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How To : Setup Rembrandt lighting for a film shoot

This is The Substream's "The Film Lab" series on lighting basics. This episode covers Rembrandt Lighting. Mike and Rajo teach you how to light like an old dead Dutch dude (who was really good at lighting dudes, to be fair). This is a common drama lighting. This is Rembrandt ...more

How To : Write a script for a documentary film

Mike from the SubStream's "Film Lab" has some tips regarding screenwriting, specifically... documentary scripts. Learn how to write a script for a documentary film. If you're making a documentary, don't think you won't need a scriptwriter to make a script. The screenplay is a ...more

How To : Understand exposure when filming

This is The Substream's "The Film Lab" series on cinematography basics. This is an intro into the basics of exposure. What is the difference between exposure and shutter anyway? Mike pompously expounds on the basics of lenses and exposure. Light, a dude, a lens, a camera and ...more

How To : Complete preproduction paperwork: Script breakdown

Mike from the SubStream's "Film Lab" has some tips on preproduction paperwork. Learn how to complete preproduction paperwork. Specifically, break down the script. You know that you don't want to do it, but it's important, okay? Do not skip the paperwork. You will once and yo ...more

How To : Use Kino Flo lighting systems on a film set

Mike from the SubStream's "Film Lab" has some tips regarding film lighting. See how to use these super cool (literally and figuratively) lights called Kino lights. These fluorescent Kino Flos are perfect for when you want soft, even light that doesn't draw much power. Get the ...more

How To : do a dolly zoom in-camera effect shot, Sam Raim

Mike from thesubstream's "Film Lab" have some tips regarding a few in-camera trick shots, specifically... the dolly zoom. Learn how to do the dolly zoom in-camera effect shot. This is something every director, cinematographer, or filmmaker should know if they're interest ...more

How To : Use black wrap for film lighting equipment

Mike from the SubStream's "Film Lab" has some tips regarding lighting, gripping and gaffing. Mike's soul screams for Rosco's magic Cinefoil wrap (aka Black Wrap, aka shroud-of-death wrap). Made from black holes. Learn what it's used for and how to use it! It's really just thi ...more

How To : Set up eye lights when shooting a film/video

Mike and Rajo from the SubStream's "Film Lab" have some tips regarding production, specifically... cinematography and gaffing. Discover Lighting Basics for filmmaking. The eyes are the windows to the soul... so leave a light on, or people will think there's no-one home. Learn ...more

How To : Do traveling shots, Sam Raimi style

Mike and Rajo from the SubStream's "Film Lab" have some tips regarding production, specifically... cinematography. Traveling Shots: Sam Raimi Style You know those shots from Evil Dead where the camera is the POV of an evil force chasing Ash through the forest? Well, Mike sho ...more

Use video camera lens basics : Angle, focal length, DOF

Mike from the SubStream's "Film Lab" has some tips regarding video camera lenses. In part one, Mike talks about the basics of lenses, starting with focal length and angle of view. It's a lesson on the analog collections of lenses cinematographers use with their cameras. For p ...more

How To : Use lighting ratios for film and video shoots

This is an absolutely fundamental concept and is important to development as a filmmaker. It's a really simple pice of shorthand that cinematographers and gaffers use to keep track of lighting setups across different shooting days. It's called a lighting ratio or a contrast ra ...more

How To : Use proper walkie-talkie lingo on a film set

Mike and Rajo from the SubStream's "Film Lab" have some tips regarding production. Learn how to use proper walkie-talkie lingo on a film set. On-set walkie jargon is A-okay, for the most part. Watch as Mike and Rajo rap their way through this radio communications tutorial. Us ...more

How To : Use film diffusion gels to change light beam shape

This video is geared toward filmmakers, specifically cinematographers and gaffers, on what diffusion gels are and when to use them on a film set. This is a part of The SubStream's "Film Lab". Diffusion doesn't change the color of light, in general, although there are some col ...more

News : Oscar Week 2013! With Mike the Greek - Day 01

Our Oscar Genius Mike the Greek is BACK to get you ready for the 85th Annual Academy Awards! In this episode, he talks Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Doc, Best Doc Short, Best Editing, Best Make Up plus more! Get ready cause it's OSCAR WEEK on THESUBSTREAM! Video: .

How To : Use neutral density gels to change light intensity

The SubStream's "Film Lab" provides valuable information for filmmakers, specifically cinematographers and gaffers, on how to use neutral density gels. Gels are used to change the quality or color of the light in a scene. Gels can come in many different sizes: they can extrem ...more

How To : Record sound properly with the right microphone

Rajo from the SubStream's "Film Lab" has some tips regarding sound recording. Not all microphones are created equal... some are small, some are big, but all have their advantages. Depending on the scenario, of course. There's the lavalier mic, and the handheld, and the shotgu ...more

How To : Write a script following proper screenplay format

Mike and Rajo from the SubStream's "Film Lab" have some tips regarding pre-production and development for proper script format. Preproduction Basics: Screenplay Format. Mike helps his friend Rajo learn the rules of formatting scripts. Learn how to write a screenplay in proper ...more

How To : Use a C-stand on a film set

Mike from the SubStream's "Film Lab" has some tips regarding grip gear. Century Stands, more commonly referred to as C-stands or grip stands, are the most commonly used film equipment and can be seen on virtually every film set. C-stands are a grips best friend! And their not ...more

How To : Record proper sound levels on a digital camcorder

Rajo from the SubStream's "Film Lab" has some tips regarding sound recording. Learn to set the sound levels in your camera properly. Learn that your 'dynamic range' has nothing to do with how quickly the post-coffee you goes from excitable to annoying. Record proper sound lev ...more

Tweens 'n' Teens : Charlie St. Cloud

Hey editor Mike here from thesubstream and I would like to welcome our newest contributor to the site, our tweens 'n' teens cinema specialist, my little sister Amanda. We're going to make her go watch all the movies that we don't want to see ourselves and then make her tell us ...more

News : So there's this new Predators movie.....

We don't often get super excited about upcoming flicks over at thesubstream.com, especially during the long, hot & more-often-than-not disappointing stretch of cinematic cruelty that summer has become. We've been hurt before. We've been buoyed up on cresting glorious waves of ...more

The Shaky-Cam Part II : Tony Scott

Same poorly-trained camera operator, completely different story The shaky-cam Part II: Tony Scott | thesubstream.com. Same poorly-trained camera operator, completely different story

WATCH THIS INSTEAD : Faster

Happy Turkey day, Yanks! Mike from thesubstream is finding it very hard to NOT recommend you go see Dwayne "The Rock Master" Johnson in the straight-up, no-laugh old-school action flick Faster.

News : Charles Officer Talks About 100 Musicians | TIFF '12

The director of 100 Musicians and Nurse/Fighter/Boy talked with us about old school filmmaking Charles Officer has directed shorts, music videos for K’naan, and the features Nurse/Fighter/Boy and Mighty Jerome, a documentary about Canadian track star Harry Jerome. His new shor ...more

News : Sally Field - Oscar 2013 | the VIDADIFH Show

Because Matthew Price likes her. He REALLY likes her. Sally Field's is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her outstanding performance in Spielberg's Lincoln! Oh, and Matthew Price tells you why she's VERY important in film history. Video: . For more Oscar coverage and c ...more

News : Post-TIFF Micro-Blurbs

Every year the fine folks at Row Three do a post-TIFF mega-wrap up, collecting the micro-blurbs of a bunch of attendees into a giant meta-analysis of what everyone liked, loved, hated, etc. etc.. We'll link to that post when it goes up on the weekend, but in the mean time, her ...more

News : WATCH THIS INSTEAD - Predators

WATCH THIS INSTEAD - Mike from thesubstream gets excited about the new Predators movie and turns you on to some classic Arnie Swartzenager to fill the void.

News : Oscar Week 2013! With Mike the Greek - Day 04

The man with the epic moustache is back. That's right, Mike the Greek is giving you yet another instalment of his Oscar Picks for 2013. In this episode, he talks Best Costume Design, Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Foreign Language Film! Get your little ...more

News : Reviewing the 2010 Oscar Picks Ep.02

"Need some help with your Oscar pool? Mike the Greek is back with day 2 of Oscar Week on thesubstream.com. He's seen all the Oscar nominated films and so he even knows which ones are gonna win in the categories that nobody cares about."

News : REVIEW - Cyrus

Mike from thesubstream has a borderline inappropriate level of admiration for Jonah Hill, who struts his large stuff in the Duplass bros.' Cyrus

News : Oscar Week 2013! With Mike the Greek - Day 03

Mike the Greek is definitely the kind of guy you want to take Oscar advice from. Don't believe me? Just watch Day 3 of Oscar Week on thesubstream. In this episode he predicts the winners for Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Short, Best Live Action Short, Best Musical Score ...more

News : Paul Thomas Anderson | the v.I.D.a.D.I.F.H. Show

The buzz at TIFF surrounding The Master, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman was near-deafening... film fans all across this great city were clamouring to see director Paul Thomas Anderson's follow-up to his 2007 masterpiece There Will Be Blood. Matthew Price o ...more

News : TIFF 2012 Wrap Up

TIFF 2012 Wrap-Up - Pounds Personally Gained: 4.5 For the first time ever, my favourite film was the same as the people's! The people, of course, chose Silver Linings Playbook as their favourite film of the festival, as did I. I was excited going into the fest about director ...more

News : Paul Thomas Anderson | the v.I.D.a.D.I.F.H. Show

Last week at TIFF the buzz surrounding The Master, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman was near-deafening... film fans all across this great city were clamouring to see director Paul Thomas Anderson's follow-up to his 2007 masterpiece There Will Be Blood. Matth ...more

News : Salo or 120 Days of Sodom

Bored of what Hollywood's been laying down, summer blockbuster-wise? Well why not rent it, or if in Toronto, why not check out this classic by Pasolini?

Oscar Nom Review : EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP

FEATURED DOCUMENTARY: Exit Through the Gift Shop, the first film directed by reclusive street-art legend Banksy, is a little puzzle-box of a documentary. It's perfectly designed and pitched to be enjoyable on multiple levels: on one as an entertaining, illuminating mini-histo ...more

News : A Simple Trick to Help Stabilize Your DSLR

We're about to get real here... DSLR filmmaking has made every would-be filmmaker's dreams of shooting a feature that looks as good as a 'professionally shot' Hollywood film a reality. These consumer-level cameras bring with them many advantages, but they also have their disad ...more

News : 2012 Film Festival Submission Deadlines

It's that time of year again, filmmakers... time to make your new year's resolutions. And no, I don't mean quit smoking or stop drinking - smoke and drink all you want SO LONG AS YOU FINALLY GET THAT FILM FINISHED AND SUBMIT IT TO A FESTIVAL OR TEN. Rajo has signed up for a wi ...more

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