A Brief History of Lens Flares in Cinema, The Once Shunned Optical Effect

The way directors and audiences have regarded lens flares in visuals has changed a lot of the years. From all kinds of lens coatings and flagging to eliminate every bit of it, to modern science fiction films that go out of their way to include it, lens flares are an interesting subject matter. In this video from Vox’s Phil Edwards, we can take a look back to how this all started, and where the turning point occurred.

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Helpful Infographic Gives All the Legal Information You Need to Know Before Flying a Drone

There is a lot of information floating around out there regarding the proper “rules” of flying a drone, and they are not only at the Federal level, but also encompass specific rules regarding your state. Because of this, it might feel overwhelming enough to try and just “ignore it,” but that’s not really a good idea… especially if you’re caught and have to face a hefty fine. To help make it easier to understand, the folks at AllDigital made a super-useful infographic that you should really have a look at.

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.

Musicbed has Announced Their “Film Initiative” Contest with $50,000 in Grants

Musicbed today announced the launch of the Musicbed Film Initiative (with the goal to inspire filmmakers), providing an opportunity for independent filmmakers to get the resources they need to fund their dream films and bring their passion projects to life.

Open to filmmakers around the globe and now in it’s second year, the Initiative will give away more than $50,000 in grants, including cash, production gear and products from fellow sponsors, to eliminate some of the biggest barriers to filmmakers pursing their dream films.  This year’s program will award one winner and two runners-up.

Olivia Wilde and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes Just Made a Music Video Shot Entirely on iPhone

Although the title is a bit of a mouthful, it doesn’t make it any less true. This morning Olivia Wilde debuted a music video she directed for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ debut single “No Love Like Yours” on their upcoming album, PersonA. As if the combination of the Vinyl star and the popular band alone wasn’t enough, they kind of surprised by announcing they also shot the whole thing entirely on iPhone… and we have the photos to prove it.

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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.

Watch How a TV Crew Sets Up for Mobile Broadcast via This “How It’s Made” Style Video

There are many video professionals, or folks interested in becoming a video professional, who never get a real look at how broadcast television is produced. I personally got very little exposure to this because video production and broadcast media were not my majors in college. Though  several of my friends were majors in those subjects, and I did hear a bit about how television was made, I still can’t say I have a firm grasp on what they actually do. In this “How It’s Made” style video out of Canadian broadcast company Eastlink TV, we can actually get that in-depth look at what teams go through in order to put your favorite sports on your living room television.

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Red Giant has Updated PluralEyes: You Can Now Sync Directly Inside Premiere Pro

Red Giant today announced the release of Shooter Suite v13.0, which features the brand new PluralEyes v4.0, one of the (if not the) most popular and effective tools for syncing audio to multiple video streams. The standout new feature in v4.0 is the ability to sync with PluralEyes directly in Premiere Pro, without having to leave the application. Red Giant also has added Smart Start capabilities, automatic drift correction, vertical track scaling, integration with Red Giant Offload, and more simplicity and automation.

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The Five Minute Documentary That Exemplifies The Art Of Storytelling

I’m going to go out on a limb and make a bold, sweeping claim, but one I feel is rooted in reality. The new five minute long documentary “Five Stone of Lead” (recent Vimeo Staff Pick no less) from Director Jonny Madderson might just teach us more about story telling than anything else you’ll see this year. To answer how, Jonny (and DP, Eoin McLoughlin) kindly spoke to Resource to provide first hand insight into how they’re succeeding in this new short form documentary-style storytelling format.

This Guy Swung His iPhone Around on a String to Get Incredible Video of Himself Skiing

Hot damn. Now that’s awesome. Nicolas Vuignier calls it “centriphone” and it’s one of the most unique angles of skiing I’ve ever seen. Actually, it probably is the most unique angle I’ve ever seen. Taking advantage of the iPhone’s high frame rate in HD (240 frames per second in 720p, as the GoPro 120 was apparently too slow for him), Vuignier swings the phone rapidly around his head while descending a mountain. What’s probably even more impressive is he didn’t break his phone.