Tilt Shifted Monaco Timelapse Makes the City Look Miniscule

Tilt Shifted Monaco Timelapse Makes the City Look Miniscule

Filmmaker  shot this timelapse on this Panasonic GH2 and added tilt shift effects in post in order to make one of the most densely populated cities on earth look no larger than a dining table. “Monaco is the second smallest and the most densely populated country in the world. A population of about 37,800 is living on an area of 2.02 km2 (0.78 sq mi).”

The Hercules is the Smallest Motion Control Device We’ve Ever Seen

If you hate how huge motion control devices tend to be, this new product called the Hercules is probably what you’ve been wishing for. Using a tiny motor, only a single triple-A battery, two major parts and with enough power to use with basically any camera, this pocket-sized device looks pretty darn impressive.

Harlem Globetrotters Combine Basketball and Music in an Epic One-Shot Video

To celebrate their 90th year, four of the Harlem Globetrotters and eight performers from the international sensation STOMP took to an outdoor basketball court in New York City’s Greenwich Village and put together this pretty spectacular one-take video. It’s really amazing that they were able to do this in one take, and I’m sure it took more than one attempt to get this done, and a heck of a lot of practicing before bringing the crew out there. My only wish was that they somehow managed to get the sound during the shoot, since it’s pretty obvious they added it later. Ah well, still pretty darn impressive.

Why Props Matter: A Spectacular Video Essay

I don’t really have any words to add to this. Just watch. Rishi Kaneria does an absolutely fantastic job explaining the importance of a great prop, and how items in films can become as iconic, or even more so, than the people in them.

If You’re Shooting Canon DSLRs for Video, This Gimbal Might Be for You

Though the “in vogue” shooting rig has since moved on from Canon DSLRs, a great many independent filmmakers still use them. Many of the gimbals and rigs on the market still cater to the idea of using a Canon 5D Mark III, but I haven’t seen one with quite the level of integration that the SkyVideo.pro gimbal seems to offer.

Live Demo Showing an Atomos Assassin Hacking an FS700

The FS700 is great, but it’s a little long in the tooth. The sensor is the same as many newer cameras like an FS7 or FS5, but it’s bound and limited to HD… if you don’t get a huge 4K kit from Sony that makes it ridiculously expensive. In this video from DMDR, they speak with an Atomos representative who shows you how you can basically hack your FS700 and turn it into a camera that would normally cost thousands of dollars more in order to get those features.

A DJI Phantom 2 flying near the Holuhraun volcano eruption, Bardarbunga volcanic system, Iceland.

This Book is the Ultimate Guide to Aerial Imaging Using Drones

Think of this as a kind of PSA for those looking to get started flying drones. If you’ve never done it before, you’re going to need a starting point and some advice so you don’t end up crashing your new quadcopter into a tree… or a marsh… or a house. That’s where a new book by expert Eric Cheng comes in.

Eric Cheng is an award-winning photographer, technologist and drone expert who spent nearly two years as Director of Aerial Imaging at DJI. He has also flown a camera drone above the Holuhraun volcano eruption in Iceland, which was broadcasted live to over 6 million people on ABC’s Good Morning America. Basically, Eric knows what he’s talking about when it comes to flying drones, and he has released a book that is basically an “Ultimate Guide” to the art of digital imaging from the sky.

A Look at the Cameras Used in the Latest Paranormal Activity

A Look at the Cameras Used in the Latest “Paranormal Activity”

“Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” opens today, and it’s pretty interesting to read about how the camera operators shot the latest installment of the popular horror movie franchise. Director of photography John W. Rutland and his team supposedly set out to create a new type of look while maintaining the series’ familiar feel audiences have come to expect.

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The Story of the Only Full Time Curator in Major League Baseball

I love telling stories. Personal stories about people doing what they love. That means I can really appreciate it when another documentarian does a stellar job. In this case, filmmaker Andrew Putschoegl wanted to tell the story of Clyde Doepner, or as he’s better known, “Clyde the Guide.” The Minnesota Twins, like every Major League Baseball program, have a cherished history and the man tasked with preserving the organization’s priceless memorabilia along the way does it simply for the love of the game. Clyde holds the only full-time curator position in Major League Baseball and for the first time, Doepner’s story and place in Twins history past and present is told in the original documentary titled, “The Curator.”

Free Cinematic Music

On a Budget? This YouTube Channel Compiles Free Music for Your Next Production

If you’re on a budget for your next production, getting the right score for your film might be a challenge. Though there are a lot of options on PremiumBeat or TheMusicBed, if your budget is very tight, then you’re probably going to be looking for something free… which severely limits your options. That’s why stumbling on a YouTube channel like Free Cinematic Music was such a great find. They’re super young as a channel (like, three days old as of this posting), but they seem to have a dedication to continuing to upload music that’s free to use as long as you include attribution.