Exploring the Cinematics Behind ‘Victoria’ (2015 film)

Sebastian Schipper’s 2015 film Victoria, in a mix of pulsing strobe lights and gang fights, captures the invincibility of youth when confronted with the inevitability of mortality-all in one take!

Victoria opens with a deeply synthetic, schizophrenic, beat paired with a buzzing reverb that pervades ceaselessly throughout the song. The beat stays steady as the reverb grows more urgent. A subtle sense of panic peels in the opening scene—Victoria dancing in a strobe light lit dance club. She filters in and out of the frame of the camera, and slowly ties up her hair, eyes closed the entire time, never losing sync with the beat, which has grown to be a pulsing phantom limb in the viewers perspective at this time.

Toby Harriman’s “Chasing Weather” Timelapse is Heartbreakingly Beautiful

Toby Harriman is quickly becoming one of my favorite timelapsers (he and Michael Shainblum are killing it). He’s the kind of guy who makes me claw at my windows, wishing I was traveling instead of being chained to a desk. And you know, that’s a good thing. We need people to remind us what the world looks like beyond the familiar walls, and that’s something at which Toby is really becoming an artist. His latest video, Chasing Weather, is a combination of clips taken in Alaska, California, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Chicago and Hawaii. It’s heart-wrenchingly beautiful.

Deadpool Premiere Presets

Download Two Free Premiere Presets Used by the “Deadpool” Editing Staff

In collaboration with Adobe, Vashi Nedomansky, one of the editing pros behind the insanely popular movie Deadpool, and Jarle Leirpoll, an amazingly talented editor who also creates free Premiere Pro presets utilizing the included effects built into the software, have released two free presets that were actually used in the production of the film. One is a project template, which changes the layout of the editing viewer and the other is a “handheld camera” preset that will add the subtle “shakey camera” look to a shot.

Ridiculous Copyright Infringement Claims are Smothering YouTube Content Creators

Ridiculous Copyright Infringement Claims are Smothering YouTube Content Creators

YouTube has been up to this point considered the best place for content creators to build a following, show their work and most importantly, get paid. But in the last 24 hours I’ve seen several stories rise that all point to a problem I have had with the social media giant: copyright infringement claims. It’s one thing if the claims felt legitimate or fair, but it seems that it is increasingly challenging to fight claims and even if you do win, so much time has elapsed since the fight started that anything you would have gained from the video is already lost.

Why Sven Dreesbach Chose to Film an Ocean-Based Robot Koch Music Video Exclusively on iPhone

Sven Dreesbach is a phenomenal filmmaker based in Los Angeles who teamed up with Robot Koch & Delhia de France to create a music video for their acclaimed song ‘Dark Waves’ (which was recently featured in the mid-season finale of How to Get Away with Murder). The music video is full of oceanic-based, dark imagery that goes very well with the tones of the song. “The moody atmosphere for the video was primarily set by the tone of the song. Robert Koch, the artist behind Dark Waves, approached me a while ago and told me about the back story behind how the song came alive in a dream while he was asleep,” Sven told us. “The blurry images he saw in his dream were involving dark mysterious shots of the ocean and also involved the lonesome surfer we follow around in the video. He pulled up one of my previous projects as reference for the overall atmosphere and basically asked me if I would be interested in creating something that feels similar for Dark Waves. I didn’t have to think about it much. Of course I was in for it. Particularly because the song was perfect for these kind of visuals.”

Apple Does Not Use Final Cut

I’m Not Buying That Apple Doesn’t Want to Use Final Cut

There is an article featured on The Verge that has caught some steam, and it relates to a job posting for an Assistant Editor position in the Dr. Dre contingent of the rather enormous Apple. Basically, the position requires quite a bit of technical knowledge, specifically in the Adobe suite of apps, but The Verge noticed something was missing: knowledge of Apple’s own program Final Cut.

Qualifications for Apple Editor No Final Cut

Both Avid and Adobe are mentioned, but Apple’s Final Cut is… well, absent. Though sad, and a sign of how things in this industry have evolved and left behind Final Cut after Final Cut X’s disastrous entry into the software world, it’s probably not as damning as The Verge would have you think.

Peter Jackson & Crew Admit They Were Basically Winging the Production of “The Hobbit”

Though it is still surprising to hear coming from the mouths of the production team, it does certainly explain why The Hobbit series are considered to be much lesser films than the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. In this video, Peter Jackson and his crew spend about six and a half minutes venting (it really sounds like they didn’t initially intend to talk about this, but it all bubbled to the surface) about the insane schedule they were following during production, and how they started a poor chain of events that led to them only being ready to shoot a scene the morning that scene was supposed to be shot. This is in stark contrast to the original trilogy where the teams had a year to three years of previs and planning in place before a camera was ever rolled out on set.

Through Live Sessions, Musicbed Connects Musicians, Filmmakers & Community

Musicbed, one of the premier sources for finding the best quality songs and compositions for filmmakers, has always been about supporting artists across the board. Recently they’ve started a program called “Musicbed Sessions” that pretty much embodies that belief. What is it? It’s a mix of a right place, the right motivation, and the connection to the right artists. Sessions is about live music that gets local artists connected to each other while also sharing that with the rest of the Musicbed global network. It’s a program that highlights artists in a cinematic style that puts the focus on their work.

Canon XC10 First Impressions

Canon XC10 First Impressions: I’m Getting Attached to This Little Camera

I’ll admit, when I first laid eyes on the Canon XC10 my response was, “What the heck is Canon thinking?” Not only was it a bizarre design, but the fixed telephoto lens really had me scratching my head. Finally, Canon had released a 4K-capable camera at a price point that was affordable for the everyday person, but it came in a weird package with limited customization options. “There is no way this thing is going to be good,” I thought to myself. “I’m going to hate it.” Well, after a few weeks of use (though I am still processing the video footage) I think I can pretty much say I was wrong. Oh so very, very wrong.


7 Tips for Crafting a Compelling, Yet Informative Documentary Story

I’ve been doing a lot of work recently on a short, as well as feature length, documentary films in the last few years. One of the challenges I struggled with in almost every case was telling the story in a logical way that not only kept the viewer interested, but also just made sense to common viewer. Here are some tips on what I learned worked, as well as what didn’t.