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Using Cuts as a Visual Effect

Using Cuts as a Visual Effect

(PG-13: Gore) From greenscreen to miniatures to CGI, there are lots of different ways to produce visual effects. Filmmaker and essayist David F. Sandberg reminds us how simple edits can be one of the most effective ways to create illusions on screen and to integrate disparate elements to create a cohesive effect.

The Three Color Rule

The Three Color Rule

It may seem like a subtle artistic choice at first, but some of the best movie scenes take advantage of a principle known as the “Three Color Rule.” Film essayist wolfcrow explains how this simple color theory can help to set a mood and create focus, and how you can apply it in your cinematic projects.

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On the Importance of Editors

On the Importance of Editors

Directors and writers seem to get most of the credit when it comes to filmmaking. But there are many other critical players required to create a quality movie, not the least of whom are film editors. Now You See It celebrates the work of Dede Allen and other influential women editors.

8 Stop-motion Tricks

8 Stop-motion Tricks

Want to make your own stop-motion animation? Animator Edu Puertas shows off a few simple tricks using household items like tape, wire, aluminum foil, and pillow stuffing to embellish your creations with, and give them a more finished look.

The Kubrick Close-Up

The Kubrick Close-Up

(PG-13) Film essayist The Discarded Image explores one of director Stanley Kubrick’s many techniques – the strategic use of tight shots to accentuate a character or story’s most pivotal moments. While most directors use close-ups, Kubrick was a true master of this primitive filmmaker’s tool.

Chapman Hydroscope Demo

Chapman Hydroscope Demo

A demonstration video of one of the most impressive pieces of pro filmmaking gear ever made. Chapman Leonard’s Hydroscope crane can smoothly extend up to 73 feet, works underwater, and can stabilize shots with even the heaviest of camera gear attached.

Joel & Ethan Coen: A Tribute

Joel & Ethan Coen: A Tribute

(PG-13) Editor Alexandre Gasulla reminds us that Joel & Ethan Coen are still two of our favorite filmmakers, with this captivating supercut of emotionally powerful, tragic, darkly comic, and visually stunning scenes from the Oscar-winning brothers.

Creative Spark: Robert Yeoman

Creative Spark: Robert Yeoman

Cinematographer Robert Yeoman is the longtime partner of directors Wes Anderson and Paul Feig. He spoke with the Oscars about how he starts working on a film, where he gets inspiration, and the nervousness he feels with each new project.

What is a Production Assistant?

What is a Production Assistant?

Colin West McDonald was a Production Assistant (PA) at RocketJump. Here he talks to us about what PAs do with the help of behind-the-scenes footage. PAs are the maids and butlers of the film world, but it’s a great way to learn more about the industry.

VFX 101

VFX 101

RocketJump Film School director Clinton Jones defines the core┬áprocesses that fall under visual effects, including compositing, tracking, 3D modeling, and the dreaded rotoscoping. The video’s description has links to tutorials for each VFX process.

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