Hi All, I have a new VFX tutorial online - this time I show you how to create a 3D laser in After Effects using the Trapcode Form plugin.
The director of 100 Musicians and Nurse/Fighter/Boy talked with us about old school filmmaking Charles Officer has directed shorts, music videos for K’naan, and the features Nurse/Fighter/Boy and Mighty Jerome, a documentary about Canadian track star Harry Jerome. His new short 100 Musicians, which screens Monday as part of Short Cuts Canada, is a small ode to civic optimism, concerning itself with a lovers’ argument over who exactly misheard a radio DJ reporting the plans of Toronto’s much m...
Mike was lucky enough to have Leigh Whannell and James Wan drop by the Film Lab to discuss their new movie INSIDIOUS, which we loved back during Midnight Madness and opens Friday April 1st in theatres everywhere.
The free version of tools is great and offers tons of useful features. The paid "suite" version is a great value too - it lets users collaborate, share updates, manage edits.......the list goes on.
Video: . In this tutorial I show you how to get a perfect Chroma Key using After Effects.
Video: . I have a new tutorial explaining the basic use of RayFire for 3dsmax.
This tutorial shows you how to build a helmet rig for DSLRs to achieve a first person look. This is a minimalist rig, its rather simple looking and easy to make. Check out the tutorial for more information and the Schematics of the rig.
Hi Everybody, New tutorial up - Real Life StarCraft II. In this tutorial I go through free move camera tracking, then importing the camera tracking to 3dsmax, placing StarCraft models into the scene, rendering 3 passes and back to After Effects for compositing.
Presentational video for our DIY Camera Crane project. Video: .
There's something special about Laika Inc.'s Paranorman... Hey! Did you love Coraline? Are you interested at all in stop-motion animation? Well, watch this feature on Laika Inc.’s new film, Paranorman.
THE FILM LAB - We're back on set with our favourite grip department. This time around they let us in on a trade secret: Lighting Gags.
Hey all, in this video tutorial I explain 3ds Max Network Rendering, and queuing multiple scenes for rendering.
Hey all DIY Filmmakers I have uploaded a new video tutorial on Color Grading / Styling using Magic Bullet's Colorista II. A real simple way of adding some awesome color styles to your film / music video etc.
Hey everybody, ever wondered how to professionally remove unwanted video noise from your videos? Check out this tutorial on using the Neat Video plugin for After Effects.
Well, it’s almost time! Tomorrow advance tickets are set to go on sale for the biggest blockbuster of the holiday season – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. As we’ve discussed previously on the site, the film will be available in a wide variety of formats. There will be 2D screenings for you traditional folk, RealD 3D for people that like their films to pop out at them, IMAX 3D for those who like their films to pop out at them while being very big (this is my choice), and then there is HFR 3...
One of our favourite movies of 2011—Manborg, which we saw at Toronto After Dark—has become one of our favourite movies of 2012 with its week-long run here in Toronto at the Royal. A gloriously funny pastiche of ultra-cheap kung-fu, horror and sci-fi, Manborg is also a perfect example of the DIY ethic: it wears its rough, hand-made edges proudly, and its intense roughness makes its devotion to ‘80s channel-100-at-3-AM crap-cinema ephemera even funnier. We had a chance to speak with director St...
As we've already mentioned, Skyfall is an awesome James Bond movie - one of the best, really (if not THE best?). Today's very special Watch This Instead looks at one of the reasons it turned out so great: cinematographer Roger Deakins. He's worked with Skyfall director Sam Mendes many times before and has a special relationship with the Coen bros. also. If you're not a James Bond freak or you can't make it out to see Skyfall, then check out some of his other work instead!
For those of you familiar with our "The Very Important Dudes & Dudettes in Film History Show" video series (hosted by Matthew Price of the MAMO podcast) you'll be pleased to hear that MAMO & thesubstream.com have teamed up to bring you a more in-depth discussion about our favourite filmmakers every month, straight to your ear-holes!
William F. White International Inc. is more than just a place that rents out lights and cranes and generators and dollies and green screens and camera cars. They've also got heaps of training and certification programs that can help you become a more knowledgeable set denizen. And every fall they throw their doors open to young filmmakers and students so they can get their hands on some pro-level gear and talk to some experts with field experience, and maybe win a rental voucher. Gear Guide w...
The Toronto International Film Festival is but a distant memory, though we are still getting compliments on all the awesome footage we shot, both for our Midnight Madness coverage and interviews with directors like Don Coscarelli and Rob Stewart. But here's the thing - we had big, large help. Even though we've been at it for 5 years, shooting an event like TIFF is never easy! It's hectic and unpredictable and as a result, getting good looking footage can be difficult if you don't have the rig...
Hey Everybody, I have uploaded a new video tutorial on: How to Color Correct / Color Grade an entire sequence using Final Cut Pro 7 and Apple's Color.
TIFF 2012 Wrap-Up - Pounds Personally Gained: 4.5
Every year the fine folks at Row Three do a post-TIFF mega-wrap up, collecting the micro-blurbs of a bunch of attendees into a giant meta-analysis of what everyone liked, loved, hated, etc. etc.. We'll link to that post when it goes up on the weekend, but in the mean time, here's my contribution:
The buzz at TIFF surrounding The Master, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman was near-deafening... film fans all across this great city were clamouring to see director Paul Thomas Anderson's follow-up to his 2007 masterpiece There Will Be Blood. Matthew Price of MAMO takes this opportunity mid-hype to give us a brief overview of the young auteur's relatively short but extremely potent career and explore exactly what makes him a Very Important Dude in Film History. Paul Thomas ...
Hi Everyone, Are you interested in Filmmaking, VFX, Compositing etc? Please go and have a look at my YouTube channel and subscribe if you enjoy the content. I upload VFX videos alongside Tutorials covering different VFX & Filmmaking topics.
Heya Everyone! I would like to share with you all my new YouTube video called "An Assassin Called Jackson".
Asking yourself and the police the question we all must one day ask: Am I in an Asian Gang? Calum MacLeod and Lewis Bennet talk about Asian Gangs | TIFF '12 | thesubstream.com.
Shorts, learning from your audience and the fundamental plausibility of being hustled in the desert Mike Clattenburg, creator of Trailer Park Boys and Afghan Luke, was kind enough to talk to us from Nova Scotia, where he was hard at work in preproduction, about Crackin’ Down Hard, his short that screens Monday and Tuesday as part of TIFF’s Short Cuts Canada Programme. We picked his brain about realism versus surrealism in comedy, the virtue of shorts, and the virtue of turning negative skinny...
Last week at TIFF the buzz surrounding The Master, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman was near-deafening... film fans all across this great city were clamouring to see director Paul Thomas Anderson's follow-up to his 2007 masterpiece There Will Be Blood. Matthew Price of MAMO takes this opportunity mid-hype to give us a brief overview of the young auteur's relatively short but extremely potent career and explore exactly what makes him a Very Important Dude in Film History. Pa...
Same poorly-trained camera operator, completely different story The shaky-cam Part II: Tony Scott | thesubstream.com.
Heya Everybody, I have a brand new tutorial online - this time covering the topic of Music Video Editing and basic workflow processes like converting footage from a Canon 5D.
Heya All, I have a new video on my YouTube channel and this time its a music video I shot / edited for Cape Town based band, Cold Hand Chemistry.
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The second annual Catalina Film Festival is coming up, May 4-6. What a perfect opportunity for a weekend getaway to beautiful Catalina, while
We've explained exactly what Chroma Keying is. We showed you how to set up a green screen from Whites Interactive. We showed you how to light your green screen evenly. Now, here's Rajo in The Film Lab's edit suite to show you what to do with your green screen footage in Final Cut Pro. Check it out!
We've all seen it - during the weather report, in a Star Wars movie, on a televised baseball game... Weird graphics slapped onto a moving image that normally wouldn't (or couldn't) be there. You've heard about green screens... But how do filmmakers use green screens to create a shot that takes their actors out of a studio and puts them into some exotic locale? How does the camera or the editing software know what to do with that green patch in your shot? Welcome to Chroma Keying...
We're about to get real here... DSLR filmmaking has made every would-be filmmaker's dreams of shooting a feature that looks as good as a 'professionally shot' Hollywood film a reality. These consumer-level cameras bring with them many advantages, but they also have their disadvantages - namely, they were never intended to be used primarily as video cameras, and so their design doesn't exactly make using them easy or comfortable (especially when you're shooting long takes). Thus, you're gonna ...
It's that time of year again, filmmakers... time to make your new year's resolutions. And no, I don't mean quit smoking or stop drinking - smoke and drink all you want SO LONG AS YOU FINALLY GET THAT FILM FINISHED AND SUBMIT IT TO A FESTIVAL OR TEN. Rajo has signed up for a withoutabox.com account and scoured the internet for the latest film festival submission deadlines just so he can clue you in to which ones are coming up soon - whatta guy. And just for fun (a.k.a. future reference), here'...
hello, straight 8 invite anyone (that means you) to make a short film on one cartridge of super 8 — without editing.
This web site, New York Video School, offers comprehensive film tutorials that are customized based on your skill level and interests. It's an amazing resource!