Archive for the ‘Production’ Category

DIY project: Car Dash Camera Mount

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

I’ve not posted a DIY film tool link in a long time, but the Car Dash Camera Mount listed in this morning’s “Weekend Builder” email from Instructables grabbed my attention.

If you need a way to film yourself (or someone) straight-on while driving, this could be pretty useful. Unless, of course, you’re using a big-ish or heavy camera… in which case you probably can afford to rent the “proper” tools.

Wyoming Film Contest

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

I usually don’t post film contest, and especially film festival, deadlines and guidelines. There are just too many out there to keep up with it all. But the Wyoming Film Contest got my attention. First, I like to promote regional cinema efforts. Secondly, the winner receives $25,000 towards producing a feature film (in Wyoming, ‘natch).

You don’t have to be from Wyoming or live there to enter the contest, but your film must “reference Wyoming in some way.”

Visit the Wyoming Film Office’s blog for more details.

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.

iPhone Film Calculator application

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

The folks at 2.1 Films have just released an iPhone Film Calculator. From the description:

Film Calculator has three basic functions:

Length & Time Converter: This function allows the user quickly convert length to time and vice versa for a variety of film stocks and speeds. Choose from Super-8mm, 16mm, 35mm or 70mm stocks and preset frames per second rates (12, 24, 25, 48) or enter your own. Then enter the time and you’ll get the length or enter the length and you’ll get the time.

Hard Drive Storage Calculator: Select a format and enter a time and this function will tell you how much hard drive storage space you need. Dozens of formats are included. Contact us to request more!

Script Supervisor’s Assistant: This function provides a stopwatch that counts both time and length. Select the stock and frame rate and then operate this like a regular stopwatch. Saves scripty’s from having to use a calculator at the end of each take. Always know exactly how much you’ve shot on a reel!

Read more about it here. Buy it (for $2.99) here.

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.