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Monday Like: Being a Cinematographer

Great inspirational video on what a cinematographer actually does. I think it is very important for us young folk to stop and appreciate what a cinematographer actually is and stop calling ourselves one unless we have actually earned the name. It is funny and sad how many twitter profiles are littered with undeserved titles.

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Making of American Loneliness

This is a guest post by filmmaker Mathieu LE LAY on his latest film American Loneliness.

Since I started adventuring and filming into the wild, I had the dream to hit the American road on my own, backpacking into some of the most inspiring natural areas of the United States. I planned this trip lately.

American Loneliness, my new 52 minutes documentary film, is coming out this summer 2014. It tells my solitary journey into one of the most attractive areas on the planet : the American West. The road trip consisted of a six week adventure backpacking through Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Washington. From snowstorms in Yellowstone to the Wild Pacific coast, this is a quest for freedom and the great outdoors.

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Powerful Short Film Shows Us Less is More

Found this incredible short on No Film School and thought I’d share a though with you guys, but first take a look:

While attending Vincent Laforet’s Directing Motion Tour there was one thing Vincent said that I couldn’t forget, “The more subtle you are as a directer the better you’ll be.” Vincent made this statement while showing a war scene that was short and to the point and was better for it without all the extravagance of VFX.

In this short piece, the writers and director could have zoomed out to show a larger picture, but they decided to focus everything on the moments and emotions of a little girl and nothing else.

How can you be more subtle in your next film?

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Brilliant Camera Motion and Lighting: BLOOD & OIL

Beautifully done film. Love the camera movement and lighting. The narration is also brilliant.

Check out the Vimeo page for more information.

Vimeo Description:

Blood & Oil is a short film I have wanted to shoot for some time. It speaks to all avenues of passionate endeavors and the common thread of desire, determination and relentless pursuit it takes to see them through. That feeling that wakes you in the dead of night, the call to action that courses through your veins. It doesn’t matter what you do or what your passion is, there is always room to be challenged, to grow, advance and to be more inspired.
With that heart and intention, Blood & Oil is about wanting to create, be more awake and to be more alive. I have been lucky enough to both work and play with truly ambitious and talented people that push me more everyday, to those people I say a very special thank you.
And I thank you for watching and to those who share this film. It was a very ambitious shooting schedule, we shot 16+ set ups in 9 locations in 3 days, not including the pick up/spontaneous shoot days.

Filming Japan: A Journey Between Tradition And Modernity

This is a Guest Post by Nick Arcivos and Ryan Earl on how they filmed this great project about Japan. Enjoy!

This short film presents Japan from Kyoto to Tokyo and Nara through authentic scenes of Japanese lifestyle. It was shot in 2 weeks and was created by Nick Arcivos and Ryan Earl from AmnesiArt. They share their insights on how they shoot the film, what gear they use and why they chose it.

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100 Cats Released in IKEA

This must have been one of the most difficult productions. Ever. Not only are you dealing with a herd of uncontrollable felines, but you’re releasing them into an environment loaded with nooks and crannies. Brilliant marketing in the ad, but not one I would want to produce!

IKEA cats advert

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Monday Like: Like Horses

Most people don’t know this about me, but I actually worked on a Ranch most of my summers as a teen and I lived on one for a year before moving to Chicago. So when I saw this video I could relate to the environments. Not so much the english stuff though, I have always been more of a western guy.

Like Horses

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Volvo Commercial: Mind = Blown

I thought two things when I watched this video… The first was how painful and gutsy that split looked. And as a former farmhand who had to do a lot of backing up of trailers and wagons, my second thought was how difficult that driving must have been. Brilliant commercial!

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Great Example Of Creative Camera Movement

I am getting into leather working and found this video. Loved the camera movement on it and thought I would share it withe you. Take note of the very creative transition shots. These kind of shots make for a great way to transition without losing the attention of the viewer unlike fades or crossovers. For more on that subject check out my Shooting Like an Editor video.