Hi, I'm headed out to CA over the weekend. I going to be in the Sacramento, San Jose, Fresno, and LA areas over the course of a week. I'm looking to shoot video for a piece I am doing about the drought. I was wondering if there are any locals that might suggest some places to look compelling images. Thanks!
I've got a lot of B-Roll and the file sizes are too much for us to maintain them in a usable way. 300 gb for a 30 min .avi? What are decent formats/compressions that are acceptable but that also give manageable file sizes? [more inside]
Lots of home movies, some are super-8, some are tapes, some are mini-DV tapes, etc. I'd like to get them put on DVDs that I can then easily edit. I'm in Manhattan, NYC. thanks (oh a long time ago there was another question like this and somebody suggested a mail-order place, but I don't feel comfortable sending off my precious home movies from the 1950s etc. away)
I work at a small company that wants to get into producing short video clips. I have been asked to figure out a basic lighting setup for filming individual people talking to the camera in front of a green screen. What do I need to know about video lighting? [more inside]
Looking to watch music documentaries in context. Not just a single band. [more inside]
So how are all the cool people making home movies these days, if they're not recording off their phone? And how are they storing and sharing such movies? [more inside]
I want to make a music video for my band, and invite people to send us their own home video of a certain kind of public event for us to include. Are there any legal issues here? Please explain them to me like I'm a clueless idiot because, when it comes to film licencing, I am. [more inside]
I am working on a supercut of material from lots of different movies. I need your help figuring out the right tools and workflow for the project. [more inside]
There was a video clip a while back (ok, maybe years now) that was a black and white film, about something like "the perfect man." [more inside]
Does anyone have an recommendations for good video editing or film making seminars? I've got a pretty good background in filming and editing, but, looking to expand my knowledge and have a budget. Can be anywhere in the lower 48 states.
Please recommend movies that view coherently with the sound off. The example that I offer is 'Cast Away,' which, even during the book-ends of its series of scenes that have dialogue, every last minute point of film's exposition is conveyed through blocking, apparent emotions, and, obviously, action. [more inside]
Many music videos from the late nineties, six underground by the sneaker pimps being the most salient example to me, have a distinctive cinematographic feel and style to them, with very high contrast (super dark blacks and popping-out, almost oversaturated whites); a lot of murky brown/green and pops of red/blue. Does this style have a name? Is it a film effect or some kind of post-processing, or both? digital? Why was it so prevalent in the late-nineties, and, correct me if I am mistaken, mostly just for music videos? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of visual timelines in movies, video games, or fiction. Scenes where a span of time is represented metaphorically, preferably as a physical object, diagram, or action. A good example is this scene from Me and You and Everyone We Know in which two characters use a street as a visual metaphor for their potential relationship. [more inside]
What's some good, preferably obscure, music for an urban foot chase video? [more inside]
Best Camcorder for under $300? [more inside]
Can you help me create a list of example of "Immersion Cinema"? [more inside]
CHALLENGE TIME! You are lent some expensive, professional grade video equipment for 18 hours and told that you may use it as you see fit in the time you have. Assuming little to no preparation beforehand, what do you do and/or film with it? Ideally you'd like the owner (or anyone else who sees your work) to be mildly impressed, knowing that you have no actual solo film making experience whatsoever. [more inside]
I have an idea for an amateur film project I'd like to try out, only I've never so much as held a video camera. Where should I start learning? Ready to jump in with both feet. [more inside]
Someone I know who is a volunteer would like a copy of the REACT/Red Cross produced video "Where Seconds Count". He had been told he could view it online, but repeated online searches have failed to find it, and neither the Red Cross nor individual REACT organizations seem to be selling physical copies via their websites. I've been trying to help him find it, but have had no luck. Anybody? [more inside]
I want to use my iPhone 4s to film a 15-30 minute event, indoors, just three people talking, dark-ish lighting. It doesn’t have to be perfect – this is for personal use, not commercial. What’s the best way to go about it? [more inside]
No no no, help ME pick a Wordpress Theme! For a documentary movie website. [more inside]
Please show me real love [more inside]
As a video editor, how can I best capitalize on a film's theatrical release? [more inside]
This is a Final Cut question: I would like to show an image with a video inside it. More specifically, so the question is clear, I would like to show (in my video) a fake website that has an embedded video. So, "the website" will be a still image, but there is video within it. I hope that's clear. Would really appreciate any help!
Music videos are a dime a dozen. However, it's pretty rare for an entire album to be made into a single video with a coherent narrative. What are some examples of this? [more inside]
Where can I sell used DVDs in Canada? [more inside]
What are the best ballet movies available on DVD? [more inside]
What sort of films can I make with just me and my camera? [more inside]
How do I get the highest possible quality when ripping clips from DVD's? I've been using AoA DVD Ripper software to make .avi files, and while some of them look just fine you can sometimes see a huge difference in quality. Should I be using different software or settings? [more inside]
I have the opportunity this October to travel to three cities in Europe (Glasgow, London and Berlin) and am searching for microcinemas or arts organizations in these three cities that might be interested in hosting a screening of shorts by NW experimental filmmakers and video artists. Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Thx [more inside]
was NBC's sitcom "Friends" shot on film @30fps? was/is that common practice? [more inside]
Building flats for a music video. Please tell me how to construct (and what kind of materials to buy), to construct some flats to make some fake walls for a music video. (more inside) [more inside]
Madonna's song Frozen by Chris Cunningham, The Cell and The Fall by Tarsem Singh. If I like these films (and I do), and if you can see what they have in common, thanks in advance for suggestions on what else you think I might like.
Why do movies recorded digitally look different from those on film? [more inside]
Off-camera Movie sound: How does it work? [more inside]
Canon 7D/Final Cut video editing workflow: How to do it? [more inside]
Best way to promote a video or short film online? [more inside]
Looking for a video showing various common drugs, their appearance, how they're taken and their effects. [more inside]
I'm looking for a certain video that I saw about half a year ago: it involves a man walking down the street, and being assaulted and repeatedly killed in gratuitously bloody ways by otherwise mundane objects on that street. [more inside]
What film editing techniques can I use to create a "psychedelic" or just plain unusual look. (There are a few caveats.) [more inside]
Can you help me identify movies about exercise? About working out, exercise trends, aerobics, jazzercise, etc. Sort of in the vein of this SNL skit. To clarify, I am NOT looking for instructional videos [unless they are really funny or bizarre], documentaries are okay, but mostly I would like suggestions of movies...about exercising.
This is a two-part question about a video on YouTube. The first part of the question is about the Sicilian dialect of the Italian language; the second part deals with the mechanics of breaking a glass window with a crowbar. [more inside]
I make independent films and distribute them myself. I've started sending my movies to independent video rental stores around the country. I've sent my movies to I Luv Video in Austin, Scarecrow Video in Seattle, Video Underground and Hollywood Express in Boston, Acme Video in Providence, and others. What are the best independent video rental stores in your city? Don't say Netflix.
Why 24p? Is it intrinsically better than other frame rates? [more inside]
I have a chance to acquire the proprietary rights to make games based on a popular Asian action film. Can I make money off this opportunity? [more inside]
What's the best way to extract audio from MTS (AVCHD) video file into CD-writable format (WAV or MP3) on a low-powered Windows XP laptop (netbook)? Free/cheap and simple software is preferable.
Is there anywhere within (or near) the city of Chicago to rent a 16mm film projector? [more inside]
recommend short story collections that would be good short film fodder [more inside]
Is there an archive somewhere that has films of specific productions of plays? [more inside]
70s style character intro freeze-framey thingie? [more inside]
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