Archive for the ‘DIY’ Category

How to Set Up an Uncompressed HD Workstation

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Last February, Mike Curtis of HDforIndies, authored an article in DV Magazine about how to Build Your Own Uncompressed HD Workstation. Most people that visit this site probably also visit Mike’s site and/or DV Magazine, so I didn’t bother noting it at the time. I figured it’d just be redundant.

But now Mike’s written a follow up article that concerns the audio side of the equation, and it’s equally essential reading for any filmmakers looking to upgrade their editing system. So now it seems appropriate to mention them together. There are two versions of the audio article available online — the Mac version and the Windows version.

Last Fall, when I started putting the wheels in motion to upgrade my editing system I consulted Mike about what would be best for my needs. A lot of the suggestions generated by our conversation (and, no doubt, several others by filmmakers like me) are now in these articles. I was particularly intrigued to see that the specific system I “built” has elements from all three of Mike’s quality tiers, from desperate cheap-o indie stuff to true pro stuff. That’s the beauty of DIY — you tailor it to your needs.

Mike’s recently teamed up with Silverado Systems, who will now sell you one of Mike’s pre-configured systems. For a lot of people that might be just the kind of convenience they need. For myself, I can say that, though I’ve had a few headaches in the process, it’s been great fun — and a great learning experience — to do it myself.

Again, here are the articles:

Build Your Own Uncompressed HD Workstation

Upgrade Your Images with Audio – Mac edition

Upgrade Your Images with Audio – Windows edition

DIY Projection Screens

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

The DIY Guerrilla Drive-In post a few days ago was a bit of a hit (i.e., sites linked to it, etc.) so in my ceaseless (shameless?) efforts to give the people what they want, here are two links to related DIY projects:


DIY Projector Screen

DIY Rear Projection Screen

Hooray for Nollywood!

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Intrepid reader Ben Hartman alerted me to a fine, if all too short, article in Wired about the third largest film industry in the world. Where is that, you ask? Nigeria.

The article is really a tease — and an effective one at that — for two recent US-produced documentaries, Welcome to Nollywood and This is Nollywood.

Until I can get my hands on those documentaries, and some actual Nollywood movies, here are some articles that I enjoyed reading today as I educated myself about the Nigerian film industry.

Cinema of Nigeria page on Wikipedia.

Welcome to Nollywood. An extensive article from The Guardian.

Nollywood drought at Fespaco. BBC article discusses allegations of snoobery at Africa’s most prestigious film festival towards Nollywood pix.

Step Aside, L.A. and Bombay, for Nollywood. NYT article from 2002(!).

The Nollywood Phenomenom. Article found on the World Intellectual Property Association website (WIPO’s website tells me that it is a “specialized agency of the United Nations”).

Freeware for Filmmakers

Friday, July 13th, 2007

FreeGeekery sent me word that they had recently drafted a post entitled “15 Must-Have Freeware Programs for Filmmakers.”

A quick glance at the list tells me that only 10 of these will work on a Mac, but all the better for me to link to this. So much of what I write about is Mac-centric; it’s nice to write about something for folks using Windows. (Plus, Mac users already have iMovie, iDVD, and Garageband. There’s really not much of a reason for us to be crabby.)

I cleaned out my Applications folder a few days ago, which had me thinking I should write a post about the Mac shareware I enjoy. FreeGeekery’s post has me thinking that might be useful. Stay tuned…

DIY Guerilla Drive-In

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

This Guerilla drive-in Instructable takes me back to my days in Philadelphia where the venerable folks at Mambo Moving would drive one of their trucks around to different neighborhoods and host the Lawn Chair Drive-In. Good times.

Tip: Consider coupling these Instructables with Liz Cole’s tips on DIY touring, which was the sixth-ever post on SRF.