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December 13, 2018, 10:15 am
For nearly as long as we’ve had motion pictures, we’ve had illusions to put in them — and they’ve never come easy. The year 1893 saw the first public viewing of a kinetoscope film, Blacksmith Scene, and just two years later, early filmmaker Alfred Clark executed what is commonly regarded as the first special effect. In a gruesome short about the beheading of Mary, Queen of Scots, Clark stopped the film just as the blade was about to chop off Mary’s head, instructed the actors to freeze, took the one playing Mary off the set, replaced her with a dummy, and started the film again before bringing the poor dummy to its decapitated fate.
December 13, 2018, 5:58 am
SIGGRAPH Asia Tokyo 2018 has just wrapped up, and it was a fantastic week. The attendance was up near 10,000 and you could feel the buzz at the conference centre. Here’s my run-down of 5 of the coolest things I was able to see there.
December 12, 2018, 1:11 pm
When news first appeared, in a knowledgebase article, that MacOS was going to be dropping some support for DNxHR, it sent ripples through certain sections of the film industry. DNx is a popular intermediate and finishing codec that, while created by Avid for Media Composer, is used in Premiere and Resolve and other applications on a daily basis by many filmmakers. However, it's not supported by the newer AVFoundry video framework Apple released with 10.6, only with the older Quicktime framework (confusingly, the Application "Quicktime X" doesn't use the Quicktime Framework, it uses AVFoundry), and after Mojave Apple is ending support for the original quicktime framework.
December 12, 2018, 10:13 am
I’m speaking with Eran Dinur, a VFX Supervisor for Brainstorm Digital in New York City. I’m really excited to do this interview. On top of being a VFX Sup, Eran has written and published The Filmmaker’s Guide to Visual Effects. I thought it would be great to share Eran’s story on how he ended up in visual effects from a completely different industry. I leave this as a surprise!
December 11, 2018, 10:25 am
There are a lot of great resources to be found on the internet. Wikipedia, for one, is wonderful for certain high-level information, but when it comes to filmmaking, it doesn't often dig down deep into the weeds of workflow. We like to believe that there is a lot of great information on No Film School, but of course, we cover a wide range of subjects and news that are mixed in with workflow and interviews.
December 11, 2018, 10:17 am
Frame.io just published a 100,000+ word workflow guide to the entire post production process. Here's my chat with David Kong on how he pulled it together from 25 contributors over 5 months, and how you can read it for free, today!
December 11, 2018, 9:10 am
RCF Group, one of the fastest growing organizations in the Pro Audio market, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement for the acquisition of DPA Microphones A/S (“DPA”) from The Riverside Company.
December 10, 2018, 1:18 pm
“You’ll believe a man can fly.” So proclaimed billboards and posters across the nation in 1978, in anticipation of the December release of Richard Donner’s Superman — The Movie. It wasn’t an idle promise. Although the Man of Steel had been depicted in numerous TV shows and cartoons over the years, Donner’s film vowed something special: It would convince us that what we were seeing was actually happening. And the visual effects did, indeed, prove to be remarkable: Aided by a clever front projection technique developed by inventor Zoran Perisic, as well as star Christopher Reeve’s ability to move the way an actual airplane might, Superman set new standards for what could be accomplished onscreen.
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