Filmmaking Roundup #005

In a world with insane amounts of content, I’ve decided to hand pick some standout videos to gawp at. This is a regular feature and will showcase a mixture of cool films, tutorials, techniques, and new products.

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Filmmaking Technology

How Rogue One Created Princess Leia, Grand Moff Tarkin

Cool feature digging into the recreation of Peter Cushing and Carrie Fisher for ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’. Filmed in and around ILM and featuring it’s Chief Creative Officer John Knoll. Oh, he is the father of Photoshop dontcha’ know. RIP Carrie Fisher 06:44

Arrival - Making Of

Demo reel showing the VFX for Arrival by Canadian based Oblique FX. Check out their other cool stuff too. 02:26

Exploring Drone Aerodynamics With Computers

A short animation by NASA showing the flow of air around a quadcopter, visualising the turbulent prop wash. Fascinating. 00:30

How to Expose and Grade Sony A7S SLOG 2 Footage using ACES

Some useful tips here from Matt at Cinematography Database for all us Sony A7S SLOG 2 users and abusers. 22:57

8 Camera Hacks in 90 seconds

Peter McKinnon demos some useful camera hacks. 02:01

Cool FIlms

SEASONS of NORWAY - A Time-Lapse Adventure in 8K

This is a stunning film by Morten Rustad. I only wish I could see it isn 8K! 06:52

SEASONS - In a Small World

Memorising microscope/macro-lens footage of chemical reactions and other stuff. 02:12

Lumbre Brand Animation

A lovely animated brand sting featuring a surreal old style typewriter 3D render. 00:21

Jeff’s Earth

Jaw-droppingly beautiful shots of our precious planet by Astronaut Jeff Williams aboard the International Space Station. 05:05

Antikythera Episode 1 - Greeks, Clocks and Rockets

Clickspring is a great channel by likeable Aussie Chris. I found his last –extremely well produced series– Making A Large Wheel Skeleton Clock, both calming and fascinating to watch, it’s addictive stuff. His upcoming project looks really exciting, this is a lovely introduction to the Antikythera Mechanism he will be recreating. I first heard of this amazing artefact on a BBC doc a few years ago, it’s a truly incredible feat of ancient engineering. 06:52


Lovely film showing preparation for a groundbreaking photographic exhibition… the outstanding insect photography of Levon Biss. Each image is created using 8000 individual photographs more info here. 05:25

Most Anticipated Feature Films

Alien: Covenant

Sooo many good films coming this year. High hopes this will be as good as it looks from the trailer. Was a little disappointed with Prometheus! 02:14

Blade Runner 2049

:o 01:45

Life : Trailer

An international space crew discovers life on Mars. Hopeful this will be a winner. 02:10


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