW Production Music http://videohelper.com/
Black & Blue on FB https://www.facebook.com/theblackandblue
Sony F5 – cinescopophilia.com http://cinescopophilia.com/sony-f5-camera-the-details/
Kingsway YouTube Channel. Checkout the great HOW-TOs you can ALSO subscribe to! http://www.youtube.com/user/AndrewDynamic
Kingsway Staff Picks for Best Of and How-To http://vimeo.com/user11819657
F-Stop Academy YouTube Channel, Color Grading, DSLRs and MORE http://www.youtube.com/user/FStopAcademy?feature=watch
Some good Beginner Photo tips http://www.mccordall.com/photography/
Nice DSLR sample film by a Pro (see Kingsway’s Vimeo channel for links to more by this guy http://creativezane.sg/2012/02/06/boston-photojournalist-transports-viewers-with-life-in-singapore/
Color workflow tips I feel like a twit! I do 3-way all the time (DON’T SAY IT)… uh but yeah, why not a simple reference Clapboard on just ONE of a series of shots? (like Bars ref) … instead of trying to define whats White, Midtones, Black in a shot-set?… hmmm maybe use a three tone clapboard when setting white balance in the FIRST place? OUCH. Thanks to a friend from the old days (Toaster Group), who is still in the business, CHRIS FENWICK (He was the Director of “The Computer Chronicles with Stewart Cheifet”)
BOOK Hand Held Hollywood’s Filmmaking with the iPad & iPhone http://www.amazon.com/dp/0321862945/ref=as_li_ss_til?tag=hanhelhol-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=0321862945&adid=03ATT1M3F6TP3286VBXM
Checkout my Web-Video How-To Book “MAXIMIZE YOUR MESSAGE” at Amazon!
Action-Cameras used in “End Of Watch” film http://cinescopophilia.com/cameras-used-in-the-end-of-watch-movie/
Sony Consumer HIGH FRAME RATE 2K 4K cameras http://cinescopophilia.com/2013-sony-brings-high-frame-rate-2k-and-4k-to-consumer-cameras/
Shooting Smarter SmartPhone Video https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=381253435300417&set=a.381253401967087.88109.327874207305007&type=1&theater
Ryan E. Walters, Cinematographer http://www.ryanewalters.com/Blog/blog.php?id=6306591485559567041
FreshDV.com Serving up fresh, crispy news and views for creators and consumers of digital video http://www.freshdv.com/
In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch, Editor http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1879505622/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=theblaandblu-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1879505622
Self Reliant Film http://www.selfreliantfilm.com/
Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC http://www.deakinsonline.com/forum2/
Cineman.co.uk SO YOU WANNA WORK IN MOVIES? http://www.cineman.co.uk/
Film School Rejects.com http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/
How to Shop for a Used Camera Lens http://janmaklak.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Shop-for-a-Used-Camera-Lens
Creative Cow DUH – I’m listing stuff most serious folks should know, but if ya don’t . . . http://www.creativecow.net/
I’ll keep updating this list, whether you like it or NOT, and whether you know the sites of not….
Video University – Oldie but a goodie, run by Hal Landen & company… GREAT site, articles, FREE stuff, Active and updated site.
Dr. Peter Utz – University Professor, Video Pro, and all-around-great-guy! The Basics. See his book “Today’s Video” and others on Amazon. Great for beginners, if you need to learn EVERYTHING . . .
TV Technology – Print/Digital Magazine. We’ve loved this mag and others like “POST”, “MIX”, (and others – you’ll havta find em) since the 80s . . . Bcast coverage, lotsa Users “Hands On” gear reviews, tips, and mostly the CLASSIFIEDS! for used gear !
Digital Video Magazine – subscribe
Freelance Switch .com – freelancing resources, setting rates etc
F Stop Academy – using a light meter etc
DIGITAL CONVERGENCE PODCAST – BE THERE OR BE SQUARE #1 Podcast about all things FILM MAKING, Product Tests, Opinions, et al Chris Fenwick, planetMitch, and Carl Olson
Digital Film TV – Great site, talks to & with uh… you guessed it Film Makers (Carl Olsen founded Podcast DIGITAL CONVERGENCE PODCAST above).
Chris Fenwick One On One – a friend from years ago, professional editor, from SL/CE EDITORIAL, TIPS & OPINIONS (Chris has lots of those). Moderator on DIGITAL CONVERGENCE PODCAST
POST Magazine – One of the long-time great resources. High-End Post Professionals
Reel SEO .com – Marketing online-video … great SEO resource
Electronic Musician – Print & Digital
Doom9 – Encoding & DVD resource
Detonation Films – Great info and Stock resource for things that go BANG! BOOM! KA-POW!
World Wide Angle & Cinephile – Film Photography Music
To HELL with rails and tracks… don’t fill up the room with expensive track or jib setups… just slide the damn mounted camera
Funny or DIE – Study Humor films
iPhone Apps For Filmmakers – World Wide Angle
PLUS! Don’t forget: Photoshop Touch iMovie ReelDirector ReelMoments Splice Slowmo FourTrack SketchBookX Brushes CinemaFX MyBrushes PS Express (Adobe) Wallpapers ImageSearchPro ClipishPro2 I use all of these and they are GREAT! These are but SOME of the best, I’ll add more later….
UK Cinematographer (AND DSLR AFICIONADO) Philip Bloom – His YouTube Channel His Website …on DSLR Movie making …Cinematographer Philip Bloom setting up a Canon 5D Mark II for video …DSLR film-making with Philip Bloom PHILIP BLOOM Shooting a documentary short with the BlackMagic Cinema Camera
So everybody wants to record uncompressed via DSLR HDMI out… hmm what do you ACTUALLY get with current firmware? UHHHH … Who wants to rec SEP AUDIO (remember the days of DAT?) Is there a fondness for rec to SSD/Devices…. does anybody remember the dumb days of recording to portable BVW35/VO8800/etc?
BUY or SELL Stock Content. You should already know about this. VIDEO HIVE http://videohive.net/
BEST FILM APPS AT: http://www.theblackandblue.com/cinematography-apps/?utm_source=The+Black+and+Blue+Exclusive+Tips&utm_campaign=a4f7725b5b-NewsletterAR13&utm_medium=email
FIVE FREE WEB-APPS: description & URL
DOF Master: Before the iPhone had the app-store, this is the depth-of-field calculator I used on set. It is by far one of the most comprehensive DOF calculators out there since it features every model of DSLR, RED, film and even lets you choose a single circle-of-confusion values.
Arri Alexa Camera Simulator: I wrote about this cool web-app before, but did you know it can also be used on your phone? It works best on large screen tablets like the iPad, but this is a great site to visit if you are going to be working with the Arri Alexa anytime soon.
Video Storage Calculator: Another calculator that estimates the amount of gigabytes needed to store footage shot at different codecs and framerates. Unfortunately doesn’t have RED support built-in, but the site does have support for ProRes and other popular formats.
Power Load Calculator: A really cool app I found while researching for this newsletter, it calculates the amount of load put on a power circuit breaker with the amount of wattage you use. Good for juicers/electricians and one-man-band cinematographers.
Sunrise/Sunset: A simple app where you pinpoint your location on a map and it gives you sunrise and sunset times for today and tomorrow.
DIY #DSLR – Matte Box, Rigs, Dolly, Loupes, Follow-Focus Rings, MORE! http://ramasolaproductions.com/5.html
WHICH STILLS LENSES FOR VIDEO? #DSLR #FilmMaking http://www.dslrnewsshooter.com/2011/08/09/choosing-your-lens-which-stills-lenses-for-video/comment-page-1/
THE LENS DOCTOR: DE-CLICKING IN THE UK #DSLR #FilmMaking http://www.dslrnewsshooter.com/2010/12/27/the-lens-doctor-de-clicking-in-the-uk/
FAR FROM DEAD: A REFLECTION ON THE PLACE OF VIDEO DSLRS IN 2013 #DSLR #FilmMaking http://www.dslrnewsshooter.com/2013/01/06/far-from-dead-a-reflection-on-the-place-of-dslrs-in-2013/
GOPRO HERO 3 LAUNCHED: 2.7K VIDEO AT 30FPS AS WELL AS 1080P 60FPS #DSLR #FilmMaking http://www.dslrnewsshooter.com/category/gopro-2/
RØDE LAUNCHES IXY MICROPHONE FOR IPAD AND IPHONE – WITH DSLR SHOOTERS IN MIND #DSLR #FilmMaking http://www.dslrnewsshooter.com/category/iphone/
Nice work incl #60D etc #DSLR Micha Hilliard 2012 Reel #Documentary https://vimeo.com/56370793#signin
F-Stop Academy #DSLR #FilmMaking ‘Nuff Said http://www.fstopacademy.com/
1080 Productions in China very cool work http://blog.teneighty.net/
Improving Photos Online tips for digital photography
DSLR: USE A iPAD or iPHONE to see your DSLR OUTPUT and REMOTELY CONTROL CAMERA TOO! Screen takeover app over WiFi (such as Air Display), wirelessly operate your camera from the iPad via EOS Utility. In other words, using a DSLR, PC or Mac connected with EOS Sware, use “Air Display” app and EOS App on a iPhone or better iPad, and walk around cable free, looking at the cameras DISPLAY and CONTROLLING the DSLR Camera! http://avatron.com/apps/air-display —– and CANON EOS CONTROL UTILITY —– AND —- for more remoate DSLR CONTROL: http://www.brighthub.com/mobile/iphone/reviews/37801.aspx http://www.ononesoftware.com/products/dslr-camera-remote/ http://www.ononesoftware.com/detail.html?prodLine_id=38
You’re Never Too Old to Learn MORE! #FilmMaking Tips & Sample Works #DSLR #Canon60D #60D #Producer #Director #Post http://www.lightsfilmschool.com/blog/
10 Things You Can Do RIGHT NOW To Improve Your Script scriptshadow.net
Projection, Lights, and Staging News – ANOTHER great glossy mag and web presence. www.PLSN.com
Dslr Glidecam Philip Bloom #dslr #filmmaking http://t.co/CaFXGlmZ0k
Working as a Freelance Videographer : Indy News http://t.co/8SRbZQz8dS
Masters In Motion http://t.co/9bnwd3Sbks http://t.co/qY7QFzl2JS
The Hurdles of great DSLR Video: Ergonomics, Codec, Audio, Clip Length, Rolling Shutter, Moire, Aliasing.
The Joys of DSLR Video: Lenses, Sensor, Price, Flexibility.
Shooting VIDEO or FILM? Now THERE’S redundant, merging terminology…
1) 1080P, 2K, 4K… 24, 30, 60FPS+ Digital RAW with Prime Lenses is “Video”?
2) 2K or 4K Digital with BMCC or Red __ is “Video”?????
3) 2K or 4K Digital shot with Alexa’ is “FILM” ??????????
4) Film-Making? Videography?
5) Medium as Message? Its “just” TV or its in MAJOR Theatres “Hollywood”, or other Venues “Film” But its all on the Internet?!
OR is it really the TALENT behind the STORY…..? Like it ALWAYS was….
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