One of the biggest challenges in on-camera puppetry is simply keeping your head out of the way. It’s frustrating to do a great take, only to discover during playback that their head is right smack in the middle of the shot, but if that discovery happens after you finish shooting it can be a disaster (it happens – even on […]
Kevin Smith on why he's independent and successful, and how you can be too.
The Muppets is opening in the UK today and just like the ramp-up to the film's U.S. debut, the Disney publicity machine has been humming along and one of the most interesting story angles that the film's publicists have been pushing out to the media is the role technology played in the making of the film.
The concept behind Star Wars Uncut is one of those seemingly preposterous ideas that can only flourish online. Vimeo developer named Casey Pugh challenged Star Wars fans around the world to collaboratively make a crowdsourced, shot-for-shot remake of Star Wars in short fifteen seconds chunks using any style of filmmaking they wanted. Fans sent in their individual scenes to Corey […]
This is one of the filmmaking tutorials on YouTube from Tom Antos, a really talented Canadian cinematographer I had the pleasure of working with last year. Tom has some of the best filmmaking tutorials that you can find online and best of all, they're completely free.
Scottish filmmaker, author and Machinima pioneer Hugh Hancock (see previous post) has a great blog for web series creators called Guerrilla Showrunner. It's still a fairly new site, but already Hugh is offering new and experienced series creators alike lots of practical advice on subjects like better camera work to how to gain more viewers.
It's hard to believe, but handmade puppet films just might be the next big thing.
I’ve been (mostly) offline for the past week due to a screw-up with my ISP so I imagine I’ll be spending most of the weekend in catch-up mode. While I’m attempting to slog through my inbox and catch up on work, read some words of wisdom about starting a web series (with puppets or otherwise) from the lovely and talented […]
Filmmaker Rob Schrab talks about his “drawless animation” technique on the 4 Minute Film School podcast. Rob Schrab is the guest professor for this week’s installment of 4 Minute Film School on DIY filmmaking web site Indy Mogul. On the show Rob explains the puppetry/animation technique he calls “drawless animation” and demonstrates how he’s used it on a variety of […]
Director Anthony Minghella has passed away at the age of 54. I just read the sad news that filmmaker Anthony Minghella has died. He is best known for directing films like The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain and won a Best Director Oscar for The English Patient, but got one of his first big breaks working for the Jim Henson […]