Film

Can Color Grading Affect Whether a Big-Budget Movie Like Superman Is a Success?

Can Color Grading Affect Whether a Big-Budget Movie Like Superman Is a Success?

We've covered the pros and cons of color grading many times before on Fstoppers, though when it comes to big-budget movies like "Man of Steel" do you think its overall tone can decide whether it's a financial success? The guys at VideoLab have created a side-by-side comparison of what the latest Superman would look like if it was done the original way, in full saturated color rather than the darker, more gritty version we know today.

Breaking the Fourth Wall in All of Your Favorite Movies

Breaking the Fourth Wall in All of Your Favorite Movies

Breaking the fourth wall isn't a new thing. It's been a fundamental technique exercised for the better part of the history of cinema as far back as the early 20th century. Often used to pull the audience into the storyline or even used as a comedic tool to break the awkwardness of a scene, breaking the fourth wall is a subtle reference to the intrinsically voyeuristic nature of cinema.

17 Extraordinarily Unique Celebrity Tintype Portraits and BTS With Victoria Will

17 Extraordinarily Unique Celebrity Tintype Portraits and BTS With Victoria Will

Last year at the annual Sundance Film Festival, photographer Victoria Will left her DSLR at home and decided to try something a little different when photographing the celebrities in attendance. Setting up shop with her old Graflex Super D, she created a set of portraits of actors, comedians, and musicians from all across the event. Here are the beautiful results.

How ‘Furious 7’ Created a CGI Version of Paul Walker For His Unfinished Scenes

How ‘Furious 7’ Created a CGI Version of Paul Walker For His Unfinished Scenes

With the untimely passing of Paul Walker midway through the production of Furious 7, now in theaters, it was questioned for months how they would replace the unfinished shots needed with the star. Many stories were circulated including the complete scrapping of the film, but with the help of CGI and Paul's brothers Cody and Caleb Walker they were able to finish the movie and fill in the gaps that Paul had not yet finished.

Analog Episode One - Lifestyle Photographer Brooks Sterling Explains His Passion for Film on a Surf Shoot

Analog Episode One - Lifestyle Photographer Brooks Sterling Explains His Passion for Film on a Surf Shoot

Matt Mangham, the director of photography over at fortyonetwenty – a San Diego production company – has recently created a personal photography series titled Analog where he finds and tells stories that explore the current state of film photography. Episode one of the series follows Southern California lifestyle photographer Brooks Sterling as he heads out to a surf shoot with his trusty Nikonos underwater camera.

First and Final Frames In Cinema With a Side-by-Side Comparison

First and Final Frames In Cinema With a Side-by-Side Comparison

In many cases the difference between the first and last frame of a film can be the evolution of a great adventure, while other times it can be the bridge of similarity between a characters development. Like bookends to a journey through cinematic storytelling, the beginning and end of a film can tell so much by their side-by-side comparison. In this short video, first and last frames of a handful of films are compiled together to showcase the evolution of storytelling in cinema.

How the Colors Blue and Yellow Help 'House of Cards' Become One of the Most Beautifully Shot Series Ever

How the Colors Blue and Yellow Help 'House of Cards' Become One of the Most Beautifully Shot Series Ever

House of Cards, in my opinion, is one of the best shows available to stream on Netflix - if not anywhere. Their breakout drama series exploded on the scene just a few short years ago well before their original content became synonymous with high quality shows, movies and documentaries currently on the network. House of Cards' true appeal (outside of the hilariously twisted Frank Underwood) is the way it's artistically shot. This video demonstrates just how powerful two colors can make a show about corrupt American government that much more beautiful.

Remembering Leonard Nimoy Through His Captivating Photography Work (NSFW)

Remembering Leonard Nimoy Through His Captivating Photography Work (NSFW)

Leonard Nimoy passed away this week at the age of 83. His long career and legacy will always be remembered in his portrayal of the iconic character "Spock" from the 1966 TV series Star Trek. With numerous film spin-offs and a resurgence to the 2009 blockbuster Star Trek as the half-emotionless Vulcan he was just as relevant today as he was 40 years ago. Though his film career was beyond fulfilling in its own right, his photography work is what will also stay with us for years to come.

The Darkroom Techniques Behind the Tools We All Know and Love in Photoshop

The Darkroom Techniques Behind the Tools We All Know and Love in Photoshop

This week Adobe celebrated 25 years to the birth of Photoshop, the most successful photo editing software in history. No other editing software was ever able to compete with Adobe in that market — other than Paintshop in the early 90s maybe — and Photoshop became a must-have tool for all photographers and creatives out there. Many of Photoshop's users never really experienced the art of developing film, but many of the tools we use and love came directly from the darkroom. Check out the video to see what dodging and burning looked like before Photoshop.

Into the Belly of the Beast: Rob Norton's Gorgeous Documentary on Australian Photographer Markus Andersen Will Bring out the Street Photographer in You

Into the Belly of the Beast: Rob Norton's Gorgeous Documentary on Australian Photographer Markus Andersen Will Bring out the Street Photographer in You
Rob Norton crafted a compelling short film that allows the viewer inside street photographer Markus Andersen's art. Through Markus’ narration, behind the scenes glimpses, and many stunning examples of Andersen’s photographs, Norton added the perfect music and edited together a clever and engaging sequence that showcases the creativity and passion of a genre of photography that often gets sullied by today’s accessibility to modern technology.

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