Monday, April 30, 2012

Recap Q&A: YouTube Interactivity?


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XLR-PRO XLR adapter
http://tinyurl.com/d876ux6

XLR to 1/8" mic adapter
http://tinyurl.com/clk6ppp

PVC Ratcheting Cutters
http://tinyurl.com/796hc6d

Home Depot shop light
http://tinyurl.com/c73efwj

Editable talent release form
http://tinyurl.com/7gyx3ml

Make your iPad a second monitor (dual display)
http://tinyurl.com/89n5oyw

Production sand bags...you need them
http://tinyurl.com/crsr332

Use a telescopic snoot for film noir effects
http://tinyurl.com/ccp5w2e

Steampunk gauges on the cheap
http://tinyurl.com/cvxaa52

How to be creative and think of new ideas
http://tinyurl.com/d3s24um

James DeRuvo interviews DSLR DP Shane Hurlbut
http://tra.kz/4umc

Zoom H1 teardown
http://tinyurl.com/d3djbpz

DIY tripod mount for your smartphone
http://tinyurl.com/7bub6jz

Inexpensive waterproof toolbox (camera housing?)
http://tinyurl.com/82nyrav

Never underestimate the power of the title sequence
http://tinyurl.com/7zynbmk

Are you practicing these 5 natural lighting tips?
http://tinyurl.com/7nmrbsg

Audio recorder roundup
http://tinyurl.com/78mtsv9

How to sync video and audio
http://tinyurl.com/c239wyb

Camera rig 3.0
http://tinyurl.com/d9rncku

$1 case for Zoom H1
http://tinyurl.com/butujc3

Homemade camera slider
http://tinyurl.com/7jb7l5w

DIY string tripod
http://tinyurl.com/7eouhcu

An Experiment
http://tinyurl.com/7e7xm2z

Saturday, April 28, 2012

An Experiment


 I apologize that this is so late this week, but here is the experiment I mentioned in the last Recap Q&A episode. The rules are simple. Flip a coin (or just pick) one of the two videos presented on screen. They will take you to a short film, followed by a survey. All you have to do is watch the film and fill out that survey. You can always navigate back to check out the other film, but please only fill out the survey for the film you chose first.

This is for a school project and I will be sharing the full purpose of this experiment in the near future.

Thanks!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Recap Q&A: UK Facebook Group?


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Audio-Technica ATR-3350 lav mic
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Sony Movie Studio HD
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iPhone tripod mount using binder clips
http://tinyurl.com/7ru4w3j

Creating a backyard pool effect
http://tinyurl.com/7cn8nhx

How to turn sunlight into moonlight
http://tinyurl.com/6smtp75

Frugal Crane video
http://tinyurl.com/826vudw

Control flares with a shoot-through gobo
http://tinyurl.com/798s54t

Ball bearing jib arm with motorized pan & tilt
http://tinyurl.com/7swzfe8

The DIY $30 rolling camera bag
http://tinyurl.com/7ffg2kf

How to make your own matte box
http://tinyurl.com/774kacu

Audio Crate
http://tinyurl.com/7vct9q8

Is camera lust destroying your photography?
http://tinyurl.com/6p4awa3

DIY camera slider test video
http://tinyurl.com/729peq7

DIY 228 LED panel for $35
http://tinyurl.com/7ugcfmk

DIY slider 2 Big Brother Slider
http://tinyurl.com/7ugcfmk

DIY camera rig using 2 L-brackets
http://tinyurl.com/7bgamea

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Audio Crate


Awhile back I opened up my micro-budget light kit and gave everyone a peek inside, which sort of played like a "greatest hits" episode of past shows.  Today I do the same thing, only with an audio angle. I've got big box of stuff that I use on various shoots and wanted to crack it it open and share the contents. Nothing groundbreaking here, but there might be something you didn't know about that could help you quite a bit on that next excursion into sound recording.

Zoom H1 Field Recorder Setup
Noob Shockmount for the Zoom H1
Vivitar Steady Pod
Sony MDR-7506 Professional Headphones

Monday, April 16, 2012

Recap Q&A: How about Live Streaming?



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Belizarius font
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C clamp mount for $10
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Mini Camera Stabilizer
http://tinyurl.com/5tdo6kx

Filmmaking tools you can buy #3
http://tinyurl.com/7ud39gc

Audio-Technica ATR-3350 lav mic
http://tinyurl.com/c3usp9f

How to build an LCD screen hood
http://tinyurl.com/74t3f6q

How to build a white background home video studio
http://tinyurl.com/76zl9tw

Prolost flat - DSLR video setting
http://tinyurl.com/84pnsp9

Logitech listened! Webcam has tripod mount
http://tinyurl.com/7mkyo4c

7" LCD bag and sunshade combo
http://tinyurl.com/7v6eb2j

DIY rigs
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Frugal camera jib crane
http://tinyurl.com/d4y4xem

$1 Budget: Foamcore, Squirtgun & Socks!
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Two DIY projects that will help you see easier
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DIY audio monitoring DSLR adapter
http://tinyurl.com/coh4wej

Best iPhone apps for filmmakers
http://tinyurl.com/6thmhwv

Sidharta's frugal dimmer mods
http://tinyurl.com/75f3svy

Virtual Light Studio
http://tinyurl.com/7mcftfm

Tascam DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder
http://tinyurl.com/7k8kqw9

Make it count
http://tinyurl.com/c3tpmyu

Camera support - ready rig
http://tinyurl.com/6pbctjk

DIY evolution
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Friday, April 13, 2012

Sidharta's Frugal Dimmer Mods

Today I am writing you because I was short on dimmers and you inspired me to build one. I started watching your videos chronologically, and that was the first one. So I went out and got the parts for the dimmer as well as some random PVC pipes and parts that I thought I should practice with.

Attached are a few pictures of the dimmer I built. I added a few very simple improvements, that I think are worth adding perhaps to the comments of that video page.

1. I added markers on the dial knob and the surface of the dimmer to mark the 100% and the 0% points. When working on set I find that we often say things like, "give me 20% less" or "take it down to 75%". So adding specific marker points will make it easier to be a bit more scientific about where to dial in the light levels. Cost: nothing, or the price of a sharpie.

2. I used a white surface to make it easier to see the markings on the dimmer itself.

3. I added a "600W" label on the dimmer so that anyone that picks it up knows what it is rated for at a quick glance.

4. I used electrical tape to surround the plastic bottom piece so that the tape would close better the gap that was left in the round hole where the wires came out of the box. Color coded electrical tape can also be used to personalize one's gear. I just used black cause i was too lazy to use my regular colors (red and yellow), and I was also thinking of making it a gift to a DP I work with.

5. I attached a Ground Lift to the female end, and taped it down with electrical tape, so it will always live as part of the rig. I taped it all the way around a few times, then just poked through the tape where the prongs insert. This way there is no need to frantically look for a small ground lift at the last minute when its time to use the dimmer (I do this with all my dimmers).

So there you go. A few very simple additions that make life easier on set.

Keep up the good work. If I continue building some of the rigs you showcase, and if I find ways to improve them a bit, I will share those tips with you so you can share it further.

Scott sez: These are some great improvements for the basic dimmer (that I didn't create as much as replicate). The permanent addition of the 3-prong to 2-prong adapter is my favorite. It should also be noted that if you blow a light when using one of these dimmers, the dimmer blows too and will need to be replaced. It happened to me!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

$1 Budget: Foamcore, Squirtgun & Socks!



Today on The $1 Budget, we look at another smattering of cheap stuff to help us make our movies. This includes (but is not limited to) alkaline batteries, a sock-diffuser, a foamcore reflector and squirtgun prop not used as a firearm. Almost all these ideas come from viewers and if you have any you'd like to see on a future show (complete with shoutout and link!), please share!

27 LED Portable Worklight/Flashlight

Monday, April 9, 2012

Recap Q&A: Should I Use Google+?



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Mini Stabilizer with Zoom H1 and Noob Shockmount
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PVC pipe cutters on Amazon
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DJ Speaker Stand
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Yoga mat
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DVDlab
http://tinyurl.com/9mwbn

Sony Movie Studio HD
http://tinyurl.com/738k3xh

Wheel-less slider
http://tinyurl.com/7nw6p8l

How to build the easiest motorized slider
http://tinyurl.com/7lmkyyz

Coffee sleeve lens hood
http://tinyurl.com/7qa7u55

Tip: Animated Storyboards
http://tinyurl.com/882o3sh

7 rules for recording police
http://tinyurl.com/bmpx5cf

Tascam DR-40 vs. Zoom H4n
http://tinyurl.com/c7hlt22

Tacam DR-40 feature review
http://tinyurl.com/c4brely

How to use audio effects and filters in post
http://tinyurl.com/c3abgas

Friday, April 6, 2012

Tascam DR-40 vs. Zoom H4N



As usual, Deejay over at DSLR Film Noob gives us another thorough comparison of two popular products for the low-budget filmmaker. I was especially interested in his opinion of the Tascam DR-40, which is the lowest priced recorder ($150) that has XLR inputs. This means you can use all kinds of pro gear that will give you much better sound than the super-cheap unbalanced stuff I usually use. He says it's basic, but works well, which is really all I wanted to hear.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Tip: Animated Storyboards



One way to bring your pre-production to life is to take your storyboards and animate them. I did this on my short film Hostages, as animated storyboards were a part of the previsualization assignment. When I included the animated storyboards into The Making of Hostages, people wondered how I did it. It's pretty easy, and in the above video, I describe how.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Recap Q&A: Most Important Part of Your Film?



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6.5' DJ speaker stand - $25!
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Silicone jar opener
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43" 5-in-1 collapsible relfector
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Film festivals vs. the web
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Frugal Crane 2.0 DSLR test footage
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Tascam DR-40 XLR digital recorder - $153
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Powerful DIY video light
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$900 Panasonic GH2 vs. $3500 Canon 5D Mark III
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Hard drive basics for video editing
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Sima Quickonnect "Top Handle Rig"
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Shoulder rig made from a lawn chair!
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Transcend 32GB, class 10 SD card - $33
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Studio lighting for less than $200?
http://tinyurl.com/7ws7g97

DIY jib projects for less than $30
http://tinyurl.com/6va9hkd
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Tripod tips, tricks and techniques
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DIY camera jib crane
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Audio kit you already have
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Blanket: make your background better
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7 ways to increase YouTube views
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