Quick Assembly EditingBudgeting time is as important as budgeting money. Filmmakers who run short on time sometimes have to pass off fast edits as final cuts for their short films or projects.Yes, a solid editor can do a pass on a short film project and put together a decent enough edit over a day or two. But, if you really want your short film to stand out, you’ll need to do a lot more work than that. Again, there’s a reason why the big budget features take weeks or months for a team of editors to go through. While some of it is for expensive VFX that you might not have the need for, a lot of it simply involves giving each shot, scene, and sequence the love it deserves to make it as perfect as possible.Simply put, don’t rush things if you don’t have to! Do a quick assembly draft at first, but sit on it for a week. Show the draft to friends, family, and fellow producers and filmmakers. Get feedback, take notes on reactions. Do another edit. Share that around. Take your time and give your project the polish it deserves.Cover image by Aleksey Boyko.For more low-budget filmmaking advice, check out these articles!7 Tips for Low-Budget FilmmakingGetting Started in Effective Low-Budget Film and Video ProductionProduction Tips: Getting Started with Low-Budget Stunt CoordinationHow to Create a Low-Budget Film That Feels Like a BlockbusterFree Script Writing Software Options for the Low-Budget Filmmaker Are DIY issues hurting your filmmaking projects? Here are solutions to five predicaments indie filmmakers encounter when shooting low-budget short films.We all know the life and trials of the low-budget (or often no-budget) indie filmmaker can be very difficult to navigate. For many, it’s barely enough to wrangle together a camera, crew, and actors to even attempt shooting a low-budget short film over a weekend. And, while the majority of us rarely get to do it for money, it still requires a huge amount of time, energy, and resources, on top of it all.That being said, if you’re putting so much passion into your labor of love projects, you really want to make sure you do them justice, avoiding any possible project-ruining issues or mistakes. So, for the benefit of your sanity and ability to make your filmmaking dreams come true, here’s how to steer clear!Reliance on Natural LightingSo, issue number one — which you see on all types of low-budget short films and productions — often has to do with lighting. Yes, your new digital camera is a modern marvel of technical specs and ability. But, even at its highest ISO, it’s not going to be able to record quality footage when shooting outside in the dead of the night.For many low-budget productions, natural lighting is often thought of as the be-all, end-all option for lighting your scenes. And with good reason as it’s a free, yet unreliable, source of the greatest light known to mankind. However, it’s fickle, and often either too powerful or less powerful than you’d think.The best advice for low-budget filmmakers who might not have the best lighting experience, is to always plan to use natural lighting (as much as possible). But also have plans for backups, as well as ways to spread the natural lighting around. This can be with either bounce boards or reflectors, or by investing in cheap and affordable LED light sets to use in less controllable settings.Here are some good articles to read up on about working with natural light, too.Three Quick Tips for Filming in the Midday Sun Without Diffusion ToolsNature’s Lighting: A Guide on Shooting With or Against the SunTips on Lighting Day for Night Interiors Poor Audio Recording / MonitoringImage by guruXOX.Another important issue — and filmmaking cardinal sin — is a neglectful approach to recording (and monitoring) audio on set. And sadly, it happens more often than not, just because many filmmakers are so focused on shooting their scenes (with the framing, lighting, acting, etc…) that the idea of just hitting record on an audio device will slip away.There’s a reason most big budget productions have full audio teams and multiple experts to handle all aspects of quality audio recording. If you’re working on a small skeleton crew (or even worse, forced to shoot as a one man band), audio will usually be the first aspect to suffer.You can avoid this though! Quality (or at least acceptable) audio recording can be achieved by emphasizing the following steps:Removing unwanted background noisesUsing the right microphones for the jobTesting and monitoring the audio while recordingAnd, while you should never plan for it, there are some tricks that you can do in-post to work with audio. But, you’ll never save audio that hasn’t been recorded well enough using the steps above.Here are some helpful articles — specific to recording audio.9 Things You Should Check Before Recording AudioThe Indie Filmmaker’s Guide to Recording AudioGear Roundup: The Top Three Audio Recorders Under $300 Little or No RehearsalAnother issue you often see with low-budget productions appertain to stale (or clearly unrehearsed) acting performances. It’s understandable, we can’t all be working with professional A-listers who just happen to want to act on your project for free. But, even with non-professionals, taking the time to hold intensive rehearsals almost becomes more important.If you’re shooting a film over a weekend, you should have at least two or three weekends penciled in beforehand just to focus on rehearsals. The first is usually a table read, but the rest should be done with blocking and lighting, audio and camera placements, and movements worked in.Shaky Camera and FocusImage by kuzmaphoto.Out of all the issues on this list, this might be the simplest to fix. It’s 2019. There are copious amounts of resources available for this, so there should be no reason to have shaky or out-of-focus footage these days.For shaky footage, make sure you’re using a quality and secure tripod. You can follow the advice in this article here.And, for focus, you’ll either want to work with a focus puller, a solid follow focus setup, or simply learn and master the art of setting your focus so that you don’t have to worry about having to change it too often. Here are some articles to help with focus issues.Production Tip: 5 Simple Ways to Fix Out-of-Focus FootageWhat Are Focus Charts and Why Do You Need One?Get Sharper Footage with These 7 Focus Tricks
Continue Reading Previous Moxa: IIoT Edge gateway for Microsoft Azure IoT EdgeNext Renesas: radiation-hardened precision current source for sensing applications Panasonic Industry has announced its technology line-up for Electronica 2018. Since its repositioning last year, Panasonic Industry offers one of the broadest product portfolios on the market, encompassing electronic components, devices and modules, complete solutions and production facilities, and advanced services and training.At Electronica, Panasonic Industry is showcasing its technological heritage, core competencies and products in the mobility, living space and business sector. Visitors will have a chance see inspiring exhibits, explore demos and meet with experts, seeing for themselves how Panasonic provides solutions that enable customers to meet tomorrow’s new challenges heads-on.A smarter transport system that caters for social, economic and environmental sustainability is arguably one of the most critical prerequisites for creating a viable future. Designing and delivering transport systems that provide environmentally friendly, safe, cost-effective and technologically informed travel alternatives address this issue and Panasonic Industry is showcasing its involvement and sponsorship with the Hyperloop transportation concept on the stand, as well as its other projects in the field of e-mobility and transportation. Hyperloop is a new transportation concept where a high-speed train travels in a near-vacuum tube which allows the capsule to travel at supersonic speed – faster than any commercial train or car will be able to in the foreseeable future.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Alabama rolled over the Notre Dame Monday night, 42-14, to easily claim its second straight national championship and third in four years and reinforce its position as the top program in the nation.From beginning to end, the Crimson Tide dominated and sent the resounding message that the SEC reigns above all conferences. To wit: ‘Bama’s title is the seventh straight for the SEC.Led by quarterback AJ McCarron and running back Eddie Lacy, the Tide alternately bruised and picked apart the Irish defense, making star linebacker Manti Te’o, a Heisman Trophy finalist, and his cohorts look like Alabama roadkill.“They just did what Alabama does,” Te’o said after the game.Notre Dame was undefeated and No. 1 in the country coming into the game, but it had not faced a team like Alabama. The Crimson Tide used a lethal combination of power and finesse to overwhelmed the Irish on both sides of the ball. Lacy ran right through the Irish defense on a 20-yard touchdown in the game’s opening minutes, capping an 82-yard drive, which was the longest given up on the season by the Irish.It was a harbinger of dominance to come.McCarron led his team down the field on their second possession for 61 yards, climaxed by a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Michael Williams, who was standing in the back of the end zone unattended. The Tide went up 14-0, and they were just beginning to roll.Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon put the Tide up 21-0 on the first play of the second quarter on a 1-yard run. The Crimson Tide got to that point on the strength two long McCarron completions: one to receiver Kevin Norwood for 25 yards and the second to freshman extraordinaire Amari Cooper for a 27-yard gain.Once Yeldon scored, all Irish hopes of winning their first national championship since 1988 vanished into the warm Miami night air. Irish fans were hushed and their players were in awe.”We’ve got to get physically stronger, continue close the gap there,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. ”Just overall, we need to see what it looks like. Our guys clearly know what it looks like now – a championship football team. That’s back-to-back national champions. That’s what it looks like. That’s what you measure yourself against there. It’s pretty clear across the board what we have to do.”Already up 28-0 at halftime, the Crimson Tide opened the third quarter with the similar control, making it 35-0 on a 34-yard hook up from McCarron to Cooper. If it was not already over, it was then.And so, Tide coach Nick Saban sits atop the college coaching mountain with four national championships, three at Alabama.“We’ve had a lot of really great football players who’ve worked really hard,” Saban said. “Because we’ve had a great team, we’ve been able to have a significant amount of success.”Kelly took the hard lesson from the defeat: His team still has a ways to go.“We made incredible strides to get to this point,” he said. “Now it’s pretty clear what we’ve got to do to get over the top.”Lacy finished with 140 yards on 20 carries and was voted the game’s offensive MVP. McCarron, who was last year’s MVP, threw for 264 yards and four touchdowns on 20 of 28 passing.The stoic Saban said: “Whether I look it or not, I’m happy as hell.”But he said he gets back to work in two days. No extended rest for champions.
The Senate on Wednesday stripped from the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill language directing the Defense Department to privatize up to five commissaries through a two-year pilot program.Lawmakers also passed a second procedural vote to end debate on the annual policy bill, setting up a final vote for passage which likely will take place Thursday. The 84-14 vote also signaled the Democrats’ decision not to filibuster the authorization bill over its reliance on DOD’s overseas contingency operations account to exceed the Budget Control Act spending caps. Instead, Senate Democrats will resume that fight over the defense spending bill. The party is expected to block a vote, which could come today, to debate the spending measure in the Senate.Before voting to invoke cloture on the underlying bill, the Senate approved language requiring DOD to assess the costs and benefits of privatizing military grocery stores prior to launching a pilot program to evaluate privatization. The amendment was offered by Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), but it was modified to include the text of a related amendment from Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), reported CQ.“This amendment puts all efforts to prioritize commissaries on hold, requiring instead an assessment on privatizing before we make significant changes to our service member’s commissary benefits,” Inhofe said in a joint press release. “There are too many unknowns as to whether privatization could directly impact military members’ ability to provide for their families as well as the potential for it to affect retention,” he stated.The House bill does not include language requiring DOD to test privatization.On Tuesday, the Senate rejected an amendment from David Vitter (R-La.) that would have established a floor of 32 Army brigade combat teams (BCTs) in the active and reserve Army components. That is the number of BCTs the Army will have at the end of the current fiscal year when it reaches an end strength of 490,000. Officials shortly are expected to announce further cuts that would shrink the Army by up to 70,000 additional troops and 10 to 12 BCTs. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
The storylines and word choices are adapted to the player’s age, with shorter and simpler language used for younger audiences, and more complex vocabulary words for the older kids. As players progress within the app, their achievements earn them badges for their success. The new Marvel Hero Tales app shows kids that their word choices can decide what Spider-Man does next in the interactive comic. Kuato Studios “This is the most personal project I’ve ever been involved with, not just because of my love of the Marvel Universe, but also because as a child with undiagnosed dyslexia, school, and particularly reading, was incredibly challenging for me,” Mark Horneff, CEO of Kuato Studio, said in a statement. Avengers: Endgame toys, merchandise to re-create the MCU capstone 1 Share your voice The Marvel Hero Tales app aims to help kids learn to read and write using comics. Kuato Studios Learning to read and write can be daunting for kids, but with the new Marvel Hero Tales mobile app from Kuato Studios, little ones hopefully can get some help from Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel and other Marvel greats.The free app, available on iOS and Android, encourages kids from 7 to 11 to write their own Marvel stories while developing their language and reading skills. The Marvel Hero Tales app lets kids follow superheroes like Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel, Captain America and Captain Marvel as they “level up” by completing activities such as word collection and comprehension of words. Players can then use these words to write their own story by building sentences inside a comic book panel. Their choice of words directly affects the outcome of the superhero’s mission. The final result is a personalized comic book that can be shared with friends and family. 18 Photos Horneff remembers being given a copy of Spider-Man at age 8 and reading it cover to cover.” “Those adventures fed not only my imagination, but my confidence as a storyteller and my passion for reading,” Horneff said. “My hope is that Marvel Hero Tales will inspire a new generation of Marvel readers and storytellers, and in some small way, allow that 8-year-old to repay some of the debt I owe to Peter Parker.” Captain Marvel Marvel Spiderman Captain America Tags Mobile Apps TV and Movies Iron Man’s Avengers: Endgame cabin is yours to rent on Airbnb Own a piece of Avengers: Endgame Jessica Jones season 3: New trailer, photos and release date revealed Comment More superheroes
Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min read The Army is indeed currently at work building a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit or TALOS. The suit is meant for Special Operations Forces, and while it can’t fly, it does repel flames and ammunition. In addition to protecting soldiers, the Army said in an announcement this fall that it hopes the technology that is being developed for the suit can be used to create even better prosthetics for soldiers wounded in the line of duty. Prototypes are expected to be ready for testing in June. Last month, Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 cult classic RoboCop was rebooted with The Killing’s Joel Kinnamen in the title role. The most recent episode of Community had Abed (Danny Pudi) highly anticipating/dreading the remake of his favorite robot vigilante movie “Kickpuncher.” Related: Entrepreneurs on the Moon? NASA Takes a Step in That Direction.And in Robert Downey Jr.’s third outing as Iron Man last summer, he defeated Guy Pearce’s revenge-driven mad scientist (but aren’t they all?) alongside his friend James Rhodes (Don Cheadle). To lend a hand, the Colonel was decked out in an uber-patriotic, government-sponsored super suit to become: War Machine.You can’t say that TALOS isn’t on trend.What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at FarOutTech@entrepreneur.com or by telling us in the comments below. Coming soon to a top-secret government lab near you…Iron Man?Sort of. Last week, in a case of life imitating art — or least the demands of the domestic box office — President Obama made mention of an Army project called TALOS during remarks at a White House event announcing the development of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes in Detroit and Chicago.Related: What If EVERYTHING In Your Life Was Connected to the Internet?Obama jokingly said of the undertaking, “Basically I’m here to announce that we’re building Iron Man…This has been a secret project we’ve been working on for a long time. Not really. Maybe. It’s classified.” Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. March 5, 2014