1. I needed a spiral galaxy that could interact with some other effects, so I thought I would try VideoCopilot's new plug-in, Element 3D.

    I created a shape layer, drew a "star" shape, used the "twist" effect and to create the spiral shape. Precomposed that, and went into Element 3d and made that the "replicator shape" for a low-poly sphere particle. I settled on about 5,500 particles for the number of stars in the spiral, but I may do more. I had to reduce the size of the sphere particles in the scene setup in order to make them small enough (about 1% of size).

    I used a sphere shape with sphere elements to create the starfield background.

    I then added some additional colored fog and a VC Optical Flare, some camera movement and there you go.

    I did this in less than 2 hours and it rendered very quickly... It looks a lot better in the original file, but even at lower resolution it shows that this tool is amazing!!!

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  2. Southern Australian waters are home to one of the most remarkable fish, the Leafy Seadragon (Phycodurus eques). My first encounter with a Leafy was in 1972. I took some photos which were published as a double page color spread in American Skindiver Magazine in 1973...the first ever of a Leafy Seadragon in its natural environment.

    This video was shot with a hacked GH2 and two HDVSEATEK LED 4000 video lights.

    Thanks to Wendy, my wife and dive buddy of 20 years.


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  3. A compelling, dramatic and stylish cinematic journey into snowboarding's unique history and the wider cultural forces that shaped it.

    Featuring interviews and archival footage with Todd Richards, Gigi Rüf, Terje Haakonsen, Jake Burton, Tom Sims, Stale Sandbech and Craig Kelly.

    We Ride is A burn Production, filmed and edited by Grain Media.

    Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel and Jon Drever.

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  4. Camera: Panasonic GH2's with Driftwoods IV2 and RalphB's Sanity 5.1 Hacks 1080p/24
    SLR Magic 12mm F1.6
    Rokinon Cine 85mm T1.5
    Pany 20mm F1.7 for timelapse and night shots.
    Tiffen ND Filters
    Custom motorized Varavon S900 slider

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  5. Now, we are Formatte! formatte.eu

    If you’ve ever seen a movie, you’ve seen opening titles of some kind. Opening credits have existed pretty much since the beginning of moving pictures, and they are as varied as the films themselves.
    “THE FILM before THE FILM” is a short documentary that traces the evolution of title design through the history of film.
    This short film was a research project at the BTK (Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule) that takes a look at pioneers like Saul Bass, Maurice Binder and Kyle Cooper by showing the transitions from early film credits to the inclusion of digital techniques, a resurgence of old-school style, and filmmakers' love of typography in space.

    If you have any questions, comments or suggestions contact us: filmbeforefilm[at]ntsdpz.com


    Nora Thös, Damian Pérez

    Animation & Cut:
    Nora Thös, Damian Pérez

    Text & Translation:
    Nora Thös, Christian Mahler

    Sound & Dubbing:
    Damian Pérez

    Proofreading & Voice:
    Demetrius Papadakis

    Christian Mahler, Daniel Wangen

    Special Thanks to:
    Ian Albinson for his suggestions and corrections.
    Art of the Title for the wide range of opening titles.

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