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Stretch It?

Streeeeeeetch… I’ve been seeing this app called “Stretch It” in my install feed for a year… I finally decided to try it out, and I’m loving it so far.  It’s a $5/month subscription for flexibility training that you download to your phone. It even has a little calories burned estimate for you, as a bonus.
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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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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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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!  

5 Tips for Lighting Faces

Let’s Face It When we think of iconic cinematography, we most likely think of textured, “graphic” imagery…  shapes, quality of light, a striking composition… actual people may or may not even be present in the shots! Thus, it’s sometimes easy to focus on the “big picture” lighting and overlook the importance of the tiny details.
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3 Steps to Actually Using Your Light Meter

Why are Handheld Meters Still Important? Sure, the dirty secret is that a lot of us go days, or even entire shows without consulting our handheld meter.  Most work is now digital, and most professional cameras have fantastic internal meters, so it is possible to skate by without a handheld meter. BUT, the one place
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7 Tips for Tackling Action Scenes

Action and Stunts Action and stunt scenes come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it’s just one guy pretending to faint, or one guy “hitting” another guy on the jaw…  and sometimes it’s a huge scene with 10+ guys, cars flipping over, and stuff catching on fire!   Complicated action scenes can be intimidating, but
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6 Tips to Make You a Better Focus Puller!

1st Assistant Camera   I love my camera assistants!  I am very grateful to David Elkins for the training I received as a camera assistant while I was in film school, and, over the years, I’ve also had the opportunity to train many of my ACs.   The 1st AC is responsible for focus, in
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Depth of Field – Made Simple

What is Depth of Field?   Depth of Field is a calculated, range of distance, wherein objects will appear to be in acceptable focus. Basically, it tells you how much stuff in front of your camera will be in focus at one time.  If an entire football field is in focus, you would say that
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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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