Joseph McLauchlan

My thoughts on production, post production and the mass media world.

Archive for the tag “production”

Support a Good Cause…Tis the Season

Here is a inspirational story, via Gizmodo.com about a war photographer that lost both legs to a land mine. A few weeks ago, embedded with a patrol in Afghanistan on assignment for the New York Times, photojournalist Joao Silva stepped on a landmine and lost both his legs below the knees. He kept taking photographs the whole time.

Gear Selection….what do I really need?

When starting any indie or feature film the fist question is what gear will I use. Here is a nice article from Film Slate Magazine. this is a good place to start when trying to select what gear you need. Check it out here gear guide.

25 New Faces in Film

Here is an interesting list that Filmmaker Magazine made about 25 new faces in film.

New Faces

The iPad as a production tool……What?

Owning an iPad myself I have yet to put it to use on an actual production. However I do think that as the iPad gains popularity and more production and post production apps are released we will see more stories similar to the one on Vincent Laforet’s blog, Using the iPad on set. My question to anyone reading this is what roll do you see the iPad playing in the production process, and what apps are out there or what would you like to see made for the iPad?

The After Effects Take Over!!

Have you noticed that everywhere you look today you are likely to find some kind of motion graphics that was made with After Effects. You see it all over from poorly made car ads to ads for crappy MTV reality TV shows. I am starting to wonder is this what your average producer and editor have come up with is that the only way they are able to grab peoples attention is with flashy motion graphics. Now don’t get me wrong on some more high end productions you see great uses of AE however I am see more and more poorly made effects make it to main stream media. WIth a quick google search you basic After Effects user is able to find tutorials on all sorts of effects and mash a bunch of them together and come up with something presentable. Some of these people however probably would not be able to get the same message across if you limited them to basic cuts and good editing technique. I just feel that right now many productions are too After Effects heavy and that we need to get back to the basics. You could have the best video and audio in the world but at the end of the day if you are not able to tell your story or relay your message then all that expensive equipment you used to get your great video and audio is useless.

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