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How to Shoot a Sex Scene (And Not Be a Creeper)

Keep it Sexy, But Don’t Try to Sex Them. Sex scenes can be very important in cinema.   I’m not talking about porn, (no real sex here) I’m talking about regular movies,  TV, commercials,  music videos. .. really any visual medium that broaches the subject of sex/romance/intimacy between its subjects.  The language of Sexy Cinema…
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Official Nu Boyana BTS Video!

Back from Bulgaria!

Bulgaria! Holy wow.  I just basically lived at Nu Boyana Film Studios in Sofia, Bulgaria for 6 weeks! It was my first time in Bulgaria, although Bulgaria had been trying to come in to my life for a couple of years.  It seems that a lot of international production, and specifically many American productions, seem to
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K5600 Lighting Demo

K5600 at Nu Boyana I’m very excited to have attended the K5600 presentation and lighting demo today at Nu Boyana Film Studios! Our gaffer, Strahil Predov, and producer Dimo Aleksandrov, arranged a special visit from the French/US company on our day off from the shoot. Jokers, Alphas, and Versatility Marc Galerne, CEO K5600, brought a
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Wrap on Week 2 at Nu Boyana!

Week 2! Wow.  We are now half way through a small, character-driven, feature-length drama… shot entirely by film students, under our supervision.  It’s a truly unique opportunity for these students to endure an entire feature film, from the frontlines, often in key roles (including director, dp, camera operator, focus puller, art director, etc.).  It’s a
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Week 1 at Nu Boyana!

Here’s a look at our first week! 3 more to go! Click to watch the VIDEO Behind the scenes at Nu Boyana film school! Week 1 with mentors Ambika Leigh, Laura Beth Love, Toshko Chapkanov, and Petko Lungov, and Peter Mechkov.

Making the Movie – Nu Boyana Film School

Very excited to be a part of the first year of film education at Nu Boyana! More details to come from this new film school in Bulgaria, very soon!  

2 Steps to Easy Lighting! The Back Cross Key

Start Simple Lighting schemes can become extremely complicated, but they can also be very simple.  When you are first starting out, start simple.  (Watch my Two-Minute Lighting Tutorial) Whether I have two lights in the trunk of a sedan or 20 lights on a truck, the back cross key is one of my favorite tools
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5 Tips for Better Focus!

Focus Up Keeping sharp focus can be pretty tricky, but it’s absolutely essential for a professional video or film project.  Most indie filmmakers now have access to cameras with large (APS-C, 35mm or full-frame 35mm) sensors, which can have very shallow depth of field.  The shallow-depth-of-field look has been much sought-after in indie projects, as
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