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5 Experts Who “Teach” Filmmaking on Twitter

Ahhh, Twitter—the closest we’ll ever come to coffee with Peter Jackson or a depressed Darth Vader. But we all know it’s more than just a venue for parody and shameless self-promotion. Cutting through the thick fog of sarcasm and selfies, there is a wealth of great sources for free filmmaking advice on Twitter. Here are

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What is a Cinemagraph?

Not much more than a century ago, the term “motion picture” was coined in an attempt to illustrate the jump between photography and emerging cinema—in the same way Old English poets had called the sea a “whale road” and the sun a “sky candle.” Since then, filmmakers haven’t rested much. It seems like every day

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Top Yule Log Clip Gallery

Top Yule Log Clip Gallery Picture yourself in a cabin in the middle of a snowy forest, a cup of hot chocolate in your hand as you lounge in a cozy armchair. A pleasant scene, to be sure—yet something is missing. That something is a roaring fireplace—and whether you live in New York or Los

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These Aren’t Photographs—They’re Prints from 4K Video Frames

We’ve previously featured some impressive cover photos from magazines like GQ Esquire and Vogue that weren’t really cover “photos,” but instead individual video frames shot using 4K motion cameras. The magazine industry, though, can make any photo look impressive thanks to its (often controversial) Photoshop wizardry—so we put our own footage to the test by

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Before-and-After: Color Grading R3D Files

We’ve previously gone on location with some of the artists who film our content, but the editors who take it to the next level have remained largely behind the curtain—until now. Of the many unsung heroes behind our footage (independent cinematographers, directors, actors and actresses, drone and helicopter pilots, etc.), perhaps none play a larger

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What Filmmakers Did Before Green Screens

In the dark ages before green screens, or blue screens, filmmakers had to rely on in-camera effects for their backgrounds. Often, this meant using matte paintings or static backdrops incapable of showing movement. Other times, particularly when films called for motion backgrounds of things like clouds and sunsets, it meant using something called front screen

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Gift Ideas for the Traveling Filmmaker

Shooting in locations far from the comforts of home is a venture that takes equal parts strategy and gear. We’ve previously covered the strategy, so now it’s time to cover the hardware. Below, you’ll find our staff’s curated picks for equipment to help maximize your travel footage—and your travels overall:   For Everyone: The Zoom

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