American Cinematographer, the monthly publication of the ASC, an indispensable archive of interviews with folks who explain their motives and techniques for creating images.
The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) was founded in Hollywood in 1919 with the purpose of advancing the art and science of cinematography and bringing cinematographers together to exchange ideas, discuss techniques and promote the motion picture as an art form — a mission that continues today.
Sun Surveyor tracks the position of the sun and moon. Great for planning exterior shoots.
Stock Footage can take the form of video clips, photographic stills, or something like a customizable effects template. It’s wise to remember that you can both buy and sell to these sites, so shoot smart and make those vacation pictures and videos work for you. Surfing these catalogs, blogs, and newsletters (not to mention free promotional downloads) frequently shakes loose creative ideas for my own projects.
Films (especially documentaries) are often polished by still photos, paintings, sculpture, and other artwork. The Smithsonian is just one of many museums making their collections available for amateur and professional media makers. You’d be smart to search the catalogs of other institutions.
DaVinci Resolve by Blackmagic is a free, feature-rich alternative to Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid. Powerful editing software that is quickly gaining market share among post-production professionals.
Video & Film Frame Calculator. Because base-24 math is hard for humanities majors.
Audition’s Loudness Radar helps you conform your soundtrack to established broadcast standards.
The PBS Red Book Technical Operating Standards. This document determines the specifications for most student films and coursework. I recommend your projects be reverse-engineered to satisfy these parameters from the very beginning.
Storyboarder is a free (many would say “the best”) film planning app. You’ll soon get addicted to how easy it is to plan your shots using such a powerful tool with such a gentle learning curve. They say they’re working on an iOS version, but I’m not holding my breath.
Juggling a big production day? Organize communication to cast and crew with Simple Callsheet.
One-Minute Time Machine The 180° rule at work.
Cheap Boyfriends Master shot. Close-up. Reverse Angle. Repeat.
Hockey Practice The difference dual-system audio makes even to home movies.
How We Make Pencils Process non-fiction, sweetened with Foley.
Moleskine Custom Editions: Silk Screen Printing Customization Process non-fiction. Smooth camera movement. Short depth-of-field.
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