Why should you list your house as a film location?

Originally posted on My Blog your Story:

The producers behind our favourite magazines, TV programmes and movies are always on the look out for new locations to use for filming and photo shoots. The right location is a crucial element of any production.

Many people are already reaping the rewards of renting out their home for filming, but why should you list your house as a film location with My House Your Shoot?

  • It is totally free to list your property. Adding your property to My House Your Shoot is as easy as 1,2,3… there are no hidden costs and your listing will go live on our website as soon as you have completed it! You’ll find great tips on how to create the perfect listing here.

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  • My House Your Shoot has over 4000 members searching for fantastic locations. Listing your property with My House Your Shoot advertises your home to thousands of film and TV producers across the UK and abroad.

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  • Unlike traditional locations agencies…

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Info-Graphic Monkeys Scripts for AE

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May 6, 2015

Whats the difference between the Monkeys?

TypeMonkey specializes in just type. It allows you to quickly generate the text, creates a layout (that can be manually adjusted), and animates it as well. It also creates a camera that moves between each word. It’s the fastest, easiest way to create kinetic typography.

Key features

  • Creates random kinetic type layouts based on parameters entered into the control panel.
  • Keyframeless timeline makes changes to timing as simple as sliding a marker.
  • Creates a parented camera that points to each successive word as it transitions on.
  • Distributes words evenly over the length of the composition or work area.
  • Manual adjustments are easily made to size, position, rotation and opacity.
  • Features a wide range of type transitions randomly selected by default, but can be specified as well.
  • Marker Sync feature allows for push button alignment with preexisting marker layers, making syncing to music a breeze.
  • Allows for different interpolation for camera movement, auto rotate and auto frame.
  • Automatically builds and cleans to facilitate easy experimentation.
  • Now supports motion blur and preset load and save.
  • Kuler color palettes are now easily imported.
  • Support for 3rd party TextMods (sold separately), these can add support for Right to Left languages as well as other fun text modifications.
  • Check out the available TextMods: Arabic Text and Hebrew Text.
  • Free: Includes MonkeyTools– an ongoing collection of utilities specifically written to enhance the functionality of the Monkey Suite. Includes: UnShy Selected Layers, UnShy Text/Image Layers, UnShy Control Layers, Reset View, Invert Locks, Unlock All, Lock All, Scene Maker, Remove Duplicate Markers (to clean up Premiere-generated marker layers, Lock Childern & Lock Parents.) You find MonkeyTools in the same place as your main Monkey download

LayerMonkey is very much like TypeMonkey, but it works with any type of layer – video, pre-comps, graphics, whatever. Theres time controls for layers that have a time factor to them as well. However, it won’t generate text like TypeMonkey. Text has to be prepared manually in Illustrator, Photoshop or exported from TypeMonkey. From there it works much the same way, laying out, animating and moving a camera between layers.

 Key features

  • Creates randomized complex kinetic layouts using layers in your comp based on parameters entered into the control panel.
  • Features 3 different algorithms with a Justify option.
  • Works with stills, video, pre-comps, shapes, solids, text, eps and pretty much any other type of layer AE accepts.
  • Multiple controls for handling time-based layers.
  • Variable layer order options.
  • Keyframe-less timeline makes changes to timing as simple as sliding a marker.
  • Creates a parented camera that points to each successive layer as it transitions on.
  • Distributes markers across the timeline in 3 different ways.
  • Exludes non- image based layers in comp such as nulls, cameras, audio and adjustments.
  • Manual adjustments are easily made to size, position, rotation and opacity.
  • Features a wide range of type transitions randomly selected by default, but can be specified as well.
  • Marker Sync feature allows for push button alignment with preexisting marker layers, making syncing to music a breeze.
  • Allows for different interpolation for camera movement, auto rotate and auto frame.
  • Automatically builds and cleans to facilitate easy experimentation.
  • Palette controls makes colorizing layers very easy.
  • Kuler color palettes are now easily imported.
  • Supports motion blur, lock & shy, and preset Load and Save.
  • Free: Includes MonkeyTools– an ongoing collection of utilities specifically written to enhance the functionality of the Monkey Suite. Includes: UnShy Selected Layers, UnShy Text/Image Layers, UnShy Control Layers, Reset View, Invert Locks, Unlock All, Lock All, Scene Maker, Remove Duplicate Markers (to clean up Premiere-generated marker layers, Lock Childern & Lock Parents)

 

MotionMonkey is a whole other animal. It has a much more complex and versatile animation system then the other two, but it doesn’t create a layout, text or generate an animated camera like the others. It’s ideal for layered artwork that has already been designed (such as a logo, lower 1/3, or specifically layed out text) that needs to be animated into its final resolve (or broken apart if played backwards).

Key features

  • Creates a wide range of animations of your layered design based on parameters entered into the control panel.
  • Random or custom settings create animated variations from mild to wild.
  • Works with most layers including text, stills, video, pre-comps, solids, shapes, .ai, .psd, nulls and parented layers.
  • Motion Mixer option adds additional variation and complexity to animations.
  • Multiple interpolations, speeds and intensities allow for a wide range of moods, from subtle to energetic.
  • Kuler color palettes are easily imported.
  • Free: Includes MonkeyTools – an ongoing collection of utilities specifically written to enhance the functionality of the Monkey Suite. Includes: UnShy Selected Layers, UnShy Text/Image Layers, UnShy Control Layers, Reset View, Invert Locks, Unlock All, Lock All, Scene Maker, Remove Duplicate Markers (to clean up Premiere-generated marker layers, Lock Childern & Lock Parents

All the Monkeys are made to work separately or together, with the most versatile of the three, LayerMonkey acting as the missing link, marrying pre-comps created in TypeMonkey or MotionMonkey.

Which is best? Well, that depends on your project. The easiest way to tell is to download the trial versions and play with them. They were designed to have almost no learning curve, so you should be able to tell pretty quickly if its the right monkey to use.

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8 Filmmaking Tutorials Every Filmmaker Should Watch by Caleb Ward

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May 5, 2015

By Caleb Ward, Premiumbeat

 

From audio recording to zoom lenses, these insightful filmmaking tutorials are not to be missed.

There’s a lot to learn in the filmmaking world. From scripts to distribution, there are a seemingly endless number of skills and techniques to master. This can be overwhelming for both new filmmakers and seasoned veterans alike. So, to save some time, we’ve compiled a list of eight filmmaking tutorials every filmmaker should watch. Even if you have years of experience, these comprehensive tutorials can be a great refresher to help kickstart your inspiration.

Click here for all the video tutorials and background, such as How to Format a Screenplay, How to Storyboard and Schedule Your Film and F-Stops vs T-Stops.

A Free Location Fact Sheet by Caleb Ward

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May 4, 2015

By Caleb Ward, Premium Beat

 

Everything you need to check when location scouting is on this easy-to-use free location fact sheet.

 

Finding the perfect location is hard, especially on an indie film budget. Unlike the big boys in Hollywood, indie filmmakers aren’t afforded the luxury of shooting on a backlot or soundstage. In fact, we’re often forced to shoot in locations that were never meant to be used for a film. With this comes a whole slew of problems that must be addressed: noise, awkward lighting, pedestrian traffic, etc.

So instead of settling for a bad location, it’s best advised to visit as many potential locations as you can and analyze them based on their cinematic potential. To assist you with this process, use the following free location fact sheet. It will help organize all of your location information in one convenient place.

What is a location fact sheet?

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A location fact sheet is a simple form that can be used to describe the shooting environment to all the relevant crew members. A location fact sheet coupled with on-location photography is also a great way to build up your own personal database of potential shooting locations for current or future films. The form has fields for sound, lighting, electricity and other various location-related details filmmakers need to know.

When is a location fact sheet used?

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A location fact sheet is used anytime you want to save important location information for later. Typically, a location scout will use a location fact sheet when scouting out potential locations. The location fact sheet helps to serve as a checklist when looking at a potential location. It’s often easy to forget details like available wall plugs and the parking situation, but such details can end up being huge issues if overlooked during the scouting process.

How is a location fact sheet used?

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A location fact sheet is very simple and straightforward. Just fill out the appropriate fields with the corresponding information. It’s usually helpful to know as much about what the script demands as possible.

The form also has room for extra notes that are important to share with other crew members. After the location scout visits a location, they will share the location fact sheet with the producers and director to help figure out the best location for the film.

You can download the free location fact sheet by clicking the text below. There are two templates included in the download: One to fill out by hand and another to fill out on a computer. You can use Preview on a Mac or Adobe Acrobat on a PC to edit the computer template.

DOWNLOAD FREE LOCATION FACT SHEET HERE

Want to learn more about securing an awesome location? Check out a few of the following posts:

Have any tips for finding a perfect location? Share your experiences with us in the comments below.

 

How to properly set up your Sony A7s for video – a Philip Bloom seminar

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May 1, 2015

by Nino Leitner, Cinema 5D

The Sony A7s has become the turn-to camera for many smaller run-and-gun purposes due to its size, its video functionality (including proper XAVC S codec, peaking, zebra …) and the incredible low-light performance. In fact, whenever I attend industry meetings like NAB or when I’m giving workshops I’m constantly amazed how omnipresent this camera has become in so little time, after it was introduced about a year ago. It certainly has taken over our cinema5D office here, with every team member using the camera constantly, and me personally owning 2 by now …

Be sure to click here for more on Nino Leitner‘s Sony A7s article including some interesting topics covered in this free seminar, among many other things:

• Different gamma curves in different Picture Profiles (e.g. Cine2, Cine3, Cine4 or SLOG2)
• Detail/Sharpness settings
• Dual video file recording with XAVC S and MP4 proxies (which can be transferred to your smartphone to be posted online right away)
• How to expose properly with this camera (avoiding noise)
• Setting up audio for internal and external recording (attention: Philip told me he made a mistake in this seminar – there actually is a way to change audio levels during recording, but you have to assign audio to a custom button to do that)
• Frame guides for different aspect ratios
• external HDMI quirks

 

‘Tips to Clip’ by Dick Reizner

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April 30, 2015

by Dick Reizner, creativeplanetnetwork

Dick Reizner provides monthly “Tips to Clip” via The Creative Planet Network.  See the archives of past months of helpful media tips to make your life just a little easier.  You can check out the current and previous “Tips to Clip” columns online by going here.  In the meanwhile, check these out…

Conquering Cold

Condensation will form on any cold object moved into a warm environment. To prevent moisture buildup after shooting in the cold, put your camera and lenses into an airtight plastic bag. In a warm environment, the moisture will form on the outside of the bag instead of on your gear, so your equipment will remain dry while warming up. Leave the bag sealed for about two hours or until the gear is at room temperature.

A Gripping Tale

THE PROBLEM: How do you remove a screw-in filter or lens that seems to be fused in place? You don’t want to use a metal wrench because of the damage it could cause.

THE TIPS: Put a couple of rubber bands around the lens to give you a better grip.

Drape a piece of common AC twin-lead lamp cord over the filter or lens. Then, pinching the wire just below the lens, use the wire “handle” as a wrench to unscrew it.

The lens technicians at Fujinon suggest you put on a pair of dishwashing gloves to improve your grip.

Tripod Tighteners

Save those plastic pads that come with a new pack of DVDs or CD-ROMs—they make a great tensioner for camera plates. Ken DeWoody of San Diego writes that many cameras twist a bit on the tripod because it’s tough to get a tight fit between the camera and the quick-release camera plate. Ken puts the pad between the camera and the mounting plate (as pictured), making it easy to tighten it up for a nice, snug fit that is still easy to remove.

‘Learn Depth of Field with this Powerful (& Free) Online DOF Simulator’ by Robert Hardy

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April 29, 2015

by Robert Hardy, nofilmschool

Depth of Field Simulator
Depth of field is an incredibly powerful tool, but the mathematics and mechanics of calculating and pre-visualizing it can be overwhelming.

 

A Polish software engineer (and amateur photographer) named Michael Bemowski recently put together one of the most helpful depth of field tools out there, and the best part is that it’s completely free. The tool, which you can find here, allows you to manipulate every camera and lens setting that affects depth of field, from sensor size to focal length, from aperture to the distance between the subject and the camera. Plus it gives you a handy visual approximation of what each specific set of parameters would look like in a real world setting.

Depth of Field Simulator

At the bottom of the app is another helpful tool, which gives you visual approximations of the distance between the camera, subject, and background, as well as the exact depth of field measurements for the settings defined above.

Depth of Field Simulator

In order to make this tool as accessible as possible, you can download a version of it that runs offline on any operating system, and there is a dedicated mobile version as well, so you can access it anywhere at any time.      

Free AE Wiggle Expression: Animation Presets

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April 28, 2015

by Jesse Cervantes, Creative Congo Blog

I use wiggle expressions a lot. For simplicity, I make animation presets. Useful for keyframing, the wiggle or setting up wiggle on individual parameters – X or Y

Watch the video to see how it works and installation…

 

 

OR, if you want to jump into it –

To install, just unzip, then go to DOCUMENTS (on Mac), not Applications –

Documents – Adobe – User Presets – (and just drop the files in)

*Here’s more free stuff from The Creative Congo Blog.

Grayscale Shootout Using After Effects

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April 27, 2015

by Chris & Trish Meyer of Crish Design

Want to give your project a stylistic look? Or maybe you need to make a luminance map for use by another effect. This tutorial by Chris & Trish Meyer shows how to do that when they take an image from color to black and white. Click here to download your PDF copy of the Grayscale Shootout tutorial.

Grayscale Shootout

While color is great, what we need every now and then is an image to appear in black and white – whether it’s for stylistic purposes or to make a luminance map (range of grayscale values) for use by another effect. Learn the best way to convert your color footage to black and white.

Download this article

Grayscale Shootout Using After Effects

 

‘Focus Assist Gets Smarter with New Scene-Mapping Tools’ by Bryant Frazer

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Focus-pulling may be about to get a lot more interesting as new systems come on the market that promise to automate some of the most precise, grace-under-pressure focus adjustments required during a shoot, while still giving the human operator complete control—plus or minus a helping hand—whenever it’s desired.

The slickest such system on display at NAB 2015 was probably the new Halo from Redrock Micro. Redrock says it has adapted the same technology that keeps self-driving cars from running into objects in their path to create a map of an entire 180-degree scene in real time.

Data from the Halo Explorer unit, which scans the environment, is used by a handheld focus-control module with touchscreen to create a visual representation of the scene that resembles a radar display. Real-time data pulled from the lens includes iris info, the distance to various subjects, and a graphical representation of depth of field. Focus can be adjusted manually, scrubbed on the touchscreen, or snapped to a given element in the scene with a finger-tap. Watch a demo in our video coverage from the show floor.

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Redrock Micro’s Halo

For more… a lot more on this story, go here–

 

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