I enjoy movies. Love to make them, love to watch them. They come in an almost infinite variety of flavors, lengths and purposes. Movies can entertain, which is fantastic, who doesn't enjoy entertainment? They can also inform and teach, be it a do... [more]
I enjoy movies. Love to make them, love to watch them. They come in an almost infinite variety of flavors, lengths and purposes. Movies can entertain, which is fantastic, who doesn't enjoy entertainment? They can also inform and teach, be it a documentary or commercial. At just about any spot on the movie train, I enjoy hopping on as long as it is a project I believe in.
February 26th 2009
FilmStruck by Jeff Breuer 3 years ago It seems as though a new video streaming channel opens everyday now, but this one has me interested. FilmStruck, which is largely being touted as a joint effort Turner Classic Movies and Criterion to
Hail, Caesar! - Deadpool - Zoolander 2 by Scott Roberts 4 years ago I haven't had a lot of time to write as much as I'd like to lately (I mean, I guess I am getting married this weekend...), but I still managed to sneak in a few movies recently, and if I don't spit ou
Re: Movies I Walked Out On by Jeff Breuer 4 years ago Tim Wilson "If you're a fan of hate-watching, you should definitely check out Roger Ebert's books," I've seen that book before and thought about reading it. I have a tough time with critics though, b
Intros for females by Jeff Breuer 4 years ago Produce Ross Putman put together the excellent Twitter account @femscriptintros. He tweets out a lot of horribly awesome introductions to women found in screenplays. He kindly (for the authors) change
Jane Got a Gun by Scott Roberts 4 years ago https: www.youtube.com watch v=XsTWArbgeD8 Once again, I'm going to put my fancy liberal arts degree to good use, and do another free form movie review, where I just let the thoughts and critiques ran
Dirty Grandpa by Scott Roberts 4 years ago https: www.youtube.com watch v=aZSzMIFZT7Q Premise: An old guy is horny and says inappropriate things. There, you got the amazing premise out of me. The Good Stuff -I think my only audible laugh durin
Re: Dirty Grandpa by Jeff Breuer 4 years ago Like Left Behind, I'm so glad this movie came out because I enjoyed reading the reviews so much! I don't normally read a lot of reviews, but movies this bad just make them so good. Noted, I may be the
2016 Golden Globes by Mike Cohen 4 years ago Yawn.....what an absolutely boring awards show. The director should be fined for making truly bad television. Ricky Gervais is right, you could do these in 30 minutes. And for the love of Godard - let
Re: 2016 Golden Globes by Jeff Breuer 4 years ago I didn't watch it, but when I caught up on the buzz that night one of the first big pieces of news I heard was Stallone's big win and inspiring speech. When I watched it all I could think was, he didn
Bowie by Mark Suszko 4 years ago https: www.youtube.com watch v=KUtJ5FnwfCk David Bowie did some very good work in film. His son's a pretty good director in his own right. Anyway, pretty bummed at losing him much too soon. https: ww
Universal releases Jaws 19 Trailer by Jeff Breuer 4 years ago In celebration (read: promotion) of Back to the Future and the year 2015, Universal made a teaser trailer for Jaws 19, and it feels like it was brought to us by the writers of 22 Jump Street.
67th Emmy Awards Notes by Scott Roberts 4 years ago Just crapping out some 2015 Emmy blurbs as I watch it... -Opening video segment was pretty good, but basically just a rehash of Sandberg's SNL digital short "Great Day", but with less cocaine. https:
Re: 67th Emmy Awards Notes by Jeff Breuer 4 years ago I missed the Emmy's this year, but recently saw this great clip on Tim Conway and Harvey Korman on the Emmy's. That's how it's done!
New Digital Juice Subscription by Jeff Breuer 6 years ago Have any of you seen the new direction Digital Juice is going Basically they are ditching disk media and going with a web portal. You pay a monthly subscription and get access to all of their software
Stockeon shuts down by Jeff Breuer 5 years ago Bummer! I had some comps in a few different projects and this morning I get their email that they have shut down. They were really increasing in how much I used their stuff, music and AE templates in
Re: Stockeon shuts down by Matt Innes 5 years ago Very disappointing. I too was starting to use them more! Actually I'm trying to find a music track that I used on a rough cut, they shutdown before I could purchase the track.. Anyone know where the c
Editing chair choices by Mark Suszko 5 years ago I have a doc's note telling the boss to get me an ergonomic chair that fits me better and supports the back better. Standard office chairs are not quite deep enough back-to-front on the seat cushion,
Re: Editing chair choices by Jeff Breuer 5 years ago walter biscardi "We're still using these same chairs from COSTCO in our edit suites." Walter, I know you have used the adjustable edit bay desks for a while so you can avoid sitting all day and do so
Interview Questions for Documentary by Greg Ball 5 years ago We're shooting an interview for an international client. It's for a documentary they are producing. They sent us 12 pages (single spaced) of interview questions. I all of my years I've never seen that
Re: Interview Questions for Documentary by Jeff Breuer 5 years ago Greg, in terms of prioritizing the questions, I know it is going to be tough to get the client to trim his questions down further. What would be great is if he could highlight the burning questions, o
You may all panic now by Mark Suszko 5 years ago http: gizmodo.com new-software-automatically-edits-out-boring-parts-of-a-1596900816 Oh noes! They's taking our Jerbs I am interested in how the software would tackle a C-SPAN feed.
Re: You may all panic now by Jeff Breuer 5 years ago Haha! Great. Can't wait for a client to ask about this software. I have a feeling it is not going to help me with the stand up comedy show I shot. ...CSPAN...Hahaha Mark!
No Audio - UltraStudio by Jeff Breuer 5 years ago Just set up my new BMD UltraStudio Express on my iMac (running Mavericks). I can connect my camera through HDMI and get audio and video just fine. I cannot get analogue audio though. I connected my Ma
Re: No Audio - UltraStudio by Jeff Breuer 5 years ago In case anybody stumbles upon this post, the folks at BMD were able to help. I did not realize that you could not do an audio only connection. I plugged in my my camera to the HDMI port and set it to
Render Draft Quality AE Comp in Premiere by Jeff Breuer 5 years ago Hey folks, I have a linked AE comp in Premiere. The AE comp is pretty complex but the stuff in Premiere is pretty simple. When I work in AE I can obviously play with my RAM preview options to lower th
What equipment to get if any... by Olivier Prudhomme 5 years ago I booked a paid corporate shoot. This will leaves me with $800 to "invest" in equipment. So far I have... nothing. (I will rent for the shoot). A few things to help you guys to advise me: I don't make
Re: What equipment to get if any... by Jeff Breuer 5 years ago Just be careful not to put the cart before the horse. If you are making a business investment with this money, it's best to know what the business is before you invest. Do you research. You can learn
Media Release for School Testimonial by C. Blake Davis 5 years ago I've been hired by a corporate company to go into a school that is using their product and get a testimonial from the teachers and students in the school. However I've never done a project in a school
Re: Media Release for School Testimonial by Jeff Breuer 5 years ago You will need to be really organized and will need as much of a head start as you can. Like you said you will need to get parental consent for the kids on camera and that can be tough. If you can focu
Production Music by Jon-Michael Brown 6 years ago Can you guys please recommend a good resource or library for contemporary, good music. I'm doing a lot of instructional, corporate videos and I need something that can rest underneath narration yet gi
Re: Production Music by Jeff Breuer 6 years ago iStock is terrible to search on, but they have a track every once in a great while I will use. If you do a lot of super cheap work you can get a Videoblocks subscription and get some stuff there. I've
Create ad agency watermark/interface by Mike Little 6 years ago Hi! I am putting together a funny video for a corporate event. We had some of our executives do some SNL skits promoting a product of ours. Now I am putting them together as "commercial concepts" prod
Re: Create ad agency watermark/interface by Jeff Breuer 6 years ago Mark Suszko " the typical thing is to add a time code window in an obnoxious spot somewhere on the screen" Yea, add time code. That's a great idea. For the watermark just make or grab a quick, cheap
What would you purchase...in order by Brock Burwell 6 years ago Newbie on a budget here. Just looking for what you would purchase if you were on a budget and in what order. I really want a slider sometime soon and a steadicam at some point. But say you are just st
Re: What would you purchase...in order by Jeff Breuer 6 years ago I agree with you both. Like Mark said, make sure to get a decent set of headphones with your audio gear. Mark also mentioned some training, a Lynda.com subscription is something like $20 a month and w
Exporting for Telestream Episode by Jeff Breuer 6 years ago I made the FCP to PP switch a while back, but one part of my workflow I still have not translated well is my export settings for encoding. In FCP I would have sent my ProRes files out matching my sequ
Rolling Band by Jeff Breuer 6 years ago Hey Folks, I'm shooting with a NX5U and I have one clip, shot in an office under typical florescents, where some odd banding occurs. Looking at the clip in my NLE I can see horizontal bands slowly mov
Capturing 8MM Tape by Jeff Breuer 7 years ago I'm trying to capture a series of 8MM Tapes through an old Video8 Sony Handycam. The problem is that there is no capture card on the computer I'm using, so I'm doing composite out to an old DVCPRO dec
Re: Capturing 8MM Tape by Jeff Breuer 7 years ago OK, at least I'm not crazy. I'll probably just dub to DVCPRO and then bring it into the system. Thanks for you help everybody! I really appreciate it. Jeff
PreComp Tears Apart in 3D Move by Jeff Breuer 8 years ago Hey folks, I have a PreComp where I have a puppet tool effect and then have it spin in 3D space. I brought that into a 2D comp, same specs. The Puppet effect is fine, but when it spins the graphic tea
Re: PreComp Tears Apart in 3D Move by Jeff Breuer 8 years ago Jon, thank you for your excellent explanation of this phenomenon. Your first example is exactly what I was trying to do. I tried Jeremy's suggestion of doing a pre-render, but apparently that is still
End of the line for Mac Pros? by Jeff Breuer 8 years ago http: www.appleinsider.com articles 11 10 31 despite_new_cpu_options_apple_reportedly_questioning_future_of_mac_pro.html Anybody think Apple would really kill off the Mac Pro I know FCPX and the last
Using AVCHD with FCP 7 by Sam Brightwell 9 years ago I'm really new to Final Cut Pro, trying to set up my first project. I have a Panasonic HDC-SD60 camcorder which works in the AVCHD format. I was told I might have difficulty with this file format (blo
Re: Using AVCHD with FCP 7 by Jeff Breuer 9 years ago There is also a great program called Clipwrap that will rewrap your files or convert to ProRes. I use it all time. One of the great advantages is you can convert your footage outside of FCP, so you ca
Final Cut Pro V4HD by Sam LaManna 9 years ago We just ordered a v4hd for my schools tv studio and on the list of features a lot of them mentioned pro res 442. What is it and do we need to use it for FCP. If we do need to use it how do we use it.
Re: Final Cut Pro V4HD by Jeff Breuer 9 years ago Pro Res is a compression format made by Apple, specifically with editors in mind. It is a great format to edit in, just do a forum search and you will find a lot of great information about it. Setup y
No Video/Green Preview Screen by Jeff Breuer 9 years ago Hey folks, I've been trying to take a 2 hour conference I taped from FCP to .wmv for client approval. I do a simple export in FCP then take the video into Episode and convert to .wmv (using a preset).
Video Banding by Jeff Breuer 9 years ago Hey guys, I'm working on an animation with moving video. My video is Pro Res (though Quicktime is telling me DVCPro HD) 1080p30 (29.97), 1280 1080. My Timeline in AE is set to the Presest for DVCPRO H
Re: Video Banding by Jeff Breuer 9 years ago Dave, thanks for the feedback. I shot on a Panny HVX and used FCP Log and Transfer to bring in the footage and used that. No Timelines. I SHOULD have shot 720p30 but the original expectation was that
NX5U is sensitive to RF energy by john lenihan 9 years ago I discovered that the NX5U is sensitive to RF Energy and I want to save you the frightening moment I had recently...Twice. 1. I had a wireless video transmitter on my camera to remote monitor what my
Re: A first by Jeff Breuer 9 years ago Mike, Here is a decently detailed review of the camera. http: camcorder-test.slashcam.com compare.html I think what John meant is that a "good" camera is not a one size fits all scenario. There is som