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    What is Creative Cloud: Adobe and Alternatives for Indie Filmmakers

    Last Wednesday night I wrapped an editing project, closed Premiere Pro, and noticed that the Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop application had “New Updates” to install… 11 of them. I followed the notification through to the “App” pane, where I was informed that the 2014 Release of ...

What’s the Best NLE Software for Professional Movie Editing?

OVERVIEW “The world has changed”, Galadriel intones as Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring opens. She meant Middle Earth, but her observation applies to the world of video editing software today. In 2011, Apple bungled the launch of Final Cut Pro X, dropping many editors into freefall. Some embraced the competition – namely, Avid’s Media Composer (on which The Lord of […]

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Daily Dose: Hitchcock on “Mystery” Versus “Suspense”

Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest… The Master of Suspense shares his thoughts on the difference between “mystery” and “suspense” at an AFI Seminar in 1970. Do you agree with Hitchcock? Is mystery “an intellectual process… [with] no emotion” that produces “completely wasted footage”? Or can it be an effective storytelling tool? Sign up below to get instant access to over […]

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Daily Dose: Christopher Nolan on How Art Informs Film

Heath Ledger‘s portrayal of the Joker in Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight is, in a word, unforgettable. So when I stumbled across The Tate‘s video exploring Nolan’s inspiration for the Joker’s makeup, I was hooked. Nolan discusses the influence of Francis Bacon’s paintings and, more generally, how art can inform a filmmaker’s creative vision as well as his approach […]

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