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Music Video Roundup – SXSW

The SXSW fest offers a launching pad for up and coming artists to get their presence known. The same goes for the accompanying film, music video, and interactive work. There are quite a few filmmakers who I’ve discovered through SXSW over the years, and I continue to follow their work today. People like Jason Koxvold, and his video for ‘Citizens Here and Abroad’:

That was almost 5 years ago, and since then the music video scene has exploded, with the advent of accessible quality through new cameras and sharing culture. With that in mind, these are a few of the stand-out music videos from this years festival: Read more

De-Mystifying ‘Crop Factor’

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The Crop Factor Conundrum

There has been quite a bit of discussion lately on the crop factor of cameras like the Scarlet. There is a recurring phrase that I’m seeing which goes something along the lines of, “You will need to shoot at 30mm because the lens will become a 48mm.”. Yes, that’s true – the lens will have a 1.6x magnification factor, and 30 multiplied by 1.6 is, in fact, 48 – but guess what? That 30mm will still behave like a 30mm, regardless of if your field of view changes or not. However, let’s take a step back for a second, because we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

Back when I first began making films there was a de-facto camera for indie filmmakers – the DVX100. A plastic fixed zoom lens gave you plenty of framing options, allowing the camera to shoot anywhere you wanted to in glorious 24p. Jump forward to a couple years ago, and we had the 5DMKII, a camera which changed the indie landscape and gave people the added bonus of using custom glass. Here’s the snag, a lot of people that have shot on the full-frame 5D are now moving on to shooting with other cameras and becoming flustered when their 50mm is now an 80mm equivalent in terms of Field of View (FOV). This is nothing new, in fact many cameras have an ASP-C crop sensor, oftentimes Read more

FILM INDEPENDENT : Fast Track Grant

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Film Independent's Fast Track Film Market

This is a great opportunity for any of you who have a feature film in the hopper. The Film Independent Fast Track program is a financing market geared towards filmmakers with feature film projects in development. The only stipulation states that you are currently in pre-production with a finished script, not a pitch or concept. The submission deadline is tomorrow, and requires you to upload your script, fill out details about the project, and give them a link to your prior directing work. Their description from their site:

 

Fast Track is a film financing market that takes place during the Los Angeles Film Festival designed to help narrative and documentary filmmakers move their current projects forward. During three days of intensive meetings, Fast Track connects filmmakers with financiers, production companies, and other industry professionals. This highly selective program is open to established as well as up-and-coming filmmakers with exceptional projects still seeking funding.
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