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Five Great Scores from James Horner … Before He Made It Big

Composer James Horner, who died yesterday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara, was well known as the man behind some of the most famous music in contemporary cinema. A 10-time Oscar nominee, he took home two Academy Awards in … more »

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Shoot Full Cinematic Style on a Micro-Budget

You don't want your micro-budget film to look like what it is. Shooting pro-style is essential. Fortunately, you live in the age of affordable enabling electronics and DIY. If you look at shooting as a utilitarian task necessary to get your … more »

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Five Questions: Little Minx’s Los Perez

Award-winning filmmakers Tania Verduzco and Adrian Perez often use a vibrant mix of color, music and dance to tell their stories, whether short films, music videos or quirky commercial spots for international companies like Pepsi, Adidas, L'Oreal and Toyota. The prolific directing duo … more »

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Awesome Sound Design on a Tight Budget, Part 2

In part one of this double feature, we talked about designing a sound plan for your film, including music and background sound. Now let's look at how to collect and execute the various components of that sound design. Dialog If you don't have … more »

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Awesome Sound Design on a Tight Budget, Part 1

It's been said over and over again that film is a visual medium. Please don't buy that crap. Film is a gestalt medium wherein the whole is much more than the sum of the parts. A gestalt is an entity … more »

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Seven Ways to Save Money After NAB

The big story at NAB is always workflow, but everyone knows that money and efficiency are inextricably linked. The latest and greatest technology is undeniably exciting — but so are the price breaks that can bring high-end gear within reach … more »

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VideoBlocks Opens Direct Sale Stock Video Marketplace to Public at NAB

VideoBlocks officially opened its new stock-footage marketplace to the public. Contributors of footage receive 100 percent of the revenue for their submitted work which translates to savings for stock footage customers, the company said. The popular subscription-based seller of royalty-free stock video, backgrounds … more »

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Watch Video of Furious 7’s 2nd-Unit Heroes Free-Falling over Arizona

If you thought your last shoot was hairy, spare a moment to consider the camera operators who captured a key action sequence in freefall for Furious 7. On Furious 7, which opens in U.S. theaters tonight, the idea during production was … more »

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Seven Production-Design Tips for Low-Budget Filmmakers

Among the most neglected key elements in low-budget films are production design and art direction. That's a problem because production design impacts all aspects of your project. It is the detailed blueprint you follow to make your vision come alive. … more »

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Opening: Insurgent, The Gunman, and Those Danged Zombeavers

This week, another YA franchise sequel opens, Pierre Morel aims to do for Sean Penn what he did for Liam Neeson, and zombie rodents are in very limited release. Insurgent What's it about? "Divergent" protagonist Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) continues to … more »