Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Filmed In Panavision?

Well, of course it's filmed in Panavision,
but what does that mean?

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Rent Stanley Kubrick's Lenses!

Stanley Kubrick's f0.7 Zeiss NASA lenses
will soon be available for rental.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Look! Up on the Screen! It's Super 35!

Will your widescreen movie start with a squeezer lens,
or a spherical Super 35mm frame, squeezed in the printer?
Super 35 and Anamorphic Production

Sunday, August 28, 2005

DIY Film Scanner?

Here's a Florida Phd, who's a movie
hotrodder at heart. One of the more
enjoyable pages I've read recently.
Build your own film scanner
with off-the-shelf components.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Cine School in Sunny Spain

Plenty of light, and ghosts of
Cervantes and Salvadore Dali
watch over your shoulder.
Learn filmmaking in Spain.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Filmmaking Societies Near You

Here are groups of US film enthusiasts,
conveniently located near you.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

MGM Camera 65 and Ultra Panavision

You are probably saying, "What then, is the
MGM Camera 65 and Ultra Panavision Story?"
Glad you asked.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Who Looks This Good At 90?

2005 is Technicolor's 90th birthday.
Here's everything you need to know
about Technicolor.
And then some.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Clothes Make The Character

"Is that a matter for wardrobe, or hairdressing?"

-- Alfred Hitchcock, filming "Lifeboat,"
when told Tallulah wasn't wearing any knickers.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Film In California! (Again)

There was a program called "Film California First."
It offered incentives to shoot features and commercials
here in the Golden State. It was shut down after three years.
There've been other incentive programs, shut down too.
Let's try it again. Everybody back to one...

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Eva Longoria Injured - Get Well Soon!

My distant relative (well, she's over in Pasadena),
Eva Longoria, star of ABC's "Desperate Housewives,"
was slightly injured Wednesday, when a piece of
construction equipment fell on her head while filming
a "DH" scene. Eva was treated at a hospital near the set
and released. She is at home resting, and is expected
to return to work on schedule.
You can write her and wish her a speedy recovery.
Get well, Eva!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Great Late-Breaking HD News

Here's the latest and greatest about
the greatest, latest Panasonic High-Def
AG-HVX200 camera. High Definition, built
like the DVX-100, only better Leica lens,
48khz sound, same codec as $65k Varicam,
solid-state recording on cards, so no tape.
all for under $10k. Or buy the camera for
$6k and only rent the cards, until their
prices drop. (They will.) All right!
It's here in October, read about it now.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Getting Looped

ADR means "Automatic Dialogue Replacement,"
and that just means saying the same thing
over and over. And over. Here's a guy
who managed to have Fun With ADR.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Your Gate Should Be Wet

Scratches? Dirt? A wet-gate on the
telecine machine will get rid of them.
The film is immersed in a liquid with
the same refractive index as film base.
The scratches disappear. It's magic!
Check out the wetgate demo.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Well This Is Fun

"What is the difference between
35mm, 70mm, and CinemaScope?"
The answer is in the bag.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

State of Stop-Motion

I remember the first time I saw
a digital still camera with an
output port. Something clicked,
and it was either the camera or me.
"I could shoot a stop-motion feature
with this," I thought, "If only I
can stay awake long enough."
Here's how it's done.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Long Live DVD

Like you knew already, and maybe as if
you care, VHS is officially dead.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

What the Faq?

If you have questions, chances are good others
have asked the same thing. Filmmaking questions?
Check out the Filmmaking FAQ.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Just As I Suspected

George is not a computer guy.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Flex Pecs as you Pix Flix

From "A Boy's Book Of Fun With Pipe."
here's a remarkably inexpensive,
although perhaps overly-massive,
faux Steadicam.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Dessert? Eclair!

What takes 16mm or 35mm film,
has quick-change magazines,
and is only slightly louder
than an outboard motor?
Hint - it's French.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Disposable Video Camera

It had to happen.
CVS, a drugstore, sells
a disposable video camera.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Rocket Video

It takes a determined hamster
to rocket a video camera high
into the air. There's gotta
be a use for footage like this.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Film vs. Video - Some new insights

Do you walk to school or bring your lunch?
Some arguments are like that.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Independent Filmmaking CD only $.99

Best bargain on eBay.
"Independent Filmmaking Vol I" CD only $.99

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Rules To Make Your Film Boring

As if filmmaking isn't hard enough,
here are the official Lame-o Dogme 95 rules,
(and a list of Lame-o Dogme 95 films.)

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Cheaper = Better?

Yet another article telling us movies are cheaper than ever.
No mention of, when you're done with it, you can't sell it,
because film distributors don't want digital.
That will change, but not yet.
"Expensive" 35mm film (which you can sell) is a bargain.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Short Films, Huge Audience

What if you could showcase your
short film before a huge audience?
Find out.