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Lenses built for the moon (and Kubrick): film gifts we didn’t receive in December

Filmmaking is not the cheapest of professions. That’s why we worked particularly hard to keep our holiday gift ideas affordable, sharing products that everyday film enthusiasts might actually be able to use (and afford). Our gift ideas for budget filmmakers averaged less than fifty dollars each, while our top picks for GoPro accessories and on-location

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Film Composition: The Rule of Thirds

There are a lot of “ideas” on the topic of composition—leading lines, converging lines, frames within frames—but only one has achieved actual “rule” status. That rule, of course, is the rule of thirds. The so-called rule of thirds isn’t so much a rule cinematographers and photographers must, or should, always obey; rest assured there are

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Film Terms You Ought to Know

In the world of filmmakers, serious moviegoers, and critics, there’s an entire lexicon of terms that help with sounding pretentious—and, every once in a while, with furthering the mission of filmmaking. Here are some of the terms that we have found particularly interesting. (Please note: it’s rumored saying these terms in precise order will gain

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Our favorite clips of 2014

The past 365 days have been a wild ride, and our list of top downloads for the year reflects it well. Here are some of the top subscriber downloads from 2014. 1. Sunrise HDR Stock Video Footage As timeless as sunrises might be, it appears the “magic hour” was more in demand in 2014. With

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How to Be a Better Filmmaker in 2015

The only barriers to becoming a marginally better filmmaker a year from now are time and practice—not better equipment, better connections, or better funding. However, time and practice alone won’t make you the absolute best filmmaker you’re capable of becoming. To make that type of improvement, you need a solid strategy. Follow these blueprints to

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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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