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September 17, 2017

The Navy will soon use Xbox controllers to operate its attack submarines

The Virginia-class attack submarines are the Navy’s newest and most advanced weapon platforms. They are sophisticated, high-tech wonders with all the latest technology, including Xbox controllers.

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September 17, 2017

Cinera, the world’s first cinema VR headset, smashes Kickstarter goal

Cinera is looking to seriously upgrade your home theater system with its virtual reality headset. The VR headset is currently raising money through Kickstarter and is the world’s first immersive personal cinema.

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September 17, 2017

How to Avoid Some of the Most Common Mistakes in Composition


If you want to capture better images you have to understand good composition.


“My camera is such a piece of shit.” That’s what I told myself after spending an entire day shooting less than thrilling images for a class. I’d go home, offload my media, and gasp in horror at just how amateurish it all looked. “That’s f**king it. I’m buying a new camera.” But the problem wasn’t with my camera; it was with my ability to compose dynamic and beautiful images that told stories. This is an issue many filmmakers struggle with all throughout their careers but in this video, photographer Evan 5ps shows us how to correct some of the most common compositional mistakes, as well as how to completely avoid them altogether.





The mistakes Evan mentions in the video are supremely important for every filmmaker to know and understand because they form the foundation of aesthetics. So, let’s talk about some of the core compositional concepts that these errors affect.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

September 16, 2017

Leaked image of GoPro Hero6 Black packaging shows 4K 60 FPS video recording

GoPro says the Hero6 is coming this year. Comments from the CEO suggest the company could also expand its 360 options. A leaked image supposedly shows the Hero6 Black packaging, which indicates 4K60 video recording capability.

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September 16, 2017

Watch: Dave Bautista Has Something to Hide in New 'Blade Runner 2049' Prequel Short


Don’t let the glasses fool you. Dave Bautista is one bad mother…


We’re three weeks away from the return of dystopian Los Angeles where Atari still looms large and replicants may be on the loose in Blade Runner 2049. To bridge the gap between the original Ridley Scott film and the sequel which takes place 30 years later, Warner Bros. is releasing three prequel short films directed by Luke Scott, Ridley’s son.



The second installment, 2048: Nowhere to Run, brings us up almost to the current film, introducing Sapper Morton (played by Dave Bautista), a worm farmer with something to hide. While this short was released earlier this week, the HD version had a messed up frame rate, making the viewing experience less than appealing. Warner Bros. has finally released the short on its YouTube channel in HD with the proper frame rate. You can check out the film below.





In case you missed the first prequel short, 2036: Nexus Dawn, you can catch up below to learn about the next generation of replicants.



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Source: NoFilmSchool

September 16, 2017

Google Earth VR now lets you explore Street View imagery from 85 countries

Love Google Earth VR? Now you can use the virtual reality app to explore Street View imagery via your Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headset, making it even more fun for sofa-based globetrotters.

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September 16, 2017

7 Things You Wish You Knew Before Directing Your First Feature


Though your first film may not be your best film, it could quite possibly be your best teacher.


You’re going to make mistakes on every film you make, but your first project is unique in that you’re probably making all of them within the same project. Those who have already experienced it know the struggle all too well. But learning about the countless errors other directors have made in their first films can help you avoid the ones you could make on your own, which is why you should definitely check out this video from Film Riot. In it, host Ryan Connolly talks with Dan Trachtenberg about his experience directing his first feature 10 Cloverfield Lane to learn about how the many mistakes he made actually helped him become a better filmmaker.





Trachtenberg shares a lot of great insight in the interview, but here are a few of our favorite pieces of advice:

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Source: NoFilmSchool

September 16, 2017

The Art of the Edit: 6 Lessons on Making the Cut as an Editor


Sit in on Adobe’s micro-session between some of Hollywood’s most talented editors as they discuss the ins and outs of the craft.


The Toronto International Film Festival held a special “MICROSESSION” at this year’s event called “The Art of the Edit” which allowed attendees to pick the brains of some of the most exciting editors in the industry. Hosted by Adobe, the panel, which included editors Billy Fox (Only the Brave, Straight Outta Compton, Footloose, Band of Brothers), Tyler Nelson (Mindhunter, Gone Girl, The Social Network), and Simone Smith (Never Steady, Never Still), discussed a wide range of topics but they all coalesced to reveal what it takes to be an editor that is both a masterful technician and an inspiring artist.



You can watch the hour-long discussion below, but continue on for our takeaways.



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Source: NoFilmSchool

September 15, 2017

Exploring 'The Most Dangerous, Exciting, Edgy Place' With the Brilliant Jane Campion


We could listen this filmmaking icon talk forever.


Jane Campion has never had a retrospective. Jane Campion, arguably the most successful female director—the only woman in possession of a Palme d’Or, the second of four female Oscar-winning directors, and the creator of one of the most popular indie films of all time—has never had a retrospective. Until now.



In honor of the premiere of Top of the Lake: China Girl, the second season in Campion’s award-winning detective drama, The Film Society of Lincoln Center is running a week-long exhibition of Campion’s full career. It ends this Sunday. The retrospective features every single one of Campion’s films on 35mm, as well as some of her shorts on 16 and Super 8.



The event kicked off with “An Evening With Jane Campion,” where the director unpacked her career with moderator Dennis Lim. Together they discussed Campion’s writing techniques, her fandom for David Lynch, how she took ecstasy with the Brontës, and how she’s been a stalwart of feminism for the span of her 35 years in the film industry. Read the best moments from the night below.



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Source: NoFilmSchool

September 15, 2017

The Fifth Annual SXSW HAAM Benefit Day Show

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, marked the fifth annual SXSW HAAM Benefit Day Show in participation with many other events hosted throughout Austin. Beyond being an opportunity to enjoy good music and food with friends, the event raises money for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, an organization that provides Austin’s working musicians with access to healthcare services with an emphasis on prevention and wellness.

This year’s event was held at The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. (The ABGB) and included performances from Austin-based artists She Sir, Julian Acosta, and Bidi Bidi Banda. She Sir kicked off the event with a dreamy shoe-gaze set, followed by a intimate performance by singer-songwriter Julian Acosta. Local Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda closed out the night on a high note.

Thanks to everyone involved in HAAM Benefit Day and the large participation from the Austin community. If you were unable to attend the event but are interested in donating to HAAM, you can make a donation at any time at myhaam.org/donate. You can also check out the SXSWfm® HAAM Benefit Day radio show to hear music from the artists who performed.

Julian Acosta – Photo by Robert Andrew Bennett

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