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Cinema 4D Apprentice VIDEO: Camera Control Basics

by Kent McQuilkin

Below is a video tutorial by Kent McQuilkin on Camera Control Basics. This video is only one component of the companion material for the book Cinema 4D Apprentice: Real-World Skills for the Aspiring Motion Graphics Artist by Kent McQuilkin. Cinema 4D Apprentice Real-World Skills for the Aspiring Motion Graphics Artist By Kent McQuilkin “If you’re…

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Walter Murch’s Simple Approach to the Rule of Six

by Justin Chang

Born in 1943 in New York City, Walter Murch is widely recognized as one of the leading authorities in the field of film editing, as well as one of the few editors equally active in both picture and sound. A graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television, he received his early sound…

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Fixing Problem Green Screen Shots – Poor Lighting Issues

by Jeff Foster

Poor Lighting Issues This has to be the number-one reason for bad green screen shots. Good lighting is the key to getting a great shot with which to composite. In most cases, the photographer either attempts to light the background but fails to light it evenly or doesn’t scope the shot through the camera and…

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When to Use the Dissolve

by Christopher J. Bowen

This is the second most common transition used in motion pictures, and, unlike most straight cuts, it attracts attention to itself on purpose. The dissolve is defined as a gradual change from the ending pictures of one shot into the beginning pictures of the next shot. This is traditionally achieved via a superimposition of both…

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Good Video Editing Techniques to Consider

by Jim Owens

Editing is an unobtrusive skill. If it is done well, the audience does not notice it, but is absorbed in its effect. During an exciting scene, for example, when the duration of shots is made shorter and shorter as the tension grows, the audience is only conscious of growing agitation, and fast-moving action. There are…

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A Guide to Montage Editing

by Russell Evans

Montage is so interesting because it’s the editing style itself that is telling a lot of the meaning of the movie, as much as the actual stuff you shot. It’s what music has been doing for decades, since sampling and hip-hop kicked off. In old-school sampled hip-hop (Grandmaster Flash, et al.) it was the way…

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A Conversation with Nancy St. John, VFK Producer

by Scott Arundale and Tashi Trieu

Nancy St. John has been in the visual effects business for over 30 years. In 1996 she was the production side visual effects producer for the Academy Award Winner “Babe” and in 2001 for another Academy Award winner, Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator”. She was also a visual effects producer for the Academy Award Nominee “I-Robot” in…

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Dialogue Editing – Where to Edit

by John Purcell

By necessity, editing dialogue involves making splices. You must get from this shot to the next—where do you jump? By far the most common place to move between clips is in the space between them. This allows for a natural transfer of energy from one source to another (see below), and it usually works. Longer…

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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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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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