• What Is a Vlog and How Do You Start One?
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    What Is a Vlog and How Do You Start One?

    Learn what a video blog is, get tips to produce one, and check out 9 vloggers’ accounts to inspire you Vlogging is one of the fastest-growing formats on the web and has the greatest monetization capacity on YouTube. Users tend to watch vlogs to experience other realities or listen to reviews about products and services. They also want learn about certain experiences they’d like to live for themselves. Lucas Merayo, better known as Merakio (@merakio), is an actor and audiovisual content creator with more than 800 thousand followers on YouTube. The fresh and fun approach to everyday life he uses in his vlogs has turned him into a model for this genre. By exploring his process, we’ll be able to understand this format and learn practical tips to start producing vlogs, for launching our own channel or simply to record snippets of our lives in a fun and personal way.

  • Tiktok Tutorial: 5 Tips to Grow from 0
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    Tiktok Tutorial: 5 Tips to Grow from 0

    Discover the best tips and tricks to quickly grow your following on TikTok, with Arnulfur Hakonarson TikTok has become one of the world’s most popular social networks, and with more than 1 billion users this relatively new tool is essential for any content creator who wants to get their work noticed. Arnulfur Hakonarson (@arnulfur), also known as That Icelandic Guy, is famous for his creative content on platforms such as Instagram, Youtube and, more recently, TikTok. Arnulfur believes that TikTok is not only super fun to use, it is actually easier to grow organically than on other platforms such as Instagram. With over 726 thousand followers and 8 million likes on his TikTok profile, his success on the app after only a short amount of time highlights just how effectively TikTok can help content creators reach new audiences. Join him in this tutorial as he shares five simple tips for how to grow and gain more followers on TikTok.

  • The NASA Lens That Ended Up in the Hands of Stanley Kubrick
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    The NASA Lens That Ended Up in the Hands of Stanley Kubrick

    Discover how the legendary film director shot scenes from Barry Lyndon with a lens designed to photograph the dark side of the Moon Of the thirteen feature films that Stanley Kubrick directed during his career, Barry Lyndon appears relatively far down the list when ranked according to commercial success (according to IndieWire, the top spots go to 2001: A Space Odyssey, Spartacus, and The Shining). However, Kubrick’s adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel following the life of an ambitious young Irish social climber, played by Ryan O’Neal, who sets out to achieve wealth and status by all means possible, is often considered a favorite among cinephiles.

  • 35 Essential Shortcuts for Adobe Audition
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    35 Essential Shortcuts for Adobe Audition

    Discover these basic keyboard shortcuts for Adobe Audition and edit audio faster in Windows and Mac Adobe Audition is a program designed for editing, mixing, recording, and restoring audio. It is a comprehensive toolset that includes multitrack, waveform, and spectral display functions. It is especially useful for producing a podcast. To speed up your workflow and help you create a professional-quality audio project, we’ve created this list of 35 essential keyboard shortcuts.

  • A Brief Guide to Roger Deakins’ Cinematography
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    A Brief Guide to Roger Deakins’ Cinematography

    Discover the work of the Oscar-winning cinematographer, known for films such as Blade Runner 2049, Fargo and 1917 Roger Deakins is a living legend. At 71, not only is the British DP still active, he is arguably at the top of his game (and given that cameras keep getting lighter and lighter, he has no plans to retire any time soon). Best known for his collaborations with directors such as the Coen brothers, Sam Mendes, Michael Radford, Ron Howard, and Denis Villeneuve, Deakins has worked on a myriad of films shot on wide-ranging budgets, exploring completely different genres. Each one has a unique look.

  • Who is Oscar Winner Chloé Zhao?
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    Who is Oscar Winner Chloé Zhao?

    Discover the life and work of the award-winning director, writer, and editor of Nomadland who made history in 2021 Chloé Zhao is the name on everyone’s lips after making Oscar history as the first woman of color to take home the Best Director prize. Having already won a number of awards for Nomadland, including the top prizes at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals and both the BAFTA and Golden Globe for Best Director, the world was poised to see if her poetic drama starring Frances McDormand would triumph at the 93rd Academy Awards. It did. Not only was Zhao awarded Best Director, Nomadland also picked up Best Picture and Frances McDormand took home Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in the film.

  • What Is Sensitometry and Why Is It So Important In Cinematography?
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    What Is Sensitometry and Why Is It So Important In Cinematography?

    Learn about the inner workings of a camera and how to choose the right settings for your next video project Sensitometry is the scientific study of light-sensitive materials, such as photographic film. In digital photography, the camera sensor is the electronic equivalent to photographic film. In order to understand sensitometry in a digital context, we need to first get our heads around how a camera sensor works. We will then examine the differences between shooting RAW, LOG, and Rec709 Video before looking at dynamic range and ISO. What is a camera sensor? A camera sensor is a piece of hardware inside a camera that receives and transmits information to make an image. It is made up of millions of cavities called “photosites.” When the camera’s shutter opens, these photosites open and capture photons, which are stored as electrical signals that the camera’s processor reads and interprets. This information is then stitched together to form a grayscale image. To capture color images, a Bayer array filter has to be placed over each photosite to determine the color of the images.

  • Curious Minds Podcast: How Sound Artists Make Movie Magic
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    Curious Minds Podcast: How Sound Artists Make Movie Magic

    Discover how Foley artists bring TV and movies to life with Curious Minds, an original podcast by Domestika Curious Minds is an original podcast by Domestika that explores the curiosities and untold histories of the creative world. Each week we’ll bring you a new episode, interviewing experts and creatives as we dive into the unusual origins of the images, patterns, and designs we take for granted. Subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app to never miss an episode.

  • Discover LumaFusion, an App to Edit Video on Your iPhone or iPad
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    Discover LumaFusion, an App to Edit Video on Your iPhone or iPad

    With this professional editing app that features a mobile interface, you can work anywhere For many creatives, speed is critical when working on audiovisual pieces. Those who deal with content that is updated daily on social media, for example, or film an event that needs to be published right away, need the fastest tools available. For all of them, and for those who prefer the convenience of working on a mobile phone, LumaFusion is one of the best options for video editing. Far from the traditional editing suites that require a lot of hardware, everything here works on an iPhone or iPad.

  •  How were Mrs. America’s costumes designed?
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    How were Mrs. America’s costumes designed?

    We speak with renowned costume designer Bina Daigeler about capturing the feminist movement through clothing Named one of the best television shows of 2020 by the American Film Institute, Mrs. America is a historical drama chronicling the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Applauded for the performances of actresses like Cate Blanchett, Uzo Aduba, Margo Martindale, and Tracey Ulman - who all received Primetime Emmy nominations for their work - the show also received a Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Period Costumes. We spoke with renowned costume designer Bina Daigeler (@binadaigeler) about how she approached working on Mrs. America, and the important role costume design plays in bringing characters to life.

  • Get Ready For SXSW Online 2021
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    Get Ready For SXSW Online 2021

    South by Southwest 2021 offers a diverse program of film, music, comedy, and conferences Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW (read “South by Southwest”) is about to celebrate its 28th edition. SXSW Online 2021 is scheduled to take place from the 16th to the 21st of March: a digital experience where the interactive, film, and music industries converge. This year’s program features Keynotes, Conference sessions, Music Festival showcases, Film Festival screenings, world-class networking, online Exhibitions, and more.

  • What is ISO Sensitivity in Photography?
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    What is ISO Sensitivity in Photography?

    Learn the basics for beginners about ISO and how aperture and shutter speed settings interact with each other, by Giulia Candussi In analog film photography, ISO (or formerly ASA) indicated how sensitive a roll of film was to light. While most modern cameras do not use film anymore, the term stuck around and now refers to the relative sensitivity of a camera’s sensor to light. Along with shutter speed and aperture, ISO is one of the most fundamental settings to understand when taking digital photographs. In this video, Giulia Candussi explains what ISO is and how you can use it in your digital photography to achieve the best results possible:

  • The Fascinating Story of the Women Who Created the Great Disney Classics
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    The Fascinating Story of the Women Who Created the Great Disney Classics

    The Golden Age of film animation would not have been possible without these female illustrators, animators, and art directors Cinderella (1950), Dumbo (1941), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), and Bambi (1942) are classic Disney movies that marked the childhood of millions of children worldwide. They have one thing in common: the role played by women in their making was invaluable. Although it was the legendary animators of the early days of Disney Production (known as Disney's Nine Old Men) who went down in animation history, the dream factory created by Walt Disney paved the way to hundreds of women. However, their stories may not be as well-known as those of their male counterparts.

  • What Are Anamorphic and Spherical Lenses?
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    What Are Anamorphic and Spherical Lenses?

    Discover the differences between these popular lenses used by filmmakers since the 50s What tools we use to capture a story on film will depend on the story we want to tell, the look we want to create, and how we want our audience to interpret the images on screen. David Curto (@davidcurto) is a director of photography who has worked with clients such as CAT Footwear, Carrefour, and Ford. He has also shot music videos and collaborated on feature films, including Samir Oliveros’s "Bad Lucky Goat” and the Netflix series “The Neighbor”. In this blog post, David explains the differences between anamorphic and spherical lenses. Not only do these different lenses have their own practical features, but they also produce unique effects that can result in highly stylized shots and impact an audience on a subconscious level.

  • Download Two Lighting Schemes for Portrait Photography
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    Download Two Lighting Schemes for Portrait Photography

    Photographer Esteban Calderón shows you two ways to design lighting for portraits When preparing a portrait it is important to enhance the aspects that most flatter a person and, in this way, make them the true protagonist of the photo. To achieve this, lighting is a fundamental aspect of the creative process. When we work with artificial lighting we can have absolute control of this aspect.

  • What is Film Casting?
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    What is Film Casting?

    Discover the origins of casting and why it’s such an important part of film production, with Luci Lenox Casting is a fundamental element for any film project, whether you’re producing a short or a feature length film. In fact, many directors say that 90% of the work of directing actors comes down to casting. Luci Lenox (@lucilenox) is an international casting director with over twenty years of experience, and she’s worked with clients such as Netflix, Disney, and Paramount to help bring their projects to life. In this video, she explains what casting is, the crucial role it plays in every film project, and what makes for a successful casting director.

  • Top 10: Fantastic Animated Short Films
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    Top 10: Fantastic Animated Short Films

    The most inspiring animated short stories selected by the Domestika community If you are an animation enthusiast, you will already know that the best examples of narrative and animation are not exclusive to feature-length films. Animated short films can tell beautiful stories and often look as spectacular as their full feature counterparts. We asked the Domestika community to tell us what their favorite shorts were, for their production and originality. The following are 10 of the best: Dechen, by Kaukab Basheer (USA, 2012) Using paper and traditional animation techniques, this talented artist tells a beautiful story about love and attachment through the experience of a young novice in a Tibetan monastery.

  • Before Hollywood, There Was Fort Lee
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    Before Hollywood, There Was Fort Lee

    It might surprise you to learn that New Jersey was the birthplace of America’s film industry Once upon a time, before Hollywood, a borough of northern New Jersey was the film capital of the world. Located across the Hudson River from New York City, Fort Lee was the birthplace of the American film industry, home to the first film studios, including Universal, Solax (the first studio founded and directed by a woman: French writer, director, and producer, Alice Guy Blaché), and Fox. What brought filmmakers to Fort Lee? In 1888, Thomas Edison, who had already invented the phonograph, commissioned William Dickson to create the first motion-picture camera: the Kinetograph. In 1893, the Edison Company built what is thought to be America’s first film studio in West Orange, New Jersey. This studio was a single-room building called the “Black Maria,” which rotated on tracks to follow the sun.

  • Free Download: Glossary of Casting Terminology
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    Free Download: Glossary of Casting Terminology

    Casting Director Luci Lenox shares commonly used terms in the TV and film casting industry If you are getting ready to produce your first film o television project, you’ll need to feel acquainted with the common lingo to feel like a pro. By learning the correct terminology, you’ll be able to speak with producers, agents, actos and any other person involved in the process in a professional manner. As an international casting director with over twenty years of experience, Luci Lenox (@lucilenox) has worked with some of the world’s top established and up-and-coming filmmakers. She has collaborated on the casting of over one hundred productions across Spain and throughout Europe.

  • 5 Free Apps for Recording and Editing Video
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    5 Free Apps for Recording and Editing Video

    Discover five video editing apps that will improve your way of working Recording or editing video on cell phones allows you to film and share whatever you want, at any time of day, transforming short clips into cinematic masterpieces. You no longer need sophisticated equipment to start generating great content, just a phone camera with a decent app. In this post, we share five free apps that will help you capture and edit beautiful videos. ProMovie Recorder This iOS application allows you to record high-quality videos in 4K resolution (or 3K and upwards on older phones). It has various functions for controlling exposure, focus, frame rate, color temperature, white balance, and other recording settings. It also has an automatic mode if you’d prefer to start recording straight away.

  • Improve the Quality of Photos and Videos With Artificial Intelligence
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    Improve the Quality of Photos and Videos With Artificial Intelligence

    Discover how artificial intelligence has learned to interact with information contained in an image so it can improve it Artificial intelligence, a term that not long ago brought to mind scenes straight out of science fiction films, is today a reality. The good news is that it has lots of practical uses, such as medical diagnosis, remote control of devices, finance, transport. Interestingly, it is also being applied to creativity. These artificial intelligence apps make it possible for filmmakers, animators, and researchers to get high-definition results from images and videos in low-resolution or that have been recorded using old equipment. A.I. Gigapixel This app for both Windows and Mac claims to enlarge photos by up to 600%, while perfectly preserving the quality and detail of each image. It also includes features such as automatic face refinement. Artificial intelligence "recreates" the pixels that would get lost using an automatic enlargement process, such as those you can perform in Photoshop. Artificial intelligence has learned this process by analyzing thousands of sample images. A.I. Gigapixel offers a trial version. The app usually costs $99.99. This video explains how their technology works:

  • 10 Great Television "Bottle Episodes"
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    10 Great Television "Bottle Episodes"

    This formula works! Check out this selection of great bottle episodes that have shaped television history The term "bottle episode" refers to a type of episode in a television series that has particular characteristics: –The episode focuses on a particular problem, usually being faced by one character. However, all the other elements of the series become entangled in this problem. –The episode usually takes place in one location. –Production is kept simple. There are no effects, perhaps no soundtrack, no props, just the characters and a conflict, which develops through dialog and long scenes.

  • How To Cut a Movie Trailer
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    How To Cut a Movie Trailer

    James Edgington takes us behind the scenes at one of the top movie trailer agencies in Hollywood For as long as he can remember, James Edgington was always drawn to working on feature films. After moving to London in his early 20s, he landed a job as a runner at a post-production company working on prime time British television shows, such as The X-Factor, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and The Jonathan Ross Show. Back then, James wasn’t yet aware that an entire industry dedicated to cutting movie trailers existed: “I just thought that the director or the film editor cut the trailer”, he says. It wasn’t until a few years later, when he was invited for a trial shift at the Editpool–a trailer agency based in the UK capital–that he discovered it was possible to make a career out of specializing in this particular branch of video editing.

  • YouTube Tutorial: Tips to Give Your Videos Visibility Online
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    YouTube Tutorial: Tips to Give Your Videos Visibility Online

    Discover how the world’s biggest online video platform can help you secure maximum visibility for your music projects with Lyona Ivanova In the era of self-production, self-publishing and self-promotion, everything seems easier for music video directors. Seems, being the operative word. Experienced music video director Lyona Ivanova has worked with artists as big as Aitana, Love of Lesbian, Carlos Sadness and Amaral. She teaches you that publishing videos on YouTube is an artform akin to production and directing. This tutorial gives you valuable tips on how to enhance the visibility of content uploaded to your channel on the world’s biggest video platform:

  • The Music Videos That Have Inspired Director Lyona Ivanova
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    The Music Videos That Have Inspired Director Lyona Ivanova

    Discover the music videos that have shaped the creative style of the successful Spanish director For many, Lyona Ivanova (@lyona) has the dream job: to imagine and create visual worlds for songs. The director has created over 100 music videos for artists including Love of Lesbian, Amaral, Leiva, Sidonie, Lori Meyers, Carlos Sadness, and many more. Ivanova started developing a passion for film as a child when her grandfather was head of programming at a local cinema and organized Sunday sessions. As a teenager, she was inspired by Tim Burton's film Edward Scissorhands. Lyona started making home movies, and after finishing school, she enrolled at ESCAC (Catalonia’s School of Cinema).