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July 16, 2017

11 Cinematography Tips That Will Make Your Aerial Compositions Better


Sometimes all it takes to grow as a cinematographer is changing your perspective.


It’s easy to get in a rut as a cinematographer. You’ve been shooting the same stuff with the same gear using the same techniques for longer than you’d like to admit and it’s starting to not only get repetitive, but it’s damaging your creative spirit, too. If you’re starting to feel like you’re capturing the same kinds of shots over and over again every time you turn on your camera, then maybe all you need is to change your perspective in order to see your surroundings in a whole new way. In this video from COOPH, you’ll learn eleven helpful tips that will help you do just that by using drones.





Even though these ideas are geared more toward drone photography, they apply to cinematographers of all types, whether they’re shooting with a drone or not. They focus primarily on composition and framing, like finding symmetry, vertices, patterns, and repetition, but they also touch on how to use color, lighting, and background to create dynamic shots.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

July 15, 2017

Watch: 12 Trademarks You'll See in Pretty Much Every Christopher Nolan Film


Though Christopher Nolan has a pretty diverse filmography, there’s a handful of signature characteristics in each of his films that remind you of his unique brand of filmmaking.


Whether he’s filming neo-noirs, sci-fi adventures, or superhero flicks, Christopher Nolan has a way of infusing his unique flavor of cerebral cinema, complete with bleakness, complicated intellectual acrobatics, and total mind-f**kery. And while most fans know about Nolan’s penchant for putting audiences through the metaphysical gauntlet (and then laughing maniacally while he watches them try to make sense of everything), what are some of the Oscar-nominee’s other cinematic trademarks? ScreenPrism explores twelve of them in the video below:



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Source: NoFilmSchool

July 15, 2017

Watch YouTube on a screen bigger than reality with Samsung Gear VR

Samsung’s Gear VR is an impressive virtual reality viewer, but viewing 360 videos and pictures on it isn’t as easy as it could be. Here’s how to watch YouTube on a Gear VR, as well as Facebook, Vimeo, and more.

The post Watch YouTube on a screen bigger than reality with Samsung Gear VR appeared first on Digital Trends.

Source: Digital Trends VR

July 15, 2017

Watch: How to Pull Off 3 Crazy Simple (and Simply Crazy) Visual Effects


Creating great visual effects doesn’t always have to be difficult and time consuming.


Whenever I see a cool effect in a movie I always assume that it’s too complicated for a VFX noob like me to tackle—and most of the time I’m right on the money, but sometimes I’m dead wrong. While many effects are going to take a lot of time, work, money, and experience to pull off, you’d be surprised at how many you can do with very little know-how or time commitment. In this video from Film Riot, host Ryan Connolly shows you how to create three very cool, very crazy, very simple visual effects using some clever camera tricks and a few tools in post. Check out the tutorial below:





I love these effects. Let’s get that out of the way right now. The fact that the Film Riot team not only managed to recreate the “psionic blast” effect using the same techniques Logan VFX Supervisor Chas Jarrett used in the film, but managed to also replicate the look completely in-camera using a handheld massager is thoroughly exciting, because that means any one of us can do it.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

July 14, 2017

Weekly rewind: 3D-printed capillaries, Digital Trends Car Awards, Hyperloop One tests

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of it. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top tech stories from this week.

The post Weekly rewind: 3D-printed capillaries, Digital Trends Car Awards, Hyperloop One tests appeared first on Digital Trends.

Source: Digital Trends VR

July 14, 2017

Watch: Why Do We Keep Finding Ourselves Hooked on 'Game of Thrones'?


Throughout its six seasons, the fantasy epic has managed to keep us emotionally engaged for a few important reasons.


[Note: GoT season six spoilers ahead.]



Game of Thrones will be kicking off its seventh season this Sunday on HBO, cementing its place as one of the greatest television series of all time. The show has certainly been revolutionary in a number of ways, but when you examine its success, it’s one of the most traditional writing fundamentals that really contributes: Those writers sure know how to craft a scene.



As Robert McKee defines in his classic screenwriting book Story, “A scene is a story in miniature…no matter locations or length, a scene is unified around desire, action, conflict, and change.” In the case of Game of Thrones , a single scene can come to define the plotline for an entire season. Lessons from the Screenplay’s video essay first highlights last season’s reunion of Jon Snow and Sansa Stark as an example.



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Source: NoFilmSchool

July 14, 2017

Watch: The Most Disturbing PG Moments in Movie History


Before there was a PG-13 rating, you might have thought twice before taking your kid to the movies.


For the first 90 years of American cinema, the MPAA had only two ratings: PG and R. This meant that unwitting parents often brought their children to salacious and violently graphic movies. In 1984, the parental outrage came to a fever pitch over two “inappropriate” blockbusters: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Gremlins. Steven Spielberg, perhaps feeling guilty that Jaws was rated PG, finally proposed the idea of an intermediate rating. The PG-13 rating was first attached John Milius’ Red Dawn, released later that year.



A new video from Screen Crush compiles the most traumatic PG-rated moments, including blood, guts, explosions, and horrifying monsters from Time Bandits, Poltergeist, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Planet of the Apes, and more.





Today, the MPAA classifies a PG-13 film as containing the following (as opposed to a PG film):

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Source: NoFilmSchool

July 14, 2017

The Daily Chord Weekly Recap – Friday, July 14

Spotify is the focus of two big stories this week. They announced a deal with Sony, which paves the way for an IPO and they responded to the controversy surrounding ‘fake artists’ on their playlists. In other links, we learned about the musical friends of Donald Trump Jr. and we did not chart on the top 50 moneymakers in music list. Join the moguls and the rabble-rousers and subscribe to the Daily Chord email blast for a music news morning update each weekday.


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Friday, July 14

The post The Daily Chord Weekly Recap – Friday, July 14 appeared first on SXSW.

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July 14, 2017

Six virtual reality experiences are up for Emmy awards in 2017

Nominations for the 2017 Emmy awards are out, and a variety of different virtual reality projects have made the cut, ranging from a Simpsons couch gag to the original animation Dear Angelica.

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Source: Digital Trends VR

July 14, 2017

Nine Inch Nails uses rare, unreleased copy of 'Polybius' in video

Nine Inch Nails’ new single, Less Than, has a particularly trippy theme and visuals taken right out of a custom PC build of PSVR exclusive Polybius only serve to enhance that.

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Source: Digital Trends VR