The Mirror (Le Miroir)

Joe Randeen/ Cinematography, Editing, Films, How-To, Techniques

Le Miroir is a short film written and directed by the team at Roman + Pedro. It tells the story of a man – in the sense of the human being – which passes from childhood to the status of “old man”, the time to freshen up.  This is a fantastic film to show film students, not only as an example of storytelling but also filmmaking.  Their website provides BTS and mood boards for the

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Mistakes YouTubers Make & How To Fix Them

Joe Randeen/ Editing, FCPX, How-To, Techniques, Videos

We can all grow in our skills as content creators.  Practice is a non-negotiable but why reinvent the wheel as well? Here is a good video by FILM BOOTH that will show you how to not make the same mistakes so many YouTubers (content creators) make. This video, along with practice will make you a better content creator.  These are simple yet often over-looked mistakes.  One important note is the SCRIPT everything

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Visions of Light

Joe Randeen/ Cinematography, How-To, Lighting, Videos

There are so many different things to keep in mind when you are putting together a film.  For beginning filmmakers, this is especially stressful. One thing that consistently seems to take a backseat is CINEMATOGRAPHY. Visions of Light is a documentary that examines an often overlooked element of filmmaking: the role of cinematography. It includes interviews with various cinematographers, credited as “directors of photography,” who discuss clips from their own work as

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Best APPs for Filming

Joe Randeen/ How-To, Uncategorized

With the ability to add advanced DSLR-like settings, pro-grade manual controls, and higher quality bitrates standard to most third-party camera apps, you can easily overcome many of the drawbacks of shooting with the built-in apps bundled with your Android of iPhone devices. In these videos, we take a look at all the leading camera apps right now, with a full review and my top picks for the –  BEST Android Camera Apps

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Don’t Do Nothing

Joe Randeen/ Announcements, How-To, News & Thoughts

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” I’m pretty sure that Theodore Roosevelt was not referring to filmmaking when he made this statement, I will relate it back to that subject. To overstate the obvious, learning filmmaking during a pandemic, virtually school environment is less than ideal,

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Micro Films Exercise

Joe Randeen/ Editing, How-To, Videos

In teaching the students about HOW to use camera shots, angles and movement in order to tell a more compelling story, we start off with a Micro Film exercise. Students are given a short script. Students choose 4 film genres. Using each genre the students use camera shots, angles and movements to help the script tell a story. To the right you will see a sample script.  It’s simple on purpose so

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How to recognize and fix 11 common problems in Final Cut Pro X

Joe Randeen/ FCPX

This is a great resource article from Frame.io. To read the entire article click READ MORE at the end of the text below. There is an old saying that I really enjoy. Some things are like the ocean: shallow enough for a child to wade in, yet deep enough that you will rarely see the bottom. Final Cut Pro X is close to one of those things… until you feel like you are drowning.

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