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Starting a career on Youtube - filmmakers who have done it.

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Added by Les Butchart on April 18, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Great Video on the Art of FIlm Editing

http://filmmakersprocess.com/blog/art-of-film-editing

You might want to subscribe to this blog, it's a good resource.

Added by Les Butchart on May 18, 2016 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Camera Review: Canon 60D

Canon 60D - Still a natural choice for shooting video 

Available for around…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on February 15, 2016 at 5:10am — No Comments

DSLR Filmmaking: Canon Rebel T2i/T3i/T4i Filmmaking Quick Guide and Recommendations

 

 

DSLR Filmmaking: Canon Rebel T2i/T3i/T4i (550D, 600D, 650D) Filmmaking Quick Guide and Recommendations



Now available as a downloadable pdf you can reference with your ipod touch or iphone during your next production. Download it …

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Added by Lucas Butchart on February 15, 2016 at 4:57am — 5 Comments

Acoustic solo piano music

Hi

Need some atmospheric music for your film?

Seven Waves of Knowing

"Deeply meditative music that moves between silence and sound."

Seven Waves of Knowing by Sambodhi Prem

Added by Sambodhi Prem on January 27, 2016 at 11:54pm — No Comments

Funding Strategy / Web Strategy

I wanted to get this topic addressed early on because one of the first questions anyone asks about a movie project is "where will the money come from?" The purpose of this site is to promote filmmakers and their projects, but we do not want members to pester each other for funding.  

Funding is essential, and there will be ways MAF can help you raise funds - by hosting a fundraising party, for example - and by setting up your project for a crowdsale, or by showing you how to use…

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Added by Les Butchart on January 23, 2016 at 3:29pm — No Comments

A Logo with a Purpose

Highway 29's original logo is still my favorite. It represents the "bullets" filmmakers get hit with. I can't say I've ever been shot at but I've thought my career was dead, even dead and buried, more than a few times.

I've always known that filmmaking was hard, ever since I made a few films in "film school" at UNC-Chapel HIll. Back then, the shooting wasn't so difficult, but editing actual film on a Moviola and splicing it together with glue, creating A and…

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Added by Les Butchart on December 18, 2015 at 1:30am — No Comments

How important is being able to shoot 60p?

Shooting in 60p

Over the past several years shooting corporate video (yippee!) I noticed that I use more and more 60p, or 60 frames per second (fps). I always use 30p (30fps) in normal shooting like a talking head interview or even for b-roll when the camera isn't moving much. But anytime I shoot something and the camera is moving and I need to…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on December 10, 2014 at 10:13am — No Comments

Interchangeable lens versus non-interchangeable lens cameras - Choosing one for your film

Interchangeable lens versus non-interchangeable lens cameras

The difference explained 

So you’re planning on making your film soon and you need a camera. There are tons of cameras out on the market, old and new, good and bad, and it’s very difficult to see through the haze of choices to find the one for…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on March 14, 2014 at 9:47am — No Comments

Alexander Payne's Advice

I invite everyone to chime in on this post … regarding Alexander Payne's advise on filmmaking: http://www.moviemaker.com/blog-main/wisdom-wednesday-alexander-paynes-golden-rules-of-moviemaking/

Les

Added by Les Butchart on February 28, 2014 at 7:11pm — No Comments

Great Kickstarter Case Study

Tons of good tips in this piece. Kickstarter Case Study

Be sure to look at the four things she would have done differently.

Les

Added by Les Butchart on November 5, 2013 at 1:15pm — No Comments

A Low Budget Filmmaker's Lens Kit: Nikon Primes

A Low Budget Filmmaker's Lens Kit: Nikon Primes

One of my favorite cameras for shooting video is still the Canon 5D Mark ii. Ever since '08 I've been loving this little box that does two jobs in one: high resolution photos and 1080p video at 24fps.

 

If you've picked one up recently (or for that matter,…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on July 8, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

10 Tips For Beginner FCPX Editors

10 Tips For Beginner FCPX Editors 

For those just making the reluctant jump to FCPX from older versions, or anyone just starting with FCPX, here are ten tips that may save you some time and frustration. 

Reconnect Media 

This is now called Relink Files in…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on June 30, 2013 at 9:56pm — No Comments

FCPeffects.com - Final Cut Pro X Effects Plugin Source

A quick google search of effects plugins for Final Cut Pro X will reveal www.fcpeffects.com, among others, and I thought I'd spend a little time talking about some their effect plugins I've tried out.

 

Actually, I wish I would have discovered…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on May 2, 2013 at 9:49am — No Comments

Canon 5D Mark ii Quick Guide

Canon 5D Mark ii Quick Guide

 

To highlight the huge price drop we've been seeing in used Canon 5D Mark ii  bodies, I thought I'd write up a quick guide for new users. There should be plenty of filmmakers out…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on April 21, 2013 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Amazon: King of Cheap Independent Filmmaking Gear

Amazon: King of Cheap Independent Filmmaking Gear

 

I'm overwhelmed by the amount of affordable filmmaking gear available on amazon. Just about anything is available, from follow focus systems to step-up rings to used lenses, filters, tripods, sliders, just about anything anyone needs to make their film or get their video business going.

If you're a patriot and like USA-made stuff only, you'd better steer clear…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on March 31, 2013 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Make-up artist needed THIS Sunday

Hello out there to all the MAF folks. 

If you or anyone you know is a make up artist, a group of filmmakers are in desperate need of your services this Sunday. They have a little zombie film shoot set up and their make up artist had to back out. 

Please respond here or contact me at markwingerter7@gmail.com if you are interested, or even if you can point us in the right direction of someone who might be able to do it. 

Thanks very much!

Added by Mark Wingerter on November 7, 2012 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Good Basic Info on Lights

As I was shopping for lights recently, I ran across this article about the basic types of lighting instruments, and thought it might be useful to ya'll: 

DVUSER LIGHTING INSTRUMENTS GUIDE

Peace…

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Added by Les Butchart on September 27, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

New blog post

Hey guys, just wanted to share a new blog post with you guys that I put on my site. Check it when you get a minute! It's a quick read :) http://www.brandonsolomonofficial.com/apps/blog

Added by Brandon Solomon on September 10, 2012 at 12:08pm — No Comments

The Horribly Horrible Horror Show fundraiser

Hey, everyone.  Check out our first episode of The Horribly Horrible Horror Show.  It's a spin on the old Saturday night horror-host shows.  The link below will take you to indiegogo.com where you can view the premiere episode and make a contribution for future shows.

The Horribly Horrible Horror Show

Added by Kenneth Comito on August 1, 2012 at 9:41pm — No Comments

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