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  • NFS Staff Picks Our Favorite Civil Rights Movement Films and TV Shows January 22, 2021
    We remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week, and the cinema that carries on his legacy. The Civil Rights Movement in America did not finish with Dr. King's work. It is an ongoing process that we're still struggling with to this day. Over the course of several decades, many films and TV shows have […]
    NFS Staff
  • Witness the Capitol Riot as It Happened January 22, 2021
    "I wanted to show people what was actually happening." When thousands of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, cameras were rolling like no other angry mob has encountered in the history of the world. White supremacists, journalists, Congressional representatives, and bystanders alike captured the shocking events on smartphones and action cams from […]
    Oakley Anderson-Moore
  • Do You Know the Vocabulary of the Gimbal? January 22, 2021
    "Don’t be a crab." Don’t know what that means? Then brush up on your gimbal ABCs. Not so long ago, epic cinematic shots were mainstays of jibs, cranes, and dollies. Now, a lone filmmaker with a few hundred bucks can pull off Hollywood-caliber movement—with one hand and a gimbal. However, just buying a gimbal doesn’t […]
    Oakley Anderson-Moore
  • How Has the 'Alien' Franchise Changed Over the Last 40 Years? January 22, 2021
    In space, no one can hear you scream six times over 40 decades. If you're like me, you love the Alien franchise. I mean, what's not to like? It brings horror, adventure, action, and science fiction genres all home to roost. It has some of the greatest directors of all time handling its stories, like […]
    Jason Hellerman
  • Here's How to Choose an Anamorphic Lens January 22, 2021
    Let's dive into how different anamorphic lenses can affect your image. When it comes to lenses, there is a boatload to choose from across many different brands. Generally, they fall into one of two categories: spherical and anamorphic. The latter has gained popularity in droves thanks to some new inexpensive options designed for digital cinema […]
    NFS Staff
  • What Is a LUT? When You Should (and Shouldn't) Use One January 22, 2021
    Wondering precisely what a LUT is and why people are asking you to supply one? There are times for LUTs, and times to avoid LUTs, and we can walk you through it all. If you find yourself wondering "what is a LUT," or, more specifically, "how do I use a LUT in my color grading," […]
    Charles Haine
  • Blackmagic Desktop Video 12.0 Released January 22, 2021
    Blackmagic Design has just released an updated version of their suite of desktop video drivers for several of their hardware solutions to output proper video signals. Blackmagic Desktop Video 12.0 is available for download free of charge. To be able to output a legal video signal from your computer, you will most likely need some […]
    Olaf von Voss
  • Follow the Map to the Fantasy Genre in Film and TV January 22, 2021
    Want to go on an adventure with magic and mayhem? The fantasy genre might be right for you. Have you ever looked out the window and wished you were anywhere but here? Maybe suddenly that dreary day turned into a massive storm on the sea, or your wardrobe was the entrance to a magical land, […]
    Jason Hellerman
  • Two Sonnet eGPU Breakaway Pucks for Non-M1 Macs Released January 22, 2021
    Sonnet has released two new models in its eGPU Breakaway Puck line of external GPU/hub systems. These differ by the built-in graphics unit, either a Radeon RX 5500 XT or Radeon RX 5700. The Sonnet eGPU Breakaway Puck is exclusively intended for use with Apple Mac systems, more precisely with Intel-based Mac systems. There is […]
    Olaf von Voss
  • FilmConvert Profile for Panasonic LUMIX S5 Released January 22, 2021
    FilmConvert has just announced that a new picture profile for the Panasonic LUMIX S5 has been added. You now have the ability to quickly and easily grade Panasonic S5 footage with either FilmConvert or FilmConvert Nitrate and get accurate colors with a sweet film look. Let’s take a closer look at it! If you’re new […]
    Jeff Loch
  • If You're a Writer of Color, Take a Look at This Exciting Mentorship Program January 21, 2021
    86% of TV writers are white. The problem is systemic. Mentorship Matters is an intensive year-long mentorship program with a simple goal: to help place emerging writers of color inside television writers' rooms and change the landscape of who gets to tell stories in our industry. Whether we like it or not, success in this […]
    Jason Hellerman
  • Aputure 60d and 60x Review – Compact & Focusable LED Fixtures January 21, 2021
    Nestled in the variety of recent Aputure releases (see the 600d Pro and Amaran series) are the focusable LS 60d and the 60x fixtures. During our Virtual Trade Show back in May of 2020, I spoke with Aputure President Ted Sim about these lights and the good news is that they’re shipping now. Abiding by […]
    Graham Sheldon
  • Sony Teases 'Alpha' Launch Event For Jan. 26 January 21, 2021
    New Sony Alpha products will be announced on Jan. 26, 2021. After releasing the a7S III last year, along with the FX6 and a new cine zoom lens, Sony has already marked the calendar for its newest Alpha products. Other than the description under the video description says, "Be ready for the announcement of the […]
    NFS Staff
  • Download the 2021 Awards Season Screenplays Now (and More!) January 21, 2021
    Want to learn about screenwriting? Read more scripts! Awards season is here, and that means catching up on a bunch of reading. I love when studios begin to release their screenplays, because we get to read what's been made and peruse some of our favorite stories to see what they looked like on the page. […]
    Jason Hellerman
  • Rycote's New Boom Poles Are Lightweight Yet Rigid Enough to Meet Any Audio Demands January 21, 2021
    Rycote offers three sizes of boom poles, plus a quick connection system to attach accessories. There isn't a day that goes by where Rycote gear isn't used on set, whether that be one of its shockmount systems, windjammers, or lav accessories. Rycote's Undercovers and Overcovers are a must for any production sound mixer. When the […]
    NFS Staff
  • Comparing the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Autel EVO II Pro Drones January 21, 2021
    Let's take flight! Autel Robotics made a splash during CES 2020 announcing its EVO II drone series that includes options for 8K and 6K image capture. At CES 2021, the company added a thermal imaging option in the EVO II Dual 640T, a new RTK series, and Dragonfish, a highly capable commercial drone capable of […]
    Dan Watson
  • These Are Sony a7S III Tips You Should Know January 21, 2021
    Let's dive into the unsung capabilities of the Sony a7S III. It's hard to believe the Sony a7S III was announced six months ago and has been in the hands of shooters since last September. Time flies. Having had the camera for some time, I've been able to learn quite a few helpful things that […]
    Dan Watson
  • Is There Anything Left in the Superhero Genre to Explore? January 21, 2021
    It's the modern equivalent of the Western, whether you like it or not. This week on The No Film School Podcast: Twitter has its way with Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World... but Russel Crowe fights back. Now we ask, what can be gleaned from the boat movies of yore? ("Yore" being […]
    Jeffrey Reeser
  • Single-Camera vs. Multi-Camera: Why You Need to Make the Decision for Your TV Script January 21, 2021
    When you're developing a TV idea you need to pick: Single-Camera vs. Multi-Camera. Television is a really interesting beast. There are so many different ideas that fit in the TV world, and there are really only two forms in which they can take place. You're either making a single-camera show or a multi-camera show, no […]
    Jason Hellerman
  • Check Out This Collection of Brian Koppelman's 6-Second Screenwriting Tips January 21, 2021
    Want some quick writing lessons? Is six seconds short enough? Gather around the campfire, kids, and I'll tell you about a platform called "Vine" that came and went, where people would upload six-second clips that made you laugh or educated you. I had Vine for one reason. I wanted to be a screenwriter, and there […]
    Jason Hellerman

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