Live from Sundance: Adobe to stream filmmaker panel on January 17|
By: Adam Spiel on Jan 8, 2014 at 3:27:15 pm
With today’s technologies, low budget no longer means low-quality for independent filmmakers. On January 17, 2014 [ http://adobe.ly/p6ZMbd ] Adobe will present a special panel discussion at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival where filmmakers will discuss their work, their workflows and why they believe that awe-inspiring storytelling and high production value are possible, on modest, or even micro budgets.
NYT Reporter Meyer Berger: Mass Murder in Camden NJ|
By: Bob Gillen on Jan 8, 2014 at 1:55:36 pm
Author and writing teacher Natalie Goldberg insists that every writer have a mentor. When a student bemoaned the fact that she had no one to mentor her, Goldberg said, “(Authors) are your mentors… Enter their minds. Don’t let any obstacle keep you away.” Here’s a piece I wrote on opensalon.com back in November of 2010 about a writer I consider to be a mentor: Meyer Berger of The New York Times. His writing still shapes my own. Reporting on a Mass Murder On the morning of September 6, 1949, a mentally unstable war vet, armed with a Luger pistol, walked...
New animations in Apple Keynote|
By: Richard Harrington on Jan 7, 2014 at 6:50:50 pm
The new update to Apple Keynote adds additional animation options. Learn how to animate text and slide transitions in new ways. Remember to show restraint, but there are some classy new animations to choose from. Apple just released a brand new version of iWork has been released with OS X Mavericks. All three applications — Keynote, Numbers, and Pages have new versions with major updates and major changes to the user interface. Some features are completely new to the iWork application, while other elements no longer exist. There are some major changes in how to use the iWork app across...
Understanding the New Apple Keynote|
By: Richard Harrington on Jan 2, 2014 at 10:40:22 pm
The new update to Apple Keynote completely changes the user interface. There are a bunch of new things as well as several things missing. Plus just about everything has a new place on the screen. Let me help you make sense of it all. Apple just released a brand new version of iWork has been released with OS X Mavericks. All three applications — Keynote, Numbers, and Pages have new versions with major updates and major changes to the user interface. Some features are completely new to the iWork application, while other elements no longer exist. There are some major...
Becoming a Better Editor (but Mostly Human Being) in the New Year|
By: Kylee Peña on Dec 26, 2013 at 12:33:10 pm
Somehow -- and they might be lying to me about this -- but somehow, the year is over. What I mean to say is that this desk calendar I have is practically useless and I'll be writing the wrong year on my checks until St. Patrick's Day. I know, right? And I hardly noticed the 31st approaching so rapidly except for the usual influx of "year in review" or "resolutions for the new year" posts.
Free Apps and Music|
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 25, 2013 at 12:01:44 pm
If you have an iOS device, it's a great time to pick up the 12 Days of Gifts app from Apple. You can get It here – https://itunes.apple.com/app/12-days-of-gifts/id777716569?mt=8 . Once a day, starting tomorrow, Apple will give folks one free goodie. Free stuff, what's not to like?...
How to Create a film look with Final Cut Pro X|
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 21, 2013 at 8:28:00 pm
Learn how to give your video footage a dramatic “film” look by diving into some color-correction and effect features of Final Cut Pro X in this week’s DSLR Video Tips with Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. You’ll learn: • The tools : Get to know the tools in Final Cut Pro X that can help you achieve a film look with your video footage. • The post-processing : Learn how to use those tools to create a stylized film look with Final Cut Pro X. Check out both the sample video above and this week’s complete episode on lynda.com....
Tayasui Sketches for iOS – Creative Digital Canvas for the Modern Artists |
By: Nadia Hyeong on Dec 19, 2013 at 2:41:45 am
Tayasui Sketches by Tayasui is a free drawing app that will help artists create digital artworks on their iPad while on the go. Using a variety of virtual brushes and intuitive finger gestures, they can generate numerous contents ranging from simple doodles to intricate paintings. In addition, it has sharing capabilities to make it easier for you to share your work online. Here’s a review of its features and what makes it a must-have drawing device.
By: walter biscardi on Dec 18, 2013 at 4:33:07 pm
In this digital media world, it's imperative to not only have enough media array space to do your work, but also to store and protect that media for the long term. We've been using a very simple method going on four years now and in response to a question I actually got today, here's how it works.
The Production Process Part 3: Post-Production & Deliver|
By: walter biscardi on Dec 18, 2013 at 4:19:04 pm
In this series, Biscardi Creative Founder, Walter Biscardi, Jr. "demystifies" the video production process. Particularly for corporate clients the production process can be both confusing and overwhelming. We walk you through the four steps of video production so you can be better prepared for your next production project.
The Production Process Part 2: Production|
By: walter biscardi on Dec 17, 2013 at 12:19:55 pm
In this series, Biscardi Creative Founder, Walter Biscardi, Jr. "demystifies" the video production process. Particularly for corporate clients the production process can be both confusing and overwhelming. In this series we walk you through the four steps of video production so you can be better prepared for your next production project.
Memories of Peter O'Toole|
By: Debra Kaufman on Dec 16, 2013 at 11:15:19 am
Lawrence of Arabia came out when I was a child. My parents took me to it, probably at one of the remaining Hollywood movie palaces. It's a long movie (it originally had an intermission, just like Gone with the Wind ), but I remember being riveted by the man with the blue, blue eyes, by the endless desert, by the drama of it all.
More Preparation for Multi-camera Shooting|
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 14, 2013 at 8:37:00 pm
There’s a lot involved when setting up a shoot with multiple DSLR’s- preparation and planning are key. Finding the location that works for you is important, and lighting it for multiple cameras is a challenge. On this week’s show, Robbie Carman and Rich Harrington walk you through the key elements for a multiple DSLR camera shoot. They’re joined by Director of Photography Jim Ball for additional tips. You’ll learn the following: Preparing for a Multiple DSLR Camera Shoot. Learn what to think about before you shoot. Multi-camera is all about planning and preproduction. Scout the Location. Walk through a venue...
Designer Brianne Gillen on Costume|
By: Bob Gillen on Dec 13, 2013 at 11:19:00 pm
Designer Brianne Gillen (disclosure – Brianne is our daughter) talks about her costuming work. Most recently she costumed a stage performance of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses . COSTUME SUPPORTS THE STORY I wanted to know: whether in recorded media or live performance, how does costume design move the story forward? Costume designer Brianne Gillen “Costume design is hugely important for the story,” says Gillen. “Often, what a character is wearing tells the audience a lot about them before they even say a word of dialogue. You can tell a character’s socioeconomic status, sometimes their profession, the time of year, the city...
G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt: Evolutionary High Speed Storage for the Digital World|
By: Gary Bettan on Dec 10, 2013 at 10:37:40 am
If you are like me, you have stacks of memory cards filled with video and photos from your camcorder, DSLR, GoPro and every other device you use to capture images. One of the biggest challenges facing content creators today is how do you quickly and efficiently get all this digital data, all these bits and bytes into your computer so you can begin working on them.
All My Adorama Videos in One Post|
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 9, 2013 at 8:21:26 pm
A lot of you may have missed the free training I've produced for Adorama — A great camera store out of New York where I do most of my shopping. You can see the whole series in this playlist....
Prepare for a multi-camera shoot: DSLR Video Tips|
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 9, 2013 at 6:10:00 am
With the price of cameras dropping lower and lower, using multiple cameras at the same time is a popular production trend. Whether you’re shooting a concert, performance, or how-to video, capturing multiple angles of a shot in perfect sync makes the whole project better. But multi-camera shoots are tricky. In this week’s DSLR Video Tips , Robbie and Rich show you how to plan for a multi-camera shoot. Director of Photography Jim Ball offers additional insight from his experience with multi-camera shoots. This week we cover Preparing for a Multiple DSLR Camera Shoot: Learn what to think about before you...
Don't Miss the Next Photofocus Hangout About Photoshop|
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 8, 2013 at 5:55:16 am
An Insiders’ Look at Photoshop and the Future of Imaging Friday, December 20, 2013 1:00 PM EST - 2:30 PM EST Melissa Niu and Rich Harrington from Photofocus host two of the top experts in digital imaging. We've got Bryan O'Neil Hughes who's the Senior Product Manager, Adobe Photoshop and Howard Pinsky a Photoshop Guru of Iceflow Studios. You can sign up for the hangout here — https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cdj7mrb95bsstklgqqe5ngji9qo?cfem=1 authkey=CKTmhZqum73CjQE...
My Favorite New iPad Air Case and Screen Cover|
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 7, 2013 at 7:38:00 am
Like many I bought a new iPad Air. Thanks to Apple's secrecy, finding a decent case has proven pretty much impossible. This is because the exact shape and position of buttons was a secret. Want a case that loosely fits or covers your buttons... no problem. It's also easy to find one that doesn't shut the device off when you close the lid. But I like my gear to last and look professional. After a lot of searching, I'm very happy with the results. The Perfect Case for iPad Air...
Keynote tutorial: Assembling a Layered Graphic File in Keynote|
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 6, 2013 at 8:18:00 am
Keynote integrates well with Photoshop, which means you can easily import PNG files for use in your presentations. In this tutorial, find out how to assemble a layered file in Keynote, and get some expert tips for building presentations based on Photoshop images, such as making your PNGs all the same dimension. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Keynote-tutorial... . ...
Get Photoshop and Lightroom for $9.99 a Month|
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 4, 2013 at 6:00:00 am
Adobe recently unveiled its Photoshop Photography Program which let Photoshop CS3 (or newer) customers get Photoshop CC and Lightroom for US $9.99 a month. Many of you were upset that Creative Suite owners and Lightroom customers couldn’t participate. We told you to be patient. The time has arrived (but the window of opportunity is short). Starting today, the Photoshop Photography Program is available to anyone who wants to participate ( but only until December 8, 2013 ). That means you’ve got just under two weeks to decide if you want to participate. The Photoshop Photography Program includes the following for...
Using Shy Layers in After Effects|
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 3, 2013 at 1:25:59 pm
Making a layer "shy" hides it from view, allowing you to work with a clean and organized Timeline. In this tutorial, find out how to use shy layers in After Effects and explore some of their advantages. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tu... . This tutorial is a single movie from the After Effects Guru: Mastering the Timeline course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 1 hour and 8 minutes and reveals time-saving features for navigating to specific timecodes, adjusting keyframes, changing layer behavior, and other tips for mastering the Timeline panel in After Effects....
The Production Process Part 1: Pre-Production|
By: walter biscardi on Dec 2, 2013 at 7:35:58 pm
Sister company Biscardi Creative Media launched its first Google Hangout today which is a lot of fun. Essentially a live podcast that is instantly converted over to a YouTube video when completed with the ability to edit the video on YouTube when its completed. The main focus on the BCM Hangouts will be educating clients and potential clients on all aspects of the production process and how we work. However there is cross-over and in the first set of Hangouts we’ll be discussing the four steps of the Production Process.
Using a Click Track to Create a Music Video|
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 2, 2013 at 1:44:00 pm
When you’re working on a music video and need to record a commercial or promo that’s tightly tied to a music track, it’s important to think ahead for post-production. Recording with a click track gives you the ability to sync multiple cameras and multiple takes across several locations. Using consistent, sequential audio cues, known as a click track, will help you sync your visuals in post. On this week’s show, Robbie and Rich walk you through the benefits of using a click track when recording a musical performance. This week we cover • Using a click track: Learn how to...
How to develop and Act In a Web Series|
By: Bob Gillen on Dec 2, 2013 at 12:26:00 pm
Creating Story continues its focus on web series, with LA-based actor and acting coach Claire Winters sharing comments on developing and acting in a web series. Classically trained, Winters’ many roles include the bipolar disabled daughter of Philip Seymour Hoffman in the HBO mini series Empire Falls, and a wealthy uber-feminist film student in the comedy feature Filmic Achievement. Film professor Mildred Lewis has said of web series, “(Viewers) can watch legacy media or take advantage of virtually unlimited, less well-known content.” The question for Claire Winters: in an open environment such as a web series, do actors need to...
Use Brainstorm in After Effects|
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 30, 2013 at 1:23:00 pm
With the Brainstorm tool, you can create new, randomly generated effects for use in your After Effects projects. Find out how to use this tool and experiment with your own effects in this tutorial. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/After-Effects-Guru-Mastering-T imeline/144848-2.html?utm_campaign=hHYAqr6sOhs utm_medium=viral utm_source=youtube. This tutorial is a single movie from the After Effects Guru: Mastering the Timeline course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington....
Fixing the Exposure Triangle Beyond Camera Settings|
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 29, 2013 at 2:48:00 pm
Throughout the past month , we’ve tackled the exposure triangle —the critical way to get properly exposed photos and videos. Remember your camera and lens have three essential controls that affect how much light comes into the camera: the aperture or opening of the lens, the shutter speed (how long the shutter opens), and the ISO (the sensitivity of your sensor). But a problem as tough as exposure can still be hard to crack. What happens when you can’t get more light into the camera and the shot is dark? How about when you want shallow depth of field and...
Keynote Tutorial: Animating images|
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 22, 2013 at 1:41:00 pm
It can be hard to keep your audience engaged during a presentation, but don't worry; Keynote offers you a way to spice things up: animating your images. Find out how to animate images in Keynote in this tutorial. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Keynote-tutorial... . This tutorial is a single movie from the Keynote: From Outline to Presentation course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 2 hours and 10 minutes and shows how to build and deliver a great Keynote presentation....
First Look: FSI CM250 OLED Reference Monitor|
By: walter biscardi on Nov 21, 2013 at 1:34:56 pm
“First Look” at the new FSI CM250 OLED Reference monitor from Flanders Scientific. I sat down with FSI's Bram Desmet to check out this new monitor and instead of blogging about it, we broke out the camera and decided to show you down below what this incredible monitor is all about.
DSLR tutorial: The Exposure Triangle|
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 20, 2013 at 1:33:00 pm
When shooting video, exposure requires an almost scientific understanding of light. In this tutorial, explore a straightforward way to get strong, well-exposed shots with your DSLR. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials... ....