Friday, September 23, 2011

DaVinci Resolve Lite - Free

Black Magic Design has released a free version of its color correction software, titled DaVinci Resolve Lite.  I contacted support to ask if it was permissible to place this free version on a high school computer lab.

The reply I got back stated it was okay.

You should just need to register once and then once you have the installeryou can install on all your machines.
If you also consider upgrading to the full version please contact your localreseller as they may have an educational discount to offer you.
I hope this helps!
Dan-- Regards

Dan MoranApplication SpecialistBlackmagic Design EMEA

Find the download location in the Black Magic Design Support Center.  The direct link for Macs is here.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Steven Speilberg directing Jurassic Park

Below is some interesting video from the Electronic Press Kit sent to television stations to promote Jurassic Park.  The clip comes from Mike Carroll, who promotes a one-man-band approach to filmmaking in his book Naked Filmmaking.  (The book is great.) He wrote on his blog:

This clip shows Steven Spielberg on the set of Jurassic Park directing actors, blocking the scene, and operating his own Panavision camera and skillfully working the geared head wheels, one of the hardest feats to master. Notice how quickly and efficiently he works. Early in his career he was known for doing ten to twenty takes on everything. Here you see him grabbing shots in one or two takes. Speed, efficiency, and doing things yourself saves time & money.

Friday, July 29, 2011

DSLR Basics Tutorials from Vimeo Video School

Phillip Bloom has contributed a series of video tutorial on DSLR Basics to the Vimeo Video School

Setting up your DSLR from Vimeo Staff on Vimeo.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Free Movie footage from DSLR guru Vincent Laforet

HDDSLR guru Vincent Laforet has posted raw footage for an editing contest.  You need to download the footage from Vimeo, which seems to limit the number of downloads you can do a day unless you have a Pro account.  Get the footage here.   (Update 8/19/13: It appears that this footage is no longer available)

Laforet Edit Contest from creativeLIVE on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Free footage of scene to edit

Students in need of some raw footage to edit can try their hand at at a scene from a short film. Editor and Final Cut Pro trainer Misha Tenebaum from is offering the free download of the dallies from the scene from his short film, Handicapped John click here for direct download.  He is selling the script and dallies from the entire film for $30.00

(Update 7/4/13: It appears that Misha is no longer making this footage available.)

YouTube has the entire Handicapped John film.

The Modern Moviemaking Movement

Those interested in the future of low budget filmmaking should check out The Modern Moviemaking Movement.  It is a 100 page FREE "filmmaking action guide" in PDF format, and getting it requires no registration fee. 

Saturday, April 9, 2011 - Footage

Edit Mentor is selling raw footage from various short films and commercials for student editors to practice with. 

They offer a few freebies of interest to editors. 

Friday, April 8, 2011

Bui Brothers - DSLR Cheat Sheet

The Bui Brothers have material shared at a SxSW presentation on DSLRs that is valuable.  This includes their DSLR Cheat Sheet with their recommended list of equipment.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

iPhone DYI IR Trigger for DSLRs

The has a tutorial on how to build a timer remote using an iPhone for less than $20 (as opposed to using Canon's, which costs $120.00.) This remote hack will allow an iPhone to control both still and video recording on a Canon or Nikon  DSLR.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Filmmaking Tips: Composition, Rule of Thirds and Building a Sequence

The guys at Hollywood Bubble have and interesting contest that allows anyone to edit footage they shot.  While the contest ends in April 2011, the tips in the video are valuable, if not perfectly illustrated.  They provide the raw footage as a free download. If you are not turned off by using a shooting scene, then this makes a fun and quick editing assignment.  Download the HD .mov files here.