• 5 Creative Tips to Edit Free Footage

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    During our winter holiday, we had a chance to ride on I’d say the best downhill trails in Ontario. We’ve used a GoPro camera to capture the footage, we’re not pro snowboarders so we ended up mixing royalty free footage to make the edit more entertaining and epic! Here are the 5 tips on how you can use royalty free footage and music to add to your video’s creatively! #1) IT’S THE SOUND OF MUSIC – Finding music is one of the most important things in a GoPro video because GoPro cameras do not capture sound well. You will definitely need a separate audio capturing device or add music to it in post production, that was what we did. I found that the best free music can be downloaded at Ben Sound, Josh Woodward, and Global Sound Promotion. Youtube also offers royalty free music, you can also check out Jamendo and Incompetech. Once …

  • Camera Fighting With No Experience!

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    This blog will explain how we learned to make a fight look real on camera with no experience while at the same time producing Hollywood results (or so I hope!) The technique described in this write up was used in our newly released short horror flick starring Lee Lawson and Greg Willmot – be sure to catch them in action in our pilot Forgotten Corpses. Also check out our Facebook page and our brand new website! The entire film took 2 months to put together from having the initial idea all the way to completion just in time for Halloween which was released on Youtube. Challenges arouse when trying to make the fight look as realistic as possible as we had no prior martial arts experience. We’ve casted our actors based on talent, so the movements performed needed to be simple and needed to make sense for the characters. This is how we …

  • #1 Secret to Adding Production Value

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    FIG 1. LEFT: Original. CENTER: Photo applied on top of original shot. RIGHT: Fingers are added back on top of photo. In our recently released short horror Forgotten Corpses, we were able to increase the value of production by using a simple super imposing technique. The horror flick stars Lee Lawson and Greg Willmot and watch it here! Read on to the end of the article and discover an intriguing surprise! Visual effects for independent filmmakers have come a long way thanks to the advancement in computer power and software’s. Adobe After Effects is a visual effects software that helps filmmakers bring their vision to a reality, another popular software is Nuke by the Foundry which works in a nodal platform. A tip during filming, the super imposing technique works well on nodal camera movements. The trick is to take an image or video and place it on top of the existing …

  • 3 Kickass GoPro Video Tips

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    This blog will show you three amazing tips on how you can create professional looking GoPro videos. These cameras have become increasingly popular the past few years with people mainly using them to film sports. Recently I took the GoPro Hero camera to film my journey down the mountain on the world cup trails at Mont Sainte Anne in Québec Beaupré (footage above.) Here are some filming tips from what I’ve learned: #1 Checking 1, 2, 3: Make sure that the lens on your camera is clear of finger prints and debris. Fully charge your batteries, and make sure your SD cards are empty, so you won’t run out of space. If you have more than one GoPro, place them in areas where you think it will take the best shots for example, if I’m on my bike, I will put it on my helmet, chest, etc. When choosing angle settings, I like the “wide angle” lens mode. …

  • How to Film Pro Family Videos with Basic Gear

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    This blog will teach you how to get the best possible picture quality with the equipment you have. Whether it’s a DSLR or a mobile phone, you will be handling and operating the camera in the same way. Nowadays there are so many gadgets  out there with which you can record videos; from cell phones, to tablets, webcams to digital recorders, and DSLRs. Today families record more videos than ever before, it is essential to save your memories for future generations. Think about how important it was for you to keep your parent’s old photographs. When the time comes, your children will appreciate those moments as well. Check out the family video above as it came from a year’s worth of recording. It was filmed almost entirely with digital cameras and cell phones, and professionally edited here at our studio. Without any further ado, lets get started. 1) Ready, Set, Record… But Wait! Before you start recording anything, there …

  • 4 Ways to Use Stunning Matte Paintings

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    Fig 1. Hope short film starring Chris Public and Mindy Eklove This blog will explain how I used the incredible technique of matte painting and applied it to my shots to achieve a different effect each time in order to help tell the story. I’ve been working on several visual effects shots for a few projects over the past year. I am currently wrapping up a short film about a mother who fights against all odds to save her dying daughter, check out our page to learn more. Here’s a basic run down of achieving this effect: A) Controlled Movements. Therefore, no extravagant camera work where it’s panning or moving around a lot. Once you have taken your shot, you will need to track it. The matte painting technique will usually be done in 2D , so the tracking data can be collected via softwares like Mocha. You can also use the integrated tool from Adobe After Effects named “Track Motion”. Sometimes, …