Archive for the ‘DIY’ Category

Back to School Textbooks

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Whether you’re a student gearing up for the start of the semester, or someone who’s just looking to develop your talents, a good textbook can come in handy. Amazon.com is running a promotion via their Textbook Store, so I thought I’d link to some of my favorite books. All of the books below are books I’ve either personally assigned as a textbook in my classes, or a book that I’ve recommended multiple times.


Please note: I do get a few pennies for the click-through if you end up purchasing something. Amazon links are my way of keeping this site advertising-free. And remember: If you’re broke you can always try to find these at your nearest public or university library.

joinmycrew.com

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

SRF reader Jeremy Parker recently alerted me to a website he’s been building called Join My Crew.

Just as it sounds, it’s a completely free website that hopes to help independent filmmakers find cast and crew for their next productions. The site Beta launched last week and will only get better as more and more filmmakers start to use the site.

Customize Your Camera

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Here’s a cool little article courtesy of Creative Cow: “Want to be ready for Reality? Mod your camera!”

This isn’t for everyone, especially those that don’t own their own equipment or those that are concerned with resale value. But if you’re going to use your camera until the wheels fall off, so to speak, then this article may provide some tips or, at the very least, inspiration.

Production Boards and EP Scheduling with Chris Cobb

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Assistant Director Chris Cobb has two sets of tutorials up on Expert Village that are worth a look.

The first is a tutorial on setting up a script production board. If you’ve never done a script breakdown, you’ll want to check it out.

The other tutorial demonstrates how to use EP Scheduling, the industry standard software for film shoot scheduling. Granted, EP Scheduling is not cheap ($499 msrp), but film school students may have access to it or may be able to afford the academic version (around $145 online), hence the linkage.

IFP Independent Filmmaker Conference

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

I’ll be in New York for the IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Conference this week.

Among other things, I’ll be moderating a panel, “The Digital Download.” Stop by and say hello!


ALTERNATIVE DISTRIBUTION
Case Study: The Digital Download

Find out how filmmakers and new media innovators are navigating digital distribution- through service deals, booking cinemas directly or distributing content online – in order to get the most out of their projects creatively and financially.

Wednesday, September 17th, 2:30-3:30 PM

Panelists
Adam Browne, The Cult of Sincerity
Brendan Choisnet, The Cult of Sincerity
Gary Hustwit, Director, Helvetica
Erick Opeka, Senior Manager, New Video

UPDATE: During my panel yesterday I mentioned Scott Kirsner’s Cinematech blog and book on web video. For those who had questions, here are those links:

blog: CinemaTech
book: The Future of Web Video