Top 10 Filmmaker Instagram Influencers / Best Filmmaker Instagrammers

Posted by Alyson Forster on Sep 17, 2020 6:24:21 AM

Top 10 Filmmaker Instagram Influencers / Filmmaker Instagrammers

Need some inspiration, filmmakers? Check out Front Row Insurance’s round-up of the top 10 filmmakers on Instagram who you should consider following!

In no particular order:

1. @jonfavreau https://www.instagram.com/jonfavreau

Jon Favreau is an actor, director, and writer. The Lion King, The Mandalorian, and The Avengers franchise are just some of the projects this filmmaker has worked on over the last decade, but many still remember him primarily as that guy from Swingers. He is a social media favorite for his behind-the-scenes posts, including the original concept art and post-production shots of The Mandalorian, from Disney+.

2. @cinematogr https://www.instagram.com/cinematogr/

A social media handle just for cinematography? Yes, please! @cinematogr focuses on DPs (Directors of Photography), set decorators, costume designers, visual engineers and other key technical personnel in modern day filmmaking. Some posts feature behind-the-scenes from films such as Jojo Rabbit (2019) and The Hunt (2020).

3. @filmindependent https://www.instagram.com/filmindependent/

Film Independent is a non-profit organization supporting indie films. They offer screenings, educational programs, and more informative content geared toward new filmmakers.

They are most well known for their Film Independent Spirit Awards, founded in 1984.

4. @artdepartmental https://www.instagram.com/artdepartmental/

@artdepartmental explores behind-the-scenes expertise on production design. According to their website, “What you see in your favorite film or television show was most likely not found like that. This is the work of the production designer and their team. Every single set, location, colour, pattern, texture, graphic, or piece of practical lighting you see on screen is carefully designed and selected to enhance the plot, character arc, and overall tone”.

 
 
 
 
 
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This week marks the 20th anniversary since the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. It's one of my all-time favourite films. In the Mood For Love (2000) Director: Wong Kar-Wai Production Designer + Costume Designer: William Chang Suk-ping Art Director: Lim Chung Man DOP: Christopher Doyle, Kwan Pung-Leung, and Mark Lee Pung-bin Designed by: "William Chang Suk-ping who is best known as Wong Kar-wai's frequent collaborator - as art director, costume designer and editor. China's master of ambience created the look of Maggie Cheung Man-yuk, in figure-hugging vintage cheongsam and high hair, negotiating the mournful distance between her character's Hong Kong tenement and the neighborhood food stall for the 2000 Wong opus, #IntheMoodforLove.

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5. @womeninfilmla https://www.instagram.com/womeninfilmla/

Women in Film and Television U.S. (WIFT-US) is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and inspiring women in all aspects of global media. This Instagram is from their LA branch.

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6. @outfest https://www.instagram.com/outfest/

Outfest creates visibility to diverse LGBTQIA+ stories and empowers storytellers, building empathy to drive meaningful social change. Outfest is also a non-profit that boasts a festival, annual gala, and a podcast out now, appropriately called The OutCast.

According to their latest article, “Whether these young creatives are a part of LGBTQIA+ community, are women, people of color, or a mixture, their voices are exponentially necessary and so is their art. It is important that we celebrate and draw attention that is necessary in the realm of the art of film”.

7. @learnfilmmaking https://www.instagram.com/learnfilmmaking/ 

Learn filmmaking from the world’s best filmmakers through this platform!

@learnfilmmaking provides resources and advice for filmmakers. Through IG Live, they have over 100 videos on helpful topics, such as set terminology, and even some pointers from famed director Ron Howard.

8. @moviesetmemeofficial https://www.instagram.com/moviesetmemesofficial/

Movie Set Memes can give you a laugh that only a filmmaker can understand.

In addition to some funny memes, they also provide useful tips; like how to protect your gear if you ever have to park your vehicle in a neighborhood with a high crime rate.

9. @filmtourismus https://www.instagram.com/filmtourismus/ 

Andrea David is a blogger, artist, and self-proclaimed “Popculturist”. She travels to film locations all over the world, and artfully uses print-outs of iconic scenes to place them in the exact moment of memorable film scenes. Her work has ben praised by filmmakers and actors alike, including Will Smith, Tom Hanks, and Bruce Willis.

10. @americanfilminstitute https://www.instagram.com/americanfilminstitute/

The American Film Institute (AFI) is located in Los Angeles, California and offers Master’s programs in producing, production design, screenwriting, editing and directing. Their IG page is meant to educate and inspire through fun film facts, interviews with iconic filmmakers, and much more.

Notable AFI alumni: directors David Lynch, Terrence Malick

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10 Best Documentaries about Filmmaking / Best Movies about Filmmaking

Posted by Grant Patten on Sep 14, 2020 6:52:24 AM

10 Best Documentaries about Filmmaking / Best Movies about Filmmaking

Let’s review Front Row’s top 10 documentaries about filmmaking.

(in no particular order):

  1. Lost in La Mancha / He Dreams of Giants
  2. Burden of Dreams
  3. Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven’s Gate
  4. The Making of "The Shining" / Room 237
  5. American Movie
  6. The Kid Stays in the Picture
  7. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls
  8. Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
  9. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
  10. The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing

 

1. Lost in La Mancha / He Dreams of Giants

Lost in La Mancha

Film critic Leonard Maltin has described Lost in La Mancha (2002) [Amazon Link] as one of the best films about the process of moviemaking. A follow-up to this documentary, He Dreams of Giants, was released in 2019.

Director Terry Gilliam had a very hard time making his Don Quixote movie, which he started on in 1989 and finally released in 2018 as The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. All the trials and tribulations associated with finally getting this movie made are documented in these documentaries, which stand on their own as fascinating documents of the filmmaking process.

 

2. Burden of Dreams

Burden of Dreams

Burden of Dreams [Amazon Link] is a 1982 "making-of" documentary film, shot during and about the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's film Fitzcarraldo.

Filming on location in the jungles of Peru, the crew (unsurprisingly) experienced challenges with the extreme heat and other weather issues. Herzog’s determination to literally have a steamship manually pulled over a steep mountain also proved challenging – but it all makes for amusing viewing.

 

3. Final Cut: The Making & Unmaking of Heaven's Gate

Final Cut: The Making & Unmaking of Heaven's GateDirector Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate has been widely panned as among the worst box-office bombs – and to many, even one of the worst movies of all time, period – but its making-of documentary, on the other hand, Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate [Amazon Link], has been critically acclaimed. This documentary is available as an extra on the Heaven’s Gate DVD (Disc Two - Bonus Features).

The production faced numerous setbacks, including cost overruns, significant retakes, bad press, and rumours of Cimino's allegedly authoritarian directorial style. It’s all on display in this fascinating making-of doc – “warts and all”.

 

4. The Making of "The Shining" / Room 237

Room 237 DVD

The Making of "The Shining" [Amazon Link] is a 30-minute documentary directed by Stanley Kubrick's daughter Vivian. Kubrick fans will find this making-of doc particularly fascinating, as it includes footage of Kubrick actually directing on set. It is included as an extra on the regular movie DVD.

Another related documentary is Room 237 [Amazon Link], which is an entertaining and often amusing exposition of the many interpretations of this much-discussed horror film.

 

American Movie DVD5. American Movie

American Movie [Amazon Link] is a humorous document of the 1996–97 making of Coven, an independent horror film directed by American filmmaker Mark Borchardt.

Coven experienced numerous setbacks, including poor financing, a lack of planning, and overall ineptitude from the friends and family Borchardt hired as his production team. However, this often-comical ineptitude is what makes the movie funny and memorable.

 

6. The Kid Stays in the Picture

The Kid Stays in the Picture DVDThe Kid Stays in the Picture [Amazon Link] is particularly important for any burgeoning (or established) film producers to watch, as this documentary focuses on the career of one of the most successful producers of all time, Robert Evans (produced Rosemary's Baby, Love Story, The Godfather, Chinatown, and others). All film producers can learn a lot from Evans’ storied career.

This documentary utilizes Evans' narration interspersed mostly with photographs from Evans' life, brief film snippets, and interviews to tell the story of his film producing career.

 

7. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS DVDEasy Riders, Raging Bulls [Amazon Link] is a documentary (based on the book by Peter Biskind) on 1970s Hollywood/the “American New Wave”, a period of American cinema known for the production of such films as The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Chinatown, Taxi Driver, Jaws, Star Wars, The Exorcist, and The Last Picture Show.

It would make sense to watch this in conjunction with the aforementioned The Kid Stays in the Picture, since Bob Evans produced some of the notable ‘70s-era movies discussed in Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, including the masterpiece Chinatown.

 

8. Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky DVDDirected by Andrei Tarkovsky [Amazon Link] follows this renowned Russian filmmaker as he was working on his final production, The Sacrifice. The documentary can be found on Disc Two of The Sacrifice DVD.

This documentary includes some interesting interviews with Tarkovsky, and examines his meticulous creative process and uncompromising vision. The focus is not so much on Tarkovsky's career, but on the man himself – his thoughts, ideas and personality.

 

9. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

Electric Boogaloo DVDElectric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films [Amazon Link] is a funny documentary about Cannon Films, which produced mainly “B movies” from 1967 to 1994.

This production company was known for creating “schlock” films but some cult classics also, including Runaway Train (1985), The Delta Force (1986) and Charles Bronson’s Death Wish series.

Electric Boogaloo pays tribute to this era of “schlock” filmmaking with a nostalgic look back that's arguably more entertaining than much of Cannon's own “B movie” product.

 

10. The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing

The Cutting Edge DVDThe Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing [Amazon Link] focuses on the underappreciated craft of movie editing. Kathy Bates narrates this history of the art of editing, punctuated by dozens of scenes to illustrate the power of editing in heightening reality and making a visceral impact on the viewer.

Notable directors who make appearances in this documentary include James Cameron, Sean Penn, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Quentin Tarantino.

 

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10 Best Budget Filmmaking Microphones in 2020 / Best Mics for Filmmaking

Posted by Grant Patten on Sep 1, 2020 7:37:00 AM

The 10 Best Budget Filmmaking Microphones in 2020

In addition to our blog post about the best budget cameras for filmmaking, we thought it would be useful to provide a list on the top 10 affordable filmmaking microphones. We’ll discuss (in no particular order):

  1. Sennheiser XSW-D / Best lav mic for filmmaking
  2. RØDE VideoMic NTG / Best shotgun mic for filmmaking
  3. Sennheiser MKE 600 / Best camcorder shotgun mic
  4. TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone / Best cheap interview microphone
  5. Shure VP83F / Best super cardioid mic
  6. Zoom H4n Pro / Best portable digital recorder
  7. TASCAM DR-05V2 / Best portable digital recorder
  8. AZDEN SMX-30
  9. Audio-Technica AT875R
  10. VidPro XM-55

 

1. Sennheiser XSW-D Portable Lavalier Set / Best lav mic for filmmaking

Sennheiser XSW-D Portable Lavalier

Especially if you’re filming interviews, a lavalier (lav) mic will always sound better than any on-board camera microphone. The lav kit that Front Row uses for all its interview videos is the Sennheiser XSW-D Portable Lavalier Set [Amazon Link].

This Sennheiser lav mic records high-quality audio with more or less perfect levels straight out of the box, so there should be little need for any audio work in post as long as you recorded cleanly (i.e., minimal background noise).

For proof of the clear, crisp audio from this lav mic, listen to one of Front Row’s video interviews:


Note
: You can buy some medical tape [Amazon Link] and tape it to the talent's chest if you need the mic to be concealed.

 

2. RØDE VideoMic NTG / Best shotgun mic for filmmaking

RØDE VideoMic NTG

Even if you’re using a lav mic or series of lavs on talent, you should also record with an on-camera mic to have as a backup. A good on-camera shotgun mic is the RØDE VideoMic NTG [Amazon Link].

This mic has a digital switcher, providing access to a high-pass filter, -20dB pad, high frequency boost, and safety channel. The mic pairs well with DSLRs, compact cameras, and even smartphones – either on-camera, as a boom mic, or on a pistol grip.

 

3. Sennheiser MKE 600

Sennheiser MKE 600

An excellent shotgun mic in the Sennheiser line is the MKE 600 [Amazon Link], which features a low-cut filter for minimizing wind noise and P48 phantom power.

This mic is great at isolating background noise; you will only hear the sound of your subject(s). Comes with a hot shoe mount.

 

TAKSTAR SGC-5984. TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone

For interviews, a more affordable option than the above-mentioned mics would be the TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone [Amazon Link]. Although quite inexpensive, it is still a solid mic with above average reviews on Amazon.

This mic has a mini-jack that you can plug into your camera and the sound quality is not bad at all.

 

5. Shure VP83F

Shure VP83F

Another mic with solid reviews on Amazon is the Shure VP83F [Amazon Link].

This directional super cardioid mic rejects unwanted off-axis audio while clearly capturing the intended sound source.

The VP83F is portable and durable, as it comes in a compact, metallic shotgun design. This makes it easier to carry between shoots.

 

Zoom H4n Pro6. Zoom H4n Pro

The Zoom H4n Pro Handy Recorder [Amazon Link] provides four-track audio recording that is perfect for filmmaking. This recorder includes high performance, low-noise mic preamps and has XLR/TRS locking connectors.

The rubberized form factor of this recorder makes it durable and ideal for fieldwork and potentially harsh environments. The recorder has a large, bright display backlit by LCD.

 

TASCAM DR-05V27. TASCAM DR-05V2 Portable Digital Recorder

Another solid portable digital recorder is the TASCAM DR-05V2 [Amazon Link]. This recorder has built-in omni-directional microphones and up to 96kHz/24-bit Broadcast WAV film recording (provides better than CD quality).

Other notable features of this recorder include variable speed playback, a built-in speaker, a microSD card slot, and 1/8" headphone/line output.

 

AZDEN SMX-308. AZDEN SMX-30 Stereo/Mono Switchable Video Microphone

The Azden SMX-30 [Amazon Link] is a mic that offers stereo and mono recording modes with -10db, 0db, +20db level adjustments.

The stereo mic is positioned at the top and consists of two cardioid polar patterns spaced apart at a 120° angle. The mono mic uses a super cardioid pattern to focus on sound in front of the camera.

A furry windshield cover is included with the mic.

 

Audio-Technica AT875R9. Audio-Technica AT875R Line + Gradient Condenser Microphone

The Audio-Technica AT875R [Amazon Link] is designed for video production and broadcast (ENG/EFP) audio acquisition. It has a 3-pin XLR connector for input.

This is a short shotgun mic (under 7"), so it can easily mount on most digital cameras.

Note: this mic requires a phantom power source.

 

10. VidPro XM-55 Professional Video and Broadcast Microphone Kit

VidPro XM-55

This lesser-known but underrated brand, VidPro, manufactures a number of solid mics for a very low cost. Their XM-55 Professional Video and Broadcast Microphone Kit [Amazon Link] has decent reviews on Amazon.

This mic kit includes a wind muff, windshield, cushioned handgrip, and long & short on-camera audio cables with multiple connectors, including XLR.

 

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The 10 Best Filmmaking Books | Top Books on Filmmaking / Videography

Posted by Grant Patten on Aug 24, 2020 6:55:14 AM

The 10 Best Filmmaking Books | Top Books on Filmmaking / Videography

Let’s review Front Row’s top 10 books on filmmaking. We’ll discuss:

(in no particular order)

  1. In the Blink of an Eye
  2. Rebel without a Crew
  3. On Directing Film
  4. Making Movies
  5. Directing Actors
  6. How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck
  7. Cinematography: Theory and Practice
  8. Master Shots
  9. The Filmmaker's Handbook
  10. Save the Cat!

 

In the Blink of an Eye1. In the Blink of an Eye | best books on film editing

In the Blink of an Eye [Amazon Link] by celebrated film editor Walter Murch is certainly one of the most well-known and well-respected books on film editing. And even if you’re not an editor yourself, the better you understand editing, the better a filmmaker you’ll be, overall.

It is a slim volume of under 150 pages. The book discusses the aesthetics and practical concerns of cutting film; many of these concepts can also be applied to digital editing.

One user’s comment (Jake) on Goodreads: “I'm glad to report that the book is refreshingly non-dogmatic, optimistic even, about the way we will interface with cinema in years to come.”

 

2. Rebel Without a Crew

Rebel Without a Crew

While directing El Mariachi in the early ‘90s, Robert Rodriguez kept a diary that would become the basis of this book, Rebel Without a Crew [Amazon Link].

The book is funny and informative for independent filmmakers who are trying to make a movie as cheaply as possible. Although some of the film-focused techniques Rodriguez used many seem a bit dated for today’s digital filmmakers, there is still insightful information here on how Rodriguez handled pre-production, production and post-production for El Mariachi.

 

3. On Directing Film

On Directing Film, Mamet

David Mamet is very much one of those love-him-or-hate-him type of writer/directors, but there is no denying that he is a thoughtful individual and all filmmakers can likely learn a thing or two from him. This On Directing Film [Amazon Link] book was published around the same time that his underrated film Homicide (1991) was released.

This slim volume (128 pages) includes a chapter on one of the thorniest questions in filmmaking, “where do you put the camera?”

 

4. Making Movies

Making Movies, Lumet

Sidney Lumet (Dog Day Afternoon, 12 Angry Men, Serpico, Network) is generally regarded to have been a highly competent film director and his Making Movies [Amazon Link] book is part-memoir, part-instructional manual on how to direct movies.

The book includes chapters on screenwriting, directorial style, directing actors, art direction, editing, music, sound mixing, and more.

 

5. Directing Actors

Directing Actors by Judith Weston

Directing Actors [Amazon Link] by Judith Weston is a well-reviewed book on both Amazon and Goodreads. Weston is a renowned acting consultant to directors of film & TV.

This substantial book (300+ pages) includes chapters on the actor-director relationship, listening and talking, actors’ choices, script analysis, casting, rehearsal, and more.

 

6. How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck

HOW TO SHOOT VIDEO THAT DOESN'T SUCK

A more modern entry compared to the aforementioned books, and focused more on videography, How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck [Amazon Link], published in 2011, has received solid reviews across both Amazon and Goodreads.

Sections include “Think like a director”, “Preparation – The secret of the pros”, “Setting the stage”, “How to shoot video that doesn’t suck”, “Special projects”, “After the shoot”, and “Wrapping up the project”. 

One user’s review (DG) on Amazon: “Excellent tips that get right to the point. I got a lot out of this book to apply to short video interviews, etc.”

 

7. Cinematography: Theory and Practice

Cinematography: Theory and Practice

Blain Brown is a cinematographer, director and writer based in LA. His book Cinematography: Theory and Practice [Amazon Link] has become one of the most well-regarded books on cinematography.

The book includes sections on visual language, coverage & continuity, color, cameras & sensors, measurement, exposure, image control, lighting, camera movement, data management, and more.

This book covers the artistic side as well as the deeper technical elements of cinematography.

 

8. Master Shots

Master Shots book

Master Shots [Amazon Link] is a three-volume series about filmmaking best practices. This Volume 1 is about advanced camera techniques.

Volume 1 features best practices for shooting fight scenes, chase scenes, dramatic shift, dialogue scenes, sex scenes, and more. Volume 2 [Amazon Link] is on shooting dialogue scenes and Volume 3 [Amazon Link] covers camera setups.

These books include many clear pictures and references to help filmmakers understand the concepts.

 

9. The Filmmaker's Handbook

The Filmmaker's Handbook

The Filmmaker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age [Amazon Link] has received positive reviews across Amazon and Goodreads. At almost 900 pages, it certainly is comprehensive, as its title claims. The author, Steven Ascher, is a Harvard graduate and documentary filmmaker.

The book has chapters on developing the project, digital systems, camcorders, film cameras, lenses, recording systems, lighting, editing, sound mixing, distributing, & more.

 

10. Save the Cat!

Save the Cat!

Save the Cat! [Amazon Link] is a book on screenwriting. The book’s late author, Blake Snyder, was an American screenwriter, consultant, author and educator based in LA.

The book includes helpful advice for both novice and professional screenwriters to improve their ideas, pitches, story structure, dialogue, revisions, and more. At the end, it has a helpful glossary of common screenwriting terms used in Hollywood.

User comment (Yanick) on Amazon: “Very interesting, not theory obsessive; the goal of the book is to allow you to build a Hollywood-minded script.”

 

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About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that specializes in the entertainment industry – specifically, the film industry. Front Row has 51 staff in 8 offices that have a combined 530+ years of experience serving the film industry. Front Row is the largest film insurance broker in Canada. Front Row works hard to provide insurance protection for the lowest possible cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row ensures that clients receive the money they are owed per the insurance policy, as quickly as possible.

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The Best Filmmaking Schools in Canada / Top Film Schools in Canada

Posted by Grant Patten on Aug 12, 2020 6:58:22 AM

THE BEST FILMMAKING SCHOOLS IN CANADA / TOP FILM SCHOOLS IN CANADA

Let’s review some of the best filmmaking schools in Canada. We’ll discuss (in no particular order):


Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts / film schools in Toronto

RYERSON UNIVERSITY’S SCHOOL OF IMAGE ARTS

Ryerson’s Film Studies 4-year BFA (bachelor of fine arts) program is a mix of theory and applied work, with a bit more emphasis on the applied. Students will take the standard film theory courses in the first few years of the program, with the final few years more focused on the creation of short film/video projects, namely the students’ “thesis film projects” in fourth year.

The program includes courses on cinematography, directing, design composition, screenwriting, and the business of film. The school has a “film cage” where film/video equipment can be borrowed by students working on school projects, but try to book early as the equipment can run out fast.

The faculty is decent, although some professors have a lot more relevant industry experience than others do. Notable alumni include filmmakers Jeremy Podeswa and Bruce McDonald.

Toronto Film School / film schools in Toronto

The Toronto Film School offers diplomas. It has an excellent reputation as a solid applied arts institution. The majority of the teachers comprising the school’s faculty are known for having film industry experience.

Courses cover editing, cinematography, audio production, camera and set procedures, screenwriting, budgeting and scheduling, and more. Following the completion of the film production diploma, students have the opportunity to apply for a work placement.

The school has four campuses throughout the GTA.

York University School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design / film schools in Toronto

York University's Film Department houses Canada's oldest film school. The university offers a 4-year BFA (bachelor of fine arts) in Production, with a focus on filmmaking.

Courses include Intro to Filmmaking, Film Art, Editing Techniques, Production Planning and Management, among others.

Notable alumni include producer Niv Fichman and cinematographer Paul Sarossy.

Sheridan College / film schools in Toronto

Sheridan's Honours Bachelor of Film and Television (BFTV) 4-year degree includes a work placement to prepare you for a career in film and television.

Courses include History of International Cinema, Introduction to Directing, Transmedia Storytelling, Business of Film and Television, Editing, Cinematography, and more.

Replacing the college’s three-year Media Arts advanced diploma program, Sheridan's BFTV degree offers a combination of hands-on, real-world experience backed by theoretical learning.

Concordia Film School / film schools in Montreal / film schools in Quebec

Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema is certainly Quebec’s most well-known and respected film school. It was established in 1976.

This Montreal-based school accepts about 200 students a year for study in the fields of animation, film production or film studies. Each track confers a separate BFA degree.

Notable alumni include animation pioneer Steven Woloshen and director Gary Burns.

Vancouver Film School / film schools in Vancouver

Vancouver Film School

Certainly, the most well-known film school in Western Canada would be Vancouver Film School (VFS). The school offers 12-month diplomas and it has “pathway programs” to bachelor’s degrees with universities, including Capilano and Wilfrid Laurier.

Courses include acting, film production, makeup design, sound design and writing. Specializations are available in directing, cinematography, producing, post-production, and more.

Notable alumni include directors Neill Blomkamp and Kevin Smith (dropped out).

Simon Fraser U / film schools in Vancouver

Simon Fraser University has a 4-year BFA film program in their School for the Contemporary Arts. The program is interdisciplinary and – like Ryerson – includes a blend of theory and applied work. In every year of the program, students make their own films, while also taking academic film studies courses.

SFU’s film program offers three possible options for study:

  • Major in Film (BFA)
  • Extended Minor in Film
  • Minor in Film and Video Studies

Dalhousie U / film schools in Atlantic Canada

Dalhousie University

Dalhousie has a BA in Cinema and Media Studies. The program is more academic in nature, with a focus on theory, the analysis of visual language, film history, etc.

However, the program’s associated School of Performing Arts enables enrolled students to engage in “experiential learning for academic credit through placement with an established organization in the field of cinema and media.”

University of Manitoba / film schools in Winnipeg

The University of Manitoba offers two film studies degree options:

  • B.A.  Bachelor of Arts General, Major in Film Studies - 3 years
  • B.A. (Adv.) Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) in Film Studies - 4 years

Faculty teach a mix of courses on topics such as film aesthetics, video gaming, international cinema and filmmaking. U of M students have access to the Media Lab, a post-production space, as well as film production equipment, including digital cameras, sound recording gear, and more.

Red Deer College / film schools in Alberta

A Prairie film program is the one at Red Deer College (RDC) in Alberta – they offer a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Film. RDC has 20+ years of experience offering programming in film production.

The college has its own 100-seat cinema, dedicated sound stage, and equipment facilities.

The practicum in the fourth year of the program involves gaining industry-related work experience.

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About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent film insurance broker that provides film insurance for a very low cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row works diligently with clients and insurers to expedite the payment of claims.

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DISCLAIMER: Informational statements regarding insurance coverage are for general description purposes only. These statements do not amend, modify or supplement any insurance policy. Consult the actual policy or your broker for details regarding terms, conditions, coverage, exclusions, products, services and programs which may be available to you. Your eligibility for particular products and services is subject to the final determination of underwriting qualifications and acceptance by the insurance underwriting company providing such products or services. This website does not make any representations that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss, or type of claim or loss, under any policy. Whether coverage exists or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any policy depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss and all applicable policy wording.

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Top Filmmaking Schools in the USA / Best Filmmaking Schools in the US

Posted by Alyson Forster on Aug 12, 2020 6:57:58 AM

Top Filmmaking Schools in the USA / Best Filmmaking Schools in the US

From Los Angeles to New York, check out Front Row Insurance’s round-up of the top filmmaking schools in the US!

In no particular order:

 

1. University of Southern California / Los Angeles film schools

University of Southern California USC

Alumnus: George Lucas (Star Wars Franchise, Lucas Films, Indiana Jones)

Acceptance Rate: 3%

Arguably the best film school to attend, the USC School of Cinematic Arts is a prestigious school located in Los Angeles. This school’s facilities include modern soundstages, animation facilities, post-production suites, mixing theatres, and all digital classrooms (with the help of a $10M donation from George Lucas in 2018).

2. New York University TISCH School of Arts / New York film schools


Alumnus: Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, The Wolf of Wall Street)

Acceptance Rate: 20%

New York University TISCH School of Arts is located in New York City. According to NYU, as of 2017, the school had more than 25,000 alumni working in the arts and related professions, and has more alumni on Broadway than any other school for the performing arts in the US. In 2017 alone, six members of the Tisch alumni community were nominated for an Oscar.

3. California Institute of the Arts


Alumnus: Tim Burton (Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands)

Acceptance Rate: 24.1%

CalArts was originally formed in 1961 as a merger of the Chouinard Art Institute (founded 1921) and the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music (founded 1883). In 1929, when Disney had no money, Madame Chouinard agreed to train her first animators on a pay-later basis.

4. Emerson College


Alumnus: Henry Winkler (Happy Days series, Arrested Development series)

Acceptance Rate: 46.1%

Emerson College is located in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a private college that offers a four week exchange program with FAMU, one of Europe’s most prestigious film schools. They also offer a program where you may spend a semester in Los Angeles where Emerson has exclusive internship opportunities with Hollywood producers, networks, and studios.

5. University of Texas at Austin


Alumnus: Kyle Davies (President of Distribution, Paramount Pictures)

Acceptance Rate: 25%

University of Texas at Austin offers graduate programs for film and media production, screenwriting, as well as undergraduate courses focusing on radio, television, and film. They also have the largest green screen ever made outside of Hollywood.

6. Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island School of Design

Alumnus: David Byrne (rock group Talking Heads)

Acceptance Rate: 31.9%

The Rhode Island School of Design is a visual arts college with the smallest class size in the US according to RISD, with a maximum of 14 students per class. Some of their degree programs include graphic design, illustration, drawing, and photography.

7. University of Colorado Boulder


Alumnus: Robert Redford (Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, Brubaker)

Acceptance Rate: 79.8%

The course curriculum at this university includes basics such as directing, animation, and digital cinematography. This university is an active participant in its surrounding film festivals such as Sundance, and Ann Arbor.

Like NYU and Emerson, they also have a study-abroad program in Paris and Rome.

8. Ringling College of Art and Design


Alumnus: Jessica Sances Torres (computer animation for films including “Toy Story 3” and “Incredibles 2”)

Acceptance Rate: 63.9%

Ringling College of Art and Design is located in Sarasota, Florida. In 2019, Ringling became the first art school to offer a BFA in virtual reality development. They also provide on-the-job training and offer the first academic and commercial soundstage and post-production facility of its kind in the state of Florida.

9. Stanford University

Stanford University

Alumnus: Jamie Meltzer (“True Conviction” a documentary winner at Tribeca Film Festival)

Acceptance Rate: 0.5%

Stanford’s MFA Film Program is the most difficult to get into, as only 8 applicants a year are selected. This program specializes in documentary filmmaking. By the end of the two-year residency, grad students each make 15 to 20 minute documentaries for their final thesis project. Some are even shown at SF DocFest, an annual film festival specifically for documentaries.

10. University of California Los Angeles


Alumnus: Francis Ford Coppola (Apocalypse Now)

Acceptance Rate: 18%

UCLA’s school of theater, film and television has one of the longest lists of accomplished alumni, including Francis Ford Coppola, Mariska Hargitay, Jim Morrison, James Franco, and Ben Stiller. They are also one of the only arts programs that offer special scholarships for female students from the Arab World.

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Front Row’s Short Shoot insurance policy (US form) is a good option for insuring these short-term film school projects. Coverage for up to 15 consecutive days of filming.

Front Row’s Owned Equipment insurance policy (US form) is a good option for insuring your filmmaking gear, including your film camera(s).

 

About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent film insurance broker that provides film insurance for a very low cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row works diligently with clients and insurers to expedite the payment of claims.

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DISCLAIMER: Informational statements regarding insurance coverage are for general description purposes only. These statements do not amend, modify or supplement any insurance policy. Consult the actual policy or your broker for details regarding terms, conditions, coverage, exclusions, products, services and programs which may be available to you. Your eligibility for particular products and services is subject to the final determination of underwriting qualifications and acceptance by the insurance underwriting company providing such products or services. This website does not make any representations that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss, or type of claim or loss, under any policy. Whether coverage exists or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any policy depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss and all applicable policy wording.

Citations:

https://ingeniusprep.com/blog/college-acceptance-rates/

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/

https://www.imdb.com/

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The 10 Best How-to Photography Books

Posted by Grant Patten on Jul 20, 2020 6:50:39 AM

THE 10 BEST HOW-TO PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS

Let’s review Front Row’s top 10 how-to photography books. We’ll discuss:

  1. Understanding Exposure
  2. Digital Photography Boxed Set
  3. Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs
  4. The Photographer’s Eye
  5. The Art of Photography
  6. The Hot Shoe Diaries
  7. Digital Photography Masterclass
  8. Picture Perfect Practice
  9. How to Create Stunning Digital Photography
  10. Black & White Photography

 

1. Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera | Best How-to Photography BooksUnderstanding Exposure

Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera [Amazon Link] by Bryan Peterson has received excellent reviews across both Amazon and Goodreads, indicating that it is a very useful and popular how-to photography book.

The book covers the fundamentals of photography: exposure, aperture, shutter speed, light, and includes a discussion of special techniques and filters at the end.

One user’s comment (Meghan) on Goodreads: “I couldn't put this book down! I read almost all of it in one sitting. I am an amateur photographer and I learned so much from this book.”

 

2. Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set | Best How-to Photography Books

Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set

Kelby (an American photographer) has written five parts to his Digital Photography Book series and now you can get all books together in a boxed set [Amazon Link] for a reasonable price.

This book series includes myriad useful photography tips with chapters on each, including “avoid increasing your ISO on a tripod”, “use your flash at outdoor weddings”, and “pre-focus to get the shot”.

One user’s comment (Dreama) on Amazon: “I love Scott's books. He does not write in a technical way. He writes so the non-professional photographer can understand how to improve and get better pics.”

 

3. Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs | Best How-to Photography Books

Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs

The straightforward book title says it all. Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs [Amazon Link] by Henry Carroll has positive reviews on Goodreads and Amazon and is a short, concise read at just 128 pages.

The book contains sections on composition, exposure, light, lenses and seeing.

Famous photos taken by master photographers – including Henri Cartier-Bresson – are included throughout the book.

 

 

 

4. The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos | Best How-to Photography Books

The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos

The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos [Amazon Link] by Michael Freeman (professional photographer) is a book that focuses more on teaching the design and artistic side of photography, as opposed to just the technical.

The book includes sections on the image frame, design basics, graphic & photographic elements, light, intent, and process.

One user’s comment (Nicholas) on Amazon: “This is a really important book. Most photography books are solely concerned with cameras and lenses, but this book focuses (pun intended) on the psychology of the way images are interpreted and understood by people, which I think is far more important than equipment.”

 

5. The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression | Best How-to Photography Books

The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression

The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression [Amazon Link] by Bruce Barnbaum is a highly readable photography textbook.

This hefty book (360+ pages) includes sections on composition, visualization, filters, the zone system of exposure, presentation, and even the philosophy of photography. There is also a section on rebutting photographic myths. The book contains over 100 beautiful photographic illustrations.

One user’s comment (Justin) on Goodreads: “Shifts your thinking when it coming to photography. Some aspects of the book are hard to grasp, but worth re-reading.”

 

6. The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes | Best How-to Photography Books

The Hot Shoe Diaries

The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes [Amazon Link] by Joe McNally (acclaimed photojournalist) is a book focused on the lighting aspects of photography. McNally – a former National Geographic photographer – shares his tips on photography lighting best practices and techniques.

McNally recounts the entertaining stories behind his myriad photographic assignments, and then goes on to describe in technical detail how he managed to get the lighting just right for each photo.

 

7. Digital Photography Masterclass: Advanced Photographic Techniques for Creating Perfect Pictures | Best How-to Photography Books

Digital Photography Masterclass

Digital Photography Masterclass: Advanced Photographic Techniques for Creating Perfect Pictures [Amazon Link] by Tom Ang is a book appropriate for both new and experienced photographers.

The book has sections on key camera controls, exposure control, tonality and contrast, timing, light, image manipulation, documentary photography, sports photography, wildlife photography, and more.

One user’s comment (vuddha) on Amazon: “The sections are detailed and logical. The photo examples are beautiful and interesting. The discussions with the professionals in their respective fields are invaluable.”

 

8. Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs | Best How-to Photography Books

Picture Perfect Practice

Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs [Amazon Link] by Roberto Valenzuela (photographer, specializing in wedding photography) is also well reviewed on Amazon.

The book is broken up into four main sections: locations, poses, execution, and deliberate practice. The chapters include practice exercises to improve your photographic abilities.

One user’s comment (Michel) on Amazon: “This is one of the only books I have that actually shows you correct pictures and pictures with mistakes so you can easily compare what works and what doesn't.”

 

9. How to Create Stunning Digital Photography | Best How-to Photography Books

How to Create Stunning Digital Photography

How to Create Stunning Digital Photography [Amazon Link] by Tony & Chelsea Northrup is – according to the book’s description – “Amazon's #1 rated and best-selling digital photography book, and the first ever Gold Honoree of the Benjamin Franklin Digital Award”.

The book has sections on lighting & flash, controlling your camera, portraits, weddings, animals, landscapes, underwater photography, and more. The book also comes along with access to over 20 hours of video training on photography.

 

10. Black & White Photography | Best How-to Photography Books

Black & White Photography

For those interested in black & white photography on film, look no further than Black & White Photography [Amazon Link] by Henry Horenstein (American artist and photographer).

The book has sections on the camera body, the camera lens, the shutter, film exposure, film developing, camera accessories to consider, and more.

One user’s comment (kkrome25) on Amazon: “The book contains excellent quality black & white drawings and photographs, and the style of writing is in straightforward, plain English.”

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If you’re reading how-to books on photography, chances are you own some photography gear. In addition, if you own valuable photography gear, you should consider insuring that gear. If you have received any money for your photography, your gear is now considered “commercial equipment.” This, in turn, means that your homeowner or rental insurance policy likely will not cover your photo gear.

Front Row’s insurance for photographers is a good option for insuring your photo gear. You can get a quote and purchase a policy online in just a few minutes, or read more about the coverages available on the photography insurance site.

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10 Best Laptops for Photo Editing in 2020 / Best Photography Computers

Posted by Grant Patten on Jun 23, 2020 12:05:45 PM

10 BEST LAPTOPS FOR PHOTO EDITING IN 2020 / BEST PHOTOGRAPHY COMPUTERS

Let’s review the ten best laptops for photo editing available on the market now. We’ll discuss:

  1. Apple MacBook Pro
  2. HP Spectre
  3. Lenovo ThinkPad
  4. Dell XPS
  5. Dell Inspiron
  6. Microsoft Surface
  7. Asus ZenBook
  8. Acer ConceptD
  9. MSI Prestige
  10. Razer Blade

 

1. Apple MacBook Pro (various sizes) | best computers for photo editing

Apple MacBook Pro

The famous MacBook is at the top of our list of best laptops for photo editing simply because its performance is excellent (especially if you opt for up to 32GB of memory) and it can handle high-level processing for programs like Photoshop, Lightroom and Final Cut Pro.

The 15-inch larger screen [Amazon Link] is more expensive than the smaller 13-inch [Amazon Link], of course, but both are excellent machines.

2. HP Spectre x360 15 | best computers for photo editing

HP Spectre x360 15

The HP Spectre [Amazon Link] was rated by Laptop Mag as the all-around best laptop for photo editing.

A stunning 4K OLED display; this display is coated in Gorilla Glass, so it has a high quality, sturdy look and feel, with a touchscreen that is both accurate and responsive. The computer’s discrete graphics card (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q) should allow photographers to do demanding photo editing without any issues.

Colour gamut values are very good: it reproduces 256% of the sRGB gamut.

3. Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 | best computers for photo editing

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2

Are you a professional photographer looking for a laptop that excels at both image editing and manipulation? Then, the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 [Amazon Link] is the best photo editing laptop for your unique needs.

This computer is compact, lightweight, and highly portable.

The Lenovo P1 has a 15-inch 4K display and supports 100% of the Adobe RGB colour space.

4. Dell XPS 15 7590 | best computers for photo editing

Dell XPS 15 7590

The Dell XPS 15 [Amazon Link] is a laptop geared toward video production, photo editing, and professional use. The dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB graphics card provides excellent performance and fast speed in graphic design, photography, and photo editing.

The OLED screen is 4K. It has a full SD card slot, which should be useful to photographers.

The XPS 15 and MacBook Pro use the same CPU. Includes 16GB of RAM; can be upgraded.

5. Dell Inspiron | best computers for photo editing

Dell Inspiron 13 7373

Another solid option for photo editing in the Dell line is the Inspiron [Amazon Link].

The generous 256GB solid state drive will be able to store plenty of images at large file sizes. The 1080p display is bright and vibrant.

The RAM is 8GB, though, which should be acceptable for light-to-moderate photo editing work, but heavy-duty, complex photo editing may not be ideal at this modest level of RAM.

6. Microsoft Surface Book 2 | best computers for photo editing

Microsoft Surface Book 2

Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 [Amazon Link] is a powerful little machine that is able to convert into a laptop or a tablet. However, if you wish to use a stylus with the touchscreen, a Surface Pen has to be purchased separately.

The 3000x2000 display is vibrant and impressive, and the 256GB solid state hard drive will be able to store a generous amount of photos.

Colour accuracy is adequate for most graphic design and photo editing. Should you need 100% Adobe RGB, you'll have to connect to an external monitor.

As with the Inspiron, though: the RAM is also 8GB, which should be acceptable for light-to-moderate photo editing work, but could be challenging for highly complex photo editing.

7. Asus ZenBook Pro Duo | best computers for photo editing

Asus ZenBook Pro Duo

The Asus ZenBook Pro Duo [Amazon Link] is an impressive computer with 16GB RAM, so it should be able to handle even complex photo editing work. The 1TB solid state hard drive will be able to store an enormous amount of images at large file sizes.

The 4K secondary touchscreen works seamlessly with the main 15.6-inch 4K UHD OLED touchscreen.

This ZenBook has excellent heat dispersion; there are fans on both sides of the chassis that blow heat outward to the left and right.

8. Acer ConceptD 7 | best computers for photo editing

Acer ConceptD 7

The Acer ConceptD 7 [Amazon Link] is an excellent laptop from an underrated, often overlooked brand. This machine includes 32GB of RAM, which means that it will be able to handle even the most complex photo editing jobs and RAW photo files.

The magnesium alloy chassis is durable, thin, and lightweight, measuring only 0.7″ thick.

The 15.6” 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) screen is more than adequate for most photo editing jobs. This display runs in the Adobe RGB colour space and is Pantone Validated.

9. MSI Prestige 15 | best computers for photo editing

MSI Prestige 15

The MSI Prestige 15 [Amazon Link] is a powerful laptop with 16GB RAM and a 512GB solid state drive. The computer is specifically marketed toward photographers, videographers and content creators.

This computer has an excellent 4K True Pixel display, delivering 100% of the Adobe RGB colour gamut.

The Intel Core i7 U-Processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 work together to deliver “a 40% increase for editing programs such as Photoshop and a 50% faster experience for a fluid creative workflow, especially during multi-threaded processes.” (MSI)

10. Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition | best computers for photo editing

Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition

The Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition Laptop [Amazon Link] includes 32GB RAM and a 1TB solid state drive, making it capable of handling the most complex photo editing tasks.

The 0.7" thin aluminum unibody makes this computer lightweight and highly portable. The computer also has a “vapor chamber cooling” system for maximum performance and comfort.

The 4K OLED touch display will be pleasing to most photographers.

Photo Editing Accessories for your Laptop | Photo Editing Laptop Accessories

If you’re getting a laptop for photo editing, don’t forget about these important accessories:

A laptop sleeve will help protect your laptop against dust, debris and scratches. You could get the “official” one that is usually an accessory to the laptop purchase, or you could get a generic one that fits various laptops of a certain size, such as the RAINYEAR 13 Inch Laptop Sleeve. [Amazon Link]

Having an external monitor is generally better than having just the laptop screen, so consider getting a nice 4K resolution monitor to complement your laptop (you’ll want a monitor that is colour accurate. Computer speed and high performance don’t matter so much if your colours are off!) A good one to consider is the ViewSonic VX2776-4K-MHD 27 Inch 4K UHD Frameless IPS Monitor. [Amazon Link]

KwiltGo Personal Cloud Storage DeviceAn external hard drive and/or subscription to a cloud storage service such as Dropbox would be advisable because even if you have a large hard drive on the laptop, you will likely be surprised at how quickly that drive can fill up. A well-reviewed external HD to consider is the KwiltGo Personal Cloud Storage Device. [Amazon Link]

Photo editing software will obviously be essential and some standard options to consider are Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Photolemur and/or ON1 Photo RAW. Pro Tip: consider getting an external graphics-processing unit (eGPU) if you’ll be doing highly complex image work/editing many RAW photos. Many laptops have a substantial amount of RAM and a powerful CPU, but often lack a powerful graphics processor.

Note: ~8GB of RAM can be a bit tight if you're using both Photoshop and Lightroom, plus other software like a web browser, so if you’ll be using a lot of software simultaneously, always opt for more RAM.

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Front Row’s insurance for photographers is a good option for insuring your photo gear. You can get a quote and purchase a policy online in just a few minutes, or read more about the coverages available on the photography insurance site.

Note: Front Row’s insurance for photographers automatically includes $5,000 (CAD) Laptops Coverage, at no additional cost.

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Citations:

https://www.techradar.com/news/best-laptops-for-photographers-and-photo-editing-in-photoshop
https://www.findingtheuniverse.com/best-laptop-for-photo-editing/
https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-photo-editing-laptops
https://www.windowscentral.com/msi-unveils-prestige-and-modern-laptops-built-creators

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The Best Cameras for YouTube in 2020 | Best Vlogging Cameras in 2020

Posted by Grant Patten on May 1, 2020 10:03:35 AM

The Best Cameras for YouTube | Best Vlogging Cameras

Best Cameras for YouTube / Good cameras for YouTubeSource: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1127191604, Shutterstock

Many of our film insurance customers are avid YouTubers, so we thought it would be useful to assemble this post about our research on the best cameras for recording YouTube videos. Let’s review some of the best cameras for YouTube and vlogging (video blogging) available on the market now. We’ll go from inexpensive to more expensive. We’ll discuss:

Best vlogging cameras under $200 / best vlogging camera cheap / best cheap camera for YouTube / best vlogging camera for beginners

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 [Amazon Affiliate Link] features a wide-angle lens with 10x Optical Zoom & Image Stabilization, 720p HD video and built-in WiFi – not bad at all for a camera under $200 CAD!

The APEMAN A79 4K Action Camera [Amazon Affiliate Link] offers some cool features for such an inexpensive camera, including 4K video at 30 fps, a 2.0” LCD touchscreen. However, the reality of shooting video for YouTube is that 4K resolution is, for the moment, probably not necessary. It is nice to have that option, though.

The Sony DSC- W830 [Amazon Affiliate Link] has a 20.1 megapixel CCD image sensor with 8x zoom. It can shoot 1280 x 720 HD movies at 30 fps and it includes a neat Sweep Panorama mode, allowing you to capture panoramic shots in 360° full circle.

Best vlogging cameras under $500 / best camera for travel vlogging / budget camera for youtube

If you need a really small and compact camera that can still record amazing image quality (RAW format photos and D-Cinelike videos), check out the DJI Osmo Pocket. [Amazon Affiliate Link] It can shoot 4K/60fps video at 100 mbps. This camera is a popular choice for vloggers and travelers.

The GoPro HERO8 Black [Amazon Affiliate Link] is especially useful for YouTubers and vloggers who like to surf or otherwise film in the ocean because the camera is waterproof. It also has three levels of stabilization and some cool additional features such as Time Warp and Live Burst.

 

The Sony DSC-RX100 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a nice camera under $500 CAD and suitable for vlogging. It includes an excellent F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens and a useful Intelligent Auto mode, which detects the lighting of a scene and sets the camera accordingly.

Best vlogging cameras under $1000 / best canon camera for vlogging

Canon Powershot G7X Mark IIIYou can get the Canon Powershot G7X Mark III Digital Camera [Amazon Affiliate Link] for just under $1,000 CAD at the time of this writing. This model features a new-and-improved 20.1 Megapixel 1.0” stacked CMOS sensor. The 4.2x optical zoom lens – while modest – is generally suitable for vlogging purposes. The flip-out LCD screen even has a tilt option for better angles on your selfies.

The Canon EOS M50 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a mirrorless camera (these cameras have the advantage of being lighter, more compact, and generally better for video). The camera’s Vari-angle touchscreen LCD is perfect for vlogging; you can see what you’re recording without having the screen prevent you from adding an external microphone and/or tripod. The Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus system is quite advanced for this price level of camera.

The Panasonic LUMIX G95 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is another mirrorless camera that is less bulky than a DSLR, so also suitable for vlogging. The 20-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor allows the camera to capture excellent quality photos and videos. It has a swing-out viewfinder, excellent ergonomics, built-in stabilization and a great menu system. The camera is also weather sealed, which is essential if you enjoy vlogging in the rain or other challenging environments.

Best vlogging cameras under $2000

The Sony Alpha A6400 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is also an excellent vlogging camera that shoots 4K video (24.2-megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor). This camera has no record time limit!

For vloggers who prefer to use camcorders, the Canon VIXIA HF G50 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a very good prosumer camcorder, capable of shooting 4K at 30p (although the 1080/720p options are sufficient for presenting on YouTube). It has a generous 20x optical zoom lens.

The Canon 90D [Amazon Affiliate Link] offers upgrades over the older 80D such as a higher-resolution sensor and a new electronic shutter/faster shutter speed (up to 1/16,000 second).

For reference, here is an example video shot on the 90D:

Important vlogging accessories to consider / YouTube camera accessories / vlogging camera stand / vlog lighting / microphone for vlogging

Joby GorillaPod 1K KitVlogging camera stand

If you’re going to be getting any of the above camera gear, you’ll also want to consider getting a good tripod/camera stand such as the Joby GorillaPod 1K Kit or the INNOREL Lightweight Tripod [Amazon Affiliate Links].

Vlog lighting

A good mobile light is the Lume Cube AIR Magnetic LED Light. [Amazon Affiliate Link] Although some might argue that they’re a bit overpriced, these little cubes output clean light at 5600K, they have adjustable brightness levels, and they’re waterproof!

Microphone for vlogging

When vlogging – especially outside or anywhere that isn’t completely quiet – you’ll want to get an on-board microphone to go with your camera. This will improve audio quality. A good one is the Rode VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone. [Amazon Affiliate Link]

If you’d like to get even better audio quality for your vlogs and don’t mind spending a bit more for it, consider getting a lav (lavalier) mic such as the Sennheiser EW 112P G4. [Amazon Affiliate Link] This Sennheiser lav kit will get you broadcast quality sound at up to 8 hours of operation time.

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Front Row’s DigiGear insurance policy is a good option for insuring your filmmaking gear, including your vlogging camera(s). You can get a quote online, purchase a policy online in 5 mins, or read more about the coverages available here: https://digigearinsure.frontrowinsurance.com/

If the camera is more of a photography camera or lower in value, consider Front Row’s photography insurance policy instead: https://photographer.frontrowinsurance.com/

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The Best Budget Cameras for Filmmaking in 2020

Posted by Grant Patten on Apr 1, 2020 7:55:11 AM

BEST BUDGET CAMERAS FOR FILMMAKING

The Best Cameras for Filmmaking in 2020Source: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 685271140, Shutterstock

Let’s review some of the best budget, affordable cameras for filmmaking available on the market now. We’ll discuss:

THE BEST CAMERAS FOR FILMMAKING - Canon 90DCanon 80D and 90D DSLRs – affordable & excellent cameras for filmmaking / best DSLRs for filmmaking

The Canon 80D [Affiliate Link] is an excellent DSLR that offers a useful articulating screen and fast, precise autofocus in live view mode, making it great for video shooters. The colours look great, too.

The 90D [Affiliate Link] is the newer model, offering upgrades such as a higher-resolution sensor and a new electronic shutter/faster shutter speed (up to 1/16,000 second). For reference, here is an example video shot on the 90D:

 

The Canon EOS Rebel T7i [Affiliate Link] is another DSLR appropriate for filmmaking. If you purchase it as a kit, you can get a tripod, filters and other useful accessories included with it. It shoots HD 1080p video at 60fps and offers an HDR mode.

Arguably superior image quality to Canon DSLRs – Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

As great as the Canon DSLRs are, through, some filmmakers argue that other brands offer superior image quality in this price range, such as the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. [Affiliate Link] This camera shoots 4K 4096 x 2160 up to 60 fps with 13 stops of dynamic range. For reference, decide for yourself by comparing this Blackmagic footage to the Canon footage above:

The Blackmagic Pocket 4K has many great attributes, including:

  • Raw recording / great dynamic range (roughly 1 TB per hour of recording)
  • Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) at 220 Mbps
  • Great colour science
  • Great ISO range
  • Large screen

Panasonic G7 kit – great for low-budget filmmaking / best camera for filmmaking on a budget

With the Panasonic LUMIX G7 [Affiliate Link], you can get superb DSLM image quality without the bulk and weight of traditional DSLRs.

In the G line, filmmakers may also want to consider the GH5 [Affiliate Link]. This camera is a better choice if you want to look inconspicuous and do “run & gun” type work. And if you’re looking for cheaper options, the older models are still quite good filmmaking cameras, including the GH4.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMCFZ [Affiliate Link] may be considered for a “superzoom” option; this camera offers a high-res OLED viewfinder, 12 fps burst shooting and beautiful 4K video.

THE BEST CAMERAS FOR FILMMAKING - Sony A7 IIISony a77, Alpha A6400 and FDR-AX700 / best sony camera for filmmaking

The Sony a7 III [Affiliate Link] is a camera to consider for filmmaking and videography as it lets you shoot 4K2 (3840x2160 pixels) up to 10 fps and customize a wide range of video-shooting options.

The Sony Alpha A6400 [Affiliate Link] is also an excellent filmmaking camera that shoots 4K video (24.2-megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor). This camera has no record time limit!

The Sony FDR-AX700 camcorder [Affiliate Link] is another reasonably priced option that shoots 4K and HDR videos. This camera has incredibly fast, hybrid autofocus (AF) technology.

The Fujifilm X-T3 and X-T30

The Fujifilm X-T3 [Affiliate Link] camera is easy to use, provides great image quality (4K recording at 60p) and is small enough that it doesn't draw a lot of attention. If you want a camera that captures great video & photos, the Fuji X-T3 is ideal.

You could also go for the X-T30 [Affiliate Link], which is essentially a smaller, cheaper version of the X-T3. 4K recording is limited to 30p on the X-T30. The X-T30 is reported (The Verge) to have a better autofocus system than the X-T3, though.

THE BEST CAMERAS FOR FILMMAKING - DJI Osmo PocketBest compact camera / best small camera for filmmaking – the DJI Osmo Pocket

If you need a really small and compact camera that can still record amazing image quality (RAW format photos and D-Cinelike videos), check out the DJI Osmo Pocket. [Affiliate Link] It can shoot 4K/60fps video at 100 mbps.

This camera is a popular choice for vloggers and travellers.

 

More of an investment – Professional cinema cameras / cine cameras

If you’re able to spend more, consider getting a cine camera / cinema camera, such as the Canon EOS C300 MK II [Affiliate Link] or the Canon EOS C200 [Affiliate Link]. Cinema cameras are designed to capture video with a dynamic range that matches or exceeds that of film: ~13 stops or so.

A key advantage most cine cameras have is continuous recording time – they’re generally able to record a lot longer without pausing. DSLRs usually have a 29:59 single recording max length timer.

The Sony PXW-FS5 [Affiliate Link] is a great “run & gun” cinema camera. It can shoot 4K RAW (records data directly from the sensor) and capture continuous HD video at up to 120 fps.

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If you end up buying any of these above cameras (or any other gear) – you’ll want to have the right insurance coverage in place to protect that valuable gear.

Front Row’s DigiGear insurance policy is a good option for insuring your filmmaking gear, including your film camera(s). You can get a quote online, purchase a policy online in 5 mins, or read more about the coverages available here: https://digigearinsure.frontrowinsurance.com/

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DISCLAIMER: Informational statements regarding insurance coverage are for general description purposes only. These statements do not amend, modify or supplement any insurance policy. Consult the actual policy or your broker for details regarding terms, conditions, coverage, exclusions, products, services and programs which may be available to you. Your eligibility for particular products and services is subject to the final determination of underwriting qualifications and acceptance by the insurance underwriting company providing such products or services. This website does not make any representations that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss, or type of claim or loss, under any policy. Whether coverage exists or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any policy depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss and all applicable policy wording.

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