Create Sweet In-Camera Effects with These Mountable Prisms

These specially made prisms allow you to capture stunning in-camera effects 100% hands-free.

After providing the filmmaking community with tons of excellent guidance on launching music video careers, editing music videos, and writing better treatments for projects, filmmaker Jakob Owens of The Buff Nerds has something new and awesome to offer those who want to give their images a little more style and flair.

Owens has officially unveiled his new company, PrismLensFX, which has come out with two specially made prisms that will not only do what prisms do best (create sweet in-camera color and light effects) but also do so without the need of your hands holding it in front of your lens.

It's difficult for anyone to find fresh, new ways to make their work stand out, especially those who work in the kinetically kaleidoscopic medium of music videos. Many filmmakers get creative and shoot through prisms to capture interesting flares and color effects, but until now, you always had to hold the thing out in front of your lens, which is certainly not the most ideal shooting situation in the world.

Owens says:

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Check Out Vimeo’s Best Shorts of 2018 w/Juror Insights Included

Here are the 7 winners selected from over 1,200 Staff Picks this year.

In a combination ceremony/screening held last night at the Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, New York, Vimeo revealed their selections for their favorite staff picks of 2018. The winners were chosen from a pool of 93 nominated videos over 7 different categories: Action Sports, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Eye Candy, and Travel. You can check out the full list of nominees here.

If you're looking for a shorts program to watch this weekend, I highly recommend checking out these films. Honestly, I wish that more festivals would program their shorts blocks in a more categorical manner, as it keeps things interesting throughout. Check out the winners and commentary from a team of jurors including Tony-winning actor & producer Alan Cumming, writer & producer of Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse Phil Lord, 7x world champion surfer Stephanie Gilmore, New York Times inaugural “52 Places” journalist Jada Yuan, and Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams below.

Action Sports - Dean Goes Surfing - Directed by Caitlyn Greene

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How to Copyright Your Screenplay to Protect Your Ideas

How can you protect your great screenplay or story idea before sending it out into the world? Copyright your script!

We've all been there. Finished a great script and excited to take it out to show everyone what we've done. It's got plot twists, turns, and you know it's going to sell. Maybe you spent the last few weeks working in our Free Screenwriting Seminar and are extremely proud of your work.

But you also have to be protective. If ideas are bought and sold in Hollywood, then you need to make sure you get credit for your great ideas and hard work.

That means before you send your script out to production companies, prospective agents, and contests, you should copyright your screenplay.

What Is A Copyright?

A copyright is a legal document that protects your proprietary ideas, like screenplays, from being plagiarised or stolen.

But here's the catch: you cannot copyright an idea.

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Watch How The Feelworld F5 Compares to The SmallHD Focus Monitor

Interested in monitors? Check out this video breakdown comparing the SmallHD Focus Monitor side-by-side with the Feelworld F5 Monitor.

Looks like the professional grade camera-top monitor competition is heating up! In this video review by Chadwin Smith, we get a side-by-side comparison of how the popular SmallHD Focus stacks up against the Feelworld F5 in a 5” monitor showdown.

SmallHD Focus vs. Feelworld F5

It’s important to note that in reviews like these, both products should always be judged based on your video and filmmaking needs and budget. While the Feelworld stands out as the more affordable and perhaps more practical option, the SmallHD certainly offers more software functionality.

If you’re interested, here are the tech and price breakdowns for each monitor. Specs which stand out or are unique to each monitor are bolded for comparison.

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Screenwriting Tips from 2018’s Best Screenwriters

Whose advice rang true for you?

Variety recently assembled the Screenwriters of "A Quiet Place," "BlacKkKlansman,"(you can download that screenplay here) "Uncle Drew," "Nutcracker and the Four Realms" and more to offer their best advice for writers trying to break into the entertainment industry.

One of the big takeaways of this video is that you need to be true to your own voice. Follow the stories that you'd want to see in theaters, and above all else, finish what you're writing!

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Grasshopper Film Acquires Robert Greene’s Bisbee ’17

Grasshopper Film announced today the acquisition of US distribution rights to Bisbee ‘17, the latest documentary from filmmaker Robert Greene. Following its theatrical release, Bisbee ‘17 will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming platforms this spring, as well as on the non-theatrical market. From the press release: Bisbee ‘17 follows several members of a close-knit community as they attempt to reckon with their town’s darkest hour. In 1917, nearly two-thousand immigrant miners, on strike for better wages and safer working conditions, were violently rounded up by their armed neighbors, herded onto cattle cars, shipped to the middle of the New Mexican desert, and […]

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How To Write a TV Pilot: Free Drama Pilot Seminar (Week One)

Hundreds of pilots sell to networks and streaming services every year. What's stopping you from selling your idea?

Want to learn how to write a TV pilot? You've come to the right place.

Breaking into Hollywood with a writing career is one of the hardest things you can do. Fewer and fewer movies are being made every year, and now, many young writers are turning to television to find jobs. But to get a job in television you need a sample. Samples are speculative pilot scripts that your agent or manager can hand to showrunners to prove your worth.

Sure, there are lots of other factors behind getting staffed, but a great pilot increases your chances of getting in a room can sell it. Hollywood is all about betting on yourself and creating your own opportunities.

So how can you write a great TV pilot?

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M. Night Shyamalan’s Recreation of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ Proves Talent is Ageless

It's no secret that Spielberg influenced 'The Sixth Sense' auteur.

It's hard to believe that M. Night Shyamalan is only 48 years old. For a filmmaker who has been dominating the box office for two decades, you'd expect the director to be entering his elderly days as a seasoned vet. But Shyamalan, whose Glass opens in theaters today, has been a filmmaker for as long as he can remember, back when it was him and him alone starring in some playful recreations of famous movie scenes.

For one of his earliest films, Shyamalan did something that many filmmakers deter their peers away from: working with children and working with animals. Of course, the child in question was Shyamalan himself and the animal was a confused, friendly canine, but even as a kid, Shyamalan was breaking all of the rules.

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Here Are 5 Editing Tricks You’d Kill For (plus a HUGE Giveaway)

Learn five editing tricks you can apply in your workflow while you get a chance to win an editing bundle.

A year ago, I published my first video tutorial about using labels in Premiere Pro. Since then, I've decided to share my editing techniques with others and it's been hard to believe that it's been a year since that first video.

To celebrate this anniversary, I asked a few companies to contribute to the giveaway for my audience. The result is a prize giveaway.

In the following video, I talk about more details about the giveaway and I give five editing tips and tricks that I think will be very valuable to most video editors. If you've been using some of them already, let us know in the comments.

I’ll show them on Premiere Pro because that’s the editing tool of my choice, but I think you can apply these tips (to some extent) to all editing platforms out there. Without further ado, let’s do it!

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8 Simple Rules to Survive and Thrive Your First Sundance

Going to Sundance this year? Keep these tips in mind.

So you're a filmmaker going to Sundance. What an opportunity to network, mingle with the stars, and brag to your friends about movies that you'll be the first to lay eyes on! Unfortunately, none of that's going to happen if you're sick in bed, stuck on a bus, or in line limbo, and chances are, if this is your first Sundance, you'll be experiencing one of those phenomena at least three times.

There are are many Sundance Survival Guides out there. Hell, we wrote one just a few years ago. While most of them tend to focus on taking advantage of networking opportunities and getting your name out there, we thought it may be more helpful to learn how to simply stay healthy and at your best so that when the time does finally come to put yourself out there, you won't, be a frozen, slobbering mess.

Here are the most important things you oughta know before attending your first Sundance.

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