This episode of Indie Film Weekly looks under the hood of Da Vinci Resolve 15.
With Liz Nord absent and on the hunt for Alfonso Cuaron's famed VR piece in Mexico City, Jon Fusco and Erik Luers fill in to tell you about the scariest movie trailer ever made, Hulu's imminent disaster, and Disney's double standards. In gear news, Charles Haine is back to break down the brand spanking new, all in one suite that is Da Vinci Resolve and reveal a cool new lens. This week on Ask No Film School we give some tips on how to stay on track and motivated while working on a feature screenplay or a master's thesis.
As always, the show also brings news you can use about gear, upcoming grant and festival deadlines, this week’s indie film releases, industry wisdom, and other notable things you might have missed while you were busy making films.
From 1960-1967, Godard made 15 films that would change cinema forever.
Few artists have the kind of creative burst that Jean-Luc Godard had back in the 1960s. Not only did he create 15 films in a span of seven years, but the celebrated filmmaker also changed audience expectations of what a film could be. For Godard, this meant a full-on assault of the senses.
Up until Breathless, mainstream cinema had a pretty regular formula. Godard seemingly went out of his way to deconstruct every piece of it. He wanted to keep the audience on their toes, throwing different genres at them from scene to scene with relentless energy and frenetic pacing. He would mismatch styles, flip from black and white to color, and toy with the contrast of naturality and extreme theatricalities.
The highly touted AF feature of the a7R
III is truly impressive when compared to the first a7S
Along with Panasonic's GH series, Sony's alpha line of mirrorless cameras has been truly revolutionary for low budget filmmakers around the world. Its compact body, stunning video images, and reasonable price point have allowed many creators to up their projects to a whole new level. But the a7's most intriguing feature has always been its adaptive autofocus, with face detection being its key tool.
It hasn't always been great. Many users complained that the much-hyped ability was often too slow to recognize when their subjects would start in motion. The new a7R III, however, is noticeably on point when it comes to these matters. To illustrate the difference, photographer Dave Dugdale made a short video comparing the autofocus of each which you can watch below.
And have it be successful too.
What is the least amount of money you think you could spend on the production of a short film (from pre-to-post-production) and still get into a major festival? If you guessed $4.50, then you probably read the title of this podcast, because it's a figure that’s almost unimaginable in today's crowded short film landscape.
foundfootagexx100n.s.1 from Tony Grayson on Vimeo.
Nevertheless, performance artist/writer/actor Tony Grayson did just that back in 2017. Fresh off a disappointing stint trying to “make it” in New York City—and armed simply with a friend's old digital camcorder—Grayson set off for his dad’s research lab in Chicago to try and shoot something, anything. What he ended up with was foundfootagexx100n.s.1 and its ensuing acceptance to the SXSW Film Festival was anything but disappointing.
If you've always wanted a drone but have been holding off for something more animal-themed, this Spark is for you.
While DJI is no stranger to innovation in the drone world, this is something completely new, even by this company's standards. However, don't get too excited gearheads, because it's not really what you might expect.
Compared to the standard version, the company's latest Spark drone hasn't changed at all, still possessing a 16-minute flight time and boasting a two-mile range complete with a 2-axis gimbal and 12-megapixel camera.
The 10-day masterclass provides everything you need to get into the MoGraph Industry.
With all the outlets for content these days, there is no shortage of work in any aspect of the post-production field. The more specialized your concentration, however, the more likely it is you'll be in demand.
If you consider yourself to be especially adept with post-production software and have a great eye for visuals, there may be no better place to turn than Motion Graphic Design or MoGraph field, which is one of the most specialized out there. And if you master the art, it could be a great way to make some extra bucks, because Motion Design work is absolutely everywhere.
Motion Design (or Motion Graphics) is the blending of Graphic Design and Animation. It encompasses a range of styles and techniques, 2D animation, 3D animation, stop-motion, visual effects, and more. You see it all over commercials, during the opening credits of films, and even on apps. Essentially every screen in the world has content on it, and if that content moves you can bet that a Motion Designer was involved.
The release of Nikon's new camera is imminent.
Last week we shared a cool teaser from Nikon which confirmed a long-running rumor: the company would be entering the mirrorless camera space. Not too much information was revealed in the stylish short, but we did catch a small glimpse at a newly designed lens mount.
Now thanks to this new trailer, we quite literally get a chance to jump inside.
Many Nikon die-hards will be quick to profess their love for the long-running F-Mount, but from this vide,o it's clear that Nikon is ready to push forward with this massive new mount, rumored to be named the "Z-Mount." This new Z-Mount is rumored to have an external diameter of 49mm and a flange focal distance of 16mm, compared to the Nikon F's 44mm/46.5mm.
In the video's description, Nikon states, “Ever since the Nikon F film camera, generations of Nikon cameras have been built around the F mount. Building on that technology and DNA, we’re now aiming for new heights.” Thankfully, while this big boy may mean the future of Nikon lenses, the F-mount isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
Turns out there may be a formula for making a commercially successful film after all.
All the way back in 2016, a study conducted by a group of graduate students from the Computational Story Lab at the University of Vermont in Burlington surfaced online proclaiming to have found the "best" emotional arc of storytelling.
The students used a filtered subset of 1,327 stories from Project Gutenberg’s fiction collection to find six emotional story arcs that every single story ever written could be categorized into.
The best emotional storytelling arcs were named as follows:
These two sound recordists have one extremely relatable mission.
The life of a post-production freelancer is tough. Whether you're an editor, a colorist, a VFX artist, or a sound designer, chances are you're going to have someone who's in charge ask you to finish your work earlier than agreed upon (inevitably only to pay you later than promised). For the sound recordist who labors not only in the studio but out in the field to provide a film with the unique quality the director requires, that work is often underappreciated.
We all know how important good sound is to a film, so why isn't it a more "glamorous" occupation? Maybe it's because quality sound work inherently goes unnoticed by the audience? The filmmakers behind Death of the Sound Man were determined to find out. Whatever the reason, Sorayos Prapapan goes to great lengths in this short to find the answer.
These two sound recordists have one extremely relatable mission.
The life of a post-production freelancer is tough. Whether you're an editor, a colorist, a VFX artist, or a sound designer chances are you're going to have someone who's in charge ask you to finish your work earlier than agreed, inevitably only to pay you later than promised. For the sound recordist, who labors not only in the studio, but out in the field to provide a film with the unique quality the director requires, that work is often underappreciated.
We all know how important good sound is to a film, so why isn't it a more "glamorous" occupation? That's what the filmmakers behind Death of the Sound Man endeavor to find out. Maybe it's because quality sound work inherently goes unnoticed by the audience. Whatever the reason, Sorayos Prapapan goes to great lengths in this short to find the answer.