Filmmaking

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.

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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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