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Why My Zoom Lenses Rarely Get Any Love

Ask me how I feel about the zoom lenses in my collection, and I’ll tell you they’re pretty darn fantastic: ultra sharp wide open, versatile, and plenty fast for the vast majority of shooting scenarios (which, for me, revolve mostly around food). And yet, I rarely ever use them. They stick around, really, because I

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Our Best Stock Footage: Time-Lapse Night Skies

Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, “If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years, how man would marvel and stare.” Of course, some of us still marvel and stare—and capture footage while doing so. The uses for stock footage of stars are as infinite as the stars themselves, but if you’ve read our tutorial

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How to Create a Lightspeed Travel Effect

We’ve all wondered what it would be like to travel the galaxy through hyperspace in the Millennium Falcon. Han and Chewie didn’t seem phased by the sight of stars and planets zooming by, but for an audience it was incredible. George Lucas and his special effects team, Industrial Light and Magic, were pioneers in groundbreaking

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The Five Great Myths of Film School

When you’re in the position of choosing a career path, film school is an appealing choice. The allure of a vocation whose path is filled with excitement and opportunity is no doubt tempting. But while film school can unlock tremendous opportunity, it’s designed to accompany—not replace—some necessary skill sets earned outside of the classroom. As

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VideoBlocks Sleeper Clips of 2014

Our VideoBlocks library is pretty big, and with the upcoming launch of the VideoBlocks Marketplace, we’re only getting bigger—which, despite all the positives, makes it easier for some great footage to fall through the old Internet cracks. We had some very popular clips in 2014, and we’re pretty sure that at this point just about

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Before-and-After: Stabilizing Video Footage

In a previous before-and-after edition, we showed you how we color grade our raw video footage to bring out the incredible contrast and natural colors captured by RED digital cinema cameras. If you’re one of the lucky filmmakers out there who upgraded your video equipment over the holidays by unwrapping an aerial drone, jib, or

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