Check out what we've got in store for you over the next few weeks as the Toronto International Film Festival descends upon Hogtown!
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
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
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
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
Screenwriting isn't as easy as it seems, and many screenwriters can't make it past the second act of the screenplay. It's called writer's block, and one reason many writers fall victim to this is because of a poorly outlines idea. The only way to make sure you get a completed ...more
Know a little bit about film lighting, but can't quite grasp the concept of using light meters to measure light for proper exposure? You can't rely on your video camera to accurately capture what you see, so you need light meters to properly and accurately capture what you hav ...more
Mike from the SubStream'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 interested i ...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
There's something special about Laika Inc.'s Paranorman... Hey! Did you love Coraline? Are you interested at all in stop-motion animation? Well, watch this feature on Laika Inc.’s new film, Paranorman. Holy freakin’ cow, amirite? Let alone the fact that we now live in a world ...more
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
This is The Substream's lesson from The Film Lab in Composition: The Rule of Thirds. Composition is how you choose to show the audience your story. Mike and Rajo demonstrate a handy rule of thumb for creating interesting compositions: the "rule of thirds". Don't frame your ...more
Don't know what a split end is? That's probably because it's more commonly referred to as an L cut, which is a basic editing transition in films. Straight cuts tend to make a scene film stiff and unnatural, where the dialogue feels jarring, and that's when split edits come in ...more
Mike and Rajo from the SubStream's "Film Lab" have some tips regarding production. Set Safety: 'Striking!' Don't burn a dude or dudette's eyes out of their head, man. Say 'striking!' or 'sparking!' when you turn on a lamp! Workplace safety is important because you could get k ...more
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: .
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
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
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
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
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
Shorts, learning from your audience and the fundamental plausibility of being hustled in the desert Mike Clattenburg, creator of Trailer Park Boys and Afghan Luke, was kind enough to talk to us from Nova Scotia, where he was hard at work in preproduction, about Crackin’ Down H ...more
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
One of our favourite movies of 2011—Manborg, which we saw at Toronto After Dark—has become one of our favourite movies of 2012 with its week-long run here in Toronto at the Royal. A gloriously funny pastiche of ultra-cheap kung-fu, horror and sci-fi, Manborg is also a perfect ...more
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
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
Well, it’s almost time! Tomorrow advance tickets are set to go on sale for the biggest blockbuster of the holiday season – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. As we’ve discussed previously on the site, the film will be available in a wide variety of formats. There will be 2D sc ...more
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.
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
Mike from thesubstream.com chimes in about the latest film in a franchise he's not that big a fan of. But in the end even he isn't immune to Harry Potter's magic ...more
Mike from thesubstream lets you know what to watch instead of the alarmingly bad Grown Ups.
MIDNIGHT MADNESS CONTINUES: thesubstream.com's water-logged coverage of BUNRAKU is not to be missed! What's more fun than watching people catch pneumonia?.
An exhausted Mike from thesubstream.com complains, at length, about more of the same, always the same exact same slurry of loud familiarity that is the fourth Pirates movie and suggests something to watch instead.
Matt and Matt from rowthree.com's MAMO podcast have invaded thesubstream.com studio! And all because Mike said some bad things about the Harry Potter movies ...more
The Toronto International Film Festival is but a distant memory, though we are still getting compliments on all the awesome footage we shot, both for our Midnight Madness coverage and interviews with directors like Don Coscarelli and Rob Stewart. But here's the thing - we had ...more
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
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.
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
For those of you familiar with our "The Very Important Dudes & Dudettes in Film History Show" video series (hosted by Matthew Price of the MAMO podcast) you'll be pleased to hear that MAMO & thesubstream.com have teamed up to bring you a more in-depth discussion about our favo ...more
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
"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."
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
Asking yourself and the police the question we all must one day ask: Am I in an Asian Gang? Calum MacLeod and Lewis Bennet talk about Asian Gangs | TIFF '12 | thesubstream.com. Asking yourself and the police the question we all must one day ask: Am I in an Asian Gang?
Mike from thesubstream has a borderline inappropriate level of admiration for Jonah Hill, who struts his large stuff in the Duplass bros.' Cyrus
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
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
William F. White International Inc. is more than just a place that rents out lights and cranes and generators and dollies and green screens and camera cars. They've also got heaps of training and certification programs that can help you become a more knowledgeable set denizen. ...more
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
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?
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
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
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
Mike breaks it down for you: zoom lenses have their advantages, and prime lenses have their advantges. It's just that prime lenses have more of them ...more
Mike's luck has finally turned around as he was finally able to snag an iPhone 4. But what does this mean for the future of THE FILM LAB?