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Julian CleophasMarch 30, 20161min100

Pulp fiction, Tarantino, African film, Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Zoom-in, Jacob T Swinney, Tarantino Supercut, Film Directors

We all have our favourite film directors that keep us locked at the screen and going to any film they touch, but from a technical side we start to identify similar traits which define their greatness.  So while browsing the web I discovered this amazing supercut of Quentin Tarantino by Jacob T. Swinney,  providing us the opportunity to view and analyse Tarantino’s blood, sound in film, driving shots and extreme close-up scenes. Check out the awesome super-cut below…

Hearing Tarantino


Extreme Close Ups


Driving Shots


Blood Scenes


What did you think of the Tarantino supercut?




Julian CleophasMarch 9, 201611min140

Africa's first film blog, Zoom-in, Lighting, Henry Cavill, Immortals

Set lighting is a very important aspect in the creation of a film, due to it having a direct affect on how the film looks.  It is for this specific reason that the Director of Photography deal directly with the lighting department. With so many different types and colours of light, one can easily become overwhelmed, but thanks to Premium Beat we are able to demystify all of that below:

Kelvin Scale

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  • The kelvin scale is used to measure light
  • A kelvin(K) is a unit of measurement for temperature, meaning it starts at zero and only increases
  • The lower the Kelvin, the more Red the colour
  • The best way to remember this would be to think of a candle light or lit match ranging from 1000k – 1900k e.g. Fire = Red

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  • As you go higher up on the scale you progress through yellow, white and blue lights
  • Halogen lights can be found at around 2500k -3000k
  • Direct sunlight can be translated to 4800k
  • Daylight is normally around 5600K
  • Cloudy sky or cool white found between 6000k -7500k
  • Clear blue sky at 10 000k

This progression can be seen in the colour temperature chart above, and in the light bulb representation below

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Types of Lights

There are many different types of lights, so we decided to focus on the lights most commonly seen on a film set.

Tungsten Lights (-3200k)

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  • Tungsten lights are very similar to home light bulbs
  • They produce an orange hue
  • Lamps require large amounts of power and get very hot
  • Offer higher colour temperature than incandescent tungsten bulbs
  • Lights can be dimmed, allowing you the option of adjusting
  • Add blue gels to create daylight


Hydrargyrum Medium – Arc Iodide (HMI) Lights (-5600k)

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  • HMI lights are often the most used light on set
  • HMI lights emit a UV light with blue hue
  • To power up, you require an electrical ballast
  • Ballasts limit the current to prevent flickering
  • HMI lights are 4X the power of incandescent’ s
  • HMI lights make a very loud noise when powering up, requiring lighting technicians to shout “striking” to notify all on set.
  • Brand new bulbs will have a colour temperature of up to 15000k
  • Bulbs should be left on to reach an optimum level of 5600K, close to daylight
  • Bulbs should not be used halfway past their lifetime
  • Bulbs require more voltage and colour temperature will continue to decrease 1 kelvin every hour
  • HMI lights are expensive, but are much more efficient
  • Bulbs can be dimmed to 50% but causes colour temperature to rise to a stronger blue
  • If blown out or dropped, HMI bulbs will explode hot glass and mercury vapour
  • Very important to have a knowledgeable lighting technician on set when using HMI lights.


Fluorescent lights (2700k – 6500k)

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  • Fluorescent bulbs are known for flickering and have a very ugly orange hue
  • With the development of new technology, bulbs are flicker free, offering multiple colour temperatures
  • Has a very soft light, more efficient than an incandescent bulb  and can offer an output similar to HMI lights
  • The colour temperature can range from tungsten up to natural daylight, depending on the phosphors mix in the bulbs.
  • Fluorescent bulbs are much often packed into small fittings, allowing them to be compact and lightweight.
  • Fluorescents are much cooler than any other bulb option.


Light Emitting Diodes (LED Lights) (White 3000k- 5600k)

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LED lights are becoming more and more popular on set. While LED lights are most commonly seen in white, they can be manufactured in every colour.

  • Diodes are designed to offer directional light
  • Very efficient but limited in overall output, normally used on small budget productions
  • LED lights only produce single wavelengths of light

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  • To create white light, you will require red, blue and green LED’s
  • White can also be created with the combination of phosphors and ultraviolet LED
  • LED lights provide soft and even lighting
  • Incredibly high efficient, can be battery powered
  • Can easily be dimmed and moved along the colour spectrum
  • LED’s have a long lifespan and wont explode


Julian CleophasJuly 23, 20153min120

After publishing the article on “Premier Pro tutorials every editor should know”, I decided to dig deeper and while browsing the web, I discovered an info graphic by Jamie Spencer displaying a complete shortcut guide to Adobe Premier Pro and After Effects. The info graphic is only the tip of the iceberg, in a series of Adobe Creative Cloud keyboard shortcuts published by Jamie on SetUpABlogToday.

If you are new to Adobe Premier Pro CC, these shortcuts will be of great assistance in speeding up your editing process. However, for those migrating to Premier Pro CC from other editing software, you may also configure your shortcuts to those you are already familiar with. Now all you need to do is download Adobe’s Premier Pro and After Effects shortcuts  for professionals and beginners below!




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For those interested in shortcuts for other Adobe Creative Cloud programs, you can get them by clicking here .


Julian CleophasMay 7, 20152min40

Is there a formula for  filmmaking success? Well? This is probably a debate for another day, so I will not get into it. I guess it would be best to get insight and tips from a big name filmmaker who has already walked the walk and talked the talk, right? Exactly!! So to partially answer the question, there is no real formula to success as we all have our own journeys as creatives but the video below does provide valuable information for young filmmakers dreaming of becoming established from Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, Martin Scorcese and more.

via Gaabriel Antunes

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Julian CleophasApril 22, 20158min41

While perusing the web, I came across a comprehensive list of Adobe Premier Pro video tutorials for the professional and aspiring editor, compiled by Premium Beat. The tutorials divulge the capturing and importing of footage, to more professional multi-cam editing and warp stabilizing, which essentially is the entire post-production workflow. So check out the tutorials listed below, touted the ‘holy grail’ for any video editor!

The Interface



Importing/Capturing Media



Basic Timeline Editing



Three  and Four Point Editing

‘Three and four point editing’  is an important part of video production, as this relates to how your workflow will look in Premier Pro.

via Creative Cow


 Keyboard Shortcuts

This one thing you definitely want to know, as shortcuts tremendously speed up your edits.

via Videomaker


Adding Effects

via The New Boston


Colour Correction

Colour correction and grading will provide you with the necessary tools to get that professional video look, a feature commonly overlooked by new users.

via Roberto Blake


Multicam Editing

This feature comes in handy if you have recorded footage from a live event or TV show with multiple video clips. By using this feature, you are able to switch between multiple video feeds in real time like on a live production.

via Infinite Skills


Audio Editing

Audio is an integral part of video production, which is why it can completely ruin your work, if sound was not mixed correctly in post. The video below will ensure that you do not make the same mistakes again.

via Medill School


Exporting Video

After completing your edit, you will need to know the export format and with the large amount of options available on Premier, it is not exactly an easy task. To ease your confusion, the tutorial below will show you how to export video from Premier Pro

via Curtis Judd


Using Dynamic Link

This feature allows you to link to other Adobe software like After Effects, which is very useful when you work with motion and graphic design.

via Video2brain


Creating Credits

via BizVidCommunications


Warp Stabilizer

The warp stabilizer effect is an awesome tool, enabling you to quickly smoothen out any shaky footage. This feature can also be used to minimize rolling shutter.

via Karl Miller


Adding Markers

Markers come in handy if you are working in a team, as this allows you to add edit notes or tasks that need to be completed in Premier Pro’s timeline

via HowTechMultimedia


Project Manager

When saving your project, it only includes the project file but no video assets are included. By using the project manager to save your project you are able to copy all video assets used within your project to a new location.





Julian CleophasMarch 24, 20151min60

Ever wonder how much thought goes into the first and final frames of a film? Well, attention to detail so commonly stressed upon by directors, is brilliantly depicted by filmmaker Jacob T. Swinney’sFirst and Final Frames” video that we stumbled across. In most films you discover a trend that the first and final frames are identical to each other with very subtle differences. The reason for this, is so that the filmmaker consistently communicates a theme, whether to illustrate progress or to depict a sign of decline. To gain a better understanding of this, take a look at Jacob T. Swinney’s supercut of 55 film opening and closing shots in the video below:


Julian CleophasDecember 22, 20145min30

An illustrious red carpet filled with all the glitz and glamour, along with the paparazzi to capture everything, is essentially what “The Oscars” represent! In reality, most people only remember the Actors and films that won awards, guess that is the main part, right? Well, If you ever wondered what a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nominated script looks like, we are pleased to say that you can download 2013’s Best Original Screenplay Oscar nominated scripts on the posters below. The nominees for Best Original Screenplay at the 85th Academy Awards  were…



“Django Unchained” Script (The Weinstein Co.) – Written by Quentin Tarantino, Courtesy Of Screenplay Explorer

“Django Unchained”  Won the Oscar for ‘Best Original Screenplay’ 2013


Flight Denzel Washington

Flight” Script (Paramount Pictures)- Written by John Gatins, Courtesy Of Paramount Guilds


Amour film-poster

Amour” Script (Sony Classics) – Written by Michael Haneke, Courtesy Of Sony Classics



Zero Dark Thirty” Script (Sony Pictures) – Written by Mark Boal, Courtesy Of Sony Pictures


Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson

Moonrise Kingdom” Script (Focus Features) – Written by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, Courtesy Of Screenplay Database



Julian CleophasDecember 14, 20141min5

Film and Television are two fascinating art forms, constantly leaving us in awe thinking, I wonder how they did that? Well, in order to create a truthful story, certain things need to be manipulated to display the true essence of the scene or else, like in this case the Actor dies, in real life!So I decided to look around and came across this awesome video by Ryan Connolly and Film Riot on achieving this without losing a arm and a leg!


Julian CleophasDecember 1, 20141min40

We have all seen our fair share of sports films and remember those cool press conference scenes all too well but how is it done? The one thing some filmmakers lack, is the ability to execute a believable  offering when it comes to this type of medium based on certain techniques that just don’t hit the mark! To provide you with some more insight, check out this video by Next Wave DV creating a fake sports press conference for a TV commercial below!