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9 Must-Read Filmmaking Articles (June 2015)

Caleb Ward

Find out what the industry is talking about with this collection of recent must-read filmmaking articles.

June is traditionally a quiet time for filmmaking. Luckily for us, this year is quite the exception. With big announcements from Apple and YouTube this is an exciting time to be a filmmaker. If you haven’t seen the following articles, they are definitely a must-read for any filmmaker.

1. 10 Reasons Why CGI is Getting Worse, Not Better

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It’s no secret that the world of VFX is highly competitive with each production house trying to top the next. But, has CGI gotten out of hand? In this insightful post from Michael James at RocketStock, we take a look at a few of the problems with the CGI industry. It’s interesting to see the narrative difference between CGI of the past and CGI of today.

2. 9 Great YouTube Channels For Filmmakers

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You don’t have to spend a lot of money to learn about filmmaking. In fact, you don’t have to spend a dime at all. With these nine YouTube channels, you can learn everything you could possibly want to know and more about filmmaking and editing.

3. Cinematography Tips For Horror Filmmakers

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If you want to distribute your horror film in time for Halloween, now is a great time to start shooting. These quick techniques can be used to create an eerie vibe on your next horror production. One of the more interesting techniques mentioned is underexposing your shots. Do you think this is a good idea or do you prefer to dial down the exposure in post?

4. 10 Essential After Effects Tricks

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It’s no secret that After Effects is an incredibly deep program. A few seconds saved here and there can add up to hours and days over time. These ten After Effects tricks shared by RocketStock are all designed to help us save extra time.

5. The New Version of OSX Will Greatly Improve Performance of Adobe CC Video Apps 

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If you haven’t heard the news from WWDC 2015, Apple will be updating the operating systems for both their mobile and desktop devices in the fall. This update — labeled ‘El Capitan‘ — will bring increased speeds to Apple computers. In some cases, your computer will receive a 40x increase in processing speed. However, the most notable news for filmmakers is that After Effects  is expected to increase in speed by 8x when the update is released. This is also interesting news considering Apple and Adobe haven’t always been software partners in the past.

6. Hello Future: YouTube Now Officially Hosts 8K Videos

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It’s no secret that users have had the option to upload 8K videos to YouTube for some time. However, YouTube is now allowing users to stream 8K content to their devices. Now if only we had an 8K screen…

7. Canon 35MM f/1.4L II Rumored to be Coming by End of 2015 

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Canon also recently announced a brand new 35mm F/1.4L II lens to serve as the sequel to their already popular 35mm professional lens. As DIY Photography points out in the article above, this move is likely a direct response to Sigma’s Art Lens which is taking the Photography world by storm. Will this new lens be worth buying?

8. Top Ten Lessons on Filmmaking From David Lynch

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David Lynch is revered for pushing the narrative boundaries of film, so what can we as filmmakers and artists learn from him? In this insightful article from Bhushan Mahadani, we take a look at a few inspiring quotes from David Lynch and breakdown their implications for us as filmmakers.

9. 5 DIY Lighting Tips For Filmmakers on a Budget

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While we definitely always encourage a well-rounded budget, it’s no secret that between cameras, lenses, stabilizers, audio, and crew, lighting is often one of the last big pieces of equipment purchased. While this is unfortunate, it’s not the end of the world. Using these 5 DIY lighting tips, you can easily get great film lighting on a micro budget.

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