August 20th, 2017 – Rik Roukens (view this newsletter online)
Welcome to filmmaker.weekly issue #7 for Sunday, August 20th, 2017.
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Blackmagic Designs Davinci Resolve keeps getting better and better, this new update brings intuitive new preferences, dozens of new Fairlight audio features, improved multicam and more!
Good Reads & Great to Watch
Kevin Blanc runs a Film and Motion Design Studio where he works as the guy in charge, thinker, filmmaker, cinematographer, motion designer, and everything else that is needed to keep his fun place up and running. Cinema 5d asks him a couple questions on his latest work and his workflow.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the first feature film captured on the WEAPON camera with 8K RED DRAGON VV sensor. RED has a little BTS on the movie.
For William Hoy, ACE, story and character come first. He also likes to use visual effects “to help achieve that idea.” This veteran film editor points to director Zack Snyder’s VFX-heavy I, Robot, director Matt Reeves’ 2014 version of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and his new installment, War for the Planet of the Apes, as “excellent examples of this tenet.”
Shane Hurlbut, ASC takes us through his reasoning to go long or to go wide.
A great interview with Paul Cameron, ASC, abpout shooting the westworld’s pilot on film, why he decided to do so and what tools he used for it.
Now it’s not always about the gear you use, but RED (besides being a great camera) also makes fantastic profiles of their customers, that is actually pretty inspiring in my mind.
Isolated on a farm and fighting against his family, Aaron (Barry Keoghan – Dunkirk) struggles to be heard as he watches his mother willingly die.
Guides & Tutorials
Cinema5d Essentials takes you through audio monitoring for smaller DSLR’s that don’t have any audio jack.
Procoalitionvideo busts through some of the myths around transcoding 8-bit footage to 10 bit and why this might not do what you think it does.
While a tad bit long at 45 minutes, this is a video you want to watch if you are not familiar with codecs, specifically what they are, what they do and how to use them best. It’s well worth wrapping your head around this if you are getting into filmmaking.
Peter McKinnon explains in under 4 minutes (that’s not two minute Tuesday!) why adjusting your color profiles in camera is super important.
Gear & Tech
Hedge is a piece of software that can be immensely helpful on set. We all know that the number 1 thing to do with your footage is to make multiple backups of everything you shoot. Especially when still on location or on longer shoots. Hedge makes this dead simple, easily select where your footage has to go and Hedge does the rest.
Samsung has announced and is shipping it’s new T5 external SSD, the upgrade of the t3 promises a potential throughput of 540MB/s read and write. it comes in 4 different sizes from 250gb (@ $129.- to 2 tb (@ $799.-)
Get these Final Cut Pro specific tools all for free!
The reason Davinci Resolve is in this list is that it’s becoming a better and better NLE (non-Liniair Editor) every single day, and all that for free. If you are starting out as a beginner, Davinci Resolve is well worth considering as your main NLE. If you are a seasoned pro, take a few hours to see what Davinci resolve has to offer!
These 5 camera overlays are great if you want to fake camera recordings. I’m sure they’ll come in useful someday!
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Have an amazing week and see you next Sunday!