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.

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The Godfrey winners throw out the opening pitch!

Godfrey winners: Rebecca, Madison, Harris, and I on the field for the opening pitch.

Godfrey winners: Rebecca, Madison, Harris, and I on the field for the opening pitch.

The winners of the coveted Godfrey Video Award enjoyed a beautiful day at Doug Kingsmore Stadium and a Tiger win! 4 students produced the winning video: Rebecca, Madison, Harris, and Paul (who was unable to attend the recognition). The three students were asked to throw out the opening pitch for the baseball game after their video played on the screen at the field. Each of them threw out an impressive pitch from the mound! Congrats on your accomplishments!

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The Godfrey’s winners throw out the ceremonial pitch at the Clemson baseball game Wednesday.

Congrats to all the #GC3400  @ClemsonGC students for a great set of baseball and soccer promo videos for The Tigers! Continue…

#GC340 Clemson Basketball promotional video shoot

GC340 shoot Clemson basketball promotional videos

GC340 shoot Clemson basketball promotional videos

In case you missed hearing about the #GC340 basketball promotional video shoot during Fall 2013, I wanted to share some of the pictures from the location day. I really do love just about every aspect of film making, but probably the part of the process that I think is the most exciting, is the shoot day. Bring on the talent, the lights, the cameras, the microphones, and let’s see if we can make the magic happen! Yes, I admit there is a lot of planning that goes into those few short hours on set, but if all goes (mostly) well, then by the end of that time, you’ll have on film what it takes to edit your masterpiece.

I’ll admit, production day is not everyones favorite part of the process. It is a day of high tensions, lots of stress, and perhaps even more sit around and wait time than actual production time. As they used to say when I served as a production assistant on Hollywood features the motto of shoot days is “hurry up and wait!” Now from a producer or directors stand point, being there and ready ahead of the curve is not only important, but can mean the difference between having your shot and having no footage at all. So those moments of waiting may be painful, but they are completely necessary for a successful shoot day on location. Continue…

The History of Aspect Ratio in Cinema

Do you know why 16:9 is the current standard in film aspect ratio? Do you remember the transition to the current flat screen TV size from the old CRT 4:3 aspect ratio? Remember wondering why all the shows were letter-boxed either top and bottom or left and right? Or even worse, some people would watch it stretched or squeezed so it filled the whole TV screen. There is a lot more history to aspect ratio and the business decisions as well as aesthetic decisions behind each transition then one might expect. This video walks you through the transition and reasons behind the multiple frame sizes in cinema history in an entirely entertaining way. Grab some popcorn and check it out!

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Dove video experiment on beauty perception

A Dove video posted on Monday on YouTube teaches a vital lesson about how we view ourselves compared to how others see us. Trust us, it’s worth your time.

A former forensic artist for the San Jose police department met a series of women and asked each to describe the way they look. He had no way of seeing them behind a curtain. He prompted them to detail everything: hair length, facial structure, their most prominent features. He then sketched each participant from their self-description.

Each woman was asked before the study to get to know one of the other participants. The forensic artist then prompted each woman to describe the other’s face.

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