Is NOT Making Films One of the Best Things You Can Do for Your Filmmaking Career?

Filmmaking may be the most important part of your life, but sometimes a change of focus is needed to put everything into perspective.

Working is the key to success, right? You're not a very good screenwriter? Work. Your cinematography skills are amateurish? Work. Can't seem to get your project in front of an audience. Fuggin work, buddy! We hear this constantly; I have said it myself plenty of times: keep writing, keep shooting, keeping hustling, giving all of you simplistic axioms like, "If you're not working, you're not trying."

What a load of shit.

Okay, to be fair, working is important and yeah, you need to work in order to actually do filmmaking, but what if working isn't the solution to your professional obstacles? What if the solution is actually—not—working—like, literally putting your camera down and walking away from it? Before you hurl your keyboards or laptops or phones or Bedazzlers or whatever it is you have in your hand at the moment, watch this fantastic video by Simon Cade of DSLRguide.

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Shot Lists and Script Lining: How to Prepare Your Screenplay Before a Shoot

You've finished your script. Now what?

Turning a screenplay into a reference tool for production is no small task. It requires going through every single page and drawing important information from them about what kinds of shots would work best to tell the story visually. To add onto that, you're not only looking for potential shots but how long each of those shots are going to last, as well.

There are many different methods you can employ to make this process easier and less painful, and in this video from The Film Look, you'll get to learn about three of them. Check it out below:

Create a shot list

One of the first things you might want to do after you finish your script and prepare for production is make a shot list, which is basically just a list of shots you want to include in your film, complete with details about location, framing and composition, action, dialogue, and a general shot description. There are tons of resources online that walk you through the process of creating one, but you can also just kind of figure out what works best for you and run with it.

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Watch: Tour the Fujifilm Factory to See How Its Cameras and Lenses Are Made

Here's your chance to go behind the scenes to see how Fujifilm's cameras and lenses are made.

Don't we all enjoy seeing how things are made, whether it's your meal at a hibachi restaurant or a caricature of your sexy mug in Central Park? Well, if you're a filmmaker, going on a factory tour—or watching one on YouTube, at least—to see your favorite gear be assembled piece by piece is kind of the ultimate damn thing. In this video, Johnnie Behiri of cinema5D takes you along on his private tour of the Fujifilm factory in Sendai, Japan to get a peek at the production floor where some of the company's best cameras and lenses are put together by hand. Check it out below:

Though the tour was short, Behiri was able to suit up in all-white decontamination coveralls and check out the manufacturing process at the Sendai factory, which is where Fujinon MK and GF lenses, as well as the X-T2 and GFX 50S mirrorless cameras, are handmade.

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5 Essential Expression Tricks You Should Know When Working in After Effects

If you want to animate stuff in After Effects without having to put in a ton of work, then check out this helpful tutorial.

Adobe After Effects makes so many things in post-production possible. You can create a virtually endless amount of awesome motion graphics and visual effects if you know how to use its many powerful tools. But that's just the thing—there are If you want to learn a few ways to apply some really interesting effects (and simplify your workflow at the same time), Nathaniel Dodson of tutvid shows you five really useful tricks you can use with expressions in After Effects to take your animation game to the next level. Check it out below:

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Why ‘River’s Edge’ Director Tim Hunter Likes to ‘Push Characters as Far as He Can’

Accompanied by Nicolas Cage and Robin Tunney, director Tim Hunter experiments with noir in 'Looking Glass.'

There are many reasons why people might describe River’s Edge, an early project by veteran filmmaker Tim Hunter, as important, perhaps the most significant being the way in which the actors—Keanu Reeves, Ione Sky, and Crispin Glover—work off one another. Another reason may be due to the film's rawness and the genuine, palpable quality of its emotional depth.

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Rooftop Films Fetes Sean Baker and Yance Ford with ‘Support That Keeps an Indie Filmmaker Going’

Helmers of the 'The Florida Project' and 'Strong Island' call attention to the need for artist support at annual gala event.

Taking place on the evening after St. Valentine's Day, the second annual Rooftop Films Gala, held in midtown Manhattan on a rare but welcomed warm winter night, continued the week's theme of adoration and love: in this case, for one's fellow artist. In keeping with the organization's 22-year mission to both financially support and provide filmmakers with lively, outside-of-the-box venues in which to showcase their work, Rooftop Films' good will was consistently felt and reciprocated over the course of the ceremony. It wouldn't be wrong to label it a holy experience: At 105 years young, St. Bart's Episcopalian Church served as an unexpectedly appropriate venue for an evening of food, drinks, live music, passionate dedications, and impassioned speeches.

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Watch: These BTS Videos Will Get You Even More Stoked to See ‘Black Panther’

Get some insights into how Ryan Coogler’s superhero epic was made.

[SPOILER ALERT: Though this post does not contain major plot points, you may want to wait until after seeing the film to avoid any sneak peeks of sets or scenes.]

It's finally here: opening weekend of co-writer/director Ryan Coogler's hotly anticipated blockbuster Black Panther. The film is so anticipated, in fact, that it has broken the ticket presale record for all superhero movies, beating the previous one set by Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. In the movie, Chadwick Boseman plays T'Challa, a prince who returns to his technologically advanced African country to rule as king after his father's death while leading a double life as the superhero Black Panther.

Despite the fact that this is the 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which also includes The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy), one theme runs across all of these BTS videos: this will not be your typical superhero movie.

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Zeiss Adds Loxia 25mm Wide-Angle for Sony E-mount Cameras

The Loxia f/2.4 25mm compact wide-angle lens is the fifth in the series.

The Zeiss Loxia lenses are designed for mirrorless cameras in the Sony Alpha series and feature full frame coverage in a small footprint. The Loxia f/2.4 25mm is the latest addition, making it the fifth alongside 21, 35, 50 and 85mm focal lengths. Because of its E-mount, Sony FS7/FS5 users can benefit from its optical quality or any sensor up to the 35mm format (36 x 24mm).

The optics (10 lens elements in eight groups) feature the Zeiss Distagon design for end-to-end sharpness across the entire image field of the sensor. It includes two anomalous partial dispersion elements and a single aspherical lens to reduce chromatic and spherical aberrations. T* anti-reflective coating has been added to all the elements to minimize ghosting and unwanted lens flare.

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5 Tips For Shooting Your Project On A Prayer

Unsure of how to get your no-budget project off the ground? Look at the resources around you.

Eureka, you’ve got it! After months of jogging that idea around in your head, tossing it against the walls of your brain, you've finally settled on something that feels right. Be it a character, a plot point, or a fully fleshed out storyline, you find yourself ready to create something.

The realization then hits: the more you look into the idea, the harder it becomes to fathom getting it done. You have to factor in camera costs, crew costs, food, location expenses, not to mention insurance! How will you ever get your project off the ground? After months of writing Brian, a small web series about a Brooklyn-based comedian fresh to the dating scene (check out the first episode below), I was in the same boat. The thought of the project's impossibility crept into my head. Ultimately, I made the journey through and realized serval important points while shooting my project on a prayer.

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Field Test: Ronin 2 is a High-End Gimbal That is Surprisingly Easy to Use

DJI is back with a major revision to its popular Ronin gimbal with the heavily upgraded—and more expensive—Ronin 2.

DJI is a world crusher in drones, but the company has long felt like the "second brand" of gimbals, with FreeFly systems and its MoVi being at the top of the pecking order. While the Ronin has the biggest rental base on indie platforms like ShareGrid, MoVi has the biggest penetration into high-end production. With the Ronin 2, announced last April and shipping as of a few weeks ago, DJI is clearly pushing hard to get to the same dominant position in ground stabilization they have in the sky. The massive team of engineers, product designers, and market researchers behind this product clearly emphasizes that point.

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