Follow The Mill Visual Effects Studio, a leading CGI and special effects global company as they walk you through the Norfolk Southern campaign, “City of Possibilites’. Computer generated imagery has always astounded me in how much processing it takes to get the final result. The great folks at the Mill explain how they the start by conceptualizing each character then moving on to shooting the live action scenes, and then finally blending the final animations into the scenes flawlessly. [more]
John Carpenter. His name is synonymous with fear. The films he has made in the last 40 years has been the cause of both delight and terror in several generations. ‘The Thing’ used to have me scrambling under the covers at night during my childhood while ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ had me laughing at jokes I was still too young to understand. Follow Kyle Cassidy as he photographs John Carpenter in the author’s music room for his series of fantasy and science fiction writers in their creative spaces called: Where I Write. [more]
Last week Lee Morris posted a few behind the scenes images of Annie Leibovitz’s latest Disney Campaign featuring Russell Brand as the villainous Captain Hook and funnymen Jack Black, Will Ferrell and Jason Segel as the hitchhiking ghosts from ‘The Haunted Mansion’ ride. Here are two behind the scenes videos of each photoshoot respectively. [more]
A few days ago I posted part one of the almighty Great Camera Shootout 2012 by Zacuto. In the last video it introduced nine clips by nine different cameras by nine different cinematographers. In this video the cameras are revealed in the blind testing that literally traveled across the world. Meet the Cinematographers who worked with each camera and watch how they used their designated cameras and their preferences in lighting and post. [more]
Aerial Cinematography has always been a fascination of mine. Aerial shots tend to easily blow away normal stationary ground shots I find, but I’ve always wondered how people achieved such amazing footage and what they used. Follow Josh Lambeth from Birds Eye Productions as he sits down along with his crew and explains exactly what they use and how they use it to gain access to the sky and have their cameras airborne. [more]
A cinematographer’s job is to bring the director’s vision of a story to life. A hard, but rewarding job indeed. With the wide availability of high definition cameras right at the masses’ fingertips, the art of cinematography is growing and changing constantly. I myself have always been fascinated by how different cinematographers interpret light, color and mood. Zacuto is back with its Emmy award winning web series, The Great Camera Shootout. This year though they’ve gone in a different direction. [more]
Red Bull is about to attempt a feat never accomplished before. Stratos is the name of the project where Red Bull will attempt to have Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian skydiver, free fall over 22 miles above the Earth and in the process break the speed of sound. The video shows the video and photography equipment, including 15 cameras, used to document the entire thing which is planned to go off around December.
Video games just as photography has grown at an exponential rate. Technology has allowed both to jump leaps and bounds in quality over the past few years, so it only makes sense that eventually the two would merge at one point. Introducing ‘In-Game Photography’, a new form of photography that seems to be spreading in interest among gamers across the world.
Join the MacGillivrays of One World One Ocean as they take you under the sea and into ‘inner space’ to document NASA’s NEEMO 16 mission (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations). Aquanauts are sent to Aquarius (the world’s only undersea laboratory) to live underwater for two weeks which can simulate living on a space station. [more]
Preston Kanak, creator of 3minuteshorts and assistant editor of Philip Bloom is launching a new series of tutorials about how to film timelapses. Perfect for the professional or advanced hobbyist videographer, the series is the perfect way to make your jump into Timelapse filmmaking. The series will be broken up into seven parts including the gear he uses, pre- and post- production, and distribution. [more]
Music and visual components have always been used together as a form of art, most famously in the music video. As technology expands so does the way we use it for expression. The people over at Frucor (V Energy Drinks) recently challenged Joel Little, lead singer of Goodnight Nurse, to create a single track that could be played (mixed) live using only a body’s movements in this unique musical and visual journey of a marketing campaign. [more]
I’m all about getting the shot that you need in camera as much as possible. If you can achieve an effect in front of your camera and spend less time in Photoshop then the more the better. Sasha Leahovcenco recently shot an ad for Vater Percussion with Mike Johnston. In this behind the scenes video he explains everything that he uses to create the shots, even explaining why he decided to go natural lighting on the main ad shot itself. [more]
A time honored tradition in Spain, the running of the bulls or Encierro has only three days left until it wraps on July 14th. The seven day festival of San Fermín in Pamplona is the largest and most popular of the Encierros. Several thousand people attend the runs, causing the passageways to be very cramped. I would imagine that photographers covering the event have little or no room to move. Below are a few amazing shots taken in the past few days. [more]
Probably the most anticipated movie of the summer, The Dark Knight Rises, is sure not to disappoint. I have always been a long time fan of Christopher Nolan’s style of film-making and his practical approach to filming special effect scenes. In this in-depth 13 minute making of featurette Christopher Nolan and his crew talk about the scope of filming a movie this size, the scale of the locations and how important it is to them to try to film all of their special effects in camera decreasing the amount of CGI used in post. [more]
Follow Pantene Hair as they film Natalie Coughlin, eleven time Olympic medalist for USA Swimming (3 Gold, 4 Silver, and 4 Bronze) in their latest ad campaign featuring Olympic athletes for their Daily Moisture Renewal product line. Shot in two days in December of 2011 in Northern California and released in time for the 2012 Summer Olympics they use some impressive rigs and blue screens in this shoot. [more]