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8K for 80K.
Wasn't the switch to digital supposed to bring cameras down to manageable budgets?
What happened?
The RED Weapon with the Monstro 8K chip is setting the new standard for video but the cost keeps it out of the hands of the semi-professional who can only wish.
Oh well there's always rental.

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Good advice to those who are into strenuous activity such as sports, or even plain hard work.
However good pacing is instrumental in producing an engaging film.
Emotions and tensions should rise and fall with the story and character activity....
Pacing is not just about the speed of walking or even talking. It's more about when and where you make your cuts and how the sequences line up with each other.
Here are some hints, good advice to help you find the right pace.

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Films are journeys and how quickly or slowly you reach your final destination matters.


Time was when color grading was the domain of professional houses as things like chemistry, stock, experience etc., had so much to do with getting good footage.
Now with the advent of digital tools, color grading is in everyone's ball park.
But does everyone have the requisite skills? Or are they just LUT pushers?

Color grading can be tricky, so try to avoid falling into these common traps.


Sony has announced that their soon to be released flagship full frame camera dubbed Venice, will have full frame capability from the date of its release in Feb 2018 and not later as first announced.
FF will be available through a licence as will be other features such as anamorphic capability.
This is so that the camera can be priced at a lower cost for those who do not need all the bells and whistles, which can be 'rented' or licenced for as short a week.
FF will be available as a free six month licence at release to allow purchasers to investigate it before deciding to purchase the licence.
At the cost of a CineAlta camera, why would anyone want to leave out some features?

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Sony has officially announced its previously rumored VENICE, a new top-of-the line CineAlta full frame digital cinema system.

Laser Holography was supposed to be the new paradigm in film making/exhibition.
The only problem was in production with lighting setups etc.
Holography enabled the film viewer to experience the screening from any angle in a complete 360 degree configuration.
Not sure what happened to the experimentation but the 3D offerings and 360 solutions today are a far cry from what laser holography promised.
Check this example....
The students are seated in a dry gymnasium from the floor of which a huge whale can be seen bursting out ans making a great wave.
Imagine an entire movie being viewed in the same manner.
Click the link below to view.

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Not sure that dedicated video shooters will gravitate to what is still essentially a still photo camera but the video enhancements almost make it a first choice for shooting video.
The new lens is also a great incentive to get this camera.

Sony unveils the 42.4 MP a7R III mirrorless 4K camera.

This week's No Film School's podcast featuring all the news in the industry as well as links to articles of interest.

This episode of Indie Film Weekly unveils bigger sensors on land and in the air, and Hollywood's worst kept secret.

Drone footage just got a jump in quality with the introduction of the Zemuse X7 camera for the DJI Inspire drone.
With four removable lenses available and 4k resolution at 60 fps (6k at 30 fps), it's going to change the landscape for inexpensive quality overhead photography and video.

The Zenmuse X7 Captures the highest image resolutions ever for an integrated drone camera.

How does improv affect structure? Os does structure influence improve?
All the participant comedians understand structure implicitly so even when they're trying to make it funnier, they will not stray far away from structure, even if it's not the intended structure.
Unstructured structure.
Maybe that's what makes it so funny.

"You are a storyteller. You were born that way." —Dan Harmon

The most realistic colour I have found is a mix of beet and carrot juices. You have to balance the two juices to get the final colour each time depending on the colour of the juices.
Add thickner or simple syrup to make it more realistic and to flow less.
It's completely edible.

Need a good recipe for fake blood? Well, here's six.

Television is leading the way in changing the industry to include persons of colour and female directors

From the ubiquitous presence of female directors to the depth of the show's characters of color, this series tells its stories on its own terms.

Reviews, footage samples, cost to production; everything is covered in this interesting blog.

We take a look at choosing between the ALEXA Mini, RED RAVEN, URSA Mini Pro, a7S II, or GH5. Here are the 5 best cameras to rent for video production.

The topic of deportees being sent 'home' is becoming an even hotter item given the new anti-immigration stance by the current American administration.
but that has only brought into focus something that has been going on on an alarming scale for over a decade and which has been deemed responsible for the immense rise in crime in the Caribbean and South America.
The film Deported gives the Haitian perspective on the problem.

Thu 6:00 PM UTC-04Caribbean Travelling Film SchoolPort of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
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The film Deported by Haitian directors Rachele Magloire and Chantal Regnault will be screened on Thursday 28th September at the studio of the Caribbean Travelling Film School.
The screening at 7pm will be preceded by light refreshments provided by The Cocoa Pod Chocolate shop on the premises.

Thu 6:00 PM UTC-04Caribbean Travelling Film SchoolPort of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
4 people went

Those who know the history of the Caribbean Travelling Film School will know that we started teaching kids to shoot movies on cel-phones years ago.
The film Tangerine, shot entirely on iPhone 6, gave credibility to that with nominations for Grammy awards just a year ago.
Snyder further confirms that the future of film-making might just be in the hands of the youth with better and more capable phones being released yearly and the acceptance of not so perfect visuals becoming greater and greater.
Let's just hope that the wanna-be film makers take the example of Snyder and others and stop using 'portrait' mode to shoot videos.

The director's new 4-minute short was released today.

The 2017 TTFF festival guide

We are pleased to welcome you to the twelfth edition of the trinidad+tobago film festival.