TBT: Morning Prayer, Music Video (Cowper)

We are used to video imagery that has been heavily edited – or perhaps furiously edited is a more apt descriptor. So I find it refreshing to stumble upon something that is quite different. It is in that frame of reference that I offer you my latest #TBT. Coming from the ear-wormingly good Cowper all the way back… Read More

Video Montage: The Turn Smile (Dissolve)

If you were to ask just about any serious cinematographer for their thoughts on stock footage, the general consensus would be one of derision. In a digital age where content creation is often more important than the complaints of said cinematographers though, using stock footage is a tool you might want to seriously consider. That advice is not without… Read More

News: Kenyan Film Made on Mobile (BBC)

It is really easy to think that we need to have the latest and greatest kit to make movies and videos. And I mean really easy (#firstworldproblems). But I read a wonderful story today that was a timely reminder. While there are DJI Osmo‘s out there, or Lily, or the BMPCC – or whatever else takes your… Read More

Blog: Best Free Editing Software

People, it’s time to share some free stuff! And by free stuff, I mean my opinion and a lifetime of collected information, as that is really all I have to offer. I was chatting with one of my Australian friends in New Zealand, and he asked me what I thought might make for decent FREE editing… Read More

Short Film: The Foley Artist (Feast Films)

If you are an amateur videographer, you may never have heard of Jack Foley. In our digital age, we seldom have to consider making sound effects for ourselves. This has not always been the case, however. In a time before you could download unlimited audio files off of the Internet – sound effects for radio… Read More

Short Film: Light & Shadow (Weiss)

Wow. That is the best place for me to begin talking about this piece. Just wow. Commissioned by the film-making camera accessory giant Zacuto (and shot simultaneously with Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012), this 20-minute Emmy-winning piece by director Steve Weiss – Light & Shadow delves into the creativity and passion of more than 30 of… Read More

Video Montage: The Breaking Bad Wide Shot (Luengo Ruiz)

One of the things that I enjoy about film and television is seeing how different directors and DP’s style their work. Even if we have never consciously considered the styling used – once it has been pointed out, we will generally have an “oh yeah!” moment. This phenomena is precisely why I enjoy the following clip by Spanish… Read More

Video Blog: Shooting on an Old Lens (Mathieustern Production)

Ever wondered what might happen if you attached a really old-school lens onto your mirrorless camera? I have. Fun fact, Mathieu Stern (Mathieustern Production) has wondered about this too. Releasing the first part of his new web-series on Monday, Stern – a French web video producer and photographer based in Paris – is focusing solely on what kind of… Read More

Video Essay: Echoes of Mad Max (WhoIsPablo)

Australian Director George Miller decided that he did not wish to do a remake or retell the Mad Max story – rather, he wanted to update the universe and the wasteland. He even asked his wife Margaret Sixel to edit the film, even though she had never edited action before. his logic was that, “… if… Read More

Video Essay: The Hero’s Journey (Animation)

Joseph Campbell wrote a classic cross-cultural study of the hero’s journey back in 1949, and since then it has inspired millions. Like Star Wars, the film it helped inspire, the book was an exploration of the big-picture moments from the stage that is our world. And this theme has enabled it to remain as relevant through the years as when… Read More