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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

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

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

Canon makes 4K DSLR - the real game changer

Canon has finally done what we've been waiting for: created a DSLR subsequent to the 5D Mark ii that shoots 4K video image. 

Ever since the 5D Mark ii I have personally awaited an even loftier film and Red One competitor for the prosumer market, and with the…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on June 25, 2012 at 2:29pm — 2 Comments

Waiting on the Nikon D800: shipping and availability

Nikon has done something out of the ordinary with the production delays of the newly-released …

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Added by Lucas Butchart on June 20, 2012 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Three essential tools for shooting films with your DSLR

Three essential tools for shooting films with your DSLR 

 

Whether you're shooting with one of the original HD video DSLRs like the Nikon D90  or if you just picked up the new…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on April 30, 2012 at 6:45am — No Comments

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival April 26-29

The Cape Fear Independent Film Festival is coming up in April! Check out screening times on the Cape Fear Independent Film Network website

Looks like a pretty good mix of documentaries, dramas and horror. The festival runs from the 26th to the 29th. 

Here they have a special time for showcasing local NC talent.

While I don't know for…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on March 22, 2012 at 3:22am — 1 Comment

New River Releasing

A new film distribution company just opened its doors this week, or its URL anyway. New River Releasing is a web-based motion picture studio focusing on digital solutions for film marketing and distribution, showcasing new talent, and generating funding for new…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on March 18, 2012 at 9:07am — No Comments

My Take: Writing a Thriller

I'm currently writing a script in what I would call the thriller genre. 

I don't use a script writing guide or book to tell me exactly how to write my scripts, although I do refer from time to time to one or two script writing books for pointers and inspiration. I use Movie Magic Screenwriter software because it takes care of formatting…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on March 18, 2012 at 7:25am — 3 Comments

Canon releases Cinema C300 based on success with 5D Mark ii

Canon has recently released a professional video camera aimed at us filmmakers. You can view the details here:…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on February 24, 2012 at 10:21am — No Comments

How to copyright, or register, your scripts

Just a quick note to anyone wondering about how to copyright their script and why. 

If you're on the east coast the best, most official way is to go to the Writers Guild of America East website here: https://www.wgaeast.org/

For those on the west coast go here: http://www.wga.org/

For those of you in Kansas, I'm not sure. I don't think it matters because all you'll be doing is copyright your work,…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on February 24, 2012 at 6:18am — No Comments

Get the Inside Scoop on Film Marketing, Distribution

Film Specific specializes in marketing and distribution for the independent filmmaker. You can follow Film Specific on Twitter here, or their website here

Stacy Parks with Film Specific regularly touches on the problems and solutions in independent film distribution. In a recent article she talks about the roll of the producer. You can read that…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on May 6, 2011 at 4:01am — No Comments

Highway 29's "Swimming in a Lake of Fire" Accepted to the Breckenridge Festival of Film

"Swimming in a Lake of Fire," Highway 29 Motion Pictures' feature film darling, was just accepted into the Breckenridge Festival of Film in Colorado.

The festival is June 9-12, 2011, and "Swimming" premieres in a sweet…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on May 5, 2011 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Getting Your Film in Front of an Audience

I recently came upon another article by Stacey Parks at FilmSpecific. FilmSpecific concentrates on the business and marketing sides of filmmaking. 

In the article she talks about what you do as a producer to get your film to an audience. To me, and probably to most filmmakers, this is the big mystery. What seems to happen with most independent filmmakers in the process of trying to sell their film is they become business…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on April 29, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

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