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  1. El Director

    My Post Workflow

    I'm not sure if this will be of use to anyone, but here's a breakdown of my post workflow using Resolve, Media Composer and Pro Tools.
  2. El Director

    Volcano Eruption Tutorial Part One

    I was watching Dante's Peak the other day and was inspired to make a tutorial on how to do a volcano erupting. This first part covers the matte painting and sky replacement. Software used: Natron and Photoshop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv4RlKs12_o
  3. El Director

    Lightsabers and Rig Removal with Free Software

    Been busy the past few weeks making some tutorials using Natron and Blender. Natron is a clone of Nuke, which is the industry standard for VFX. Check out how to do complex rig removes with projection mapping using Natron and Blender, then make your own lightsaber in honor of "The Last Jedi"...
  4. El Director

    RED Scarlet Package

    The organization I work for is selling our RED Scarlet- Visit www.lmn.org/red/ for more photos. Red Scarlet-X with EF Mount and Side SSD. 2 64GB RedMags, RedStation etc. Only 312 Hours! Also Includes SmallHD DP6 Monitor and Redmote. $6600 If interested please contact us at the email and...
  5. El Director

    New Training Course for Node Based VFX (Using Free Software)

    Hey everyone! I've spent the last few months putting together a training course for aspiring and independent filmmakers that teaches you how to do visual effects using free, node based software. For those that don't know, Natron is essentially a clone of Nuke, the industry standard vfx...
  6. El Director

    Nodes vs Layers

    A brief video showcasing the differences between node based and layer based compositing and why nodes are usually preferable for VFX work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=b_-zu0CwIIk
  7. El Director

    watch The Cube

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FixTfCgM9Qo Everyone knows that robots only have one thing on their mind... Background: In 2008, Chris Tempel and Chris Trechter produced a short film called "The Cube" as an entry to the MTV Movie Awards spoof contest. A cross between Disturbia and...
  8. El Director

    URSA Mini and Devin Graham Glidecam

    I hadn't seen any reviews yet of using the URSA Mini with this particular Glidecam, so here's an unboxing and my initial thoughts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=watch?v=MToQLAfnzZw&feature=youtu.be
  9. El Director

    URSA Mini 4k Unboxing & 3 Week Review

    Unboxing my baby and some thoughts after three weeks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=watch?v=R4db9mLWWDU&feature=youtu.be
  10. El Director

    How to shoot a feature film for $2000

    In 2010, just when DSLRs were becoming popular, I shot a feature for $2000. It was the first movie shot with the T2i, back in the days before Magic Lantern, and the film is actually part two of trilogy. We released the film in 2011 at a theater and on 2-disc DVD set. One of the extra features...
  11. El Director

    watch T2i w/ML & VisionColor Music Video

    I had a lot of fun shooting this for my friend Hope. We shot with my trusty T2i running Magic Lantern and the VisionColor picture styles. I also used my 5ftx7ft reflectors from Digital Juice and a cheap slider from ebay. Cut with Premiere. The lake we shot at had a lot of boats that day, so they...
  12. El Director

    In search of Matte artist

    I'm working on a Christian documentary called “The Days of Noah” that looks at the flood story and draws parallels to today. We're seeking someone to create a couple 4K matte paintings for us that we can use for interview backgrounds. They need to be photo-real and include motion/atmospheric...
  13. El Director

    watch Battle Hymn: A music video shot on T2i with VisionColor and Osiris

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJiDLrG0gnQ
  14. El Director

    watch El's Kitchen- The Cooking Show For Men

    Wanted to share the pilot for my new web series, El's Kitchen. Today, the Bachelor Burger http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgA2-MHrqqI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgA2-MHrqqI
  15. El Director

    watch Surviving the Wild

    Although I grew up in suburbia, my family always spent a great deal of time in the outdoors. I have many fond memories of camping, backpacking, fishing, hiking, and bird hunting. My father was an Air Force pilot and passed on to my brother and I the skills he learned during survival training. By...
  16. El Director

    Leap: Revelation

    We've just launched the Kickstarter campaign for Leap: Revelation. All I'm asking is that you check out the video and share it with others. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/starspictures/no-secret-rapture-no-second-chances-leap-revelatio
  17. El Director

    Scheduling Software

    While I've noticed that in recent years that Excel or Calc templates have become popular for budgeting, I'm curious if there's any free alternatives for scheduling besides Celtx. I've shot three features. and I've used it before but I'm less than impressed with it's scheduling features. I wish...
  18. El Director

    watch Leap: Rise of the Beast FULL FEATURE FILM

    One of the first features to be shot and completed on the 550D, I finally decided to upload and show what can be done for just $2000 Leap: Rise of the Beast
  19. El Director

    Leap

    We recently finished up another feature entitled "Leap". The movie combines the sport of parkour and the end times. You can get more info or purchase the DVD here: starspictures.ning.com
  20. El Director

    Is this even an issue anymore?

    I remember when 24p became popular, there was an issue with "stuttering" when shooting quick pans, or fast action. Is this still an issue with the HD cameras that are available now? In particular, the JVC 200u? My next feature will be an action film in the same vein as the Bourne Identity...
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