Archive for the 'filmmaking' Category

FCPX Hands on Tour webinar now available

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

On Thursday of last week I hosted another webinar with called Final Cut Pro  Hands On Tour. It was a wild hour as we attempted a full tour of the software in that short amount of time. We went just a bit over and while it was fast and furious I think we gave a good overview of Final Cut Pro X. I also think it was an honest overview that pointed out some of the good, bad and missing from FCPX. It’s now available on-demand for $15. For $25 you get the webinar as well as bonus materials that include a podcast where we answered questions asked during the webinar, two bonus videos (one is how to use the batch renaming in FCPX and one is a few timeline tips I like) and a PDF cheatsheet of the FCPX menus. I made the cheatsheet as a way to try an learn the FCPX menus as well as the default keyboard commands. I thought it might be helpful.

There’s a big 4th of July sale happening at through July 6 so you can pick up any webinar for half off. Check out the on-demand page for details. If you attended the FCPX Hands on Tour I hope it was helpful and if you purchase the on-demand version … thank you!

Useful Apps for Digital Filmmakers webinar now available

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

If you missed Thursday’s Useful Applications for Digital Filmmakers webinar it’s now available for download as an On Demand webinar. For $25 you get the full 90 minute, screen captured webinar, a podcast about the topic, an extra 15 minute (or so) video presentation with several tools we didn’t discuss during the webinar. There’s also a PDF included with links to all the Mac, iPhone and iPad apps we discussed during the webinar as well as a few we didn’t get to as we ran out of time.

Here’s the actual webinar description:

This webinar will be a fast, fun walk-through and discussion of handy, useful Macintosh applications that would be at home in any digital filmmaker’s toolbox. The software discussed will run the gamut from free to paid, a few dollars up to a few hundred. While all stages of filmmaking will be discussed with useful tools for pre-production, production and post-production, a strong emphasis will be placed on post production.

This was really a fun webinar to present as it wasn’t the usual task or workflow oriented program but rather a fun, fast walkthrough of a lot of tools that I know I couldn’t live without. I hope it might help in spending some money!

50% off webinars on Black Friday

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

If you’re not heading out to Target or Home Depot at 4:00 AM then fire up your web browser and grab some new media webinars for half price. There’s a lot of good educational stuff over there to choose from including Web Video Compression Techniques or Editing Bootcamp: Get Organized!. If I may also recommend and of the DSLR webinars including DSLR Filmmaking Color Grading WorkflowsDSLR Filmmaking Production Reality Check and the webinar that I hosted, DSLR Filmmaking Post Workflows. There’s also one more upcoming DSLR webinar called DSLR Filmmaking Audio Techniques Production and Post so there’s something out there for everyone. On December 2 I’ll be doing another webinar called Useful Applications For Digital Filmmakers. It should be a lot of fun so sign up today and head back on Friday for 50% off.

New DSLR Filmmaking Bundle available

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

There’s a new bundle option available at New Media Webinars where they’ve packaged together some of their most popular webinars into a package. That includes a new DSLR Filmmaking Bundle which is both the DSLR Filmmaking Production Reality Check and the DSLR Filmmaking Post Workflows webinar that I hosted recently together for only $40. That saves $10 off of buying them separately. If you want a crash course in DSLR filmmaking then this is the bundle to get.

I love a good short: Words

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

3 minutes of my life I’m happy not to ask for back after viewing Words.

Inglourious Basterds camera slate fun

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Here’s a great video making the rounds on Twitter this morning. It’s some camera slate fun from the set of Inglourious Basterds. Apparently it’s on the DVD. Check it out before it gets taken down and probably NSFW.

It’s 2010, the year we make contact

Friday, January 1st, 2010

It’s 2010, the year we make contact.

In 2010 we will have …


Reminded of Doesn’t Remind Me music video

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Every now and then I’ll set the terribly crappy Comcast HD DVR to record MHD Palladia during the overnight hours so I can get a fix on some good hi-def music videos. Sure some of them won’t be hi-def but hey … who’s counting. Come to think of it, CMT HD has been broadcast now for month and months and as far as I can tell (and many others) they haven’t aired a frame of HD content either despite the fact that I know there have been country music videos finished and mastered in HD!! What a waste of bandwidth.

Anyhoo … one of the videos on my last Palladia viewing was director Chris Milk’s Audioslave video Doesn’t Remind Me. I was reminded what an incredibly awesome this music video really is. A great story, snappy editing, gorgeous images and not a frame of performance from the band. It’s a mini movie. Why can’t more videos be told this way? If you have any favorites of this type of video please post a comment. There’s part of the video embeded below from Milk’s Vimeo page but it only seems to load the first couple of minutes of the video (probably by request) so you can click over to see the full thing. You have to watch it to the end for full effect. On the “official” Universal Music Group channel on You Tube they’ve disabled embedding and the whole experience is so peppered with ads so I’m not even going to link to it.

Audioslave – “Doesn’t Remind Me” [HD] from Chris Milk on Vimeo.

I also learned that Milk directed the wonderful 42 second short film Last Day Dream.

Johnnie Walker’s single take masterwork

Monday, September 28th, 2009

The above video has been making the rounds lately. I’m a sucker for single shot productions that are well executed and this Johnnie Walker piece is a great example of a simple concept, talented delivery and great production value that all come together to pull it off. Now if only Johnnie Walker was half as good as a nice single malt like Laphroaig or Lagavulin.

Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009


Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School.

If you’ve ever wanted to attend film school then this is it. While it’s not your typical 4 year or 2 year program it’s sure to be a very unique weekend at “a conference room of a Los Angeles hotel” during the weekend of January 8-10, 2010, with the master himself, Werner Herzog. For a $25 application fee, and $1450 if you are accepted, you won’t get any technical training nor will you get a lunch. But what you will get is guaranteed to be an experience unlike any other from a filmmaker unlike any other. If you don’t understand what that means then you don’t know Herzog and most certainly shouldn’t even be considering attending his film school. Read through the about page and get a better idea of what might be in store … though somehow I bet no one, not even Herzog, knows for sure.