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Behind the Scenes of the Oscars (Academy Awards) Trailer

Academy Awards season is swiftly coming and to get the buzz going a little earlier the Oscars have come out with a brand new trailer with talk-show darling Ellen DeGeneres and 250 dancing extras. The trailer was directed by Paul Feig who is best known for “Bridesmaids” and “the Heat”. It looks like they used an ARRI Alexa to film the trailer. It’s a fun and cute glimpse into what we can look forward to at this coming year’s Academy Awards show. [more]

Stillmotion Teams Up With A 9 Year Old To End Child Slavery (And How You Can Help)

It seems like Stillmotion is never content sitting still for long. These Portland based filmmakers have spent the better part of a decade chasing their dreams and doing so on their own terms. The one consistent thread for Stillmotion has always been executing amazing stories that need to be told. [more]

The Symbolism And Storytelling Of “Into The Mind” Revealed In Behind The Scenes Video

This year’s most notable ski film, “Into The Mind” wasn’t just your average sports reel. Camp 4 Collective and Sherpas Cinema put together a visually striking feature, along with a narrative that is filled with symbolism. In this behind the scenes video, the filmmakers discuss how certain shots came about, and how the story elements came together serendipitously. [more]

A Behind the Scenes Look at “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” has been dominating the box office the holiday season. In this thorough fourteen minute b-roll video we get an up-close look at how The Hobbit was filmed using the RED Epic, how the crazy stunts were preformed and the expansive sets that were used. So, if you’re curious about epic filmmaking this might interest you. [more]

Phillip Bloom Takes DigitalRev’s Cheap Camera Challenge with… a Barbie Camera

I always felt that Kai and the rest of the Digital Rev crew had a sadistic, if not humorous, streak in them and now I have proof. Their latest Cheap Camera Challenge gives filmmaker Philip Bloom till days end to producing a short film with nothing but a 240p resolution Barbie Video Girl doll. [more]

Behind the Scenes of Fro Knows Photo’s RAWtalk

If you’re a fan of listening to photography podcasts then you’re probably no stranger to Jared Polin’s (Fro Knows Photo) RAWtalk where Jared and buddy Stephen Eckert (an incredibly talented concert photographer) chat about all things photography. The podcast is also recorded for Youtube and is actually a pretty extensive setup. [more]

This Magical Snow Video Was Shot On The iPhone In One Take

Last week Jerusalem had one of the heaviest snow storms ever recorded in the region. Media outlets called it a “Historic Storm” and “Biblical Snowstorm,” and thousands of people lost power and got stuck at home. Some even got stuck in their cars on the highway. This didn’t stop photography student Nitzan Yogev (24) from going outside, hopping on the light-rail train and recording one of the most captivating snow videos I’ve ever seen – and all shot on the iPhone 5s. [more]

The Strahlen LED: A High Powered Light With A Flexible Design

Boasting a CRI of 90, bi-color options, and an output 1600 lux at 4ft, this Indiegogo campaign for an LED light takes a look at technology that’s not old, but not exactly new either. Read on to find out what makes this LED light unique from others on the market today. [more]

Filmmaker Creates Awesome Car Commercial For His Used ’96 Nissan Maxima

Orlando-based Filmmaker Luke Aker recently decided to sell his old and (very) used 1996 Nissan Maxima. He knew it won’t be easy to find a buyer for the car, so he used his talent and skills and created a video commercial for it. To be honest? It’s way better than most car commercials on TV. “Luxury Defined”. [more]

Why I Sold My RED and Downgraded to a C100

As 2013 comes to an end, many of us are starting to think about fresh starts and goals for the New Year. For most, 2014 will mean expanding and upgrading gear or even taking a leap of faith. Personally, I’ve taken a very counter-intuitive leap of faith. I sold the most expensive video asset that I’ve ever had: My RED Scarlet. [more]

Is Adding Boudoir Sessions To Your Photography Business Right For You?

When winter hit and weddings and senior portraits weren’t generating any income, Michael Sasser decided to expand his reach by adding boudoir style photography to his repertoire. If you’re looking for a way to increase your business through the slow months, this might be just the thing for you. In this interview, Michael explains how his new sessions have been working out. [more]

10 Tips on How to Creatively Use a Slider

Are you getting the most out of your gear? In this short video, videographer Jordy Vandeput demonstrates 10 different ways to manipulate your camera angles with a slider and tripod. [more]

Watch Chase Jarvis Crash a DJI Phantom into the Icelandic Sea

If you have been following Fstoppers this year, you probably know that Lee Morris tested the DJI Phantom out in Charleston and crashed it into a marsh. The Phantom is really awesome, but comes with some risks. Chase Jarvis wasn’t satisfied with the quality of GoPro footage on his Phantom and tried attaching a Sony RX100 II to it instead. Does it work? [more]

Stunning Timelapse Video Reveals The Beauty And Ferocity Of The West

This powerful timelapse video called “Wyoming Wildscapes II” was put together by photographer Nicolaus Wegner. Taking 14 months, this video covers the cycle of the seasons, the shifting of the landscape, and the ever-changing weather. To find out more about this project, I interviewed Nicolaus and asked about his gear, workflow, and experiences. [more]

Breathtaking Time-lapse of Planet Earth From the ISS

A new time-lapse of the planet that we call home has been released by editor David Peterson using photographs taken by astronaut Don Pettit while he was aboard the International Space Station. The sequences were taken during expeditions 29, 30 and 31. It’s quite impressive seeing the sequences put together and witnessing just how beautiful our planet can be from space. [more]

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