Thursday, May 30, 2013

Installing Magic Lantern 5d Raw software

Here is a site that has the download and install information for using Magic Lantern software to shoot Raw video footage on your 5d Mark lll


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Gumroad a platform to sell your creative content

Gumroad is providing a social based platform for selling your creative content directly to your audience.
One newcomer to the scene, Gumroad, boils the process down to a few simple steps. CEO Sahil Lavingia — a former designer at Pinterest and builder of‘s iPhone app — just raised a cool $7 million with the pitch that his startup will “democratize the ability to sell stuff online.”
Here’s how it works: Authors choose one of their digital products — a Wordpress theme, Photoshop file, or e-book — and attach a price, accompanying image, and promotional copy. Gumroad then creates a unique webpage and the budding designtrepreneur shares the address with fans via Twitter, Facebook, or any other channel where they have a following. There is no central Gumroad website to browse like Amazon; the service was designed explicitly to connect creators and fans via social media.

Production Guidelines for mixing Dolby 5.1

Here is a link put out by Dolby on the specs and guidelines for mixing 5.1 audio.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

ReverbNation for networking musicians

With musicians looking for ways to distribute their music, ReverbNation provides alot of options. Aside from providing a networking format, they keep charts on local and national musicians that use the site. To view the top charted indie musicians just type in the city and state you are interested in. They also provide a basic website service to get your band up and running with stats to see how your doing.  We have had many musicians in the studio giving good feedback on their service

check them out:

Monday, May 27, 2013

Sunday, May 26, 2013

What should you make Films about.

J.J. Abrams made a name for himself in television, but he’s become been one of the biggest film directors in Hollywood, movies like Mission: Impossible III and the Star Trek reboot. Recently he sat down with BAFTA Guru to talk about his career and his advice for aspiring filmmakers. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Digital Distribution & Marketing BitTorrent Bundle the FUTURE?

BitTorrent, a tech company whose name is commonly and incorrectly associated with pirating, has been running a legitimate business since 2004 with over 2 million pieces of licensed content in the BitTorrent download manager, which serves more than 170 million people monthly. The company is now beginning to launch a new endeavor to empower those in the content creation business. BitTorrent Bundle provide a way for creators large and small to have all the advantages of the peer-to-peer protocol while also maintaining control over their content by creating ‘gates’ that must be unlocked by the consumer. We had a chance to chat with Matt Mason, VP of Marketing at BitTorrent, who is very impassioned about what this new publishing platform could potentially mean for creators.

NFS: What are the advantages of peer-to-peer file sharing for entertainment distribution?
Matt: Because the BitTorrent ecosystem is completely distributed, peer-to-peer essentially means you can move really large files without any servers because everybody who is sharing the file is part of the processing power of storing and sending that file. The BitTorrent Bundle is the internet’s media format, it’s a format that works the way the internet works, it’s distributed by nature, it’s designed to be shared infinitely and still add value to content creators, and you can put anything inside a Bundle. It could be high-def or 4K, and you could ship that Bundle to an audience of hundreds of millions for a cost of zero dollars. It’s the most efficient way to move large files around on the internet, that’s what the BitTorrent protocol was designed for. That’s what it does. Every day the BitTorrent protocol already moves more data that everything on HTTP combined. It’s a proven technology and we wanted to build something that allows publishers and content creators to take advantage of that.
The reason Bram our founder invented BitTorrent was: he saw the future and the future was that HTTP which was designed for moving hypertext was just not gonna work for moving videos, music, large code updates — the files are getting bigger and BitTorrent was designed for that as a protocol, and now we’re at the stage that so many content creators want to publish with BitTorrent that we felt it was time to build this format that allows them to do it.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

First Music Video Shot in Space

Here’s a little bit about how it came about:

The task was in front of me. I came up with a piano part. I then enlisted my friend, producer and fellow Canadian Joe Corcoran to take my piano idea and Chris’ vocal and blow it up into a fully produced song. Drums! mellotrons! fuzz bass! We also incorporated into the track ambient space station noises which Chris had put on his Soundcloud. I was mostly blown away by how pure and earnest Chris’ singing is on this track. Like weightlessness and his voice agreed to agree.
And voila! An astronaut sings Space Oddity in space! I was so honoured to be asked to be a part of this. You wouldn’t get too many chances to make a recording like this and not only that, to make music with someone who – through his vibrant communications with kids in schools to his breathtaking photos to his always patient and good-humoured demeanour – has done more for science and space than anyone else this generation. Planet earth IS blue, and there’s nothing left for Chris Hadfield to do. Right.
Safe travels home Commander!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Raw video 24p from Canon 5D Mk lll, Magic Lantern

Magic Lantern managed to pull 24p RAW footage out of the Canon 5D Mk lll.

The test video isn't anything special in terms of content, but the difference between the RAW video and the H.264 video is huge in terms of both dynamic range and resolution. By cropping the video to 1920×817 he gets a 2.35:1 wide screen aspect ratio, resulting in 1080p RAW videos with black bars on top and bottom.
Read more at:   LINK

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Film Producer Ted Hope talks about film industry

Film Producer Ted Hope talk about some things indie filmmakers should think about.
 "I will unleash what I think is necessary to recognize about our industry if you are a filmmaker looking to survive from the work you generate."

1. Filmmaking is not currently a sustainable occupation for any but the very rare. It is not enough to be very good at what you do if you want to survive by doing what you love.
2. Presently speaking, artists & their supporters are rarely the primary financial beneficiaries of their work – if at all. Filmmakers are not sufficiently rewarded for their quality creative output under current practices.
3. The film industry’s economic models are not based on today’s reality. They are predicated on and remain structured upon antiquated principles of scarcity of content, centralized control of that content, and the ability to focus the majority of consumers towards that content.
4. Film audience’s current consumption habits do not come close to matching the film industry’s production output. America remains the top film consumption market in the world, and is thought to be able to handle only around 1% of the world annual supply – consuming somewhere between 500-600 titles of the annual output of approximately 50,000 feature films. We make far more films than we currently know how to use or consume. We drown our audiences in choices.
5. The film industry has not found a way to match audiences with the content they will most likely respond to. It doesn’t even look like this is a priority for the business. Everything is spaghetti against the wall, marketed in the same way & only to the most general demographics of race, gender, & income.
6. In order to reach the people who might respond to a film, the film industry remains dependent on telling everyone (including those who could not care less) about each new film. It is a poorly allocated dedication of resources. We spend more money telling those who will never be interested, than focusing on those who have already demonstrated support. There is no audience aggregation platform exclusively for those who love movies, no place where all people who love movies engage deeply about films – if there was, marketing costs could shrink.
7. Digital distribution is an emerging market and will continue to evolve over the next decade. The value for titles for the long-term has not been specified for digital distribution; currently only short-term value is derived – and as a result films are licensed without full understanding of future worth. We are doing a business of ignorance.
8. Predictive value of films is primarily currently determined by an incredibly imprecise method:“star value”, a concept that grows less predictive by the day. Ask anyone and they will tell you that people do not go to movies anymore to see specific stars but interesting subjects. Granted, that is not a scientific method, but we know it to be true.
9. The “fair market value” of a feature film’s distribution rights in the US that multiple buyers want has dropped astronomically: from 50% of negative costs 25 years ago, to 30% 15 years ago, to 25% 10 years ago, to 10% today.
10. International territorial licensing of American independent feature films has dropped by approximately 60% over the last decade. Major territories no longer buy product. Most have given up on “American Indies”.
11. Everything that has ever been made, has also been copied. The logic of a business based on exclusive ownership or limited access to something can not sustain. In the digital era, the duplication of data is inevitable. The unauthorized copy will never go away. People can choose to try to avoid unauthorized versions, but they will be made or shared. This does not have to always be a bad thing, either.
12. Competing options for film viewing have diminished the comparative value of theatrical exhibition. A consumer can not justify the cost of a movie ticket when that ticket costs more than the cost of a month of unlimited streaming. Home theaters’ quality surpasses many theaters, and the seats are always better. Soon, 4K Televisions will be the norm, while movie theaters are stuck in 2K.
13. The film business lacks a long-range economic model for exhibition. What is the business of movie going? Exhibition gathers people together to sell them a 15 cent bag of popcorn for six dollars. We can profit from a large group’s interest in more and more meaningful ways, but the infrastructure is not yet designed to exploit this.
14. The film industry foolishly rewards quantity over quality. Producers are incentivized to forever take on more and the films’ quality suffers as a result. The best work is not rewarded. Once upon a time, filmmakers got overhead deals and that made some difference, but those days are long gone.
15. Movies have a unique capacity to create empathy for people and actions we don’t know or have not experienced. Science has shown that the imagined releases a similar chemical response to the actual experience. If this empathic experience is virtually unique to film, can it be utilized more? I think so, tremendously so, in fact.
16. Movies create a shared emotional response amongst all those that view it simultaneously. What other product can claim that? As a unique attribute, how can you emphasize that more? Shouldn’t that be the takeaway that your audience remembers and shares?
17. There has never been a better time for most creative individuals to be both a truly independent filmmaker and/or a collaborative creative person. The barriers to entry are lower, the cost & labor time of creation & distribution are lower than ever, and there are more opportunities and methods than ever. We just need to abandon the old ways and unearth the new ways.

Monday, May 13, 2013

For film makers, from an entertainment attorney

Entertainment attorney Mark Litwak shares some advice for indie film makers that I think is worth listening too.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Finalcut X plugin's Pixel Film Studios

User's of FinalCut X should take a look at the plugin's that Pixel Film Studios offer.  I have found that these plugin's are very easy to use with fast results.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Get Permission to Use Copyrighted Music

 I often get ask on how to obtain the rights to use other peoples music. I have used copyrighted music for my films.  It is not as hard as one would think.  I was able to use Duran Duran's song "Hunger Like a Wolf" which was their biggest hit for one of my films and Sugar Sugar by the Archies. Going about obtaining the use of someones song, there is a method.  I found this site that lay's it out written by Emerson Maningo.


Saturday, May 4, 2013

Canon 5D Raw Video with Magic Lantern

Magic Lantern unlocks 14 bit raw images from the Canon 5D.  Pretty impressive and looking forward to getting up to 24fps footage from these folks.  Luke Neuman put together this video showing the difference between H.264 and the DNG Raw image.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Audio Editing made Easy

Are you thinking about doing a podcast or adding a voice introduction on your website?  Mabey adding some narration to your iBook publishing?  I get ask often about how can I do some basic audio editing of some content that I have.  There is a free download audio editor called "Audacity" that might be your ticket to easy editing.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Resources for Filmmakers, POV, PBS

Currently I have a documentary film out that is streaming on PBS called "American Collectors" which is a great format for Documentary films. PBS is very supportive of indie films makers
Point of View, PBS has put together some information to help filmmakers get their films funded and released.  Topics covered: