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Modeling in CINEMA 4D Lite

by Chris Jackson

FOR EXERCISE #1, SEE THE PREVIOUS POST – CINEMA 4D Lite and CINEWARE – The Interface, the Workflow and Getting Started. Download (www.focalpress.com/9781138777934) the Chapter_01.zip file to your hard drive. It contains all the files needed to play along! Modeling in CINEMA 4D Lite The first step in a 3D modeling workflow is the creation…

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What’s So Good About Being a Script Supervisor?

by Mary Cybulski

I am a script supervisor, outside, on location. It’s 4:30 in the morning. I’ve been up for 20 hours. The sun will rise before we can finish the scene, which is making everybody grumpy. It’s so cold that my hands hurt. I’ve needed to pee for the last three hours. It starts to rain. I…

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Music for Film and Television – Source Music and Song Licensing

by Steven Saltzman

SONGS IN MOVIES Songs have been a big part of the movie-making process ever since the beginning of “talkies,” with Al Jolson singing “My Mammy” in The Jazz Singer (1927)—a prime example of an on-camera featured song in a movie. Songs have always been an important part of entertainment, and their attraction, interest, and “pull”…

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Basic Setups for Shooting Green Screen

by Jeff Foster

The foundational elements for shooting all green screen setups are the materials used and the lighting of the background and the foreground subjects, including how these elements are positioned in relation to each other. Using the right combination of background materials, lighting, and positioning will save you hours of time during the keying or matte…

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Rent-a-Distributor: When a Producer Rises to Studio-Like Clout

by Jeff Ulin

The rent-a-distributor model is rarely used and limited to producers with enough of a checkbook and a track record that they can pay for production costs and bargain for reduced distribution fees. The most famous example of this model is Lucasfilm’s deal with 20th Century Fox for the three Star Wars prequels, The Phantom Menace,…

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Directing the Documentary – Keys to Directing People

by Michael Rabiger

The word “directing” suggests ordering people around, and is particularly misleading for documentary since you guide or lead the process, rather than command it. Your job is to know what motivates people, what psychological blocs you must remove, and what subtle pressures you can exert to catalyze behavior, or uncover hidden narratives. As leadership, this…

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Writing Screenplays – Everything You Need to Know You Can Learn from City Lights

by Claudia H. Johnson

Okay, that’s a bald overstatement. You can’t learn everything you need to know about writing screenplays from City Lights, but you can get pretty close if you pay close attention to one scene in the film. You’ve probably seen it—Charlie Chaplin meets the blind flower vendor—but I recommend that you screen it again. Several times,…

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CINEMA 4D Lite and CINEWARE – The Interface, the Workflow and Getting Started

by Chris Jackson

What is CINEMA 4D Lite and CINEWARE? MAXON CINEMA 4D is one of the leading 3D software packages used today to create stunning 3D motion graphics, product visualizations, video game assets, and much more. It provides an intuitive, user-friendly interface and set of tools for 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, animation, and rendering. After Effects CC…

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Preparing a Location for Recording and Ambience

by Dean Miles

Preparing a Location for Recording You’ve probably heard the comment “We’ll fi x it in post.” If you’re on a fi lm shoot with a heavy audio postproduction budget, then almost anything is possible. But in video, what you record on location is pretty much what’s going to end up in the final product. Preparing…

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Testing For Documentary Values – Six Vital Questions

by Michael Rabiger

To distinguish a documentary from other nonfiction forms, or to check whether you have strayed beyond the pale, see how you answer these six vital questions: 1. Does it depict actuality— that is, real people in a world that exists, or did exist? 2. Does the film arise from a belief of some kind? Documentaries…

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