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Behind the Scenes of “Carrie”

Today marks the release of the remake of 1976′s supernatural thriller “Carrie”. In these three behind the scenes videos you get a sneak peek at how the movie was filmed. What I find interesting about these b-roll movie clips is all of the practical lighting equipment they use and how it’s utilized including the ever resourceful human light stands. No matter how the movie does at the box-office this weekend, it’s nice to see the inner workings of a big-budget Hollywood film. Will you be watching “Carrie” this weekend? [more]

Amazing Beauty Retouching Done in Video: Before and After

I don’t speak Russian, but to understand what is going on in this video, you don’t have to. It’s amazing what can be done in post, but to be honest, I wasn’t even aware the extent this could be done in video. You can see the “cloud” following her hair on the right, so I’m guessing they did some retouching on a still frame, and then motion-tracked those layers with her eyes. Perhaps? I don’t know. It’s pretty amazing stuff. [more]

Keep It Simple: Shoot Great Video Simply and Effectively

If you’re curious about learning how to shoot video with your DSLR, or wanting to improve the video you shoot, this might be right up your alley. New York fashion and portrait photographers and videographers, Lindsay Adler and Jeff Rojas, are about to kick off a 3 day workshop called ‘Keep It Simple – Video for Photographers’ on Creative Live focused on helping photographers make the jump into shooting great video simply and efficiently. [more]

The Paper Kites “Young” Music Video Made of 4000 Portraits

There’s nothing more inspirational for me than someone taking a medium and using it outside of it’s usual purpose. This creative collaboration between film team “Oh Yeah Wow” and musical group “The Paper Kites” shows how photography can become a killer music video.

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Tips For Making A Better Video Demo Reel Which Can Get You New Clients (Part 2)

How can you take HOURS of footage from completely different projects, and edit together a montage that’s only a few minutes? Here is the second part of the Making A Better Demo Reel article where I’ll share a few techniques on reducing the number of clips you have, selecting music, and more. [more]

Depth Of Field: What’s Best For Your Story?

A couple of months ago, I created a video tutorial to show how camera movement can affect your story. The take away from the video and article was that filmmaking should be about the sexiest camera movement, but instead the focus should be on camera movement that fits your story. Learning how to put my story first was something repeatedly drilled into my head while attending a workshop by filmmakers “Stillmotion” last year.  Stillmotion’s story-first approach has been the key to their success and has helped them land huge contracts shooting the Superbowl, Callaway Golf and Canon just to name a few. [more]

World’s Most Iconic Sports Photos Come From World’s Most Iconic Sports Photographer

While looking for something to share with you all, I did a search for “the world’s greatest sports photographer” and the first return I got was this: 100 Greatest Sports Photos of All Time. Now if I counted correctly, a staggering 16% of those 100 frames came from iconic sport photographer Neil Leifer [more]

Incredible Timelapse of Barcelona Took 480gb of Images to Create

Alexandr Kravtsov has put together what may be on my top 3 list for best timelapses. This kind of video work isn’t exactly uncommon either so that placement is saying quite a bit. What’s even more impressive is what Alexandr went through to make this piece. In his words it took “a broken camera, lost flash drive, near 100 subway rides, 24 000 photos, endless hours of post production and rendering and [more]

Become A Better Videographer – Shoot Like A Video Editor

For those of you who shoot video, want to get better at shooting video, edit your own video, or edit video shot by others, this article is all about you wonderful guys and gals. As someone who is editing a lot, I thought this short video was fantastic. The great hints and tips provided here are totally free, you don’t have to buy anything to get something out of this article, and if you aren’t doing this stuff already, this is guaranteed to make you both a stronger video shooter, and a producer of stronger edits.

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Super Clever Optical Illusion Video Featuring Ray-Ban Sunglasses

At least once a week I enjoy watching something that totally blows my mind. I love challenging my brain and my perspective, and this video featuring Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglasses does just that. Not really sure what it’s supposed to teach me about sunglasses, but it sure as heck is sweet to watch. [more]

Space Out With This Timelapse Video Of Telescopes Shooting Lasers Into Space

At an altitude of nearly 14,000 ft., the observatories atop of Mauna Kea, Hawaii give a crystal clear view of space through the night sky. The contrast of satellites and lasers against the daunting view of space really makes us feel connected to something bigger. This was a recent Vimeo staff pick and definitely worth a watch, especially in full screen view. [more]

Understanding Subject Matter For Better Photos – Behind The Scenes With Scott Markewitz

“In order to shoot something well, you have to understand it.” Long time pro photographer Scott Markewitz has had his work published on hundreds of magazine covers, and it’s not hard to see why. This behind the scenes video takes a closer look to show what it’s like when Scott is out on a few shoots, and then how he manages to balance his work life with his home life. [more]

Storygami: The Evolution of Online Video?

It’s been 7 years since Google spent a whopping $1.65 billion on the video sharing website YouTube. Although many questioned the potential of the popular video sharing site, Google’s decision has proven to be a good one. YouTube now hosts an impressive 450,000,000 monthly visitors. To put this into perspective, Vimeo is the 8th biggest video hosting site with just under 17 million unique visitors per month. With companies like YouTube controlling the market, it’s hard to imagine much optimism for a small startup company hoping to compete with these video giants.  [more]

Fabian Oefner’s “Psychedelic Science” TED Talk

Back in March, Fstoppers writer Zach Sutton featured Fabian Oefner’s “Black Hole“  series, high shutter speed images of paint being spun and flung quickly to produce some amazing art pieces. In this TEDxWarwick 2013 presentation, Fabian shows his passion for bringing art and science together to create his surreal and colorful work, and explains the process behind it all.
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Behind the Scenes of ‘Gravity’

This weekend’s release of Gravity has proven that Hollywood can still be on its toes with fresh and compelling stories. So far, most people have described the flick as being emotionally intense and almost frightening at times and critics are tending to agree. Watch these behind the scenes featurettes that cover how and why they decided to shoot in 3D, shooting with IMAX, utilizing Previz and the preparation that Sandra Bullock and director Alfonso Cuarón did to create the film. [more]

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