Video Production: Create Flares with a DIY Crystal Filter

first_imgAdd flares to your video shots using this simple in-camera DIY solution.There’s a ton of ways to add flares to your videos in post, but there’s no substitute for achieving this organic effect in-camera. We’re digging this DIY technique by recent creativeLIVE presenter Lindsay Adler.In the short video below, Lindsay demonstrates how she created a custom flare filter using a cheap crystal (bought online) and a simple lens filter (a low cost UV filter does the trick). By gluing the crystal to directly to the filter, you can create unique refracted light effects that give the video image a dream-like quality. This DIY solution, is super cheap and easy to create.This isn’t a technique that you’ll use on a ton of shots – but given the right subject matter (fashion or weddings, for example) it’s one that can be really impactful.Check out the quick tutorial and example shots below – a snippet from Lindsay’s full creativeLIVE workshop “Keep it Simple: Video for Photographers“.Thanks to DIYPhotography.net for tipping us off to this video.last_img read more

How to Shoot a Car Conversation Scene

first_imgHere are some different approaches you can take the next time you want to take your shot on the road.Top image: Pulp Fiction via MiramaxThere’s something about the cinematic road scene that is deeply embedded in American film and culture. Whether it’s Thelma & Louise or Little Miss Sunshine or Dumb and Dumber, there’s cinematic beauty in the conversations we have while trapped inside a car. However, from a DP’s perspective, it can be one of the most difficult and taxing set-ups to tackle.Green ScreenThis method involves the least amount of moving (parts, and in general) but the greatest amount of post-production. Leaving the car stationary and setting up a green screen will allow you to control the scene as much as possible. However, it will require some serious editing chops to fill every mirror and window reflection in a believable way that looks natural.Camera MountThe car mount method (dash cam, side mount, etc…) would be your best DIY small-production option. It’s also the riskiest in terms of possibly damage to your camera or gear. The small dashboard cam might be the safest shot possible, but it’s also one of the most used. Unless you’re project is embracing a practical DIY approach, it would be worth it to invest time or money into other options.Tow CarThis is the professional method of choice (outside of major blockbusters with full production facilities). The tow car gives you maximum control of your car “set” while in a natural, uncontrolled environment. Tow car production still requires a production team and solid coordination (especially for filming scenes multiple times from multiple angles). But if you can afford a tow car (or makeshift trailer), you’ll get the most authentic cinematic look.Have any other approaches you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Ward Theatre Renovations Slated for Completion in 2019

first_img This was announced by Chairman of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC), which is jointly spearheading the project with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams. Story Highlights He indicated that the work, which is about 80 per cent complete, is expected to be concluded in September 2019, adding that “I believe we will all be proud of the building [when] we have done the renovations”. Renovation of the 106-year-old Ward Theatre in downtown Kingston, now under way, is slated for completion in 2019. Renovation of the 106-year-old Ward Theatre in downtown Kingston, now under way, is slated for completion in 2019.This was announced by Chairman of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC), which is jointly spearheading the project with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams.He indicated that the work, which is about 80 per cent complete, is expected to be concluded in September 2019, adding that “I believe we will all be proud of the building [when] we have done the renovations”.He was speaking during the recent launch of the Alpha Mercy Historical Centre project, located on the Alpha Campus at 26 South Camp Road, Kingston.Senator Williams, who is also Kingston’s Mayor, said work carried out on the Theatre, to date, includes the installation of waterproof membrane on the roof; the fitting of countertops and basins in one restroom and four changing rooms; installation of drywall ceiling and sanitary fixtures; and wall repairs.He contended that the historic building, which is a prominent feature in the downtown Kingston redevelopment plan, is a potential tourist attraction that can aid in transforming the nation’s capital into a “destination city” for visitors.The Ward Theatre was presented as a gift to the city in 1912 by then Custos Rotulorum of Kingston, Colonel Charles Ward. The site it occupies in downtown Kingston has been in continuous use as a theatre since the 1770s.Meanwhile, Senator Williams advised that the KSAMC is partnering with the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) to restore the clock tower and war memorial in Cross Roads, St. Andrew.He said the KSAMC is seeking funding for the undertaking, which will include renovating the edifice’s exterior and installing paving stones along the area around the tower.The landmark was built to honour the memory of servicemen from Kingston and St. Andrew who fought and died in World War II.Senator Williams argued that the project is significant, in light of the fact that Kingston has a rich history that “is not celebrated”.“We do not see our history permeating our city and that is a problem. Part of instilling pride in our city and our country, and part of creating this destination city, which is part of the vision we have for Kingston, is that we have to [live] our history within our city,” the Mayor said.last_img read more