Filmmaking 101: Nine Scheduling & Budgeting Hacks For DIY Filmmaking

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By Julian Grant (doddleNEWS) If you want to make a successful web-series, short film, or feature with limited funds, it's all about the advance preparation. The more time you spend figuring out the time available and the money you want to spend in direct relation to your finished script - the … [Read more...]

Filmmaking 101: Make a $10 DIY GoPro Clamp Mount

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) It's no secret that GoPro has revolutionized the way we take pictures and video. It's also become a serious filmmaking and TV camera for use to document the action from angles you couldn't ever get from a RED DRAGON or ARRI ALEXA. But there are times where putting a … [Read more...]

Get up to a $20,000 Production Fund Grant For Your Short Film

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Making a film is challenging, exciting, frustrating, and incredibly rewarding. It is also a risky and expensive investment, so money will always be a bit of an issue, however. While a lot of films are either financed by finding investors or out of the filmmaker's … [Read more...]

Editing 101: The Art of Cutting – Where to Start

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) You've heard the old saying that a film is written three times: First as a screenplay, then during production, and again when it's been edited. It's easy to find tons of information on how to write a screenplay or direct a film (I should know, I've written a lot on … [Read more...]

Short Film Script Contest Offers $20,000 Production Grant

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Update: Just a reminder the early bird deadline is October 12, 2016. By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Recently, we reported on a grant that would give a filmmaker $7,000 to write and direct a feature film. But what if you don't have a full length screenplay in development, but have a concept … [Read more...]

Filmmakers: Apply For A $7,000 Feature Film Grant

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Update: The final deadline is tomorrow September 30, 2016! Submit today here. By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) The cost of filmmaking has been seriously decreasing for independent filmmakers for years, but there are still those with no money to make a film whatsoever. So what's a filmmaker with … [Read more...]

ARRI Finalizes SXT 4K Camera Upgrades

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) ARRI has announced that it has finally completed development of their new SXT Camera platform design, and are now ready to begin scheduling upgrades of ALEXA cameras bought during the last two years. … [Read more...]

Canon Shows Off Mammoth 8K Camera Prototype At Photokina 2016

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Canon brought an 8K prototype Cinema EOS camera to Photokina last week, and it's huge. But that's what might be expected from a prototype. Let's take a look at the details. … [Read more...]

Sound 101: Six Sound Tips To Record Better Audio Now

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By Julian Grant (doddleNEWS) Good sound matters. It beats good picture when shooting a dialogue heavy scene or film. Unless you have access to post dubbing stages for ADR (automated dialogue replacement) - you will be stuck with what you shot LIVE on the floor. In order to up your content game, … [Read more...]

When Is Ben Affleck’s Batman Film Coming Out? Maybe Sooner Than You Thought

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. haven't actually been off to a great start with their DC shared universe outings. While the three films that currently compose the DC Extended Universe have been successful at the box-office, the critics haven't been particularly … [Read more...]

Filmmaking 101: Protecting Your Content From Copyright Infringement

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Last year, we ran a story about Sony going after a content creator on YouTube who had licensed his 4K video to them for a music video made me think that we really needed a Filmmaking 101 segment on how to make sure your content is protected online. What do you do … [Read more...]

Filmmaking 101: The Ten Commandments For Working On A Film Set

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By Danny F. Santos Being on a film set is one of the most hectic, dangerous, exhausting things you can be employed to do. There are a ton of details that need to be taken care of and if things aren't done properly, lives may be in danger. The only way you’re going to make it through the day … [Read more...]

BBC Unveils Sherlock Series 4 Episode Titles

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Sherlock is the series that put Benedict Cumberbatch on the map. If it wasn't for that series, I doubt he would have been hired for Star Trek Into Darkness, the voice of Smaug in the Hobbit films, or for Marvel's upcoming Doctor Strange. The BBC series has been … [Read more...]

Drone Mishap Prompts Court Challenge

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) A legal case pitting a roofing company using a drone to examine the homes they work on, and a neighbor who shot the drone down with a shotgun, is causing a legal challenge to determine who actually owns the skies above your property. And it has some serious privacy … [Read more...]

Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Defective Late-2013 Mac Pro Models

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Apple's high concept, super powerful, and very expensive Mac Pro (affectionately known as the "Trashcan") has a kind of love hate relationship with users. Some love it because it has high performance hardware and a radical cooling design that keeps the Mac Pro ultra … [Read more...]

NVIDIA SIGGRAPH Panel Explores Storytelling In Virtual Reality

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Not too long ago, SIGGRAPH took place here in Los Angeles. The annual confab is largely about graphics, computer and visual effects, and now virtual reality. But with that new genre of VR comes the undiscovered country of how to tell a great story within that space. … [Read more...]