Behind the Scenes: Reimagining BBC’s Sherlock Intro Using Stock Footage

In anticipation of BBC’s Victorian Sherlock Christmas special airing this January, we’re streaming a special of our own—in which we recreate the show’s iconic title sequence using exclusively stock footage. See below for our stock intro, made entirely with royalty-free assets from our library: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn79JvcYXDE How we did it was rather elementary once we matched the footage—just a bit of layering and some tilt-shift After Effects templates—but we’ve included a walkthrough tutorial on the full process and … Read more about Behind the Scenes: Reimagining BBC’s Sherlock Intro Using Stock Footage

These Are the (Star Wars Inspired) After Effects Templates You’re Looking For

Find the lack of faithful Star Wars templates disturbing? We’re bringing balance to stock footage with five new After Effects templates inspired by the visual effects of Star Wars—available exclusively through VideoBlocks. Now witness the power of unlimited downloads: get these templates plus access to $10 million in stock footage—all for just $99 year when you join VideoBlocks.   Effect I: Hologram Effects, You’re My Only Hope Download hologram effects AE template   Effect II: Luminous Title Crawls Are We Download … Read more about These Are the (Star Wars Inspired) After Effects Templates You’re Looking For

Coming Soon to a Sock Near You: Stocking Stuffers for Filmmakers

From indie directors to home video aficionados, everyone has a filmmaker to shop for during the holidays. We all know that good things come in small packages, so we put together a stocking stuffer gift guide for filmmakers. These miniature presents are sure to knock the socks off of your resident cinematographer—and make shooting video all the merrier. Tiffen 77mm Variable Neutral Density (ND) Filter $149 at B&H Photo This ND filter allows filmmakers to not only balance out light, but also take full control over depth of field. … Read more about Coming Soon to a Sock Near You: Stocking Stuffers for Filmmakers

10 Essential Gifts For Student Filmmakers

Getting a start in filmmaking requires a lot of pricey gear—not to mention the possible cost of tuition. Most aspiring auteurs struggle to shoulder the investment, so we put together a gift guide for student filmmakers that will help bring big screen dreams to fruition. Unlike a brand new camera or lens, these ideas won’t break the bank, but they will inject some inspiration into winter break (and future semesters).   Cloud Storage Subscription There are three key steps to avoiding the heartbreak of lost footage: 1) save, 2) backup, … Read more about 10 Essential Gifts For Student Filmmakers

That’s No Aircraft Carrier: U.S. Navy Creates Epic Star Wars Parody Trailer

The Force is strong with the crew of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, who’ve created perhaps the best Star Wars: The Force Awakens fan trailer yet using “the Ike” as their backdrop. Although there are Star Wars parodies left, right, and center these days as the December 18th release of The Force Awakens nears, it takes a certain level of skill and dedication to create one that mirrors both the heart and cinematic visuals of the franchise. https://youtu.be/EypzUduBqiQ Major props to Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alex Delgado on … Read more about That’s No Aircraft Carrier: U.S. Navy Creates Epic Star Wars Parody Trailer

YouTube Film School: Lighting 101

There are many factors separating amateur films from professional productions, but few are as significant as effective lighting. The way you choose to illuminate your project will leave an immediate and lasting impression on your audience and could become your primary means of capturing their attention. Just think about films you’ve seen over the years where poor lighting is a sign of poor quality. For films that are amateurish or cheaply made, even the most polished script can’t save a washed-out or dimly lit frame. As such, it’s … Read more about YouTube Film School: Lighting 101

How to Judge a Film Character by Their Beard

No-Shave November is in full swing, which means beards are on the face and on the brain. When crafting a character’s demeanor, intentions, and mental state, subtleties like posture, dress, haircut, and gait all play a huge role—allowing the audience to determine the personality of a well-defined character before a word is spoken onscreen. With this in mind, we took a look at movie characters throughout time and analyzed what their beards (or lack thereof) says about them and how the same ideas apply to facial hair in … Read more about How to Judge a Film Character by Their Beard

Hunger Games: Footage from the 13 Districts

Chances are, you’ve either joined the Mockingjay in her rebellion against sinister President Snow or you have no idea what any of those words mean. Love, hate, or ambivalence—the Hunger Games is irreversibly embedded in popular culture. No matter your feelings about the series, it’s part of a long and storied tradition of dystopian fiction. Every generation has a best-selling novel in this genre, from Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World to George Orwell’s 1984 and beyond. Like the dystopian superstates of yore, Panem’s stability relies on a … Read more about Hunger Games: Footage from the 13 Districts