Watch: How to Pull Off 3 Crazy Simple (and Simply Crazy) Visual Effects

Creating great visual effects doesn’t always have to be difficult and time consuming.

Whenever I see a cool effect in a movie I always assume that it’s too complicated for a VFX noob like me to tackle—and most of the time I’m right on the money, but sometimes I’m dead wrong. While many effects are going to take a lot of time, work, money, and experience to pull off, you’d be surprised at how many you can do with very little know-how or time commitment. In this video from Film Riot, host Ryan Connolly shows you how to create three very cool, very crazy, very simple visual effects using some clever camera tricks and a few tools in post. Check out the tutorial below:

SHORT OF THE DAY: ‘GOOD BUSINESS’ IS GREAT SCI-FI

We typically assume any alien life we come into contact with will be superior to us. This is a logical conclusion since to come in contact would require manned intergalactic travel, which we’ve yet to master, meaning it’ll be up to the other species to find us. We also typically assume that when this superior alien life lands on Earth, it’ll be to pillage our bodies, our planet, or both for resources. After all, in the cosmic scale of things, humans are but grubs to any lifeform that can prowl the universe looking for mudballs to conquer.

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HBO® Invites Asian Pacific American Filmmakers To Explore Themes Of Home With Short Film Competition

HBO invites emerging Asian Pacific American (APA) filmmakers to create works that explore themes of home for its second annual HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition. The contest seeks to address such timely issues as belonging, identity and culture through the lens of the APA experience. Three winning films will be selected to premiere exclusively on HBO (and/or its on-demand, digital and/or social platforms) and awarded cash prizes. For complete rules and guidelines, visit www.hbovisionaries.com. The deadline for entries is November 1, 2017. Join the conversation on social media with hashtag #hbovisionaries.

PBS online film fest features piece on female Chickasaw MMA fighter – Tulsa Native American Times

PBS online film fest features piece on female Chickasaw MMA fighter
Tulsa Native American Times
This year’s lineup features films from the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM),Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), National Black Programming Consortium, Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), POV, and Vision Maker Media, as well as PBS local …


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Watch: Learn the Trick Used By Landscape Photographers to Get Deep Focus

Everything you need to know about hyperfocal distance.

With the advent of DSLRs, shallow focus became all the rage in photographic visuals. However, as John P. Hess from FilmmakerIQ points out in the video below, DP Gregg Toland’s deep focus made Orson Welles’ intricate blocking possible back in the day and, with the emergence of 4K resolution, “getting sharpness and detail may start to become the new, hot style” all over again.

Hyperfocal distance is where everything from half that distance to infinity is acceptably sharp.

Hess goes on to remind us that, after all, “There’s beauty in the details.” So how do you accomplish a beautiful deep focus? According to Hess, it’s not as simple as stopping down the aperture because, at high apertures, your lens will experience diffractions and get blurry. Therefore, you need to employ a trick used by landscape photographers to achieve faraway detail: hyperfocal distance.

Hess defines hyperfocal distance as where everything from half that distance to infinity is acceptably sharp. This very instructive video breaks it all down using an algebraic equation that factors in focal length, F-stop, and the circle of confusion.

Check it out for the math-tastic details:

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Fortunately, you don’t have to do the math yourself. Hess points out that there are several free apps like HyperFocal Pro (showcased in the video) that can determine your hyperfocal distance but also give you the depth of field for any given distance, aperture, and sensor size.

It’s worth watching the video for Hess’s useful level of detail, but here’s the quick-n-dirty breakdown of steps to achieving deep focus with newer (non-vintage) lenses:

  • Turn off auto focus.
  • Pick a point far off in the distance.
  • Set your focus to infinity.
  • Pull focus closer until that far-off point just begins to blur, then walk it back a little bit.

Have more tips for achieving deep focus? Let us know in the comments.
     


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This Indian Film Just Got Selected To Be Screened At The Asian American International Film Festival – MissMalini


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This Indian Film Just Got Selected To Be Screened At The Asian American International Film Festival
MissMalini
And what’s even better is that Indian short films are making it big and are being screened at film festivals all over the world. One such film is The Idiot, which has just been selected to premiere at the 40th Asian American International Film Festival

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From Wonder Woman to Dark Knight, Meet the Indian Woman Making Waves in Hollywood – The Better India

From Wonder Woman to Dark Knight, Meet the Indian Woman Making Waves in Hollywood
The Better India
I See You was one among few films at the Emerging Filmmakers showcase at the American Pavilion in Cannes in 2016. The film will be next screened at the 40th Asian American International Film Festival on July 27. Earlier this year, Manjari, was selected


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Distribution Month: Netflix Funding, Pre-Sales, & more…

June is distribution month and we’re just 3 days away from the end of June….what happened??!

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If you missed any of my distribution related posts from this month you can catch up on them her:

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And speaking of this last point….

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We’re having a really productive conversation in the

FS member forums

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Traditional vs. Self Distribution

with even a distributor weighing in with their perspective.

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The bottom line with this argument is always that producers feel they can ‘take control’ and do better on their own than with a traditional distributor. Sometimes that’s the case…..without a doubt….but mostly I find filmmakers are not equipped to deal with the realities of what DIY distribution entails.

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What I’m Up To….

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I’m the process of producing a distributor pre-sale funded film. It’s interesting to have to think about distribution this far in advance since the contracts aren’t typical financing contracts, they are essentially distribution contracts.

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So we’re negotiating things like P&A, expense caps, deliverables, timelines, festival deadlines, real marketing strategies, recoupment terms, and many other things you wouldn’t think about in a normal financing agreement. It’s been a tremendous learning experience so far and I look forward to unpacking more of everything related to this as the production goes along.

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People always ask me – doesn’t Netflix finance films now? You read it in the press everywhere! The truth is, it’s mostly a closed system. If you look at who they are actually funding it’s the top of the A list, so my advice is not to expect them to be a realistic prospect for your indie unless you are an A list director.

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Distribution Consulting Promo.- 3 days left

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So to round out Distribution month I will remind you that Distribution Consulting is still on promo for another 3 days (save $1000). You can read more about it here and fill out an application to work together.

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And if you’re headed to one of the upcoming Film Markets – MIPCOM, TIFF, AFM – you can save $1000 on Film Market Consulting too if that’s more appropriate.

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Developing For Financing (& co-pro markets)

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This month – July – the theme is going to be Development & Financing month. Are you excited? 🙂

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I already teased it a little bit by mentioning Netflix and Pre-Sales in my wrap up post for June, but there are so many ways and means when it comes to developing projects for financing and I’m going to try and unpack as many examples, case studies, and anecdotes for you guys from being in the trenches with dozens of projects – both my own and

clients’ projects

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International Co-Pro Markets – Value or Waste Of Time?

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For example, one thing that I feel is often overlooked are international co-production markets…one of our members just started a

discussion in the forums about Frontieres

which is coming up in Montreal in a few weeks, which specializes in genre and specifically horror projects.

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I’ve heard great things from producers and filmmakers who have gone to this market in terms of getting traction on early stage projects – especially the ones that have teaser trailers and/or teaser clips to show, which this member in the forums does.

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International co-production markets like these often lead to financing and production partners, development funding, and early interest from distributors and sales agents if nothing else.

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Many of you know that EFM/Berlin also have an international co-production market that is not genre based – and AFM even has their own version of this as well.

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Now don’t get me wrong, there’s also the chance that you can invest in going to these markets and they are a big waste of time and money – especially if you haven’t prepped properly or go in with a specific strategy. I’ve fallen victim to that myself and it’s no fun showing up at these markets and seeing everyone else more prepared than you getting on with things and making progress, while it ends up being a huge money and time waste for you.

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I have one client coming out to LA ahead of AFM to get in some meetings to stand out from the crowd, and we are crafting a strategy based around that. So that’s an option too if you’re far enough along and have the contacts to set up meetings outside of a market.

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Want To Partner On Your Early Stage Project?

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Just like with Distribution Month, I’m offering a $1000 off promo on Development Consulting for the month of July, for those of you who want to start prepping projects in the development and funding stages.

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I have pretty strict guidelines on the projects at this stage I get involved with, so if you’re filling out the application, please do so in full so I can make a clear assessment of whether I can help you or not.

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I look forward to hearing more about what you guys are doing with your early stage projects to move them forward – feel free to let me know in the comments section below….

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