July 24, 2020
Apps can do more than you think.
Since local lockdowns began and then were lifted and then put back in place, it’s been interesting to watch the film industry adapt. Crews have shrunk, become remote, or even become obsolete. In some cases, the talent has been required to take on more filmmaking responsibilities, like shooting and media managing themselves, while never breaking character. Though FiLMiC Pro’s DoubleTake app was not released with COVID-19 in mind, it can play an enormous role when it comes to remote productions.
Earlier in the year we had a first look at the multicam recording capabilities that FiLMic Pro’s DoubleTake provides for the latest iPhones. Shortly after New York went into quarantine, many weekly late-night shows adapted to a near crew-less workflow. Those watching at home immediately felt the absence of an audiences’ laughter or the familiar set design. The editors and post-production crews for many shows have received praise for maintaining quality in remote storytelling. So where is the footage coming from?
July 24, 2020
Are you running out of movies to watch in quarantine?
The deeper we get into quarantine the less I have to watch. I often find myself rewatching my favorite films, but I know I need to branch out. That’s why I have been picking famous filmmakers and trying to watch every movie in their catalog.
And you know what?
Some of them sucked.
But a lot were great!
That’s why I wanted to make a list of 10 auteur directors and their criminally underseen classics. You know, the deep cuts that people never bring up when they compliment overarching works. So let’s go through 10 of those titles and I’ll pick out some of my favorites.
[Got movies you think should be on this list? Put them in the comments. We all need more to watch.]
July 23, 2020
Neumorphism icons inspired by macOS Big SurAoiroStudio07.23.20
Neumorphism or shall we say Skeuomorphism is a hot topic in UI trends. For the past months we have been talking, debating, and even more since the release announcement of the macOS Big Sur coming this fall. Why? Because it’s cool! One thing, I do like about this ‘style’ is the craft that goes into an icon design. Something we have neglected since everything is ‘flat’ nowadays. I do like this shift, obviously there will be debates all sorts of things but why not. Happy to share the work of Song hojong, a designer based in Seoul, Korea. He did his interpretation of what is Neumorphism inspired by macOS Big Sur, let’s take a look!
Source: Abduzeedo UI/UX
July 22, 2020
The second version of the headset to be lighter and have a higher refresh rate
Source: Digital Trends VR
July 21, 2020
Illustration to Ease One’s Mind – Designer’s Self-therapyabduzeedo07.21.20
Aga Lut is a freelance graphic designer. To ease her mind and to relax after her commercial work, she started to illustrate. “I used to illustrate people a lot, but I’ve grown bored of it.” – she says. One of the main reasons was that she felt she was lacking her own unique style; many illustrators do something similar, and maybe it’s a good opportunity to experiment. So she said goodbye to digital painting and started her adventure with vectors. Quite a rewarding one, she adds.
I missed painting on canvas a bit, but I definitely didn’t want to get dirty nor had I space for all that gear, so I started to wonder: how can I convert a bit of painting to vectors, not as a digitalized brushes, but in a modern way? I came up with simple shading which reminded me of strong brush strokes on canvas. I developed a geometrical style of portraying animals. And started to talk about my feelings through it. My illustrations are mostly a form of self-therapy.
Source: Abduzeedo Illustration
July 20, 2020
Introducing Escuro Lightroom CC Presetabduzeedo07.20.20
Escuro in Portuguese means dark, blackish or closer to black than white., Escuro is also the name of the new set of Lightroom CC presets created with the intent of turning photos of ocean water in its various states into a minimalistic image. Photography has always been a hobby and a passion for me. I am more of an enthusiast, so the thrilling of learning is present at every click of the shutter.
Back to Escuro, the presets effect is achieved by reducing the brightness and increasing the contrast of the highlights that really matter. It’s also a common effect used in motion design and other graphics, like the Imagine Entertainment logo that is animated before movies. As a fan of movies, that inspired me to create this preset to improve the tons of photos of waves and ocean I have taken.
There are 4 different presets: e1, e2, e3, e4. Below you can see the comparison between the original and photos with Escuro in action.
Get Escuro Lightroom CC preset
For more photos, check out my Unsplash page. With this Lightroom preset abdz. now offers 2 presets, Urbano and Escuro. Each one of them is focused exclusively on a specific use case.
Source: Abduzeedo Photography
July 17, 2020
We’re feeling hot, hot, hot.
Temperatures rise as Canon cameras heat up and Palm Springs is a hit from the desert. Plus, we dive into a new app with a confusing name and the newest codec on the block.
As always, send us any questions and leave a comment!
July 17, 2020
How can we improve representation in film and television?
The world is undergoing a big change and it’s for the better. Representation matters. When you see people doing a job, you can suddenly imagine yourself doing it. Your future can change and more opportunities are welcomed.
But for far too long, we haven’t seen equal representation in Hollywood, and that’s ended a lot of people’s dreams.
That needs to change, too.
That’s why a group of more than 100 Black filmmakers, including Park Pictures’ Savanah Leaf and Prettybird’s Calmatic, has teamed up to launch Change the Lens, a new initiative calling for 15% Black representation at all levels of production.
Change the Lens is backed by the Black Filmmakers Collective, a group that includes Park Pictures director Leaf and Alli Maxwell, executive producer at Florence. The initiative asks creative companies to commit to increasing the diversity of their department heads and crew.
In Leaf’s words, “The talent already exists and is rapidly expanding; there is no valid reason not to make and live up to the pledge.”
July 17, 2020
We are dealing with a pandemic and uncertainty, but New York is allowing production to resume.
This story is breaking, but according to Variety, “Film and television production in New York City can resume on July 20th, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference on Friday. The restrictions of shooting were part of a city-wide shutdown in March—a period of time in which the city became the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. Cases have since dropped dramatically. Hospitalizations from COVID-19 dropped to their lowest levels in 4 months this week.”
This is huge news and part of New York City’s Phase 4 reopening.
You can’t dine indoors or congregate in large groups, but you can now film. We don’t have any details about safety measures or requirements on set, but they seem to think people will be alright.
“It’s all about safety,” de Blasio said. “We want to bring people back to work. We want people to get their livelihoods back. We want to bring our city back. But safety and health first, always.”
July 17, 2020
The perfect contest for young filmmakers to lift their voices.
Have you had trouble connecting…or reaching out and really understanding someone?
WarnerMedia and its owner AT&T have partnered with the nonprofit academy Ghetto Film School to launch Film Credits, a new, nationwide film challenge that asks youths to create short videos expressing their “feelings of connection” at this point in history.
Here’s the blurb: “Together with AT&T, WarnerMedia, and community partners nationwide, Ghetto Film School is shining the light on young people everywhere responding creatively to this moment. We are asking young people across the nation, How Does It Feel to Be Connected, RIGHT NOW? Make a short film with a runtime of 3 minutes or less and submit it to the Film Credits Challenge at filmcredits.org for a chance to become a finalist. Visit the Digital Access For All platform to hone storytelling and filmmaking abilities. Good Luck! We’re looking forward to your short story.”