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2013, April 2
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How to Make DIY Squibs

DIY Squibs are an essential part of indie action filmmaking, used by thousands of films all over the world. They allow you to give the effect of a bullet hit or expulsion of blood from the body of an actor. But if you’re a smaller production, how can you achieve this effect on a limited budget? Director Gareth Evans has you covered.

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2013, March 3
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The Art of Steadicam

If you’ve seen my earlier videos you already know I have a love for long takes or “one shots”. More often than not, these sequences are accomplished using a Steadicam, which is essentially a balanced stabilizer that allows for smoother and more easily controlled handheld camera operation. Invented by Garrett Brown in the early 70′s, the steadicam shot — or ‘steadishot’ — has become one of the most dynamic and exciting forms of cinematography and is one of the most engaging visual techniques in a filmmaker’s storytelling arsenal.

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2013, February 5
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Websites To Enhance Your Movie Watching

This post is due to a situation I experienced the other day. A friend was asking on Facebook for a recommendation for a “good movie on Netflix streaming”, and immediately I began thinking of a handful of websites that they should be using. Soon, I realized they probably didn’t know about them. Within a minute or two, I replied with a personal recommendation for Winter’s Bone. Not only did it have a 94% score on Rotten Tomatoes, but it was about to expire so I said they should take advantage of it while they could. How was I able know this helpful information so quickly?

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2013, January 26
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Robert Rodriguez – Original 10 Minute Film School

Robert Rodriguez is a great example of getting out there and pursuing your dreams. After growing up shooting short films edited on his home VCR, and earning grades that were not good enough to get into film school, he raised $7,000 and made El Mariachi on his own terms. The film won the Audience Award at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival, and he has been making movies ever since. Yet, despite it’s relatively meager budget, El Mariachi is a bold and ambitious film.

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