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101 – How to Wrap Cables

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Tip of the Week: the proper way to wrap cables

102 Leveling a Tripod

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"Gospel John" Hess demonstrates a simple and quick method of leveling a tripod

3 Basic DIY Lighting Techniques for shooting better Film Noir

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John Hess delivers 3 basic techniques for shooting better film noir. For more information about the history of film noir

5 Elements of Great Chromakey

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Explore the 5 crucial elements of capturing a great chromakey for your production.This video is part of the

Alex Henning: Visual Effects Mini Masterclass

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The visual effects supervisor on The Amazing Spider-Man and Hugo discusses the expansion in both technology and expectation, ensuring a

Alfonso Cuarón on Writing & Directing Gravity

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Alfonso Cuarón is a master filmmaker, from the rough hewn Y Tu Mama Tambien to Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, and now, with something completely original, Gravity. He talks to David Poland about the conce...

Alfred Hitchcock – Masters of Cinema Interview (1972)

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A 1972 Interview with Alfred Hitchcock Alfred Hitchcock (UK, 1899-1980) is undeniably the world's most famous film director. His name has become synonymous with the cinema, and each new generation takes the same plea...

An Interview with Filmmakers behind “Virgin Alexander” (the Wrap)

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The first podcast of 2012 sees John Hess interviewing husband and wife filmmakers Charlotte Barrett and Sean Fallon on their

Audio Design For Film & Documentary: Acoustic Perspective

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Learn more at: this tutorial on audio design for films and documentaries we look

Beachtek DXA-5DA: Pro Audio for HD-DSLR cameras – an IQ Exclusive Review

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John Hess reviews the Beachtek DXA-5DA - a pre-mixer that adds professional audio recording capabilities to your HD-DSLR camera rig.

Building Invisible Walls: Making Jim Henson’s ‘Labyrinth’

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Building Invisible Walls is a collection of stories about the making of Labyrinth by the people who helped to make it. The stories are extracts from full-length interviews with each of the contributors about their ca...

Canon 5D versus the Canon 1D: Low Light Cage Match:

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A low light comparison of two latest HDDSLR cameras. For the the full review of the Canon EOS 1D mkIV

Canon EOS 1d MkIV Review

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For full write up visit: the full 5d versus 1d Low light

Chris King: Editing Mini Masterclass

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The Senna editor gives a Mini Masterclass to BAFTA Guru.For more inspiration in film, TV and games visit

Cinematography Tutorial: Using Flags to Control Shadow and Light

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More lighting tutorials on our blog at: Tutorial: Flags are pieces of black duvetyne

Cleaning a Dirty Lens in After Effects

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Although you should always make sure your lens is free from dust on set, sometimes it slips through... Here's how

Composition Techniques for Widescreen Aspect Ratios

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Aspect Ratio is one of many choices you make when deciding how to shoot your film. John Hess explains some

Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) on Filmmaking and Personal Storytelling

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'Black Swan' director Darren Aronofsky offers his advice on working with actors. Interview highlights: Director/actor relationship is all about trust.  They want to know you are doing a good job and will make the...

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