TAG: Post Production


Film Grain in Postproduction – Bringing Texture Back


A form of postproduction that can be applied to CinemaDNG files is film grain. For some, the idea of shooting in raw reflects in some ways an approach to filmmaking that harkens back to the days of working on film. What is lost in digital filmmaking involves the loss of texture. Film grain is one…

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Walter Murch’s Simple Approach to the Rule of Six


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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Good Video Editing Techniques to Consider


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…


Avoiding Pitfalls in Production that Affect Post


Workflow Best Practices When making critical pre-production decisions about the type of camera and workflow to utilize, a good place to start is determining both your editing format and the eventual exhibition format for the project. For a web or mobile audience, shooting 4K is overkill and will result in an expensive post-production process for…


Deeper Modes of Expression, Part 2: Interpolation Methods


This simple method is our favorite replacement for a calculator. We’re serializing the Deeper Modes of Expression bonus chapter from our book Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects into a set of 12 posts. We consider this to be one of the most important, core techniques offered by expressions: A quick and easy way to…


Deeper Modes of Expression, Part 1: Useful Math Expressions


Many of you are familiar with our book, Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects. As imposing as it may be in print, some miss that there’s another 180+ pages of bonus chapter PDFs on the book’s disc. One of those chapters is Deeper Modes of Expression, which goes into more advanced expression functions. To make…

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Film Editing A La Carte’ Apprenticeship – Dead or Just Reinvented?  


Inexpensive and open-source technologies have meant fewer and fewer barriers of entry into video editing.  But many feel that the rise of the one-man shop has led to the fall of the apprenticeship model.  Gone are the days studying at the foot of the master, spending years learning what she does and why she does…


Interviews with Great Editors: Anne Voase Coates


Anne Voase Coates initially wanted to be a film director, an aspiration frowned upon by her uncle, the famed British film entrepreneur J. Arthur Rank, who assumed she was only in it for the glamour and the good-looking actors. But Coates was persistent enough in her passion that Rank eventually found her a job at…


VIDEO: Using metadata for color correction with RAW video


Blain Brown, Los Angeles based DP as well as educator and author, shares with his audience how to use metadata for color correction with RAW video

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First Time Filmmaker F-Up 52 You Don’t Need to Watch ALL the Footage


The F-Up… In the early stages of editing, reviewing all your footage can seem rather time consuming and maybe even pointless, especially if you have a clear vision of what you want. However, what you want at the beginning of the process and what you want throughout the editing process is very likely to change….

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