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Why Everyone Hates Your Short (Or Awkwardly Pretends They Haven’t Seen It)

Being short doesn’t make them easy. Here are five classic mistakes that could be ruining your short film, and how to fix them. You share your short film with your nearest and dearest, giddily sending out password-protected links and waiting for your inbox to overflow with feedback. What do you get instead? “Interesting.” Or worse,...

Everything You Need to Know About Editing in FCPX

FCP X is underrated, and it shouldn’t be. Learn how and why the NLE can be your go-to software. Both Mike Matzdorff and I are professional career editors who work on multiple edit systems. We’ve realized that most NLEs are variations on a theme—source clips, tracks, insert, and overwrite. Final Cut Pro X stands alone with a truly unique approach...

Can You Build an Artifical Sun for Your Next Film Shoot?

Every filmmaker wants to create realistic sunlight effects on their projects. Does this YouTuber have the answer? Creating a realistic sunlight effect on a budget is the dream of many independent filmmakers. While there are powerful units like 12K HMI's that larger productions use to mimic sunlight, they require a truck, a generator, and...

The Sounds of 'No Country for Old Men' Are What Make It a Masterpiece

Doors slamming, shell casings hitting the floor, sneakers squeaking... it's the little things that stand out. There's something about the eerie quiet in the way we meet Anton Chigurh. The door slams. Then we hear the tap of his boots on the pavement. It's like we are sitting on the edge of our seats, waiting for the explosion. ...

Lensrentals Is Holding a 2021 Pitch Contest to Create Your Own Short

The winning pitch will receive $5,000 in prizes to help bring their vision to life. Lensrentals is holding its first-ever short film contest where creators can pitch an original idea and win a prize package worth an estimated $5,000 to make their film. The contest runs from now until Jan. 29, 2021, and the judging panel, which includes...

Netflix is Going to Drop One Movie a Week For All of 2021

As Netflix nears 200 million subscribers, it promises an aggressive slate with new movies every week. They say that content is king, and I definitely believe it. As we get into the depths of the streaming war, platforms are battling each other. That's never been more true. Now, Netflix is upping the ante. They are guaranteeing their 193...

15 Plugins to Add to Your After Effects Arsenal in 2021

Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned After Effects veteran, a good plugin can help get the job done. Plugin creators from around the world are consistently putting out new tools to make both your life and your workflow easier. Today, we're going to take a look at what the current marketplace has to offer. While the term plugin...

NiSi Unveils Wide Angle 15mm Full-Frame Lens

NiSi, known for its lens filters, has introduced a 15mm F4 lens for full-frame sensors. You might recall the name NiSi from when the company announced its F3 Cinema Primes in 2018. The lenses made a splash because of their price point ($10K for a 5 lens kit), but it's uncertain how many are in circulation today. There aren't that many use...

Can Cinema Make You Immortal? A Deep Chat With 'Dick Johnson Is Dead' Creator Kirsten Johnson

Filmmaking and mortality... Kirsten Johnson is a filmmaker who is pushing the limits of the form. Her latest feature, Dick Johnson Is Dead, is a documentary/experimental film about her father's struggle with dementia and his imminent demise. Our talk with Kirsten is wide-ranging and she is quick to turn the tables on the interview and...

Kingston's New SSD Drives Are Built for DIY Content Creators

Kingston's new NVMe SSDs are ideal for any computer builder. If you’re a content creator, chances are you might build your own PC. Whether that's a Windows-based desktop, Linux, or a macOS centric “Hackintosh,” you have very specific needs for your hardware. At the very heart of those needs (after a high-performance processor) is a very...

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