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DV Rebel’s Guide

Nifty! From Boingboing:

DV Rebel’s Guide:
Mark Frauenfelder:

I’m looking into making some videos, and I just heard about this book: The DV Rebel’s Guide: An All-Digital Approach to Making Killer Action Movies on the Cheap. It sounds great.

200612111131Written by Stu Maschwitz, co-founder of the Orphanage (the legendary guerrilla visual effects studio responsible for amazing and award-winning effects in such movies as Sin City, The Day After Tomorrow, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), this book is a must-have for all those budding filmmakers and students who want to produce action movies with visual effects but don’t have Hollywood budgets.

The Orphanage was created by three twenty-something visual effects veterans who wanted to make their own feature films and discovered they could do this by utilizing home computers, off the shelf software, and approaching things artistically. This guide details exactly how to do this: from planning and selecting the necessary cameras, software, and equipment, to creating specific special effects (including gunfire, Kung Fu fighting, car chases, dismemberment, and more) to editing and mixing sound and music. Its mantra is that the best, low-budget action moviemakers must visualize the end product first in order to reverse-engineer the least expensive way to get there.

Readers will learn how to integrate visual effects into every aspect of filmmaking–before filming, during filming and with “in camera” shots, and with computers in postproduction. Throughout the book, the author makes specific references to and uses popular action movies (both low and big-budget) as detailed examples–including El Mariachi, La Femme Nikita, Die Hard, and Terminator 3.

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Stupid Reason to Fire a Teacher

Stupid Reason to Fire a Teacher:
If you did something 11 years ago that has nothing to do with your life or career now, should you be fired for it? Sex Drive Daily.

What if the “something” was star in an adult movie?

What if your students got their hands on that movie?

Wouldn’t you want to know why you got fired for doing something legal over a decade ago, and nobody was arrested for breaking the law by giving the kids access to adult movies?

XL-1 table dolly

XL-1 table dolly:
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MAKE Flickr photo pool member Tekisui made a homemade table top dolly for a XL-1… – Link.
Related:

  • DIY rail based linear dolly – Link.

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From the pages of MAKE:

  • $14 Video Camera Stabilizer. You don’t have $10,000 to spend on a Steadicam? Make this ultra-low-cost video camera stabilizer and see how much better your video shots turn out. MAKE 01 – Page 84. Subscribers–read this article now in your digital edition.

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