All posts by Matthew Power

  • All the Right Moves: Stabilizing Your Camera

    Not every director likes to move the camera. Some simply can’t afford it. Go back and look at Kevin Smith’s Clerks, for...

  • In Gear: The Power of Plug-Ins

    If you’re a regular user of After Effects or you do your compositing in other programs such as Combustion, Final Cut Pro,...

  • Internet Distribution: The Big Squeeze

    Web technology may be the great equalizer when it comes to promoting an indie film, but actually delivering your video or trailer...

  • Into Costume

    Many low-and no-budget directors shy away from period or fantasy films for a variety of good reasons, including tough locations, tricky acting...

  • HD on a Budget

    Field testing the JVC GY HD100U. Six months ago, only two modestly priced cameras meeting the HD standard were available for purchase....

  • HD Growing Pains

    Writing this issue’s column, I felt a bit like Bill Murray’s neurotic character from What about Bob? Baby steps: Set impossible goals....

  • Homemade Gear

    Matt Power shows off his $75 homemade camera crane, which he built five years ago. One of the best motivators for building...

  • The Intelligent Lighting Kit

    When you reach the point where you run out of room to store your jumble of lighting instruments, tripods, cables and foam...

  • Chromakeying Can Change Your Life

    Dana Lee stars in the title role of Matt Power’s Throg. Are you shooting a scene set in the Louvre museum in...