Last month stock footage site Filmsupply and Musicbed invited editors to use any of their high quality stock footage and compose enjoyable clips that ...Read more
No camera? No music? No problem! Today sees the launch of a short film contest run by Filmsupply and Musicbed. Simply download the stock footage and sound from their libraries to your heart’s content, and create a piece under 60 seconds for the chance to win $100,000 worth of prizes! Starting today at 10 AM ET, Filmsupply and Musicbed invite you to enter their short movie challenge. To begin, simply register at Filmsupplychallenge.com to download their starter pack, which contains important information and guidelines for the contest. You can use any of the material in the Filmsupply and Musicbed libraries free of charge, provided you only use them for the contest entry and nothing else. Entries should be under a minute, and will compete in the categories of Best Ad Spec, Best Title Sequence and Best Trailer. There will also be winners for the overall Best Sound Design, Best VFX, Best Colour and Best Edit. The judging panel in charge of deciding the winning entries will be made up of renowned figures in the filmmaking industry, including big names like Philip Bloom, Shane Hurlbut and Vimeo Head of Curation Jordan McGarry. Prizes include $100,000 worth of goodies from the likes of Rode Microphones and LensProToGo, but also DaVinci Resolve Studio and a 12-month free subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. Moreover, the winners of the three Category Awards will receive some cool experience prizes: Best Ad Spec winner will get a full-paid trip to Fort Worth, Texas, for an on-set experience of filming a Musicbed recording session. Winner of the Best Title Sequence will get a full-paid trip to Austin, Texas, and an access all areas pass to SXSW. And the winner of Best Trailer will spend an instructional on-set day with Shane Hurlbut. Filmsupply and Musicbed are some of the largest media licensing sites out there, with enormous libraries of incredibly well-curated content. They both host material that adheres to the highest technical and artistic quality, making this contest one where your creativity really is the only limitation. You can start downloading and get your film started today, with a call for entries as of today until 28th of June. Make sure to head over to the Filmsupply Challenge site for more details!Read more
The Vocas Spider System is an upcoming lightweight, portable and modular support system for DSLR’s and small factor camcorders. But how is it different from other solutions out there? There is something to be said about using the name Spider for a product name in the camera world. Perhaps the image of multileggedness is meant to invoke a sense of stability and versatility in the mind of the consumer or something. There is already a camera holster, and not one but two shoulder rigs for DSLRs, both by SHAPE and the oft-rebranded cheapo Spider Steady rig. Well, Vocas is the latest addition to the arachnid party, with a Spider system of their own. The Vocas Spider System provides multiple points of contact. At first glance, the Vocas Spider System shares a great similarity to the Zacuto Marauder foldable rig due to its compact, portable nature and rifle-style shoulder stock. However, Vocas goes a step further, as their system is not only portable, but also much more versatile. The core of the system is the Spider universal camera base, that serves as a hub to the system. Although it doesn’t feature a quick release system, it includes an anti-rotation pin, so installing the QR system of your choice shouldn’t be much of a problem. Underneath the baseplate is a tube that serves as an axle on which to attach the Vocas arms. These can be extended from 165mm to 235mm, and the ends provide standard rosettes on which to fasten the individual accessories. The accessories introduced in this system are the handgrip, the shoulder brace (rifle stock) and belly brace. These are rubberised for comfort and, due to their rosette connection to extendable arms, can be configured to accommodate many different kinds of body types. They are also compatible with Vocas’ wooden handles. Multiple configurations: basic, extension bar and two-handed. A longer Spider tube can also be attached under the baseplate to extend the length of the system horizontally and introduce, for example, a second handle for two-handed operation. A complete rig could in theory offer up to five points of contact (two handles, belly, shoulder and against your face if your camera has an eye cup) meaning it could certainly serve to reduce the micro jitters inherent to hand-held footage from smaller cameras. But the keyword here is “smaller”, as support systems that don’t provide a counter weight over the shoulder will inevitably cause your arm muscles to fatigue after a while when adding accessories like rods, matte boxes, follow focuses, longer lenses, etc. The Vocas Spider System will be available as a starter kit including a handle and shoulder brace for €795, with each additional arm at a price of €195 and extra handles and braces for €120. We hope to know more about this product, including materials, dimensions and weight, closer to its expected release date in July 2016.Read more
Philadelphia-based director of photography Mitch Martinez has made more than 1,500 4K clips available for download for free on his website – including commercial use. All of the clips were shot on RED Epic Dragon, Epic MX and RED One cameras. The clips can be downloaded for free on a per-clip basis in MP4 format from archive.org servers, or alternatively as a whole multi-part .ZIP package with 120GB for $99, or sent on a hard drive. The clips are well organized into 35 categories, and he shot the footage all across the US. Clicking through a number of clips, I have to say that he has a great eye and talent for composition, so these are definitely very, very good stock footage clips that can be used in all kinds of productions. To prevent people from reselling his footage, Mitch requires people to fill out a license form just to tell him what the clips are being used for, if they are commercial projects. He reserves the right to decline but says he hardly ever does. We reached out to Mitch, asking him why he is giving away all these clips for free. His reply: For the commercial usage, the footage is still free (often a concern). How it works: the commercial use license agreements forms are requested by users on a per project basis through a page on my website. It’s a quick form to fill out. If a user has multiple projects, just fill out multiple forms. I’ve seen a person submit ten different request forms in one day – and then a handful more the following day; all of those forms were approved. I’m really easy going about the license agreement stuff but have it in place to make sure people aren’t trying to resell my content, trying get a blanket release form, or wanting to use every single clip I’ve ever created for every commercial project they’ll do in the future. That’s pretty much why the license agreements I issue are per project – the issued license agreement grants usage of every single clip in the free 4K library for that specific project. That’s a lot of content – I’ve seen music videos created solely from my stock content… Since it’s free, the license agreements also help me keep track of how my footage is being used (thus the notable stock footage usage section). Officially, no payment is ever required for the free 4K content – although donations are accepted and greatly appreciated. :) I tried to set up a system that is user friendly. The downloads are easy. There are video previews for all of the clips. The format for the free 4K content is mp4 files. For those with needs for ProRes or RED files, I’ve made that format content available for available for the fraction of most industry stock prices. The overall goal is to help the film community by sharing my footage with the world. It evolved really organically – starting with just two clips of fire that I uploaded to my website in January 2013 and shared with my Facebook friends. After time, Google search results led more and more people to my website so I needed to develop official license agreements due to the volume of clips and number of users. Originally, each release form I issued was created manually in Microsoft Word to create the pdf, so it wasn’t long before I needed software development to help generate approved release forms for users. A year ago, it would take me five or six minutes to issue one license agreement manually; now I can approve a license agreement and send it to the user in a matter of seconds. This allows me to get the release forms to users promptly. The latest addition has been purchasing/licensing options of ProRes and original R3D files for larger projects that need that extra quality (ProRes/RED clips aren’t free for various reasons including bandwidth issues). It’s very rewarding to contribute to the film community, the entertainment of people, and educational applications (I love issuing release forms to museums, orchestras, and other cultural resources). All of the footage in the free 4K stock footage resource was filmed by me throughout the past 5 or 6 years. I’ve had assistants for some of the shots – but there aren’t any outside DP contributors to the 4K content in terms of filming – nothing along the lines “John Smith filmed this category of content – or clips X/Y/Z”. All of the footage was captured on RED Epic Dragon, RED Epic MX, or RED One MX for the earliest clips. A little about Mitch Martinez I’m a Philadelphia-area based DP and have been filming since 2003. I started filming on RED in 2008 back in the original RED One days (pre-MX sensor). I’ve filmed internationally for commercials and documentaries in four different countries; shot about 40 or 50 music videos to date (give or take); worked on a handful of features; and countless other miscellaneous projects (commercials/industrials/etc). I have a very exciting project that will be released in a few weeks (more on that later). :) I love to work with advanced cinematography systems including motion control systems, moco time lapse, and other crazy stuff to push the limits of what I can do visually. Overall, I love filming and creating imagery.Read more
The Musicbed team has announced Filmsupply, a new service that brings a catalogue of high quality licensed & commissionable footage for brands agencies and filmmakers. As a filmmaker I’m sure you have your own preconceptions of the term stock footage, those that have used stock in the past will know how much of a grueling affair it can be sifting through collection upon collection of clips to find that one gem. Going back a few years, it was a very similar process for finding music for films; there was a distinct gap in quality between licensable and un-licensable (within a reasonable budget) music. The Musicbed were one of the companies that helped bridge that gap, bringing us a fantastic collection of quality licensed music, they plan to do the same for video stock with Filmsupply. Daniel McCarthy, founder and CEO of Musicbed & Filmsupply: “For years, film directors and producers have looked to Musicbed for quality music to help tell their stories, while also supporting great musicians…We are launching Filmsupply to further connect and serve our community of filmmakers, giving them a way to monetize hours and hours of amazing footage that was previously left on the cutting room floor.” So, how does Filmsupply differ? It’s not just the same as the rest but with trending branding, right? It differs in the fact that there’s an application process, you must be approved before you can start contributing footage. Time will tell how rigorous the application process will be but judging from the success of Musicbed, you could say it’s in good hands. Filmsupply have recruited filmmakers no less than the likes of Shane Hurlbut, Phillip Bloom and Salomon Ligthelm to get stock levels going and setting the benchmark nice and high. “No matter where you insert it, stock will always look like stock… With Filmsupply, you don’t have to sort through low quality content because they have pre-screened it to give you the best.” Shane Hurlbut, ASC. Filmsupply will provide footage in both full HD and 4K form, the latter consisting of over 75% of content. Catalogues are broken down into simply genres (animals, business and industry, landscape etc.). For better quality content pricing is, as you’d expect it to be; a little more expensive than some other big stock websites. I sifted around the site a little, and a standard FullHD clip for promotional use 1-500 employees was around $200, $50 more where 4K was available. It was nice to see raw downloads as an option for compatible content also. Filmsupply also provides a project delivery service. Submit a brief and the Filmsupply will “match you with the perfect filmmaker and timeline for your project”. For more information check out the Filmsupply website.Read more
We’ve seen many grading apps and plugins made to take our footage that extra step towards the film look many of us are so keen to achieve: To make our films look cinematic, organic and nice. But none of them is quite as easy to use and gives you as spot on beautiful results as FilmConvert. Does it work? Yes it does. I’ve been using FilmConvert for the past several weeks now and I’m very pleased with everything it has done. On any other software doing a quick film grade takes time and I have to smear up my footage with numerous looks, most of them being way to exaggerated. FilmConvert applies just the subtle changes needed to get digital footage where film would be. The people from FilmConvert measured the exact differences from certain cameras to certain analogue film stocks. The software detects which camera your footage was shot with and alters it accordingly. The result is always right and each of the included 8 (light version) or 19 (pro version) stocks looks very nice. There’s also an exposure and colour temperature tab to do primary corrections and a 3-way colour correction and levels tab to do some rough grading. FilmConvert has become an essential asset for colour correction workflow. From now on every digital material will go through FilmConvert in one way or another.Read more
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