6 Ways to Open a Crime Film
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Crime films are often defined by their slow-burn pace – a powerful opening is an easy way to keep an audience engaged through the sleuthing to come.

1. Spione

Fritz Lang’s silent films often end well and start well (usually with something of a dip in the middle)...
[BOOK REVIEW] Shoot Like Tarantino: The Visual Secrets of Dangerous Storytelling
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Ask anyone for a list of the most prolific and artistic filmmakers, and Quentin Tarantino will most likely be on it. His work is so distinctively identifiable that anyone who views one of his films will instantly recognise it as his. In addition to the artistic use of violence on display...
Reasons Why You Should Hire A Documentary Story Editor
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I work as a documentary consultant and and story editor for documentary filmmakers who are looking to dramatically improve the quality of their films – before, during and after shooting. I work with new filmmakers as well as seasoned documentary makers. I’m the equivalent of...
How to Produce Your First Indie Film
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Getting a foot in the door of Hollywood isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes years of gruntwork, a slew of side hustles, and an unsettling amount of unpaid internships. You also need talent.

Instead of waiting around for someone to notice you, it’s becoming more and more common to produce to...
Book Review: Writing for the Cut, by Greg Loftin
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The creative process is always mysterious. Writing is tremendously difficult, as any novelist worth their salt will tell you. Screenwriting, while technically writing, is its own beast. Screenwriting encompasses all the sweat and pain that writing involves, with the added bonus...
Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro G2 Introduced, Pocket 4K Gets Blackmagic RAW, No More DNG
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Blackmagic Design just announced the URSA Mini Pro G2, the second generation of its flagship shoulder camera, plus the long sought-after Blackmagic RAW update to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K....
SmallHD FOCUS 7 – Their First 7″ Touchscreen Monitor
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The SmallHD FOCUS 7 is their first 7” touchscreen monitor. A larger brother to the popular 5” touchscreen display, the FOCUS brings OS3 firmware, recessed HDMI input, L series power & power output to an entry-level market.

The FOCUS Line has been around for some time, and whilst taking a...
Sundance Films Which Used Blackmagic Design Gear
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Blackmagic Design was used on many projects selected for Sundance Film Festival that was created with its digital film cameras, Fusion Studio visual effects (VFX) and motion graphics software, DaVinci Resolve professional editing, color grading, VFX and audio post-production software, and more...
ART OF THE CUT with Kirk Morri, editor of “Aquaman”
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Kirk Morri has been an editor of film and TV for more than 20 years. His filmography includes The Hills Have Eyes, Insidious, The Conjuring, Furious 7, and Ant-man. His most recent film is Aquaman.

(This interview was transcribed with...
Fujinon’s MK lenses paired with SLR Magic’s Anamorphot bring widescreen magic to low budget filmmaking
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Last year, I got a peek at SLR Magic’s Anamorphot 65 add-on anamorphic adapter kit for Fujinon’s MK series lenses. It’s just part of the reason that when I was offered the opportunity to test one, I jumped at the chance.

As a glass guy, I’ve always had a fondness for anamorphic lensing, even...