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When History and Cinema Collide: Fictionalizing Truth In Lee Daniel’s The Butler and Other Films
by Kyle Rupprecht

We’ve all seen those stately biopics (usually with Oscar aspirations), in which renowned actors portray real-life historical figures (Patton, Queen Elizabeth, Gandhi, etc). They are often interesting as history, sometimes less so as fully-realized movies. But a fascinating sub-genre exists when a real historical figure interacts with a fictional character. What happens when a make-believe [...]

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DIY Monday: FCPX Plugins and App Roundup
by Sam Mestman

A relatively large 3rd party ecosystem has sprung up around Final Cut Pro X (FCPX). Here are some of the programs, apps and FCPX plugins I really enjoy. With MovieMaker.com’s new DIY Monday series, we’ll teach you how to take your film into your own hands, literally. Our week starts off with a set of no-nonsense instructions [...]

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We Make Movies (Better): A Final Cut Pro X/RED feature film workflow, Part 3
by Sam Mestman

Finishing your RED movie using Final Cut Pro X, Redcine-X, and DaVinci Resolve In Parts 1 and 2, I showed you how to properly set up your project, as well as some ways Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) can make your editing life a little bit easier. This final installment is going to be all [...]

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We Make Movies (Better): A Final Cut Pro X/RED feature film workflow, Part 2
by Sam Mestman

In Part 1, I dealt with how to properly prep your RED project for long-term feature film success in Final Cut Pro X (FCPX). Now we’ll get to the fun part: Editing. I’m going to go in depth with a ton of tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your cutting [...]

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We Make Movies (Better): A Final Cut Pro X/RED feature film workflow, Part 1
by Sam Mestman

Part 01: Project Prep – How to properly bring in your RED footage and build your project in FCP X. It’s literally shocking that a product from Apple happens to be the best kept secret in post. Pretty much everyone I come across is dumbfounded when I tell them that Final Cut Pro X (FCP [...]

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Killing Your Darlings: Four moviemakers talk about editing their own films

by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Matt Harrison, Kelly Parker, and Sean Baker | Published January 7, 2013   Kyle Patrick Alavarez Director/Editor: Easier with Practice I never intended to edit my own films. My “day job” is editing PSAs and corporate videos, so when it came time to direct my first feature, Easier with Practice, I realized I didn’t [...]

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WE MAKE MOVIES (BETTER): Giving FCPX another chance

It’s become one of the film world’s great pastimes to sit around and hate on what Apple did with Final Cut Pro X. Upon its launch, you would have thought Apple had come in and kidnapped every editor’s first born child. And, let’s be honest, the FCPX launch was not Apple’s finest moment. I still [...]

All I want for Christmas is… an FCPX Pro Editor’s buying guide

A lot has changed tech-wise in the last couple years when it comes to post-production needs. Things you used to think you needed to edit a movie (a giant, souped-up Mac Pro tower with a large, convoluted RAID system), are no longer necessary. So what exactly do you need nowadays to really get stuff done? [...]

WE MAKE MOVIES (BETTER): Giving FCPX another chance

It’s become one of the film world’s great pastimes to sit around and hate on what Apple did with Final Cut Pro X. Upon its launch, you would have thought Apple had come in and kidnapped every editor’s first born child. And, let’s be honest, the FCPX launch was not Apple’s finest moment. I still [...]

Getting Lucky With Snow White and the Huntsman

In addition to being an accomplished director of commercials and short films, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is perhaps best known for his amazing work as a visual effects artist. His credits include Gore Verbinski’s The Ring and two Pirates of the Caribbean films—The Curse of the Black Pearl and Dead Man’s Chest. For this summer’s smash hit, [...]