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Chroma Key/Green Screen Tutorial

Chroma Key/Green Screen Tutorial

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Chroma keying is a special effects/post-production technique for layering two images or video streams together based on color hues. Mainly used in newscasting, chroma key is also used in the motion p...

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Foley Tutorial

Foley Tutorial

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Foley is the art of creating realistic ambient sounds in post-production by creatively using a wealth of materials to enhance the quality of audio for films, television, video, video games, and radio...

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Shot Types and Camera Movements Tutorial

Shot Types and Camera Movements Tutorial

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Common techniques of cinematography, such as choice of shot type and camera movement, can greatly influence the audience’s interpretation and appreciation of a film. Variance in size and type o...

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Stop Motion Animation Tutorials

Stop Motion Animation Tutorials

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Stop motion animation is a technique used to make physically manipulated objects appear to move on their own. Because the object is moved incrementally between individually photographed frames, an il...

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Microphones Types and the Basics of Recording Sound

Microphones Types and the Basics of Recording Sound

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A basic understanding of the functionality of different kinds of microphones will dramatically improve the quality of students’ final films. It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the p...

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Filmmaking Equipment 101

Filmmaking Equipment 101

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Using the Equipment You Have One of the most important things to remember when making films in the classroom is to use what you have! There are so many affordable (and flexible) options that can be u...

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Lighting Tutorials

Lighting Tutorials

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Though professional lighting kits and equipment can often be costly and unwieldy for younger film students, there are a number of ways to cheaply and effectively light a scene while replicating the s...

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Composition Tutorial

Composition Tutorial

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In film, composition refers to the arrangement and rendering of objects within the frame. Composition can vary depending on camera movements, types of shots, and framing used by the filmmaker. While ...

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Editing Tutorial

Editing Tutorial

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Welcome to the editing room. This collection of tutorials will give you the technical skills and theory that you need to make great movies with your class. Like any software, the editing programs bec...

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Sound Mixing Tutorial

Sound Mixing Tutorial

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Sound editing and mixing are integral to creating a believable and immersive film experience. High level audio mixing in post-production can lend a sense of polish to an amateur film. Audio post-prod...

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