Filmmaking Education

by Steven Gladstone ·Posted
MuxLab has announced its Multi-Camera Live Broadcast Streaming Solution, for use in education, conferences, and houses of worship. This easy-to-use, all-in-one solution provides a 1080p HD PTZ camera with 12x optical and 16x digital zoom, a wireless lavalier microphone, a four-input switcher, an AV-over-IP transmitter, and power supplies. The system is ready to go—just hook it up to your network, put the lav on your main
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Take your videos to the next level with this introduction to camera movement for cinematic video. Jake shows you some basic filming techniques, as well as equipment!
by Steven Gladstone ·Posted
Steven Gladstone: You wear many different hats—writer, producer, director, actor, etc. Do you go by Filmmaker, or is there a distinction? Gregory Blair: If I’m relegated to a single label, I use “Entertainment Professional,” because it is generic and inclusive enough to represent my writing consulting, TV, and theatre work in addition to my various roles in the film industry. SG: How long have you been working in the industry, and how did you get started? GB: Seems like forever, but I didn’t really start until I was in my twenties and, despite
by Steven Gladstone ·Posted
The test involved an actor, dressed in a cowboy outfit, lighting up and smoking a cigar. The test was done late in the day, with no additional lights, and we were racing against the sun. The green screen we had was a little bit on the pale/unsaturated side, but we went ahead with it anyway. We imported the footage into Final Cut Pro and applied the Keyer effect. Most of it was working well, except there were some areas that were bleeding through the image so we tried to clean that up with the addition of masks/garbage mattes. You can see where
by Steven Gladstone ·Posted
If you are gearing up to shoot your film, video, webisode, or pretty much any production, don’t forget to take on-set photographs and BTS video. This is something I’m sure you have heard before, but it is one of those things everyone knows, but doesn’t do. In the following two articles, I ask about the value of on-set photos and BTS video, from the perspective of a producer, and then from the perspective of film festivals. In Part 1, I interview JB Bruno, a no-nonsense kind of guy who is a long-time AD, Line Producer, and Producer in the film
by Steven Gladstone ·Posted
You’ve shot, edited, and finished your film. You’ve sent it off to the festival circuit, and you’ve been getting accepted. Congratulations. And yet, each festival is asking you for promotional material, on-set stills or behind the scenes (BTS) video. Sadly, all you have is a picture or two from just before you started shooting, and one that the crew sent around—of you, passed out from exhaustion—at the end of the shoot. But getting good on-set stills and BTS video, that’s tough. I know, I’ve been there. It is hard enough just getting the film
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Meet Jabari A.K. Holder, a writer, director, and film producer. Holder employs satire to spotlight the absurdities of everyday life and help reframe the way we view and interact with our world. When he’s not making movies, Holder works as a Pro Video Sales Consultant to help fellow filmmakers achieve their goals. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com. To read more about B&H employees who are involved
by Mary Latvis ·Posted
Get the aspiring filmmaker in your life one of these 10 gifts and we guarantee you’ll be rewarded with at least a cameo in their first feature, if not a speaking role. Well, perhaps you’ll get your 15 minutes of fame, but they’ll definitely appreciate any of the cinema-style gifts listed below. 1. DSLR/Mirrorless Camera Cage You can’t capture clean video moves if you’re fumbling your camera. Consider a
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In this video, Jake Estes, from B&H, shares seven tips on making an effective horror film. From costumes and makeup to location and lighting, watch the video to learn some useful techniques for pulling off a successful horror production. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
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In this installment of B&H's Prospectives Series, we sit down with cinematographer William Wages, ASC. He shares his approach to cinematography, and how naturalistic, motivated lighting helps tell a story in the best possible way. Wages also goes into his thoughts on the digital versus film debate, preparing for a shoot ahead of time, and his experiences with the new Panasonic Varicam LT.
by Shawn C. Steiner ·Posted
Nikon has been making moves lately to appeal to the video audience, with the spectacular D850 and its UHD 4K video and 8K time-lapse mode allowing multimedia productions to create stellar video and photos. Today, they are taking things a step further with the D850 Filmmaker’s Kit, a specially put together bundle that includes all the critical components needed to capture cinematic video. Of course, the full-frame 45.7MP D850 DSLR is at the center
by BH Online Videos ·Posted
In the following video, Doug Guerra of B&H discusses 4K video and why it is becoming an ever more common format. This is an introduction to 4K and the beginning of a multi-part series where you can learn more about the ever-growing format. Guerra hits on a variety of points, such as future-proofing, impacts to overall image quality, and even how it can benefit Full HD productions. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative
by BH Online Videos ·Posted
Cinematographer Mark Raker illustrates his techniques for macro cinematography that help create a realistically life-size image, using a model car. Raker shows us what lighting, lenses, and other gear to use, as well as the correct perspective and set for creating the illusion of a larger image.  
by Steven Gladstone ·Posted
In addition to working on commercials, documentaries, and feature-length films, I’ve experienced the pleasure and misery of working with low-budget and first-time filmmakers. Most of these filmmakers tend to make the same mistakes and, sadly, I must admit that when I’ve made my own short films, I’ve gone down the rabbit hole and made some of the same mistakes against which I’ve cautioned others. So, in hopes of helping you prepare for your production, I’ve outlined a variety of problems that often plague the low-budget and first-time filmmaker
by Shawn C. Steiner ·Posted
As previously announced filmmakers can finally celebrate the arrival of Canon Log to the 5D Mark IV, with the release of details on the paid upgrade and the availability of a body with the function pre-installed. However, if you aren’t so in tune with the world of Canon’s Cinema line, you may be wondering what exactly Canon