Post Production

How to Build a Hackintosh Editing System on the CHEAP!

By Jonathan Roberts | Jan 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
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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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Film vs Digital Shootout: Can You See the Difference?

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Difference Between Film and Digital – Can You See the Difference? So the debate between Film vs Digital is a long and kind crazy one. I personally have shot every film format imaginable, except for IMAX, and I loved the image. The magic of celluloid is something that you can’t explain without experiencing it. I’ve…

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Confessions of a Post Production Supervisor

By Robert Heske | Jan 9, 2017 | 4 Comments
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Confessions of a Post Production Supervisor There’s humor in filmmaking. To wit … What’s the difference between a DP and God? God doesn’t think he’s a DP. Why is thunder after lightning? Even God has to wait for sound. How many grips does it take to change a light bulb? “Not my department” How do…

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James Cameron’s ‘Xenogenesis’: Watch the Short Film That Gave Him His Start

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
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 James Cameron’s Xenogenesis: The Short Film That Gave Him His Start Before James Cameron was breaking every box office record he was a struggling indie filmmaker. We all started somewhere and before The Terminator, Aliens or hell even Pirana II: The Spawning, James Cameron had been inspired by George Lucas‘, Star Wars. Enough so that, in 1978,…

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How to Shoot the Perfect Green Screen Video

By Cindy Clifford | Jan 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
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How to Shoot the Perfect Green Screen Video Green screens are used to create background scenes and realistic environments without having to film on location. If you have ever tried to shoot a green screen you know it can be tough. If you don’t do it right it can be impossible in post production but if…

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YouTube Audio Library: Thousands of Royalty-Free Tracks for Your Films

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 20, 2016 | Comments Off on YouTube Audio Library: Thousands of Royalty-Free Tracks for Your Films
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YouTube Audio Library: Thousands of Royalty-Free Tracks for Your Films “Royalty Free” doesn’t mean it’s free music for you to download and do with it as you please. It just means you don’t pay any royalty fees. Let me explain, once you purchase the track of music, you can use it in a Vimeo or…

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Star Wars VFX: The Ultimate Visual Effects Breakdown

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 17, 2016 | 16 Comments
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Star Wars Films VFX: The Ultimate Visual Effects Breakdown Oh the Star Wars Films VFX! After having a religious moment when watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I had to put this post together for all the indie film hustlers into visual effects. I was so impressed by the practical and visual effects of Star Wars: The…

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IFH 123: What is Cinematic Virtual Reality with Jason Diamond

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 15, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 123: What is Cinematic Virtual Reality with Jason Diamond
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What is Cinematic Virtual Reality with Jason Diamond Is Virtual Reality the next big step in visual storytelling? Steven Spielberg said: “I think we’re moving into a dangerous medium with virtual reality. The only reason I say it is dangerous is because it gives the viewer a lot of latitude not to take direction from the…

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IFH 116: Fast and Cheap: Lessons Learned for the No-Budget Feature Film

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 22, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 116: Fast and Cheap: Lessons Learned for the No-Budget Feature Film
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Fast and Cheap: Lessons Learned for the No-Budget Feature On this week’s episode, I go way to a simpler time, the 90s, and discuss the lessons we can learn from some filmmaking legends. I’ll discuss films by Robert Rodriguez, Kevin Smith, Christopher Nolan, and Richard Linklater to break down and learn the techniques they used to make…

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Why Do All Marvel Studios Movies Look Kind of Ugly?

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 21, 2016 | 3 Comments
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Why Do All Marvel Studios Movies Look Kind of Ugly? Marvel Studios is the current champion of the box office. They release hit after hit. The way they have been able to create a cinematic universe over 14 films has never been done before. With that said Marvel Studios has been criticized about the lackluster film music…

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Hans Zimmer Masterclass – Learn from the Oscar Winning Master

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 18, 2016 | Comments Off on Hans Zimmer Masterclass – Learn from the Oscar Winning Master
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Hans Zimmer Masterclass – Understand Film Scoring Film scoring is a mystery to most filmmakers. How a composer comes up with the perfect music to compliment the image is truly magical. Oscar-winning film composer Hans Zimmer (Inception, The Lion King, and The Dark Knight) has decided to share his creative process in his new masterclass. Hans Zimmer didn’t…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Don’t Only Hire a DP because they own a RED Camera!

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 18, 2016 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: Don’t Only Hire a DP because they own a RED Camera!

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge…

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IFH 113: Post Production Process – Understand It or Suffer the Consequences

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 8, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 113: Post Production Process – Understand It or Suffer the Consequences
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Post Production Process: Understand It or Suffer the Consequences Filmmaking is a long process and is divided into three stages. The first stage is pre-production stage, the second one is production, and the last one is post-production stage. In this podcast episode, I go into each of the following steps of the post production process…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Inside the Edit with Paddy Bird

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 4, 2016 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: Inside the Edit with Paddy Bird

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge…

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David Fincher: His Secrets on Directing & Visual Storytelling

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 3, 2016 | 8 Comments
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David Fincher: Breaking Down His Style and Directorial Techniques For my money, David Fincher is one of the greatest working directors alive today. Whether you love him or hate him he is one of the greatest craftsman working in the film business. “What’s in the box? What’s in the box? – Detective Mills (Se7en) I’ve followed David…

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IFH 111: Sean Baker: ‘Tangerine’ How to Shoot a Sundance Hit on Your iPhone

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 1, 2016 | 3 Comments
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Sean Baker: ‘Tangerine’ How to Shoot a Sundance Hit on Your iPhone I’ve recently been looking and studying alternative shoot methods to shoot a feature film. One name that keeps coming up is Sean Baker. His ground-breaking film Tangerine made more noise at the Sundance Film Festival  than the winner that year. The film was also produced by…

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Aliens vs Predator: The Ultimate Behind the Scenes List of ALL the Sagas

By Alex Ferrari | Oct 31, 2016 | Comments Off on Aliens vs Predator: The Ultimate Behind the Scenes List of ALL the Sagas
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Aliens vs Predator: The Ultimate Behind the Scenes List of ALL the Sagas Are you an Aliens, Predator or Aliens vs Predator Fan? I thought I’d put together the ultimate behind the scenes documentaries, and VFX Breakdown List of EVERY Aliens, Predator, and Aliens vs Predator film. This crazy list is a film school in itself.…

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IFH 026: Is Film School Really Worth the Cost…NO!

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 28, 2016 | 1 Comment
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Is Film School Really Worth the Cost…NO! Film school, is it worth it? Let me start by saying that I’m a big believer in education and constant learning throughout life. I believe that the only way to truly experience the amazing things the world has to offer is by educating yourself as much as humanly…

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IFH 101: How to Record Audio for Your Indie Film on the CHEAP!

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 19, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 101: How to Record Audio for Your Indie Film on the CHEAP!

How to Record Audio for Your Indie Film on the CHEAP! I was lost when it came time to record audio for my film. So since my podcast on How to Build a Pimp’d Out BlackMagic Cinema Camera Rig on the CHEAP! was such a hit with the tribe I decide to put a list of the…

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IFH 098: How to Build a Pimp’d Out BlackMagic Cinema Camera Rig on the CHEAP!

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 7, 2016 | 8 Comments
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How to Build a Pimp’d Out BlackMagic Cinema Camera Rig When I began my filmmaking journey with my first feature film, This is Meg, I had no idea what camera I’d be shooting with. I had access to both RED Cinema and Arri Alexa Cameras for free if I wanted them but I choose against using…

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Title Sequence: From Stranger Things to Se7en

By Alex Ferrari | Aug 17, 2016 | 1 Comment

Title Sequence: From Stranger Things to Se7en If you haven’t seen Netflix’s breakout smash Stranger Things you are missing out. Being a huge fan of the show I noticed the amazing opening title sequence that takes you back to the glorious 80’s. Then I began to think about the importance typography and design in creating a feeling in…

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IFH 092: Why Having No Budget Makes You a Better Filmmaker

By Alex Ferrari | Aug 15, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 092: Why Having No Budget Makes You a Better Filmmaker

Why Having No Budget Makes You a Better Filmmaker What is this guy talking about? No budget = better filmmaker? He must be nuts. We’ll I’ll have to disagree with you. As I am going through my adventure on the making of my first feature film THIS IS MEG, I have discovered that’s the truth.  Having little or…

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IFH 088: Why Filmmakers are Always So Damn Broke & What They Can Do to Change It

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 18, 2016 | 21 Comments
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Why Filmmakers are Always So Damn Broke I hope I got your attention with that title. I’m truly PISSED OFF guys and am tired of seeing my fellow indie filmmakers and artist struggle to make a living doing what they love. I decided to put together a list of steps that every indie filmmaker needs to do…

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Filmmaking Books You Need to Read – Top Ten List

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 29, 2016 | 2 Comments
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Filmmaking Books You Need to Read – Top Ten List   1) Rebel without a Crew by Robert Rodriguez This is one of the first filmmaking books I read at film school and is still one of the best ever written. In Rebel Without a Crew, famed independent screenwriter and director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Sin City 2,…

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IFH 082: How to Work with a Music Composer with Cris Velasco

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 23, 2016 | 2 Comments
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How to Work with a Music Composer with Cris Velasco So I entitled this podcast “How to Work with a Music Composer” because it is a mystery to many filmmakers. As visual storytellers we focus so much energy and effort to the moving image. For many of us music is an after thought. What would Jaws, Indiana…

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How to Achieve the Film Look with Your DSLR

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 22, 2016 | 1 Comment
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How to Achieve the Film Look with Your DSLR The whole film vs digital debate has been raging on for decades now. I’m old school and LOVE the look of film but I also love the power and speed of shooting digital. What’s an indie filmmaker to do? Creating a convincing “film look” out of your…

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IFH 078: Follow Your Passion, No Matter What!

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 1, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 078: Follow Your Passion, No Matter What!
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Follow Your Passion, No Matter What! This is a special episode of the podcast guys. I recently had a good friend of mine pass, Allan Wertheim. He was a legendary First Assistant Director and Unit Production Manager. Allan and I worked together almost 20 years ago on one of my first directing gigs.  This is by…

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Akira Kurosawa: Breaking Down the Master’s Directing Techniques

By Alex Ferrari | May 20, 2016 | 2 Comments
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Akira Kurosawa – The Master of Masters Some of my favorite directors of all time are Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, and of course Akira Kurosawa. Ever since I watched the Criterion Collection Laserdisc (yes I’m old) of Seven Samurai and Rashomon I was hooked. Even in high school I knew that no one else in the world…

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Micro Budget Film Production – How to Make a Feature Film on the CHEAP!

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 27, 2016 | Comments Off on Micro Budget Film Production – How to Make a Feature Film on the CHEAP!
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Micro Budget Film Production – How to Make a Feature Film on the CHEAP! I’m alway on the look out for top notch filmmaking education, especially when it’s DIY kinda of stuff. I came across this pretty amazing course called The Art of Micro Budget Film Production. This film workshop is 3 days of non-stop information, all…

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Inside Star Wars 7 Post Production Workflow – The Force Awakens

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 4, 2016 | Comments Off on Inside Star Wars 7 Post Production Workflow – The Force Awakens
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Inside Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens – Post Production Workflow Creating a post production workflow for a massive film, and I say film literally, like Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens fascinated me. I’ve post supervised hundreds of projects over the years but nothing the size of ‘Star Wars 7’. Understand the VFX Pipeline Online…

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