Google's Advanced Camera Tools

If you're a filmmaker and use Google's Sketchup 8 then you'll want to download this brand new plugin, Advanced Camera Tools.

Here's a quick video intro:



From the Sketchup Blog:

It seems that every time I watch a movie’s special features, up pops SketchUp: How’d they figure out the Penrose stairs in Inception? What did a vehicle designer for Avatar use to invent the bad guys’ robot suits? What tool did the production designer for 300 and Good Night, and Good Luck use? The set design for The Social Network? Futuristic environments for Tron: Legacy? The sheer number of films and TV shows that SketchUp’s been a part of is jaw-dropping—and we couldn’t be happier about it.

Since the entertainment industry’s been so good to us, we thought we’d return the favor. The old Film & Stage plugin we built in 2005 has been languishing in quasi-supported limbo for years. We dug it out of the shed, took it all apart, fixed the broken stuff, then... strapped a rocket to its butt. If fact, we made it so much better that we had to give it a new name.


Read entire blog post here.

I personally haven't used Sketchup. I've mainly done previs with FrameForge3D, but this looks really cool and really easy to use. It is on the expensive side at $495, but is likely worth it especially for complicated action scenes, etc. I think on my next project I'll give it a try (or at least a trial).

-Blake

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Interesting Dynamo Player Thoughts/Comments

I'm considering using Dynamo Player for some upcoming projects and happened upon this interesting blog post about using it, and some ideas/comments/theories about monetizing indie film content.

There's also a chart of how a film has done using Dynamo Player which was cool to see.

From the post:

In deciding IF you should bank on a successful online sales campaign for your film, consider these steps…

1. Do you know who your audience is?
2. Can you get that audience to your site somehow?
3. Can you get them interested with your artwork, concept, cast, social proof etc? (and don’t underestimate how long they will give you, I suggest between 2 and 5 seconds on your site before they decide to stay or hit the back button).
4. Can you get them to press the play button to watch the preview?
5. Is what they see SO COMPELLING they MUST pay for it and watch it now?


Direct link to blog:
http://www.chrisjonesblog.com/2011/03/dynamoplayer-after-one-week-thoughts-opinions-and-feedback.html

Definitely worth a read for anyone considering selling indie video and/or film content online.

-Blake

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Who Am I?

I'm a filmmaker who's produced & directed five feature films including the comedy SPILT MILK (available on iTunes), the new horror/thriller PHOBIA (on iTunes) and the action/thiller KILLING DOWN (which you can buy or rent at pretty much all the usual places).

I also created the Streamy and Webby award-winning web series PINK, which to date has been viewed online around 10 MILLION times at places like YouTube, Hulu, Koldcast and TheWB.com. And speaking of TheWB.com, I also produced and directed an online thriller for them called EXPOSED. It was released summer 2010. And most recently I created a new online sci-fi series called CONTINUUM, which is part of the online indie TV network JTS.tv - Just The Story and NOW available via VOD through indie platform Distrify.

Oh, and I don't shoot weddings. Thanks for asking though.

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