August 6th, 2017 – Rik Roukens
Welcome to filmmaker.weekly issue #5 for Sunday, August 6, 2017.
When I watched the “who needs sleep” documentery a couple days ago, I knew I had to share it. Made by the late Haskell Wexler, ASC. It is on the subject of long working hours in the movie industry, which effects all of us. Check it out in the Great to watch section. I highly recommend it.
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Blackmagic Design has released a big update to its VFX software fusion, including a full VR 360 toolset. Another major win for filmmakers like us is that they have dropped the price from being close to $1000,- to a mere $299,-. Great news!
In a strange turn of events REDs Jarred announced that from this moment forward the RED RAVEN, REDs entry level camera can only be bought through at the Apple Store. On sale for $15000,- with EF lens and Final Cut Pro X. Jarred said this was an investment in apple to get them to take their next Mac Pro and the creative professionals serious.
RedGiant, has released version 14 of it’s well known Trapcode suite, which includes After Effects favorite Trapcode Particular 3, which now features GPU acceleration, a visual particle builder, Organic 3d particle effects and much more.
Good Reads & Great to Watch
Asoundeffect.com has a great interview online with Oscar winning supervising sound editor Richard King, it gives great insight how they recorded certain sounds and overall really makes you realize that sound is so vital for a movie and that great video’s or movies are so reliant on sound design. It’s one of the things many young new filmmakers often forget.
One from a while ago, A season 6 Game of Thrones VFX breakdown by Rodeo FX, it’s always amazing to see the heavy VFX scenes, although I also love the subtle VFX background painting that happens.
NoFilmSchool.com interviews Abraham Joffe, Director of “Ghosts of the Arctic”, a recent Vimeo staff pick that has been incredibly hard to shoot. Often braving -30c, 17 hour days and failing equipment, this really is a video that was made through persistence and willpower. The interview gives great insights into the process.
A Fantastic documentary by the late Haskell Wexler ASC on a subject most filmmakers will get to deal with more often than not. The incredibly long working hours that come with the movie business. This documentary shows the fight of trying to get 12 on, 12 off to be the standard in Hollywood, which even with multiple deaths to this day, is still not the standard.
Arguably the most childish name in filmmaker history the ‘Best Boy” actually has a very important role, Martijn Veltman, a Gaffer and set Electrician explains.
Last week was SIGGRAPH Week, a time of the year where multiple industries (including architectural design, medical and scientific visualization, and VFX and filmmaking) come together in one place to consider the Present, and Future trajectory of computer graphics. Studiodaily gives us an insight into some trends that will effect filmmakers.
Ghosts of the Arctic is a 6-minute short video that recently made the Vimeo staff picks. Following Abraham Joffe, an Arctic photographer, who, also directed this video. It features incredible shots and was unbelievably hard to make. See our good reads section for an interview with him on the process.
Guides & Tutorials
Tutvids first ever After Effects tutorial by Nathaniel Dodson it’s a quick 5 minute on how to add camera shake making it look like your tripod shot was handheld. It’s pretty simple but nice for beginners that don’t know much about After Effects and want to get their feet wet.
Jordy vandeput of Cinecom.net takes you through a complete Color Grading tutorial, including Color Theory, getting the film look, how to use v-Log and more.
A super quick 2 minute Tuesday by Peter McKinnon on how to create a sweet and dead easy glitch effect on your footage!
TravelFeels shows us how to match different camera’s together in Adobe Premiere using Lumetri.
Frame.io gives us 12 handy tips to speed up our After Effects. From managing RAM to choosing the appropriate bit depth, it’s all in there.
Gear & Tech
The eagerly awaited full specs on the Panasonic AU-EVA1 (what a name!) have finally been released, while we know this camera was coming for a while, it’s great to see the final specs.
A sweet little play and like morph graphic by dribbble user Tim Constantinov.
A Morphing countdown timer by dribbble user Alex Pronsky.
Some cool split screen effects by premiumvfx which are exclusive to FCPX users.
14 Premiere Pro looks that mimic the great Hollywood colors!
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