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A young film director on the cutting edge of tech and storytelling

The acclaimed 2017 short film The Suitcase launched the career of a young woman filmmaker, Abi Damaris Corbin, who some say is going to be the next Cathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker ). The writer director, started her filmmaking career at the graduate Cinematic Arts program at USC after doing a master’s degree at the …

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A film director’s worst enemy – TIME

A film director’s worst enemy – TIME

Advice I recently gave to a young up-and-Coming film director who was about to shoot his first short film in Hong Kong. I told him a film directors worst enemy is time. You will never have enough of it. Hi Mal, I thought I would share a few things with you as you are about to embark …

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Passion for light

Passion for light

Cinema of the soul

Cinema of the soul

Russian film director and master auteur Andrei Tarkovsky created films with strong images and challenging narratives. Tarkovsky was influenced by Japanese films and was inspired by auteurs such as Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa and Michelangelo Antonioni. His films were mostly shot in monochrome as black and white was, in his opinion, closer to real life. …

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Blocking actors

Blocking actors

Blocking the scene with the actors is the most important part of preparing to shoot a scene. The director decides what are the best camera moves to tell the story and convey to the audience what the actors are thinking and how they progress the story through the action. The meaning can change with different …

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Know when to cut

Know when to cut

Emotion and rhythm is a major part of film editing. Learning when to cut is a matter of practice. It might appear easy but it is not something that comes easily at first. Watching lots of movies, especially old ones, will help you to understand rhythm and know what works and what doesn’t work. Keep …

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Cinematographers angst

Cinematographers angst

The role of the DP has changed considerably since digital has dominated the movie set. Revered less by one and all, the DP’s moment has come and gone. Cinematographers of old often talk about the magic of lighting for film before digital dominated the film set and monitors spoiled the fun. The dailies used to …

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Storytelling

Storytelling

A website dedicated, not to camera gear, but to the art of storytelling. 2 Reel Guys…

Madonna wants to start a revolution

Madonna wants to start a revolution

Madonna’s ‘Secret Project’ in collaboration with New York photographer Steven Klien sees the light of day.

Roman Polanski Shoots Prada

Roman Polanski Shoots Prada

“Prada Suits Everyone” is the end phrase on the short shot by Roman Polanski for Prada and showcased at the Cannes Film Festival 2012.

Low budget, no budget movie

Low budget, no budget movie

Before calling “action” on your no budget movie take a moment to ask yourself if you are focusing on the right things.

Don't mention the films sub-plot

Don’t mention the films sub-plot

Indian film director Shekhar Kapur talks about the creative process behind his films and how he finds inspiration.

Vimeo Film Festival redux

Vimeo Film Festival redux

The first Vimeo film festival last October in NYC brought filmmakers who are showing their best work online to the big screen.

Academic movie mogul

Academic movie mogul

Can an academic make successful films? Meet Professor James Schamus of Focus Features who produced ‘The American’ starring George Clooney and learn his secret.

Get the ‘film look’ Picture profiles explained

Get the ‘film look’ Picture profiles explained

You’ve got the DOF you wanted from your HDDSLR and now you are working on getting the cinematic look for your movie. Here’s how…

‘Blue Velvet’ handbag

‘Blue Velvet’ handbag

The convergence of art and commerce continues with David Lynch’s new film for Christian Dior, Lady Blue shot in Shanghai starring Marion Cotillard.

"Content is King"

“Content is King”

No matter what equipment you use to shoot your movie what matters most is the story. Is it compelling enough to hold your audience?

Carl Zeiss joins the HD DSLR party

Carl Zeiss joins the HD DSLR party

Carl Zeiss has developed a series of Compact Prime lenses that will fit directly to HDDSLR’s without adapters, giving greater focus and aperture control.

HD DSLR revolution gains momentum

HD DSLR revolution gains momentum

More and more video and film professionals are choosing HD DSLR cameras for their productions for reasons including DOF, form factor and high ISO.