The Friday Roundup – Working it Like a Pro, Sin City and More

Professionals are not “Careful”
Over the past few weeks I have seem to have been stumbling across a lot of videos showing how to use masks and motion tracking in videos.
Most fully loaded video editing software these days has at least some kind of rudimentary ability to execute these tasks.
Like many editing features we have at our finger tips the one main limit on all…
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Cooke 35-140mm Anamorphic/I SF: your new go-to lens with Special Flair

Cooke 35-140mm Anamorphic/I SF: your new go-to lens with Special Flair

Identical to the standard 35mm-140mm Anamorphic/i zoom, the new lens included in the ‘Special Flair’ range offers more flare and other aberrations that are synonymous with the anamorphic look.

Cooke 35-140mm Anamorphic/I SF: your new go-to lens with Special FlairAnnounced as “your new go-to lenses for the new era of anamorphic filmmaking”, the Cooke 35-140mm i zoom with 4x zoom ratio and the extreme telephoto with the Cooke 45-450mm Anamorphic/i zoom with 10x zoom ratio represent two Cooke Optics solutions that offer true, front anamorphic zooms with the creative flexibility that cinematographers have waited years to have.

Now Cooke Optics adds a new member to its Anamorphic/i SF family, due to the demand of cinematographers around the world. The new Cooke 35-140mm Anamorphic/i SF picks the atributes that make the original lens popular and introduces a specially developed coating that adds even more flare, in addition to the oval bokeh and other aberrations that are synonymous with the anamorphic look. The Anamorphic/i SF is a true front anamorphic zoom with 2x squeeze, a cam-style focus mechanism, /i Technology to capture lens metadata, and, of course, the Cooke Look. Colour and depth of field are matched to the rest of the Anamorphic/i SF range.

Cooke 35-140mm Anamorphic/I SF: your new go-to lens with Special Flair

Cooke Anamorphic Full Frame Plus 50mm

The Anamorphic/i SF range was used to shoot two of the biggest box office hits of October 2018, A Star Is Born (Warner Bros) and Venom (Sony).

Les Zellan, Chairman, Cooke Optics, said, “Cinematographers love the bokeh and the kicked-up flare that they get with the Anamorphic/i SF zoom lenses – this additional character, combined with the warmth of the Cooke Look, gives yet another option for storytelling. With many cinematographers asking us to add this ‘special flair’ to the family, we were happy to oblige.”

The Cooke Anamorphic/i SF 35mm-140mm zoom is now available to order. Its introduction reflects a growing interest in the anamorphic format. Aware of the interest cinematographers have for these products, Cooke Optics also presented at the recent IBC 2018 its 50mm focal length of the new Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus range, designed to meet the growing appetite for large format production, while applying the popular anamorphic characteristics including flare and oval bokeh.

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The Friday Roundup – Common Mistakes, YouTube Tips and Motion Paths

How To Structure Your Videos For More Watch Time
Although the video below was intended specifically for YouTube creators I think it has a lot to offer the average person in terms of how you and I create our own projects.
I think one of the first concepts that tends to go out the window when you are immersed in an editing project is that of the viewer’s perspective.
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GoPro: Andy Lewis Epic Double Base Jump

Jump, repack and jump again with GoPro awards recipient Andy Lewis as he takes on the Doric Column in Moab area.

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Building Your Own Photo Backdrop Wall

Building Your Own Photo Backdrop Wall

Seamless paper backdrops among other backdrops are great for photography backgrounds, but sometimes, you want a background with some real texture. While having several different walls painted different colors or having different textures sounds great, the space and size of a studio can put limits on what you can actually do.

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Write Along ֠a new podcast about the creative process

I’m pleased to announce that I’m launching a new podcast called “Write Along.” It’s about writing and the creative process featuring screenwriter, author, and former film critic C. Robert Cargill. Our first episode is up now. Check it out on iTunesGoogle Play, or via RSS.

Cargill is a writer whose work I’ve followed for many years. I’ve witnessed his ascent from a film critic at Ain’t It Cool News to a screenwriter working on films that rake in hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office. In recent days, I’ve seen Cargill share advice tweets about the writing process that have resonated with thousands of aspiring creatives on the internet.

The most important thing in writing is to finish. A finished thing can be fixed. A finished thing can be published. A finished thing can be made into a movie.

An unfinished thing is just a dream. And dreams fade if you don’t hold on tight enough.

So finish the thing.

— C. Robert Cargill (@Massawyrm) October 19, 2018

I recognized that Cargill’s advice came from a place of generosity. He’d risen in the industry and wanted to reach down and help the next generation up along with him. So in an effort to signal boost, I pitched Cargill on a simple idea: A weekly podcast, no more than 20 minutes long, that covers a single piece of writing advice. It would be another way to preserve Cargill’s counsel, while potentially adding several layers of interactivity on top (both my dialogue with him, and the audience’s dialogue with us).

On a personal level, I’m excited about this podcast for two reasons: 1) I’m thrilled to be working with Cargill, whose voice I’ve always found to be compelling (even if I often disagree with him), and 2) I think there’s a lot of discipline involved in turning out a podcast that’s only 10-20 mins long each week, and I’d like to practice that discipline. I like to go long with my content. I meander. I don’t edit tightly. Can this weekly podcast that’s shorter than a sitcom episode provide enough enjoyment and utility to justify its existence?

Let’s find out together.

A few other notes and observations from the week:

  • If you’re an aspiring podcaster these days, I think it can be tough to figure out exactly which site to use for hosting and creating your podcast. There are just so many options out there (e.g. Podbean, Libsyn, Anchor, etc.). I honestly struggled for a little bit before settling on a hosted website, coupled with a Libsyn account for hosting files (the latter is primarily for the statistics and metrics it provides. WordPress hosts files too, if your’e into that sort of thing). I’ll probably review this experience at some point, but I chose it because it offers a lot of control over the podcast feed, with fairly minimal cost.
  • A big shout out to Wikirascals for helping me out with podcast art, and to @ZShevich for helping us come up with a name for the podcast.
  • This article about the last days of Blockbuster is beautiful.
  • I finally caught up with this powerful essay in which Darius Miles explains what the hell happened to Darius Miles.
  • Sandi Doughton has written a meditation on how to survive in Seattle traffic, which turns into a broader piece on the psychology of road rage. I can support Sandi’s premise that Seattle has some pretty terrible driving. Getting around by car is pretty unbearable and the lack of a subway system doesn’t help.
  • Roxane Gay writes about why you should vote even if you’re disillusioned right now:

Every single day there is a new, terrifying, preventable tragedy fomented by a president and an administration that uses hate and entitlement as political expedience. If you remain disillusioned or apathetic in this climate, you are complicit. You think your disillusionment is more important than the very real dangers marginalized people in this country live with.

Don’t delude yourself about this. Don’t shroud your political stance in disaffected righteousness. Open your eyes and see the direct line from the people in power to their emboldened acolytes. It is cynical to believe that when we vote we are making a choice between the lesser of two evils. We are dealing with a presidency fueled by hate, greed and indifference. We are dealing with a press corps that can sometimes make it seem as though there are two sides to bigotry. Republican politicians share racist memes that spread false propaganda and crow “fake news” when reality interferes with their ambitions. Progressive candidates are not the lesser of two evils here; they are not anywhere on the spectrum of evil we are currently witnessing.

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