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Adobe Video World Offers the “Small Classroom” Teaching Style Missing at Other Conventions

A couple weeks ago I attended the first iteration of Adobe Video World, a combination of Adobe Premiere World and Adobe After Effects World, and a one week powerhouse of learning based in San Jose, CA. I’m not normally one for big teaching events like I thought this would be, but it turned out Adobe Video World was exactly what I look for in education: small, more personal and easier access to instructors who were teaching techniques I was genuinely interested in.

I have attended classes/workshops/lectures at Photo Plus, WPPI, NAB, CES and Adobe MAX, and my main issue with all of them is that because of the huge volume of people at the events, either classes are absolutely packed auditoriums and/or the subject matter was far too high level so as to appeal to a larger group of people. I never left any of the lectures feeling smarter or better about a particular skill set, and that left me instead with a feeling of regret and wasted time. Sure, there are exceptions, but for the most part I personally don’t learn well from these giant lecture halls. I think it might come from my education growing up, where my high school and college both prided themselves on small classroom sizes and direct connection with instructors.

That is exactly what Adobe Video World still is, and in my opinion, it makes it the best place to go and actually learn something.

Watch a BBC Crew’s Aerial Footage of Un-Contacted Brazilian Tribes

Though we probably never think about it, there are many completely isolated and un-contacted tribes of humans living in South America. Living in isolation, these tribes have been relatively undisturbed by the modern world. In this video from the BBC, silent observer Jose Carlos Morales flies high above the tribes in Brazil in order to prove their existence to the Peruvian and Brazilian governments, who would much rather either ignore them or pretend they do not exist. Their land is in danger due to illegal logging, and the only way to protect them is to get the protection of the government. Any direct contact with outside humans from the modern world could prove dangerous, as they likely have no resistance to diseases we can easily fight, such as the common cold. Not to mention that loggers would likely just shoot them to clear them out of the land.


Read a Detailed “Guide to Slating” Written by a Verified Film Tech

The community over at r/Filmmakers is pretty incredible, with a ton of verified pros (who go through a pretty extensive process to receive that verification) who give their time to helping aspiring filmmakers work on their craft. Sometimes this is done through comments, other times through very detailed posts. This is the latter case, where a verified film industry technician gives a thorough explanation of slating.

Seriously? Slating? Is it that important? Yes. Yes it is.

Full Budget Breakdown of The Village

See the Full $71M Budget Breakdown of “The Village”

Curious what the appropriation of a $71 million dollar film looks like? The full budget was uploaded to Imgur for our viewing pleasure, in case you were curious where each dollar went. This kind of thing could be incredibly useful for those planning a feature film, even if your production is going to be considerably smaller. Heck, it’s interesting even if you’re not planning on making your own film. I’m just surprised by how much (or little) everyone got paid.

Seriously, $13,313 for an extra credited as “15 year old boy on stump?” Dang. $7 million just for the rights to the film. There are a bunch of interesting details in there. Enjoy!

In-Depth Tutorial on Shooting Motion Star Timelapses

Star timelapses, or starlapses for short, are both visually impressive and difficult to pull off without a little direction. In this video from the guys at Syrp, Mark Gee explains how he sets up for his star timelapses.

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.

Blackmagic Video Assist Gets Update

Blackmagic Video Assist Gets Update, Adds Focus Peaking/Zebra

This morning Blackmagic announced an update to their Video Assist monitor, Video Assist 1.1, which is now available and includes focus peaking and a zebra exposure control tool as well as two other updates.

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.

Behind the Scenes of SPECTRE – Capturing The Largest Stunt Explosion Ever Created for a Film

In typical action-blockbuster form, the latest James Bond film is doing things on a bigger scale than has ever been done before. Namely, explosions. The crew is actually aiming to rig and execute a shot with the largest staged explosion for cinema ever, which would get them into the Guinness Book of World Records. The explosion reportedly used 8,418 liters of fuel and 33kg of explosives.