Filmmakers Academy | DIY Lens Effects
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Filmmakers Academy | DIY Lens Effects

In his garage workshop, Justin Jones reveals DIY tricks that every cinematographer ought to know. More specifically, Justin showcases how he builds his personal DIY lens effects. We are so excited to introduce our newest cinematography mentor, Justin Jones. As a leading cinematographer with over a decade of experience, Justin dominated the music video world….

Filmmakers Academy | How to Calibrate Preston FIZ Remote Follow Focus System
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Filmmakers Academy | How to Calibrate Preston FIZ Remote Follow Focus System

1st AC Derek Edwards demonstrates how to map out a lens on the Preston FIZ remote follow focus system. Programming your lenses in the prep makes you more efficient. That way, by the time you get on set, your lenses are dialed in and ready to go. Then, it’s a matter of two seconds to change the…

Filmmakers Academy | Hard Cuts, J Cuts and L Cuts
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Filmmakers Academy | Hard Cuts, J Cuts and L Cuts

Editor Joaquin Elizondo establishes a foundation for key editing techniques that you will learn throughout this series. Joaquin shares his process for how he takes what’s in the script and puts it on the screen using hard cuts, and then shows you how to finesse pacing and rhythm utilizing J-cuts and L-cuts.   Access the full…

Filmmakers Academy | Terms and Techniques of Colour Correcting with David Cole
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Filmmakers Academy | Terms and Techniques of Colour Correcting with David Cole

Master Colourist Dave Cole describes the fundamentals of colour grading beginning with key terminology, such as “Crushing the Blacks”, “Breaking the Image”, “A-B That”, and more. David explains the terminology and shows you how to translates to the footage on the screen.

Filmmakers Academy | Camera Emotion
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Filmmakers Academy | Camera Emotion

Every single frame in a movie, commercial, or music video expresses some type of emotion. Whether it be sorrow, energy, or anger… Something within that frame is going to steer your audience in a specific emotional direction. In this lesson, Shane Hurlbut, ASC discusses his work on “Waist Deep” and how important the camera’s movement…

Filmmakers Academy | How to illuminate rain at night
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Filmmakers Academy | How to illuminate rain at night

Some of the most memorable moments in cinema history take place in the dramatic environment which is rain. When adding rain to a scene it can create beauty, power, and a level of difficulty to execute. In this lesson, Shane Hurlbut, ASC discusses what it took for him to pull off illuminated rain during some…

Filmmakers Academy | Keylight – Where, when & why?
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Filmmakers Academy | Keylight – Where, when & why?

This is where it all starts, the key light and the human face. The window into your character’s soul, their emotions, and motivations. It is the most important subject you will ever light, and it all starts with where to place your key light. Shane takes what you think you knew were the basics and…