Thursday, July 03, 2008

Kubrick revistied and some links

Channel 4 in the UK is running a series of Kubrick's films and to promote it, they re-created the sets from the shining and found look-alikes for the cast and crew.

You can see the promo shot HERE.

You can also see a lot of behind the scenes for the actual film on YouTube HERE.

One of the things that struck me in the promo that Channel 4 did was the beautiful Steadicam shot that constitutes the entire ad for the series. VERY nicely done. And speaking of Steadicam, there is a great site that tracks great steadicam shots and includes comments on the shots by the operators. Here you can see Garrett Brown's (the inventor of the Steadicam) very first Steadicam shot in the film "Bound for Glory" and many many other great shots.

That is over at Steadishots HERE.

And now, for a couple of links...

The GREAT open source media pre-production tool Celtx is finally out of beta and they have released version 1.0. This is a GREAT resource and if you have never looked at it, you owe it to yourself to download this and check it out. Check out their site HERE.

FREE FCP and Motion tutorials on Youtube. Over 40 for each app. Check them out HERE.

Overclock your MacPro - ZDNet has a freeware application that will allow you to overclock your MacPro. I played with this a little and my results were mixed at best so proceed with caution here. You can check it out HERE.

And, finally, a study of camera motion in film. Check it out HERE.

Have a great weekend everyone and if you live in the U.S., have a great and safe 4th of July!

Mike and Nance

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