Create Some Creative Effects with These 6 Household Items

Your junk drawer is a treasure trove of tools for camera trickery.

Got some tinfoil? What about Christmas lights? Are your old Smashmouth CDs getting all scratched up on the floor of your car? Well, it's time to put those things to better use by utilizing them in your filmmaking. In this video, Pierre T. Lambert shows you six ways to creatively use several common household items to create beautiful and unique camera and lighting effects. Check it out below:

I love awesome visual effects as much as anyone, but there's something cool and organic about creating interesting effects in-camera. Granted, they can be a lot more trouble than they're worth sometimes, but if you're in a pinch and really need to add a little bit of flavor and style to a shot, some of these creative little camera tricks might just save your buns one day.

Here are all of the tips mentioned in the video:

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Create Some Creative Effects with These 6 Household Items

Your junk drawer is a treasure trove of tools for camera trickery.

Got some tinfoil? What about Christmas lights? Are your old Smashmouth CDs getting all scratched up on the floor of your car? Well, it's time to put those things to better use by utilizing them in your filmmaking. In this video, Pierre T. Lambert shows you six ways to creatively use several common household items to create beautiful and unique camera and lighting effects. Check it out below:

I love awesome visual effects as much as anyone, but there's something cool and organic about creating interesting effects in-camera. Granted, they can be a lot more trouble than they're worth sometimes, but if you're in a pinch and really need to add a little bit of flavor and style to a shot, some of these creative little camera tricks might just save your buns one day.

Here are all of the tips mentioned in the video:

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Create Some Creative Effects with These 6 Household Items

Your junk drawer is a treasure trove of tools for camera trickery.

Got some tinfoil? What about Christmas lights? Are your old Smashmouth CDs getting all scratched up on the floor of your car? Well, it's time to put those things to better use by utilizing them in your filmmaking. In this video, Pierre T. Lambert shows you six ways to creatively use several common household items to create beautiful and unique camera and lighting effects. Check it out below:

I love awesome visual effects as much as anyone, but there's something cool and organic about creating interesting effects in-camera. Granted, they can be a lot more trouble than they're worth sometimes, but if you're in a pinch and really need to add a little bit of flavor and style to a shot, some of these creative little camera tricks might just save your buns one day.

Here are all of the tips mentioned in the video:

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Create Some Creative Effects with These 6 Household Items

Your junk drawer is a treasure trove of tools for camera trickery.

Got some tinfoil? What about Christmas lights? Are your old Smashmouth CDs getting all scratched up on the floor of your car? Well, it's time to put those things to better use by utilizing them in your filmmaking. In this video, Pierre T. Lambert shows you six ways to creatively use several common household items to create beautiful and unique camera and lighting effects. Check it out below:

I love awesome visual effects as much as anyone, but there's something cool and organic about creating interesting effects in-camera. Granted, they can be a lot more trouble than they're worth sometimes, but if you're in a pinch and really need to add a little bit of flavor and style to a shot, some of these creative little camera tricks might just save your buns one day.

Here are all of the tips mentioned in the video:

Read More

Create Some Creative Effects with These 6 Household Items

Your junk drawer is a treasure trove of tools for camera trickery.

Got some tinfoil? What about Christmas lights? Are your old Smashmouth CDs getting all scratched up on the floor of your car? Well, it's time to put those things to better use by utilizing them in your filmmaking. In this video, Pierre T. Lambert shows you six ways to creatively use several common household items to create beautiful and unique camera and lighting effects. Check it out below:

I love awesome visual effects as much as anyone, but there's something cool and organic about creating interesting effects in-camera. Granted, they can be a lot more trouble than they're worth sometimes, but if you're in a pinch and really need to add a little bit of flavor and style to a shot, some of these creative little camera tricks might just save your buns one day.

Here are all of the tips mentioned in the video:

Read More

Create Some Creative Effects with These 6 Household Items

Your junk drawer is a treasure trove of tools for camera trickery.

Got some tinfoil? What about Christmas lights? Are your old Smashmouth CDs getting all scratched up on the floor of your car? Well, it's time to put those things to better use by utilizing them in your filmmaking. In this video, Pierre T. Lambert shows you six ways to creatively use several common household items to create beautiful and unique camera and lighting effects. Check it out below:

I love awesome visual effects as much as anyone, but there's something cool and organic about creating interesting effects in-camera. Granted, they can be a lot more trouble than they're worth sometimes, but if you're in a pinch and really need to add a little bit of flavor and style to a shot, some of these creative little camera tricks might just save your buns one day.

Here are all of the tips mentioned in the video:

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Mekajiki’s new RenderGarden Rethinks the Render Farm Experience

After Effects renders can be the bane of your existence. Enter RenderGarden to help speed up the process.

Need drives invention. Many of the world's best filmmaking tools were built by people who needed them themselves. A few examples: Digital Domain wanted a "new compositor," and so they took to building "Nuke." Slack was originally an in-house chat tool for a game developer.

And now, here comes Mekajiki with the release of RenderGarden, a tool the company initially developed to speed up their After Effects renders for sister company Swordfish, a commercial house.

Render Garden is designed to live in the space between the use of internal render tools in AE and the building of a full-on render farm. Render farms can be both expensive and complicated, requiring extensive maintenance and full-time engineering support. Knowing that a frustrating, slow experience awaits anyone having to rely on an internal system render, something in between needed to be found.

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Watch: 10 Ways You Can Use Gaff Tape on a Film Set

Gaff tape isn't just one of the most essential tools in a filmmaker's gear bag, it's also one of the most versatile.

Look in your gear bag right now. What's in there? A camera (duh), lenses (duh), memory cards, extra batteries, and chargers (duh, duh, and duh). There are tons of other important things you need to have on you at all times while shooting a film, not the least of which is gaff tape. This stuff is a lifesaver when you need to lay some cable, but that's not the only thing it can do. In this video by Burke Cullinane, learn the many ways you can utilize gaff tape on a film set. Check it out below:

If you've used gaff tape a lot, chances are you've found some weird ways to put it to good use. If you're a new filmmaker and haven't had the pleasure of its acquaintance, then these tips might help you get an idea of how multifunctional it is.

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Watch: 10 Ways You Can Use Gaff Tape on a Film Set

Gaff tape isn't just one of the most essential tools in a filmmaker's gear bag, it's also one of the most versatile.

Look in your gear bag right now. What's in there? A camera (duh), lenses (duh), memory cards, extra batteries, and chargers (duh, duh, and duh). There are tons of other important things you need to have on you at all times while shooting a film, not the least of which is gaff tape. This stuff is a lifesaver when you need to lay some cable, but that's not the only thing it can do. In this video by Burke Cullinane, learn the many ways you can utilize gaff tape on a film set. Check it out below:

If you've used gaff tape a lot, chances are you've found some weird ways to put it to good use. If you're a new filmmaker and haven't had the pleasure of its acquaintance, then these tips might help you get an idea of how multifunctional it is.

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‘The Happy Prince’: Why Rupert Everett Thought He Would ‘Die If I Didn’t Make This Movie’

Rupert Everett wrote, directed, and starred in this powerful film about Oscar Wilde's fall from grace.

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." This may be one of Oscar Wilde's most famous quotes, but living by it ruined his life.

First-time director Rupert Everett also wrote and starred in his Sundance premiere The Happy Prince (currently screening at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival) which chronicles Wilde's fall from grace. Picking up where most stories about Wilde conclude, the film is set in the period between the writer's release from prison on charges of homosexuality in 1897 and his death in 1900 from meningitis. Exiled to Europe, he's instructed to keep a low profile.

According to the law, if he ever wants to see his kids again or continue to receive his "allowance," he must renounce his sexuality; instead, Wilde spends his time cavorting with his gay lover, spending money he doesn't have, and living hedonistically. Is he a hero for refusing to submit to the limitations of his times, or is he a fool for walking into his own destruction—and that of his family?

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