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How Frame.io helped make Brown Nation a Netflix hit
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How Frame.io helped make Brown Nation a Netflix hit

Brown Nation is a 10-episode series that debuted on Netflix in November. It’s a situation comedy about south Indian immigrants working in the US tech business. It was self-financed,  and independently shot and produced in and around New York City. We took the opportunity to chat with writer and director Abi Varghese about how an independent […]

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How to grow an audience for your YouTube channel

You posted some dog videos onto YouTube, and holy cannoli Sparky is actually starting to get some views!  Congrats you big shot video producer, now you need to grow an audience. So what’s next? Welcome to producing online content. Maybe you didn’t go to film school or intern at Warner Bros, but you can still master online video […]

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Five shooting situations that require a specific camera

Does your camera system meet the specific technical needs of your project? It is no doubt versatile, but is it really the best choice for high speed, green screen, low or dynamic light, or portability? Are you giving yourself too much to fix in post? Adding extra frames of slow motion, dealing with green screen artifacts, noisy blacks […]

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How IFC’s ‘Documentary Now’ Crushes Collaboration

Documentary Now is a television series on IFC. It parodies celebrated documentary films, from Grey Gardens to Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Recently, the team took on Stop Making Sense, Jonathan Demme’s legendary 1984 concert documentary about the band Talking Heads. Frame.io plays an integral role behind the scenes, as this video attests. The series was […]

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These location audio mixers and recorders will last

Good location-audio mixers and recorders help you control and preserve sound. They aren’t cheap, but they are worth the investment. I’ll help you select the key components of a simple location-sound kit for working with just a few audio sources that will deliver uncompromised audio quality for many years, even as  your needs grow and change. A previous article offers you some great […]

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6 filmmaking books filmmakers recommend

Books make great gifts. Here is a short list of a few classics that many professionals who write and direct movies actually have read and shared. It will come as little surprise that the authors of the best books about filmmaking have a number of screenwriting credits to their names. But on thing that makes this collection unique […]

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Assemble the last location microphone kit you’ll ever need

Everyone says audio is 50-percent of video. But would you pay as much for your microphone kit as you would for your lens kit? Producers, directors, and camera operators regularly ask me to recommend sound equipment that will deliver better audio tracks than they get with a cheap on-camera microphone, inexpensive lavaliere mic, and a […]

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Plan ahead to easily sell a screen replacement shot

With a little planning before the shoot, you can insert a screen onto a monitor or device convincingly without complications. One key is how the screen is shot. This is where it’s easiest to get it wrong. This tutorial shows how easily a realistic yet legible screen can look more or less perfect in After Effects. Of […]

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How to fascinate an audience by playing with time

Time can be manipulated to send an audience on a journey through a range of emotions. In the real world, the stories we share follow a natural progression from beginning to end. With film, there is a bit more freedom to bend the rules. Every story can be told linearly, but that doesn’t mean that your story […]