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Updated March 2020
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Filmmaking can be such a bizarre career to pursue; schedules are crazy, your income fluctuates constantly, friends can change, and sometimes you fall on your head and make a feature. That's Mike Pecci's story, a feature filmmaker in the indie world. From Boston to New York, then back to Boston and now LA, Mike Pecci talks us through his journey as …
 
Here's a story you haven't heard before. You're playing NCAA basketball, only to have your leg injured which will cost you your livelihood and force you down a different path. You sell water coolers for a couple of years after school because all your money went into starting a rap blog you thought was going to blow up. But after some long, tumultuo…
 
Cinematographers will often say that the key to their success is their collaboration with production designers. After all, it's hard to make a good-looking image without good-looking set pieces of fill the frame. As filmmakers, it's can be hard to communicate the visual world of your story in terms of design. Guy Hendrix Dyas, the acclaimed product…
 
The American Society of Cinematographers. To many, it's just a fancy title at the end of many prominent names. To some, it's a brotherhood. Richard Crudo, ASC, cinematographer of many well-known films and commercials, remembers the clubhouse fondly as he recounts his interactions with some master cinematographers of his time and how he eventually b…
 
One of the first questions that you may get asked about your movie is, "What camera did you shoot on?" Is that meant to take away from your artistry and everything else that you did on a movie? To some, maybe. To others, it can be a sign of respect. Learning about the technology and applying it to storytelling is the very basis of filmmaking. With …
 
Sometimes, we mischaracterize horror as a genre with its entirely own set of rules to follow. The truth is, horror can come from anywhere, in any form. Michael Fimognari, the cinematographer to many successful horror films such as Doctor Sleep and Oculus, tells us that the horror in his latest project The Haunting of Hill House comes from our innat…
 
Joseph Kahn, legendary music video director for artists such as Britney Spears and Taylor Swift, has led an incredible life. From dropping out of film school to working on gangster rap videos, he scrapped together everything he could to be where he is now, and the journey has been nothing if not unforgettable. CAUTION: Wild stories ahead. In this e…
 
A cinematographer, like a painter or musician, is an artist, and every artist has their own personal tastes. It's easy to fall into the artistic trends of the decade, but what's more important is what the artist brings from within, according to Natasha Braier, ASC. For the acclaimed cinematographer of indie classics such as Neon Demon and Gloria Be…
 
If you thought moving your entire life to Los Angeles to pursue filmmaking as a career was scary, you're absolutely right. It can be grueling to make it as a director or cinematographer on your own, which is why it's important to connect with the filmmakers around you. Jakob Owens, a director/cinematographer who founded the YouTube channel TheBuffN…
 
Shooting a TV show is vastly different from shooting a movie. Period. Instead of a director, you are met with the visions of show runners and producers. Instead of one cinematographer, there could be multiple working on the show at once. As the director of photography for the pilot and/or first season of a show, establishing the look is everything,…
 
Think about your favorite music videos. What do they have in common? Whether they're hip hop, electronic, or country music videos, they follow at least one of these few tenants that we talk about. Justin Jones, who has shot more than 400 music videos, knows what makes a good video and bad video, so we invite him into the studio to learn exactly wha…
 
This week, cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr., a renowned filmmaker for his work with Francis Ford Coppolla and Paul Thomas Anderson, sits down with us in the studio to talk about his latest project, JoJo Rabbit. We also cover his journey as a cinematographer and what it was like shooting films in Europe.…
 
The road for filmmakers and cinematographers is a long one, full of obstacles and setbacks along the way. This was true for Todd Banhazl, a successful commercial and feature DP who has worked with artists such as Lorde and Janelle Monae. While talking about his preeminent work, he comforts us with stories about what it was like out of film school a…
 
Not all movies are made for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the case of The Peanut Butter Falcon, Nigel Bluck, the cinematographer, had to be aware of his limitations and utilize the classic phrase, "Less is always more" to make, what is now a new Classic American Film. A true minimalist filmmaker, Nigel talks about his upbringing and the imp…
 
Directors and actors aren't the only people needed to make a movie. You have the unsung heroes of the grip and electric department, whose job it is to set up complicated lighting schemes and heavy rigs. It's often a thankless job that requires being on set for long days without very much idle time. That's why we have Martin Torner, union grip for m…
 
You may notice LED lights popping up on your film sets more and more often as RGB lights are becoming a normal lighting staple. With so many options out there, it's hard to differentiate the look and color accuracy between them. Companies like to use a measurement called CRI (Color Rendering Index) and TLCI to measure how accurate the color is to e…
 
Second Unit - they're the unsung heroes who shoot the extras, inserts, and secondary inserts for a film or TV show. They're the ones who provide the editors with stuff to cut to. They're the ones that have to use their creativity to blend their visual style to the vision of the cinematography. Jaron Presant, ASC cinematographer who has shot second …
 
Everyone knows that music is important in a film, but just exactly how does it influence the way the film is edited? There are not many people that can say they have edited and composed a big Hollywood film besides Oscar-winning editor John Ottman, who has edited and composed for films such as X-Men: Days of Future Past, Superman Returns, and most …
 
We tend to talk about music videos a lot at Indy Mogul - how to light them, how to make them for no money, etc. Today, we go over a bigger question - how do we produce them? With so many filmmakers out there wanting to shoot music videos and gain exposure for their work, the knowledge of how to conduct a set and production can get lost in translati…
 
In the film industry, there aren't a lot of sure-fire avenues towards success. Many dreamers have wondered - do you go to film school? Do you make a smash hit at Sundance? Do you find an agent right away? It's not that making Oscar-worthy feature films is inconceivable; it's that the road to it often comes across as a mystery. That's why Matt Enlow…
 
From the cinematographer that brought you 300, Super 8, and Batman v. Superman, Larry Fong sits down with us to talk about camera, lighting, and that extra bit of "secret sauce" that makes his films look unique. He tells us about his first encounters with renowned directors such as JJ Abrams, and his humble beginnings in Hollywood. On this episode,…
 
From the indie short film to the Hollywood blockbuster no one can afford to own every single piece of equipment they use. That's where rental houses come in. But with all the options out there it can be a daunting task to rent equipment, so we asked Mike Grady, the General Manager at Magnanimous Rentals, to break down several go-to rental packages …
 
Stock footage has always been trivial in the eyes of filmmakers, mostly because nobody wants to shoot solely for stock and not much money can be made from it. But what if we told you that you can just upload the stuff that you are going to shoot for that future narrative film and make passive income on the side? Well, Luke Neumann, founder of Neuma…
 
Water - could it be the best free tool to up your filmmaking game? It's something you often don't notice in your favorite sci-fis and dramas, but you'll start to see it everywhere once you begin to notice. Water has a specular quality to it that brings out the texture of surfaces and instantly increases contrast the moment you spray it onto your se…
 
A year ago, a young Ted had a dream to see one of his favorite YouTube channels come back to life again. So what does he do? He goes on a national tour with his talented editor friend, Minh Bui, to create 15 episodes from a 13-day trip to 10 cities. If that sounds near impossible to you right now, then trust us - the feeling was mutual. But thanks …
 
Producer walks in. He has this big-name artist. They need a music video. You're the guy. He gives you $40,000. You go out and rent the Alexa Mini, 10 Skypanels, and a technocrane. Meanwhile, production gets a dance crew, picture vehicle, animal wrangler, wardrobe truck, makeup department, and large studio. All for one day of shooting. What do you d…
 
Everyone has probably made a DIY shoulder rig for their camera at one point or another. Nothing can replace the pride of using a homemade softbox that only costs $15 to make and works like the real deal. With gear being as cheap as it is nowadays, is it really necessary to make that dolly or glidecam out of PVC pipes anymore? Erik Beck, master DIY …
 
What happens when you have an unflattering location, a very sunny day, and only 12 hours to shoot a high-budget commercial? With no time to light and a lot of producers breathing down your neck, it can be a struggle to get shots that are remotely good-looking. However, Parker Walbeck, legendary YouTube filmmaker who specializes in wedding, action, …
 
Filmmakers often forget that the key to great storytelling is to practice and keep things simple. We all want to write grandiose, blockbuster-level movies and saturate the dialogue with sophisticated poeticism, but what about the story? It could be easy to throw in fancy graphics and punchy shots in our early films, but Darious Britt, an independen…
 
As artists and creatives, we know that filmmaking can take a toll on your physical and emotional health sometimes. We've all had to do odd jobs to fund our latest short film or make content for commercial's sake. We know your struggle, so we have educational filmmaking legend Ryan Connolly from Film Riot to talk us about how he continues to make fi…
 
The world of beauty and couture can be intimidating to step into, but our helpful guide, beauty cinematographer Philippe Maurice, gives us a glimpse into what it's like to be on a fashion shoot and what we have to think about when it comes to shooting for beauty and fashion. On this episode, we talk about how to make your photos stand out and how t…
 
Who says action filmmaking is just for Hollywood blockbusters? The steady development of compact cameras and stabilizers are allowing low-budget filmmakers to capture action and stunts beautifully without breaking the bank. On this episode, we cover the basics of shooting immersive action sequences with legendary YouTube filmmaker Devin Graham, the…
 
Is it possible to create an entire film world inside of a game engine? We talk to cinematographer and software developer Matt Workman of cinematography database to learn about Cine Tracer, a revolutionary previsualization and on set virtual production tool. Cine Tracer is available on Steam for Mac OSX and Windows.…
 
How can an $80 projector upgrade your Poor Man's Process? How can filmmakers learn to use the same projection techniques that were used in First Man (2018), Gravity (2013) and Oblivion (2013)? To find out we spoke to Charles Haine, a professor of cinematography at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema and a writer at NoFilmSchool.…
 
Want to stop an attacker in 3 seconds? Krav Maga is your thing. Brian King is a filmmaker and fitness enthusiast who's spent years training in the self-defense martial art of Krav Maga. Justin and Brian discuss some of its origins, as well as the brutally effective techniques that make it so popular (spoiler alert: lots of ball kicking).…
 
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