Canon 60D - Still a natural choice for shooting video
Available for around…Continue
Added by Lucas Butchart on February 15, 2016 at 5:10am — No Comments
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 …Continue
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…Continue
Added by Lucas Butchart on December 10, 2014 at 10:13am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lucas Butchart on March 14, 2014 at 9:47am — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Lucas Butchart on July 8, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
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.
This is now called Relink Files in…Continue
Added by Lucas Butchart on June 30, 2013 at 9:56pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lucas Butchart on May 2, 2013 at 9:49am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lucas Butchart on April 21, 2013 at 12:50pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lucas Butchart on March 31, 2013 at 12:44pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Nikon has done something out of the ordinary with the production delays of the newly-released …Continue
Added by Lucas Butchart on June 20, 2012 at 6:34pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lucas Butchart on April 30, 2012 at 6:45am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Lucas Butchart on March 18, 2012 at 9:07am — No Comments
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…Continue
Canon has recently released a professional video camera aimed at us filmmakers. You can view the details here:…Continue
Added by Lucas Butchart on February 24, 2012 at 10:21am — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Lucas Butchart on February 24, 2012 at 6:18am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lucas Butchart on May 6, 2011 at 4:01am — No Comments
"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…Continue
Added by Lucas Butchart on May 5, 2011 at 2:22pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lucas Butchart on April 29, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments