Posts by Jonathan Roberts

Breaking Down Shane Carruth’s Sundance Hit PRIMER

Breaking Down Shane Carruth’s Sundance Hit PRIMER Primer, an independent science fiction film, was released in America on October 8, 2004. The $7,000-budgeted film centers on the unexpected discovery of time travel. It is a film that was directed, written, produced, scored, and edited by the main role player, . With a running time of…

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What is Color Science – Let Pixar Teach You!

What is Color Science & Psychology – Let Pixar Teach You! So not only did Pixar Animation Studios create a FREE only course teaching their storytelling secrets (click here for that gem), they also decide to teach us a bit about Color Science and it’s importance in filmmaking. They teamed up with Khan Acadamy to…

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Mike Leigh: Writing a Screenplay with Improvisation & Actors

Mike Leigh: Writing a Screenplay with Improvisation & Actors Mike Leigh is a legendary filmmaker known for his idiosyncratic creative process in which he and his actors create the film together through improvisation and workshopping. This is what I find so fascinating about his work. Let’s jump into the world of Mike Leigh. Born in…

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How to Build a Hackintosh Editing System on the CHEAP!

How to Build a Hackintosh Editing System on the CHEAP! You want to build a Hackintosh to edit your film or video projects? First of all, what is a “Hackintosh?” A hackintosh is simply any non-Apple hardware that has been made—or “hacked”—to run Mac OS X. This could apply to any hardware, whether it’s a manufacturer-made or…

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What is Auteur Theory and Why Is It Important?

What is Auteur Theory and Why Is It Important? Auteur Theory is a way of looking at films that state that the director is the “author” of a film. The Auteur theory argues that a film is a reflection of the director’s artistic vision; so, a movie directed by a given filmmaker will have recognizable, recurring…

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Veydra Mini Cinema Primes: Real Cinema Lenses You Can Afford

Veydra Mini Cinema Primes: Real Cinema Lenses You Can Afford If you’re an indie filmmaker and shoot your own stuff, the price of really good glass is generally too damn expensive and cinema-style primes lenses are totally out of reach…until now. Until recently, the most cost effective cinema-style primes lenses have been pre-existing stills lenses, which can create…

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LED Light Shootout: 7 AWESOME LED Lights for Under $50

LED Light Shootout If you have $50, then you can afford some pretty cool LED lights for your next production. Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter tested a bunch of $50 (and below) LED Lights, comparing color temperature, light output, and other reasons you’d want dish out $25-$50 for an LED Light. Check out his video…

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What is the French New Wave?

What is the French New Wave? French New Wave, which is also known as French Nouvelle Vague, can be considered as one of the most influential film movements that took place in the history of cinema. The ripples created by this cinematic movement can even be felt today. A group of critics, who wrote for…

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Terrence Malick: Understanding The Enigmatic Filmmaking Master

Terrence Malick: The Enigmatic Filmmaking Master Legendary film director Terrence Malick’s films have been branded as radical re-evaluations of the current concepts of cinema like sound, image, narrative and character. Malick’s films happen to be intensely visual, unorthodox, and flourishing with natural scenery. Born in Ottawa Illinois, Terrence Malick’s parents were Irene and Emil A.…

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