Motion-capture technologies (and techniques) have come forward in leaps and bounds over the past decade, however one of the main limitations in this very young sector has always been the power to preview the results of a shot in real-time and at a quality which reflects more what the final output will be.
Dennis Muren occupies a rare place in movie history as one of the truly great pioneers of visual effects. Boing Boing blogger Mark Frauenfelder talks with Muren about his career and the craft.
Off the back of a successful Kickstarter campaign, Digital Bolex (a JV between the original Bolex company and start-up Cinemeridian) are set to launch their first product - the D16 Bolex, digital 16mm camera.
The chaps over at SoundWorks Collection explore Director J.C. Chandor's new film, All is Lost. Premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, the film features only one character and contains almost no dialogue yet is brought to life almost entirely by sound design.
Filmmakers are referring to DSLR filmmaking as a revolutionary invention. It achieved a huge leap forward in the quality of the image and moreover it has become available to millions of potential filmmakers, helping to spread the word and passion.
Even veteran filmmakers who have a certain defined and reliable style should think about how they can make their projects better. It's relatively easy these days to pick up new skills, thanks to the proliferation and accessibility of online training and tutorials. With digital editing programs, you can give your videos a new look and feel, and overall approach.
Film School Thru Commentaries is an interesting blog which collates video and audio interviews with successful filmmakers on a range of topics. Here's a taster with a piece in which Kevin Smith weights in on that timeless question: to film school or not to film school...