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Episode 34: Recording Great Voiceover
Episode 34: Recording Great Voiceover Voiceover artist Matt Shivers helps Nick and Griffin record better vocal tracks. Plus, your questions about exposure blending, what to do when your video content is stolen, and if it’s legal to film in a national park. Thank you to our friend Matt for sharing his voiceover tips! *Matt uses these mics: Neumann TLM-103 and a Sennheiser MKH 416 Hey Indie Filmmakers is brought to you by Tongal—a creative network where anyone, anywhere has the...
Episode 33: Mystery of the Light Leaks
Episode 33: Mystery of the Light Leaks Nick unravels the mystery of light leaks hitting Griffin’s Panasonic GH4 sensor. Shooting time lapses and infrared at Zion National Park. Episode recorded in St. George, Utah at the DOCUTAH film festival. Plus, your questions about green screen problems, editing short films, and entering film festivals. My film Hand-cut played this year at DOCUTAH—so did Sriracha in 2014. For more on festivals I’ve entered, been rejected by, and their costs,...
Bonus episode: Converting My Camera to Infrared
Infrared light waves penetrate skin enough to soften features—notice my missing freckles. Bonus episode: Converting My Camera to Infrared Before their next full episode on September 13, Griffin decides to convert his Panasonic GH4 to shoot infrared, instead of visible light. Nick joins Griffin in St. George, Utah next week for the DOCUTAH film festival. The two most popular infrared conversion services are Life Pixel in Texas and Kolari Vision in New Jersey.
Episode 32: Swear Words & Censorship
Episode 32: Swear Words & Censorship Nick and Griffin discuss swear words, censorship, and figure out the MPAA movie rating for Sriracha. Plus, your questions about prime lenses, operating a Glidecam, and picture profiles for cameras. Watch Indy Mogul’s History of Movie Ratings. Resources from this episode censor-beep-01.wavcosting between $750–$25,000YouTube Community GuidelinesApple iTunes Podcast GuidelinesNick is proud of this Glidecam HD-2000 shot. Griffin hangs a blanket behind...
Episode 31: I Filmed the Solar Eclipse
Episode 31: I Filmed the Solar Eclipse Griffin heads to Bowling Green, Kentucky to film the solar eclipse—Nick experiences cloudy weather. Plus, your questions about marketing yourself on social media, how to expose for time lapses, and mounting two cameras on one tripod. Filmmaking equipment mentioned in this episode: Panasonic Lumix 100–400mmBaader Planetarium AstroSolar safety filmCelestron EclipSmart Solar FilterPedco Ultra ClampThank you to my friend Carrie at Sur la Lune...
Episode 30: Filming Bears in Alaska
Episode 30: Filming Bears in Alaska In Alaska, Griffin gets close-ups with brown bears, and Nick asks—how did you stay safe? Wildlife photographer Daniel J. Cox weighs in. Plus, your questions about camera cages, budget lenses, and why I stopped using variable ND filters.
Episode 29: How to Make a Tutorial Video
Episode 29: How to Make a Tutorial Video Griffin critiques Nick’s latest tutorial video. Plus, your questions about the usefulness of a monopod, editing and backing up footage, and capturing the eclipse in 360 degrees. After discussing his first cut with Griffin, Nick added an on-camera intro, and re-recorded the voiceover track. Watch his finished tutorial video:
Episode 28: How to Film the Solar Eclipse
Episode 28: How to Film the Solar Eclipse Griffin and Nick learn what it takes to photograph the upcoming solar eclipse, and each make a new hard drive purchase. Plus, your questions about anamorphic lenses, false color, and adjusting the flange distance on your lens. Map—Where to view the August 21 solar eclipse Equipment to Film a Solar Eclipse Black polymer solar filterSolar eclipse glassesPanasonic 100–400mm Leica lensUseful Solar Eclipse Photography Articles Debunking the Myths...
Episode 27: Australian Filmmaking Adventure
Episode 27: Australian Filmmaking Adventure Griffin photographs a Quokka, and builds drone confidence off the coast of Australia. Nick suggests a new live-streaming venture. Plus, your questions about filming LCD monitors, faking motion blur, and if you really need a demo reel. Watch Griffin’s rough edit of his DJI Spark footage and GH5 time lapses from Rottnest Island. Editing tools mentioned on today’s show: LRTimelapseReelSteadyReelSmart Motion Blur
Episode 26: Illegal Drone Flight in Sydney
Episode 26: Illegal Drone Flight in Sydney In Sydney, Griffin is confronted by Australian police, and Nick explains multi-cam editing. Plus, your questions about nat sound breaks, avoiding light flicker in foreign countries, and capturing slow motion audio.
Episode 25: Which camera bags for travel?
Episode 25: Which camera bags for travel? Nick’s in Chicago, and Griffin’s just returned from filming in Grindelwald, Switzerland and Verona, Italy. They talk camera bags, plus your questions about filming a dance class, capturing clear audio, and how to script a documentary film. Camera Bags mentioned in this episode: Read the wedding contract Griffin has used in the past. Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20LLowepro Fastpack 250 backpackThinkTank Perception Pro backpackLowepro Event...
Bonus episode: Why shoot 10-bit color if I can’t see it?
Bonus episode: Why shoot 10-bit color if I can’t see it? Our next full episode is July 12, but today Griffin and Nick answer three audience questions, including why shooting 10-bit color (1 billion color possibilities) is better than 8-bit (16 million color possibilities) if our screens don’t even display that much color data. Watch What is "10-bit 4:2:2"? for a technical explanation of color bit depth and chroma subsampling.
Episode 20: Lumix GH5 Launch in Singapore
Episode 20: Lumix GH5 Launch in Singapore Which camera should Nick buy? The Lumix GH5 or G85? Griffin is in Singapore—his fourth stop on a filmmaking workshop tour through Southeast Asia. Plus, your questions about shooting with the full sensor, keeping focus while moving, and if film school is really worth it. Nick is selling his current camera on eBay—an Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II. Also a mini PC—an Intel NUC i3. Nick is either buying a Panasonic Lumix G85 (including 12-60mm kit...