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Oct 26, 2016
Inside 'Before Mars': Nat Geo and Variable’s Groundbreaking Collaboration
Next month, National Geographic will premiere Mars, a new six-part series produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. The show is a fictional exploration of what may soon be a nonfictional reality: the colonization of Mars...
Oct 20, 2016
How to Scout: Advice from Cinematographer Todd Martin
Cinematographer Todd Martin is always scouting. Every exotic location he finds himself in, every perfect patch of forest — it’s all being logged on the off chance that such a place will one day come in handy.
Sep 13, 2016
Operation Avalanche: How to Fake a Fake Moon Landing
The aptly named Zapruder Films operates out of a house just off the trendy Queen Street West in Toronto. With Criterion movie posters plastered on just about every square inch of wall space, shelves of DVDs arranged chronologically, and a Nintendo 64...
Aug 30, 2016
Carved in Ones and Zeros: Inside Dan DiFelice’s VFX Sculpting
Statues are the object metaphor at the heart of *Carved in Mayhem*. I wanted to draw on the idea that we are all shaped by our surroundings — of which many elements stand beyond the reach of our control — and ultimately create a depiction of being sc...
Aug 12, 2016
Test Driving RED’s 8K Beast of a Camera
Jonny Mass and Edward Khoma of Abandon Visuals believe that someday enough will be enough. Someday the resolution of digital cameras will reach a state of perfection. But while we might not be there yet, we are well on our way. And with RED’s latest...
Aug 03, 2016
A Deep Dive into the Underwater Cinematography of Evolve
To Those Who Doubt is a short film shot in ultra slow-motion and set almost entirely underwater. A passion project by the talented team at Evolve, it contains some of the most striking underwater footage we’ve ever seen. The film was so technically c...
Jul 12, 2016
The Filmsupply Challenge Winners Have Been Selected!
We spend a lot of time looking through our catalog. A lot. In fact, most of our team has the footage nearly memorized. This makes it so much more amazing that the films you created for the Filmsupply Challenge made us completely forget we were seeing...
Jul 06, 2016
How Convolv Launched a Rocket for Chump Change
The democratization of VFX is now in full effect. Where once the creation of high-end visual effects took millions of dollars, hundreds of staff, and access to proprietary equipment, it now requires nothing but a laptop, a few free online tutorials,...
Jul 06, 2016
How Gutsy Sound Design Gives Buick’s ‘Progress’ Emotional Punch
When people ask me the secret to great sound design, my answer is simple: Great sound design happens when you’re not afraid of it. A lot of people are fearful of letting sound design do real emotional work on their projects. They tend to let the musi...
Jul 06, 2016
The Making of History Channel’s Vikings Title Sequence
In addition to deeper characters and long-form narratives, today’s golden age of television has brought with it some true artistry in the form of title sequences. Gone are the days of actors smiling at the camera during the credits, intercut with cli...
Revolutionizing Stock Footage