That year that was: 2013

What a bloody year! So many advancements and works have occurred this year that we don’t know where to begin! Well actually we (Michael and Mark) do know where to begin, and that is with a huge thank you to every viewer, reader, and contributor to all we have collaborated on this year. We both know that there have been stages of absence, and not as many updates as we would have liked but here is what’s been going on! Starting the year off saw Mark continue his work with Channel 31 working on the television programme, Move It or...

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How the online platform is failing

In Australia at least. Sorry for the misleading title, but how else am I going to get you to read this? We recently went to the polls to vote for a new prime minister, who both parties had many policies that targeted all ages of interest. Among all the money for families, talk about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights in Australia, border protection, there was one topic that really appealed to me more than anything. This was fast internet. I know, I know, what a prick for having that as my number one priority, but this is something that...

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Let’s Play? I Don’t Think So…

Before I begin talking about the topic at hand, I would first like to apologise for my absence from this site. My year has been devoted to writing. Not necessarily for this particular website, but instead for myself. During my final year at university, I produced a thesis that looked at the qualities of cinematically inspired video games that set them apart from the media in which they derive so many tropes. Although this particular discussion has begun to seem behind the times in the world of gaming, the comparison between video games and cinema has added a new angle...

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The Future of TV and Film (and other creative platforms)

Have you ever wondered where entertainment and creative platforms will end up in the future? Ever looked at a kid who is a quarter of your age and think, “why do you have an iPhone?” With each new advancement in technology comes the question to the people – are you ready to adapt? These are questions I have faced over the last twenty years, and questions that have been thrown around for many years before that. It’s a scary thought, not keeping up with the times. Or worse yet enjoying something before it is widely recognised as an actual form...

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Pixar: 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling Booklet

It’s been out a while now, but Pixar’s 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling has been a real inspiration to filmmakers (and creators). Solely upon these 22 rules you will find an increase in story structure that will create compelling products for your audience. However, the original was in a poster and not everyone has the wall space, printing access, or utilities to view the poster. It was cumbersome to have at a quick reference so I decided that we needed it to be condensed into a printable format. Here is the booklet link (42mb) which is in full colour CYMK,...

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Amy’s Baking Company: What Happened Here?

We’ve all seen it by now and, we’re quite familiar with Gordon Ramsey’s television show Kitchen Nightmares. I’ll be brutally honest – I’m a fan of the show, Ramsey, and helping the community. I find it warming to see such an accredited chef help out smaller local bistros. Sure, the cafés, bars, restaurants all get compensation to be in the show (not to mention the global marketing), but ultimately Ramsey is there to help – we’ve seen it for 82 episodes! Well that was until we met Amy and Sammy Bouzaglos. If you haven’t seen it yet, and the above...

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Poster Design for Your Film

So after creating the Talk to the Past and Identify M.E. posters I thought it’d be a great idea to explain what makes a good film poster. By explaining I mean it’ll be more a showcase and explanation on what works, and what doesn’t. Why things are included and more importantly, why items are omitted! First and foremost: many posters have different colours, styles, genres and graphical approaches. They are targeted to audiences and if you are viewing this with utter confusion you may not be the audience (we’ll try and accommodate with multiple posters). The same way colour has...

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The Talker

So, I just got home from seeing Django Unchained with my Dad. I sat down to start writing a little bit about it, but something about the whole experience has left me distracted. It was not the film itself or it’s subject matter. No. It was something much more relatable than that. You don’t have to have ever seen a Tarantino film to understand where my hate is stemming from. This feeling of rage is all thanks to the scum of the cinema going experience known as, ‘The Talker’. The Talker can be any age, any gender and can be...

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Creating a “dynamic editing” workflow

This is going to be one hell of a tutorial so strap in and get ready for the ride of your life! This is a tutorial that assumes you know how to organise your folders in your editing programme (compositions, images, audio, solids, etc.), and the function of each of these layers in the software itself. What this walkthrough aims to provide, as mentioned in the previous article, is the ability to have a multi-layered project that can be the hub to switch the individual changes. Premiere Pro/Final Cut Before getting into the heavier editing programmes, I’ll start with the...

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