filmmaker.weekly Issue #6

August 13th, 2017 – Rik Roukens (view this newsletter online)

Welcome to filmmaker.weekly issue #6 for Sunday, August 13, 2017.

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USB 3.2 Specs Released

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has just announced the specifications for the upcoming USB 3.2 standard. Good news ahead: transfer speeds will double (up to 20Gbit/s) and there’s no need for new cables.

Good Reads & Great to Watch

Recreating Game of Thrones’ Dragon Battle

SPOILERS! Nerdwriter recreates the Game of Thrones great big end battle with scenes out of other movies and series. How many cuts do you think are original? 😉

The Sounds of Spiderman: Homecoming

How Sound editors/designers Steven Ticknor and Eric A. Norris brought Spiderman: Homecoming alive through sound.

Rules of Engagement For Telling Your Story

Part one of Shane Hurlbut, ASC’s Tiffen talk at NAB this year.

Rules of Engagement, Shane Hurlbut, ASC

A deep dive in the use of filters in Fathers & Daughters Part 2

Part 2 of Shane Hurlbut, ASC’s deep dive into filters, see what effects they bring and how you can use them to your advantage

Filtration used by Shane Hulkbut, ASC

How Genre Filmmakers Are Using VR to Create a Different Type of Immersive Thrill

Virtual Reality creators from this years fantasia Film Festival talk about how powerful a tool 360 VR can be for action and horror filmmakers.


I’ve been to Budapest

A great Watchtower of Turkey inspired video of Budapest with great transitions, sound design and beautiful images.


Professional BMX rider Nigel Sylvester gives us an insane, up close and personal experience of what riding his bike is really like. In the 3rd installment of GO! Nigel picks up in Los Angeles, makes his way to Tokyo and the fun continues.

Guides & Tutorials

4k vs 1080p – What’s the big deal?

Peter McKinnon explains why it matters more than you think!

5 Broadcast Audio Specs Every Editor Must Understand explains us how understanding broadcast audio is vital for getting your film through QC from a distributor. Read all about the 5 major things they look for.

Build a Mobile Suite to Edit Your Projects on Location

Premiumbeat shows us Baby Driver wasn’t the first editor on location by a long shot. Many have done before and many have build specialized rigs, and so can you! #catchupbabydriver.

How to Make Money as a Filmmaker

Steve makes the case that advertising is going the way of the dodo. Brands like Target and Walmart (really anyone who wants to compete with Amazon) need to start making their own original ENTERTAINMENT in order to compete and get visitors to their website – enter the filmmaker!


Gear & Tech

Laowa 15mm f2 FE Zero-D announced

Venus Optics, the manufacturer of such wide-angle beauties as the full-frame Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero-D for Canon EF or the Laowa 7.5mm f2 for Micro Four-Thirds has now finally officially announced its new Laowa 15mm f2 FE Zero-D.

AMD’s Radeon Pro SSG Announced

Billed as the world’s first GPU to break the terabyte memory barrier, from price to performance AMD’s Radeon Pro SSG is a beast in all senses of the word.


28 Free Muzzle Flashes

Ready for your next Action packed short film? Get these muzzle flashes for all your fake running and gunning!

72 Action Elements

Don’t let the poor website design fool you, these 72 free action elements are great for VFX work. Much in-line with Andrew Kramer’s Action Essentials, these versatile elements come in a variety of types and styles. To download these elements, simply scroll to the bottom of the page and click the download link.

10 Free Smoke Stock Videos

Whether you’re needing footage for compositing or simply building your library, these 10 smoke stock videos are sure to help with your future projects.

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