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Post-analog Filmmaking: Tips in using digital camera for documentary filmmaking

Shooting documentaries is becoming a more accessible endeavor to both professional and amateur filmmakers. The history of cinema continues to write itself as the art of motion picture develops further. The definition of a digital camer has evolved through the years. From the late 1990's to the early 2000's, it used to pertain to Digital8, Hi8, and MiniDV cameras (as compared to the obsolete Video8 cameras before them), which were all tape-based camera equipment producing standard definition (SD) videos. A few

Jumpstarting my Trilogy of Technology Shorts: TechNOphilia and Malikmata (Phantasma)

Thanks to graduate studies, I was finally able to jumpstart my trilogy of technology shorts. We just completed the second film 11 years after the first one and currently working on the third one, which is intended to be completed by May 2020. Hopefully, we all get through the COVID-19 pandemic very soon so we can all go back to our daily grind. Top: First shot and last shot of "Malikmata" (English title: "Phantasma"), 2020;Bottom: First shot and last shot of

(Response Paper) Ideology, Reality, and the Apparatus Film Theory with Jean-Louis Baudry

In response to: The Jean-Louis Baudry essay “The Apparatus: Metapsychological Approaches to the Impression of Reality in Cinema” from the Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen book “Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings” A response paper for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class In this essay “The Apparatus: Metapsychological Approaches to the Impression of Reality in Cinema,” French psychoanalytic film theorist Jean-Louis Baudry asserted that cinema is, by nature, ideological. This is because films are created to represent reality and the mechanics

(Response Paper) The Evolution of Cinema and the Film Language with Alexandre Astruc

In response to: The Alexandre Astruc essay “The Birth of a New Avant-garde: La Caméra-Stylo” from the article originally printed in “L'Écran française” as "Du Stylo à la caméra et de la caméra au stylo"  A response paper for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class This 1948 essay by French film critic and film director Alexandre Astruc entitled “The Birth of a New Avant-garde: La Caméra-Stylo” reminded me of the wonders in the evolution of art and technology. It is natural to see

The Future of Film through IMAX and Digital Cinemas: A sneak peek at James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ and looking into the current digital cinemas in the Philippines

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Experiencing “Avatar” is seeing the future of film technology right before my very eyes. The realms of CGI and 3D technology on this age of filmmaking are definitely starting to write their own history already. From the initial experimentations to the developing of the medium to the hype of the format, both the filming process and the theatrical playing field prove that the evolution of cinema technology is really revolutionizing our film experiences in various levels. Gone were the days when imagination

‘Deep Sea 3D’ Film Review: Underwater magic

If you have that fancy for scuba diving and underwater magic without getting wet, then the jaw-dropping experience of submerging into the coolest underground deserts and forests in "Deep Sea 3D" should be worth your while. Clocking in at around 40 minutes, this 3D offering showcases how the sights and sounds of the "real deep sea" becomes "cinematic magic." "Deep Sea 3D" is a marvel in 3D filmmaking. The IMAX experience lets you sink way down for that stereoscopic 3D acquaintance with the grandeur of the deep

‘Shrek the Third’ Film Review: The slapstick third

While it offers nothing new on the table, this third movie of the "Shrek" franchise compensates with its laid-back familiarity and comedy. The Shrek Franchise The best thing about the "Shrek" movies is that you are offered a patented comic blend of fairy tale tradition and pop-culture references. These recreate a comic flavor and moral implications for its wide commercial range of movie viewers. The franchise's main charm is its organic ability to mix fairy tale sweetness and pop-culture tradition with a

‘Beowulf’ (2007) Film Review: Motion-capture statement

"Beowulf" ambitiously blends CGI, motion-capture, and 3D technologies to bring a new level of hyperreality for the viewers to enjoy. Everybody knows, or at least, has already heard about the epic poem "Beowulf" in school, or perhaps, with the prior 2005 live-action offering "Beowulf and Grendel" starring Gerard Butler as Beowulf. This time, the Robert Zemeckis-helmed "Beowulf" utilizes the latest motion-control technology available to tell a tale approximately 1,400 years old in an astonishingly new way -- a sensory animation experience

‘U2 3D’ Film Review: A concert experience for the price of an IMAX ticket

"U2 3D" is a spectacular, musically and visually superb experience simulating a front-row view and beyond of a U2 concert, probably the closest a big group can collectively get to the real thing, up close and personal. This rockumentary features cutting-edge technology that establishes an uncommonly intimate and occasionally surreal bond between the legendary band and the audience. Every development in the history of cinema has always been about making the experience more fun and amazing. For over a quarter-century, U2 has

How to transfer old super 8mm film to video format

Decades ago, Super 8mm film became a popular option when shooting independent and home movies. If you, your parents, grandparents, or friends have old movies in this format, you can transfer them to digital video format for viewing and archiving purposes. If you prioritize technical quality over affordability, it is best to spend more money for a professional transfer through a company specializing on film-to-video transfer services. However, if you want a more practical way to do it, you simply need

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