editing

Monday Inspiration. Not So Fast.

So you wanna make a movie., but you don’t have a bunch of money. For a lot of people this would be the end of it. No money, no movie. The thing is though, you don’t need a ton of cash to make a film that looks great, tells a good story, and captivates your audience. The two Vimeo shorts below are a prime example of this. The first is “Not So Fast” by David Sandberg, a staff pick on Vimeo. The second is the behind the scenes film that show how the movie was made with a bunch of IKEA hardware and a Black Magic camera. Now, before you start saying “Oh yeah he had that killer camera, so his film looks amazing”, this could be done with any number of cameras, or probably even your phone. Sure, high dollar gear, and big budgets are nice to have, but not having them shouldn’t stop you from pursuing your goal.

“Bed” for IKEA. 90 Seconds of the Tempest.

You can’t go wrong with Shakespeare. Keeping in line with IKEA’s “The Wonderful Everyday” campaign, Juan Cabral of  MJZ and a crew of 15 from  MPC doing the VFX, created a dreamy spot featuring Prunella Scale reading from “The Tempest.” The 30 second spot features a woman falling from bed to bed over london, finally landing softly in her own bedroom as the voice over ends with “we are such stuff as dreams are made of, and our little life is rounded with a sleep”.

Watch the spot closely. There are loads of small details that could be easily missed. 2D creative director Bill McNamara  and his team took their time adding detailed matt paintings, embellishments, and composited effects including a rocket plume. The technical and cinematic know how that went into this is pretty astounding. A number of shots were taken of a skydiver where the parachute pack has been painted out in post. Those shots are combined with studio green screen footage and plenty of CGI work. This is one that I hope gets a behind the scenes making of upload to YouTube soon. I’d love to get a closer look at how it was all done.

“Made to be Seen”. in 4K Resolution.

 is a videographer that works for acompany called Roadtrippers.com that has given him the opportunity to travel and film nature at it’s finest. The five minute video below is his demo reel of 4K footage that he has shot over the last two years. The footage is absolutely breathtaking, and if you can watch it on the biggest screen possible with the sound turned up. For more info on the film, click through to Vimeo where there is more info and links to his other sites.

Inside the Edit.

Inside the Edit is an online course launching later this summer for film editors. It is being billed as the World’s first creative editing course, and it might be. Much of what is taught about film editing focuses on the technical aspects and less on the creativity, leaving it up to the editor to find their voice over time. The course isn’t cheap. It runs £3000.00, or roughly $5000.00 US. That however is still less expensive than any number of physical courses, and much less expensive than four years of college. No I am not saying this will get you everything a four year college degree will get you. It might however supplement your basic understanding of film editing, and help you polish your creative skills when cutting your film together.  Below is the really nice animated teaser for the online course, and a ten minute sample tutorial showing what the courses will look like. If the sample tutorial is an example of the final online courses, this is well worth the money.