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Vancouver Web Fest 2017

Hello Everyone If you are a filmmaker or a lover of all film, you should check out the Vancouver Web Festival coming up this week, as someone who was part of it for 2 years, this is without a doubt the best web festival out there. It’s a great opportunity to see some amazing talents …

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Welcome to my Blog

Hi Everyone I had a nice increase in subscribers to this blog in the last few weeks so I wanted to thank everyone for subscribing and welcome you. Just a little info, this blog is all about filmmaking and related topics, including VFX and 3D modeling. I will do my best to talk about anything related …

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3D Animation Samples

I recently started to really get into 3D animation and sculpting characters and objects as an added element to my filmmaking. As indie filmmakers we have to have a big tool box of skills to be able to create amazing stories. On my last feature Project:Eugenics, I really forced myself to work with 3D models. …

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How Do You Promote Your Film Without Annoying Everyone?

I recently had the pleasure to be a guest on Marketing Fridays, a show about film marketing related topics. The show is hosted by Scott McMahon from Film Trooper, a good friend of mine and fellow filmmaker. We talked about how to promote your film without driving your audience nuts. Scott is a great resource …

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Filmmakers You Should Follow

In this post I’d like to talk about some of the filmmakers I follow whom I’ve gotten to know pretty well over the past year or so. These are all indie filmmakers who have decided to embrace this new world of self distribution and independent low budget filmmaking. Scott McMahon Scott is a Portland based filmmaker. …

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What Lens to Get For The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Some Housekeeping In this post I’d like to talk about the different lenses that I’m using with my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and how they compare to DSLR ones. I’ll talk about the different crop factors and show you test footage. Crop Factor Let’s talk about the crop factor. If you don’t know what that means, …

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Three Most Important Things About Filmmaking

In this post we have Patrick McBrearty, a Toronto based filmmaker, talking about the three most important things about filmmaking. Making a movie is hard. I’m not going to lie to you, it just is. Everything takes longer than you’d expect, everything cost more than you’d expect and it’s just plain harder than you’d expect. But …

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Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians and happy advanced 4th of July to our American neighbours, hope everyone is having an awesome time. I don’t have any article this week but to thank everyone I have discounted the rental fee on my film Living Life or Waiting to Die by $2. You can …

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Stop Asking For Permission – New Age of Filmmaking

What does it mean to be a filmmaker in 2014? What separates us from the ones that came before? Asking For Permission In the past that’s what being a filmmaker was all about. You had to ask various individuals and institutions for their permission to make your film. You had to ask the producer to …

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You Gotta Know VFX as a Low Budget Filmmaker

If you’re a low to no-budget filmmaker you gotta learn basic VFX (visual effects).   First of all, let me make one thing clear. I am not talking about learning advanced VFX, no 3D modelling, no complicated green screening etc. I am talking about the basics, in particular painting out objects.   If you learn …

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Six Important Steps When Shooting a Feature Film

In July of 2012 I started production on my first feature film and with a budget of $4000 (which includes the cost of the camera) I was able to shoot an 85 minute film. Filmmaking used to be for the elite. It certainly wasn’t for the average person because, even if you knew what you …

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Digital Self Distribution – Vimeo vs. VHX

One of the great things about being a filmmaker in 2014 is that the entry cost for gear is getting lower and lower while the quality is getting higher. HD cameras have been a standard for years now and the next step is 4k and eventually 8k cameras. I will talk more about that in …

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Merry Christmas

Hello Everybody Apparently it’s Christmas time. Who Knew? Ok, Ok, I do need to leave my computer room every once in a while…after I finish this. I just wanted to wish you all a wonderful Christmas, happy Hanukkah (a little late I know but hey better late than never) and a never ending happy Festivas to the rest of …

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