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Royalty Free Sound Design

By Devin Forbes Film Sound Design can get pretty weird, like this story about how the sounds of velociraptors in Jurassic Park (1993) were actually mating tortoises, or this story about how the acklay sounds in Star Wars: Episode II (2002) were mostly comprised of dragging a wooden palette across the sound stage floor. It can also be a real …

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My Favorite Filmmaking Apps

By Devin Forbes Though filmmaking has survived a hundred years or so without smartphones, there are a number of low cost or even free apps available that can make your life on set a whole lot easier. From depth of field calculators to magic hour alarms, these iOS apps are a serious must-have. This is the one that I use …

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Why we ditched our video DSLRs

By Devin Forbes It was while I was in film school that the Canon 5D Mark II was released, and took indie filmmaking by storm. I jumped on the bandwagon immediately, and by December 2008 I had my very own. Was it everything I hoped? YES. The images I got were spectacular, and I truly believed that it would revolutionize …

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My Top 10 Favorite Movie Trailers!

Movie trailers are a fickle thing. They have to try and capture the style and energy of the film in a very short amount of time, as well as tease the story line (without giving too much away). Of course, some trailers focus solely on the spectacle (Goldeneye [1995]), while others try so hard to give a rounded picture of …