How To: The Inverse Square What? (Hazelton)

To quote the second greatest font of Internet knowledge, Wikipedia, the physics term known as the inverse square law,  “is any physical law stating that a specified physical quantity or intensity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source of that physical quantity. The fundamental cause for this can be understood… Read More

Article/Video Essay: Beyond the Rule of Thirds/The Quadrant

Whether you started out in photography, or you were dumped into the deep end of video and film – you will know of the rule of thirds (RoT). It’s one of those unstoppable forces that influence every aspect of both! Like many “rules” in avenues of artistic endeavour, the RoT is an excellent starting point – particularly… Read More

Blog Video: Sherlock Recut As a Thriller Trailer

Throughout this year my workload has been focused primarily on editing and producing a series of women’s self-help modules. It is necessary work, and based on the stories that have come out of it – it is seeing some wonderful results. Still, it is hardly creative work. Well, yesterday I re-stumbled on a great little… Read More

Review: Smartphone Stabilisation

Even though there are lots of stabilising options out there, today I wanted to share a recent clip by the FilmRiot team who have reviewed the US$379 iKan Fly-X3 Plus 3-axis brushless motor gyro stabilising system. Specifically for use with smartphones, it doesn’t look too bad. Even though it is probably a little on the expensive side, this… Read More

Video Montage: When Shadows Become Characters (Skorkin)

So today I was doing my usual perusal of Vimeo (come on now – you know that a key component of the twenty-first century creative process is random internet surfing, right?) when I stumbled on this fresh little piece. If you are involved in creative video or film of any sort, then you know a little… Read More

How To: Stop Frame Animation (Stop-Motion/Claymation)

So today’s video how-to one was of personal interest to me, as one of my international colleagues asked the question about whether we could try to pull together a claymation clip for one of our up-and-coming projects. I had no idea… and even though my production manager was reluctant, at least we were given the green… Read More

How To: Slate Like a Pro

Continuing my series of resource links, today I want to share an excellent how to by the Rocket Jump Film School team. That moment when your first slate arrives can be pretty exciting. Suddenly you feel a little more professional, you know (well I did). But I had no idea whether there were some common practices… Read More

Video Essay: Mad Max: Center Framed (Nedomansky)

Continuing my series of resource links, today I want to return to one of my favourite videography bloggers – Vashi Nedomansky. He recently posted a fantastic little piece that demonstrates the importance of framing and composition. We often have it drummed into our heads that our framing and composition will look best when it follows simple rules such… Read More

In Memoriam: Kudos to a Great Composer

This is just a quick post, as I’m a bit behind the eight ball. But like so many others already out there, I would like to pay homage to one of the greats. RIP James Horner: your sounds helped to shape a generation of Hollywood films. And in many ways, they also played out as an indelible… Read More