Student Films, and What Not To Do

This is a post that I’ve had tucked away for a while, constantly updating the pros and cons to the situation that is Student Films. There are a lot of things that constitute student films, why more often than not we receive the, “it looks good,” but realistically nothing more than a nice try but I see you’re still learning. I am not going to beat around the bush on this topic since any justification would make the tips pointless. Accept someone is going to be better than you Harsh I know, especially for an opening argument, but I believe...

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Film Festival Press Kit

You’d think making the film was the hardest part of the filmmaking process, right? Wrong. Hell in terms of getting support, festival runs, exposure, and a little personal satisfaction of having a real audience enjoy it is the hardest thing to accomplish. And to do so, you’re going to need a Press Kit. A Press Kit you say? Yes, the documentation that informs the festival everything and anything about the production that you are submitting. But how does your submission rise above the others? Well it’s not easy since “only the best films make the cut” to quote Melbourne International...

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Making Good Looking Credits Great

Back again for an awesome tip that I’ve realised lots of people either don’t know how to do, or think external programmes do it, or are simply lazy (yes, those people exist). I’m talking about film looking credits. Those glorious moments your name scrolls up the screen and you can be proud of all your work. But sometimes a great film will be followed with credits that look like this: And I feel so awkward for the editor, or even the dedicated title creator when the default isn’t even tampered with, not even in the slightest! But how hard is...

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Final Cut: Tips and Tricks

Yeah you read the title right, “another tips and tricks” post for Final Cut. I know, I know but I was just thinking that there are some that are just so obscure and useful that it’s foolish not to know. Another reason that has forced me to send this out is that quite recently I have been forced to use Adobe Premier Pro. Now I’m not against the programme, that’s not my angle. But I became SO SLOW because of all the little tips and tricks that I was used to weren’t there. So before we begin, it’s important to...

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Coffee. I need my damn coffee!

The title says it really. After living on a (un)healthy diet of… well, coffee, it was about time to bring somethings up to date on the site, and all round internet adventures! Many behind-the-scenes jobs, that keep us all busy among other relaxing things that make us that lazy to even begin. But alas, where here! To begin, we finished the month off with three productions (that are still being considered for the festival circuit – thus the lack of seeing them). Firstly a micro film by Hieu Chau titled, Boy Friends, that follows his sweet rise into Asian cinema,...

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Sony FS100 Picture Profiles

The Sony NXCAM FS100 video camera has shown that it is more than capable of being a sturdy piece of equipment, as well as producing some magnificent images. This comes down to the low light feature, as well as the sensor size that it holds. But there have also been some Picture Profiles that have arisen as of late, that allow you to really take this camera and “point and shoot”. It adds the style directly into the image, so no need to grade – but in that, there is no going back. So from these styles, we made a...

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Final Cut Pro: Log and Transfer

Moving into the digital age was meant to be easy – especially for film editing. But advancing just a handful of codecs into a sea of multiple formats, and compressions gets a little up in your face – and that’s even before you start editing! So why after a while of these codecs being widely used by the many DSLR and video camera companies am I just bringing it up? Well it came to my attention from some people I know who were editing on Final Cut Pro, were just copying footage from their memory cards, or internal hard drives...

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My Experience with Korean Cinema

In my first year at university, I remember borrowing a book from the library called Korean Cinema: The New Hong Kong by Anthony Leong. It was a great crash course on Korean cinema and offered a great amount of information about the recent boom in Korean filmmaking that is spearheaded by directors such as Park Chan-wook, Kim Ji-woon and Bong Joon-ho (these three names just so happen to be my personal favourite directors working in South Korea at the moment). It was an interesting read and I would definitely recommend it to anyone with any interest in Korean cinema or...

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How to Kill the Internet Overnight

Here at MBFilms, we don’t like to get involved in political issues – that’s not our job. We won’t be crying when Facebook makes another layout change, or we are faced with another Fail Whale on Twitter. Sure these things annoy us, but we’re not here to discuss that. We are however here to spread the important news relating to film, music, and video games, among other creative media. This is why when I found out about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) I was in mixed emotion. From the name itself it appears to help us people who own...

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