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8:00AM

Woodlawn - Movie Trailer

What happens when football and faith come together in the most relevant, life-changing way possible? The answer to that question can be found in the upcoming feature film WOODLAWN. The Erwin Brothers (Moms' Night Out, October Baby) have partnered with Pure Flix (God's Not Dead, Do You Believe?) and Provident Films (Fireproof, Courageous) to present this undeniable true story surrounding the spiritual awakening that captured the Woodlawn High School football team in 1973.

Starring Jon Voight, Sean Astin, Nic Bishop, and newcomer Caleb Castille, WOODLAWN demonstrates what can happen when true love and unbridled unity meet at the 50-yard line. With the racially-charged early 1970s as its backdrop, WOODLAWN and its groundbreaking African American superstar Tony Nathan experience an unprecedented time of revival and reconciliation that ultimately leads to the largest high school game ever played in Birmingham.

Check out the powerful new trailer for WOODLAWN, coming to theaters nationwide October 16, 2015, and don’t miss out on an opportunity to share its message of hope with friends, family members and football fans alike. Get ready to see what happens WHEN GOD SHOWS UP!

woodlawnmovie.com

8:00AM

How to Light an Interview

Have you ever needed to do an interview in an area that made it super tough, for one reason or another?

While in a remote village of Nepal for #standwithme, we needed to interview a few girls at a rehabilitated slave center. It was a crew of two with some LED lights, limited access to power, and very little time and space. These interviews had to cut in with that of Lisa Kristine or the Harr family, interviews that we had crews of four to five on, tons of gear, HMIs to recreate a sunny day, and hours to setup.

But for these interviews it was two people with 30 minutes and lighting that looked closer to a flashlight than something you’d find on a film set.

Now of course we couldn’t make something out of nothing. These interviews wouldn’t look AS good as the ones with Lisa Kristine’s, but we did have to make sure they could cut into the same film and story. And to do that we really went back to the basics. We listened to the light and looked for what was there, how we could best use the environment, and then just broke the light down into its core components and made the most of each.

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Both of these interviews were lit in a crunch in the same side of a bedroom in a remote Nepal village. They are simple but clean by following each step of the tutorial below. The window as a key, some diffusion to soften it, and then a small LED light to add some fill. But it’s the details that matter here, and that we’ll cover in the tutorial.

I can’t tell you how many times over the years we’ve seen people with huge crews and massive lights spend hours lighting an interview that could have looked stronger by just working with the window light that was there.

Sometimes, we just setup what we think we are supposed to for an interview. Or we feel bad if we don’t use our most expensive and coolest lights.

But, as with most skills, if we master the basics before moving up, we can often do much more and go much further (exactly the same scenario with people jumping into huge Steadicams before they knew the basics).

So today on the blog we have something that really goes back to the basics. How To Light An Interview. It’s a complete lesson from Story & Heart’s Academy Of Storytellers. It shows you how to get setup and get strong results right away. It also breaks it down in a way that is easy to remember and apply on every shoot.

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8:00AM

The War Room - Heart of the Movie

Alex and Stephen Kendrick discuss the next film by the Kendrick Brothers!

warroomthemovie.com

8:01AM

Adobe Premiere Pro - 2015

Premiere Pro features a new color workspace featuring the Lumetri Color Panel, which allows editors to manipulate color and light in new and innovative ways, at any point in the editing process, without leaving the application. Combining new color technology based on SpeedGrade with familiar Lightroom-style controls, applying simple looks and manipulating parameters to achieve the perfect aesthetic has never been easier, and you’ll see beautiful results in just a click or two. You can take it further with curves and hue/saturation controls, and the new Lumetri 3-way color corrector. And if you want to do more, you can use Direct Link to take your project into SpeedGrade for additional refinements.

Unsightly jump-cuts in talking head interview footage might just be a thing of the past with the addition of Morph Cut, which uses face tracking, frame interpolation, and some Adobe magic to create seamless transitions that previously would have seemed impossible.

The introduction of CC Libraries to Premiere Pro (shown in After Effects in the link) allows you to access and use looks and graphics wherever you are. Use the amazing Project Candy mobile technology to capture the look of a location or picture, jump into Premiere Pro’s Libraries panel and see the look sync’ed via Creative Cloud, and just drag it to a clip to apply. You can easily share looks and graphics from Photoshop and elsewhere between projects, team members, and across other Adobe applications for seamless access and collaboration.

An improved workflow to bring your video projects that you created on your phone from Premiere Clip, Adobe’s editing app for iOS devices, means you’re only two clicks from bringing your project into Premiere Pro to use professional editing tools.

You can now easily toggle between new task-oriented workspaces, optimized for the task at hand (whether it be editing, color work, and more), using the new workspace switcher.

As you’ve come to expect from Premiere Pro, you can work at any resolution without needing to transcode, and a host of newly supported native formats, including new support for Canon XF-AVC, and Panasonic 4K_HS, streamlining your path to getting creative.

And the features don’t stop there. Editors who work with Closed Captions will now be able to burn them into video on export, and a number of editing refinements like the new composite preview during trim, simpler keyboard-based numerical input, Source Settings now showing as Master Clip Effects, and improved AAF exports help you focus on simply making beautiful content. You’ll also find audio routing is easier thanks to improved audio routing UI, and an improved Audition workflow featuring Dynamic Link means moving between Premiere Pro and Audition is easier and faster than ever. Users of Windows-based touch devices will benefit from the first steps being taken towards a more touch-friendly editing experience, allowing editors to perform tasks like moving clips in the timeline and scrubbing the play-head by directly touching the screen. And editors who work with third-party I/O devices will experience significant Mercury Transmit performance enhancements.

One final piece of Adobe magic allows you to alter the duration of an export by up to 10% in either direction while maintaining quality. Time Tuner lets you target the precise duration of your required output without needing to perform time-consuming micro editing, by automatically adding or removing frames in areas of low activity, providing results of the highest possible quality for broadcast and elsewhere.
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8:00AM

MWCFA - Online Academy

This year, the Online Academy is focused on two things: business and storytelling. Business, because you have to know how to run a successful business in order to be able to make a living at filmmaking on your own. And storytelling because in everything you do – whether it’s screenwriting, cinematography, or lighting – you’re working to tell a story, and that story needs to told well.

8:00AM

John-Clay & Sarah

Well...there has been a long bout of silence on the blog, and I have a very good reason!

The Short Story

My family has known the Ferraro family for several years, and I got to spend time with them while working on the Serve India Ministries project last year. Sarah and I worked together a lot that week and helped each other on some other projects for several months after. Behind the scenes there was much praying and council being sought. In March of 2015 I started talking to her dad about taking the relationship further, and on April 8th she agreed to begin a courtship with me.

We spent a lot of time talking and also visited both families, and on May 9th I proposed...and she said, "Yes!" We are both very excited and are praising the Lord for His blessings in our lives.

More of the story and wedding details will be coming, along with the wedding website.

11:32AM

Beyond the Mask - IN THEATERS JUNE 5TH

Beyond The Mask is now showing in theaters! Gather the troops (or at least your family and friends), find a theater, and enjoy this rollicking adventure! CLICK HERE

8:00AM

Video Background Music

Background music can do wonderful things for your video. It can help create emotion, drive the pace and flow, and even hide pesky audio edits. But counter to what you may believe, the most successful background music is the music that you didn't even know was there.

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If the volume is too high, the music will overpower the spoken narrative of your video. This… is no good. If background music is too low, it can paradoxically draw attention to itself by making the viewer strain to hear it. The goal of background music to invisibly assist your video, not create a distraction.

Mixing the music volume in your video takes practice, and there's no exact formula for what level the music should be relative to the voice. It's all about training your ears to feel when the music is sitting just right in the mix.

To start your training, play around with this interactive volume video and try to listen for when the volume sits right in the mix...

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8:01AM

Lighting on the Fly

Keeping things simple and minimalist not only lowers the barrier to entry to making a video; it also makes our video style more accessible to a wider audience.

This minimalist philosophy has a major influence on how I choose to light videos. We've dubbed this minimal, flexible technique "Lighting on the Fly".

When I'm setting up lighting for a video at Wistia, I follow 4 terrifically simple rules:

  1. Make the shot (and the people in the shot) look pretty.
  2. Kill any and all shadows on faces.
  3. Don't intimidate the person on-camera.
  4. Use the most convenient lighting option (it's often best).

Join me on a journey through space and time as we hack lighting and turn the world of traditional "3-point lighting" upside down!

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8:00AM

6 Ways to Stream Christian Films

DVDs are slowly phasing out and more content is being accessed online. If you are looking for ways to watch Christian films on the web, here are 5 website you should consider.

1. Christian Cinema

Christian Cinema has over 500 films to stream and also offers a DVD Subscription plan.

Pricing model: "Video-on-demand" and averages $3.99/movie.

2. Pure Flix

PureFlix offers over 2,000 films to choose from!

Pricing: 1) Annual Plan starting at $7.99/month or annual plan.
Also offers FREE month trial and the website includes a "Favorites" option to track movies you want to watch.

3. Good News Media Ministries

Good News Media Ministries is new on the scene and the film selection is growing!
If you are looking for great content for your family, this is one to look at.

Pricing: 1) Annual Plan starting at $17/month or 2) Pay-per-view $4/movie.

4. gMovies

gMovies library includes hundreds of classic titles as well as plenty of new releases.

Pricing: Starts at $4.99/month.
Enter code: FREETRIAL55 for a 2 Week FREE Trial.

5. Netflix

Netflix has a smaller selection of Christian films, but they do have some.

Pricing: Starts at $7.99/month.

6. Amazon

Amazon also has a decent selection of Faith-based content.

Pricing: 1) Some are FREE with AmazonPRIME 2) Pay-per-view averages $3.99/movie.

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If you have a favorite way to stream Christian films that isn't mentioned,
please let me know in the comments!