Moviola & Mobile Cinematography

Recently, I discovered that Moviola has a huge, freely available library of educational videos and a well-curated collection of film-making advice from around the web.

First Look at Zhiyun-Tech’s WEEBILL-S Gimbal

I have played with a bunch of handheld gimbals in the last six months. I have used all the usual suspects; The popular DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Smartphone Gimbal. The high-end FREEFLY Movi Cinema Robot and the Zhiyun-Tech CRANE-M2 to name just a few. All of them are good. All of them are great at certain […]

Moment Pro Camera App Adds Time-lapse

Pro Camera is one of our favorite apps for the company iPhone 11 Pro Max. And it just got better. We haven’t tested the latest version (4.0) very much due to the quarantine, but we played around with it but we can confirm it works. Moment says it’s the best way to shoot time-lapses on […]

Moment Lenses For Smartphones

We bit the bullet and ordered a set of Moment gear for our iPhone 11 Pro Max. Moment makes everything from phone cases, to lenses and other accessories that the aspiring shutterbug (or filmmaker) would ever want.

Peter Jackson on Fight Scenes as Story

The Hobbit Google+ Hangout with Peter Jackson, Evangeline Lilly and Richard Armitage - youtube

Peter Jackson discusses the value of framing combat sequences, particularly long ones, so they hold the viewer’s attention by advancing the stories of the central characters.

First Look @ FiLMiC Pro

Could a smartphone replace your “real” camera? Well now it seems, that some people have just decided the answer to that question is “yes.”

Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

Woven into this homage is a very interesting look into Harryhausen’s creative process. He and his father built all of the armatures and models in his home studio. And, his in-camera compositing techniques broke new ground in the field and served as a model for software like Adobe After Effects.

The Cutting Edge

To the uninformed, the edit may seem like simple, mechanical task when, in fact, the editor is the last storyteller to touch a film project. When I meet such resistance, I point my clients at The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing, a stellar documentary on the subject.