The history of film editing

I’ll admit, I love infographics and I definitely love great film. So today I wanted to share an infographic made by Adobe that shows the history of film editing. There is no doubt of the importance of editing as a tool for telling a story through film. Although it is sometimes considered “the invisible art” (because it is only noticeable when it is done poorly), good editing is an art-form and the final step to forming the film in the vision of the director and other artists involved in production.

This infographic on the history of editing shares some facts you probably already knew and some that are new. For instance, you probably new that film editing was done with splices (cuts) and tape, but did you know that was the way all films were edited until the 1960s? This infographic also shows the evolution of linear into nonlinear editing which was introduced in the early 1970s.

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Full service production studio: Pinewood Studios

Pinewood studios, located just south of Atlanta

Pinewood studios, located just south of Atlanta

Did you realize that even in Clemson, we have a full production studio practically in our backyard? Pinewood Studios, located south of Atlanta is part of an international company with facilities in the United Kingdom, Canada, Dominican Republic, Germany, and Malaysia. Their newest facility just happens to be a few hours south of Clemson.

According to their website, Pinewood Atlanta Studios is a full service film and entertainment studio complex comprised of six sound stages on 288 acres in Fayetteville, Georgia USA, just south of Atlanta. This is a world-class studio purpose built for the production of film, television, music and video games. Continue…

Drone photography: What is it?

Drone Photography has been all the rage in the news this year and not necessarily in a good way. As a photographer, if you aren’t intrigued by the potential, you haven’t seen much of the footage yet. The footage that got me so excited originally came out of Burning Man 2013 and was shot by Eddie Codel.

There are so many applications on set from documenting a production for special features to replacing expensive crane and dolly shots. Reading the news, you would think that drones were well on their way to becoming the paparazzi’s favorite tool or a way to sneak contraband into national forests and I am sure devious minds can come up with the ability to do that and more. I had my initial contact with a drone at a wedding. My first thought is that those quad copters are loud and not at all discreet. They hum and blow an amazing amount of air beneath them in order to “hover” above their subject. I can’t imagine that they could sneak into a famous person’s home or arrive unnoticed anywhere really. Continue…

GC3400 spending the day with a drone

This summer, the GC3400 class at Clemson University Department of Graphic Communications had a unique opportunity to add arial footage to their class videos. But I am getting ahead of myself in this story! After spring registration, most students have their summer schedules planned. I received an interesting email from Caleb Prather, a Graphic Communications sophomore, asking if there might be an opportunity to explore drone photography in GC3400 during the summer session. He had done a lot of research and even found a few potential videographers that could come speak to our class about the process of capturing arial video using a drone helicopter.

 @ClemsonGC #gc3400  shooting footage for their videos with the assistance of Aaron Richard, drone photographer and videographer out of Asheville, NC.

@ClemsonGC #gc3400 shooting footage for their videos with the assistance of Aaron Richard, drone photographer and videographer out of Asheville, NC. Click on image to see more photographs from the shoot.


Product photography lighting: Don’t forget the shadows!

Both light and shadows work to create perfect product photography lighting

Both light and shadows work to create perfect product photography lighting

We all know that product photography is all about the light, but don’t forget that what makes the light perfect is the inclusion of shadows. In the video tutorial below, Alex Koloskov, walks through the process of first removing the shadows with well place diffusers and then bringing gradients and shadows back onto the image in order to really capture the life and feel of a shiny object in the end photograph.

One of the more difficult things to grasp when you first start working with studio (controlled) lighting is that you can’t have light without shadows. A professor I had in film school called it “painting with light,” a phrase I always loved. In order to paint with light, you are placing light on one plane or part of your subject which in turn creates an opposing shadow on another part of your subject. If you over-light your subject by filling in shadows and adding light on every part of your subject, you end up with flat, boring light with minimal shadows (good for green screen work!). Continue…

7 Simple Photography Hacks

With a few simple around-the-house tools, you can create unique photographic effects to add to your growing arsenal. In this video, you will see 7 photography hacks including: how to create a flash diffuser with a plastic tupperware container, several types of filters with sharpies and vaseline, a tripod made out of two lengths of string, and even the popular bokeh effect with a simple piece of construction paper. I think the best part is that these easy and cheap tricks made me start to think outside the box and look at the household and lab items surrounding us as potential possibilities for experimenting with my DSLR.

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