These effects are not only fun to create but they're a quintessential part of music videos.
Have you ever watched the music video to Coldplay's "The Scientist" and wondered how Chris Martin managed to sing it correctly while moving in reverse? Or how the Backstreet Boys sang their upbeat song "Quit Playing Games with My Heart" at the right tempo while the rain fell in slow motion, so sensually, behind them? In this tutorial, Robbie Janney of Shutterstock shows you how to create four iconic music video effects, from the sweet Slow Jamz slow down to the super emo "I wish I could reverse time so I could un-shatter my heart" effect. Check it out below:
This tutorial is one of those that are absolutely worthy of a bookmark even if you're not interested in actually using them in your own work. Why? Because so many people want to know how they're done. Any time someone sees a music video where time is going in reverse while the artist is singing the song normally, they wonder how in the hell it works. The techniques for these effects are actually surprisingly straightforward.
What do you get when you strap a 360 camera to an arrow? Tiny planets.
Every now and again it's fun to have fun? Right? Fun is fun! And what's more fun to a filmmaker than putting your camera to the test to see if it can capture some strange footage? Luckily, the Corridor Crew, who are basically professionals at strapping cameras onto things just to see what the world looks like from weird vantage points, have done just that in their latest video. They've taken an Insta 360 One Action Cam, rigged it up to an arrow, and shot that thing into the sky to see if they could capture some cool looking tiny planet shots. Check it out below:
The sun can be a wild beast. Here are a few ways you can tame it.
For some filmmakers, shooting outdoors can be a real challenge. That's mostly due to the fact that the sun, even though it's providing plenty of free, constant light, can be incredibly difficult to control. But instead of going outside like some pseudo-gothy socially awkward weirdo named V when she was 16 years old, you can learn a few easy and cheap techniques that allow you to use the sun to light better external scenes. In this video, Aidin Robbins offers up a few tips that require only a few very inexpensive modifiers, no additional lighting needed.
Light modifiers are an essential piece of gear when lighting a scene. Reflectors, bounce boards, silks, flags, you name it, they can all help you shape and control light on the cheap. You can get yourself a 5-in-1 reflector, which is somewhere in the ballpark of $20 to $50 depending on the size, and that'll give you, you guessed it, 5 different kinds of modifiers in one:
Want to pepper some sweet effects into your next project? Try one of these.
Doesn't it always seem like the cooler the effect, the harder it is to create? Naturally, this is the case because cool effects are more often than not incredibly intricate and complicated, requiring hundreds of adjustments, corrections, and finely tuned tweaks to make them just right. However, there are a few really impressive effects that you can pull off without a whole lot of legwork. In this video, Jordy Vandeput of Cinecom shows you how to create five in-camera effects that are so simple that you can pretty much just pick up your camera and go. Check it out below:
Even if your next film doesn't have any flying in it and you don't really see yourself trying to recreate Harry Potter flying around on a broom in your backyard, the other effects on the list are much more versatile and offer much more creative mileage. (Then again, I'm not the most imaginative person in the world, so I'm sure you could figure out a cool use for that Harry Potter effect.)
Here are the effects Vandeput covers in the video:
Finding perfect locations for your project takes time, planning, and most importantly, attention to detail.
Real estate and filmmaking are not all that different in that one of the major selling points they can offer their respective clients (home buyers/audiences) is location, location, location. When crafting the world of your film, the physical places you take your viewer to have a major effect on the emotional places they'll be taken to, which, of course, is your ultimate goal.
This is precisely why location scouting is such an important step in filmmaking, but it's often one that new filmmakers tend to either phone in or skip altogether. So, to get some practical advice on how to best scout locations, watch as Jakob Owens of The Buff Nerds offers some up in the video below.
Making your audio sound more dimensional, clean, and professional is not as difficult as you might think.
What does it take to record pro-quality sound while shooting on location? Sure, you need a decent microphone (that's kind of a given), but what are some essential techniques that you can put into practice today that will not only give you audio that sounds good but also sound that is dimensional and works well with your story? In this video, Aputure's Ted Sim talks with Location Sound Mixer Andrew Jones about how to record better audio for films, videos, and other cinematic projects.
It's okay to use sound effects
Ask any stock footage/sound professional and they'll tell you that there is a strange (but lasting) stigma in the filmmaking community about using sound effects in a film. Which is weird. Hollywood and other experienced filmmakers use sound effects all the time to add dimension and character to their audio, so don't be afraid of using stock or your very own foley to give your tracks more body.
After flipping a single lens element, this Iranian photographer was able to capture the most stunning and unique bokeh.
For filmmakers, bokeh is probably the richest, most decadent type of sweet cinematic treat, but the bokeh that Iranian photographer Alireza Rostami was able to capture with a specially modified vintage lens has taken visual confectionery to a whole new level. How did he manage to pull it off? By reversing one single optical element of a $70 Zenit MC Zenitar 50mm f/2 lens. The bokeh that came out after mounting the lens to his Canon 6D (outfitted with an MFT-to-EF mount adapter) will certainly take your breath away.
You can view these images and the rest in the series on Rostami's Instagram account.
Whether you're shooting a short commercial or a feature-length film, these tips will help you knock your project out of the park.
The first day of a shoot is always a little disorienting. Even if you spent weeks or months planning it, there's always that "fish out of water" moment where your mind goes blank and you're pretty sure that you should be assisting customers with their camera purchase at a Best Buy somewhere. So, how do you get grounded? How do you get your head back in the game and thinking about all of the important filmmaking stuff that probably kept you up for hours the night before? In this video, Zach Ramelan shares some thoughts about what he learned while shooting a commercial for a gym in Toronto, all of which will not only help you make better films and videos but will also help bring you back down to earth when the ginormous task in front of you puts your head in the clouds.
This kit from RØDE simplifies not only recording audio on the fly but also monitoring it.
RØDE wants to take the guesswork out of your audio recording and monitoring with its recently released Mobile Interview Kit. This Lightning-connected recording solution allows you to hook up not only two lav mics but also your headphones for direct monitoring. It's made up of one SC6-L input/output breakout box specifically designed for Apple iOS devices, including both smartphones and tablets, two smartLav+ lavalier mics, clips, windshields, and many other desirable add-ons that not only allow you to conduct your run-and-gun interviews more effortlessly but are also capable of producing broadcast quality sound.
When does a room give you good sound? When you treat it nicely.
Any experienced filmmaker will tell you that recording high-quality sound is more important than recording high-quality video. (Not convinced? Watch this.) So, if you made a point of investing in some really good equipment, like a shotgun microphone and/or an external recorder, you're well on your way to being able to produce decent audio. However, one thing that many new filmmakers, and even some more experienced ones, tend to skip over is sound treating the room in which you're recording.
In this video, Armando Ferreira shows you how to do so using some sound panels that you can make on your own using easily accessible materials from any hardware store. (And they also double as a light reflector!) Check it out below: