Look in your gear bag right now. What's in there? A camera (duh), lenses (duh), memory cards, extra batteries, and chargers (duh, duh, and duh). There are tons of other important things you need to have on you at all times while shooting a film, not the least of which is gaff tape. This stuff is a lifesaver when you need to lay some cable, but that's not the only thing it can do. In this video by Burke Cullinane, learn the many ways you can utilize gaff tape on a film set.
Got some tinfoil? What about Christmas lights? Are your old Smashmouth CDs getting all scratched up on the floor of your car? Well, it's time to put those things to better use by utilizing them in your filmmaking. In this video, Pierre T. Lambert shows you six ways to creatively use several common household items to create beautiful and unique camera and lighting effects.
Like a graceful ballet or a hip-hop routine, blocking is all about choreography. You have to figure out where your actors are going to be, where they're going to go, and how your camera is going to capture it all. In this video, the team over at The Film Look goes over the many elements of blocking, including what kinds of things to keep in mind before making a decision, how to direct your actors, and how to keep the visual communication between your camera and your audience clear and intentional.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".