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Clearing Music for Your Film | Negotiating the Rights Package; Library Music versus Original Scores

by Steven Ascher Maybe you’ve had this experience: You know a song that would be perfect for your movie. You scurry around, trying to get permission to use it. After lots of leg work, you contact the rights holders and then wait. For weeks or months. Eventually, you hear that …

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The Power of Rubberbanding | Reduce Your Render Time, Get a Better Sound Mix, and Avoid Losing Your Audio Smoothing

by Jeff Turboff How many times have you finished your sequence, eager to make that output for the director to watch or to export a Quicktime for all your YouTube fans to check out, but then, you have to wait for what seems like forever as you render all of …

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Casting Must-Do’s for Your Documentary: How to Choose and Select Subjects (People)

by Jonathan Moore I remember what they tell me about Tamara. And it isn’t good. I’m preparing to shoot my first documentary, several individuals from my hometown strongly warn against using an old friend of mine, Tamara Douglas, in the film. But, I protest, this project is about the effects …

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DSLR Camera Settings, Lighting, and Camera Movement: Rig and Gear used to Shoot East of Berlin

by Charlie Balch   In-Camera Settings for Two 7Ds The in-camera settings closely resembled the popular “cinestyle” look in which we pulled a more neutral image. By desaturating and bringing down the contrast in our image it allowed us to have much more to work with in post color correction …

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Kids and Animals, Oh My: Working with Child Actors and Wild Animals on the Set

by Jack Anderson   You’ll be reading the script, and you will notice pretty quickly whether your film will involve kids or animals. No matter how well-behaved they are, kids and animals mean that it will take more time to shoot. What will affect your photography is the way you …

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