David Schonauer

Tutorial: REDucate Yourself on Infrared Cinematography

RED   Tuesday June 25, 2013

The RED camera company’s REDucation program is packed with interesting tutorials—you can brush up on using white balance to control color casts, for instance, or explore the creative possibilities of infrared cinematography. Where do you fall on the spectrum of filmmaking? Whether you’re a beginner of a seasoned veteran, this is a valuable resource.   Read the full Story >>

Primer: 9 Cuts Every Editor Should Know

PremiumBeat   Thursday July 5, 2018

New to video editing? Brush up on nine essential cuts in a new tutorial from PremiumBeat — from the Standard Cut and the Jump Cut to the J-Cut and the L-Cut. “They are tools to tell a story, and that story can drastically change depending on the type of cut you use. Once you understand these nine essential cuts, you can do more with your edits than simply splice scenes together,” notes the website.   Read the full Story >>

The DART Interview: Giovanni Alberti

By Peggy Roalf   Thursday May 2, 2019

Peggy Roalf: Which came first, the brush or the pen? Giovanni Alberti: First of all, the pen. That’s how I instinctively give shape to my first thoughts or feelings. Drawing with the pen allows me to highlight the most important aspects of the image, then I can use a brush to give greater depth, or to better convey the idea of substance. PR: How did …   Read the full Story >>

Latin American Fotografia: Brunel Galhego Ricci

By David Schonauer   Monday December 29, 2014

Sao Paulo, Brazil-based photographer Brunel Galhego has an eye for out-of-way places that pique his interest. Previously, we featured his Latin American Fotografia 2-winning image of a spot near his home where antique-car collectors gather to stage exhibitions of their treasured vehicles. He is also an LAF 3-winner for images he made in Paranapiacaba, a village near Sao Paulo built by the British in …   Read the full Story >>

Resources: Color Grading Articles You Shouldn't Miss

CINEMA 5D   Wednesday March 15, 2017

Over the past couple of years Cinema 5D has published a number of articles on color grading because it’s an important skill that filmmakers need to master to tell the stories they want to tell. C5D recently rounded up a collection of the pieces, allowing you to brush up or find a convenient introduction to color grading. There’s also a tutorial video on the basic concepts of color grading.   Read the full Story >>

The DART Interview: Jeanne Verdoux

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday December 16, 2020

Peggy Roalf: Being asked to create 40 drawings for the New York magazine cover for the “Reasons We Have Loved New York” issue must be a New York artist’s dream assignment. All in one week. What were you doing when the call came in? Jeanne Verdoux: I had come to Bordeaux in September for a sabbatical semester from Parsons. The goal was to …   Read the full Story >>

Which Came First, the Brush or the Pen?

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday October 4, 2023

“Which came first, the brush or the pen?” The first question in the long-running series, In the Studio with… has steadily drawn readers to its pages. This week, DART celebrates artists who have taken up the brush to make their mark. Whether the brush in hand is a kolinsky sable or a special digital brush for their app, the artist’s impulse for the …   Read the full Story >>

Animation: The History of Cinema, In a Minute

Vimeo   Monday May 12, 2014

Everyone thinking about a film career should brush up on the history of the medium, and now you can do so, both efficiently and pleasurably: Motion designer and self-described "soulful motherf---er" Pier Paolo has created an animated one-minute short that cleverly encapsulates 100 years of cinematic history. The video, a timeline of classic characters from the movies, from Chaplin to Skywalker, is part of an experimental project called “Cinematics” that Paolo has been working on in his spare time.   Read the full Story >>

Insight: Take the Canadian Copyright Quiz   Wednesday July 18, 2018

Are you a Canadian photographer? Thinking of relocating to Canada during the Trump era? Brush up on Canadian copyright law by taking the Canadian Copyright quiz at (You can also visit the Centre for Canadian Copyright Law to increase your Canadian copyright IQ.) Question 1: Copyright law is always the same throughout the world, true or false?    Read the full Story >>

Which Came First: The Pen or the Brush?

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday September 27, 2023

  “Which came first, the pen or the brush?” The first question in our long-running series, In the Studio with… has steadily drawn readers to its pages. This week, DART celebrates artists who have taken up the pen to make their mark; even when much of the art is finished digitally, the artistic impulse for a sharp nib is evident. We start with …   Read the full Story >>

Dept of Education: 6 Things You Probably Don't Know About Apertures, But Should

PetaPixel   Thursday June 26, 2014

Pro photographers and serious amateurs know everything about apertures, right? Large apertures create a shallow depth of field, while a narrow ones create wide depth of field. But it never hurts to brush up on this most fundamental of photographic controls. And if you’re not already an aperture expert, you’ll learn plenty from PetaPixel’s succinct tutorial about that hole where the light goes into the camera.     Read the full Story >>

Dept of Ideas: The 10 Best and Worst Things About Photoshop

YouTube   Thursday July 21, 2016

Photoshop — can’t live with it, can’t live without it. In a new video, Nathaniel Dodson of Tutvid goes over the 10 things he likes most about Photoshop ( including Curves, Smart Objects, and the Pen Tool) and the 10 things he hates most about it (such as the Magnetic Lasso Tool). DIY Photography  agrees with him entirely. What do you think? Share you opinions at our Facebook page.   Read the full Story >>

Call for Entries: The Photo Review Competition

The Photo Review   Friday May 24, 2013

The Photo Review, a noted source of fine-art photography, is now taking entries for its 2013 competition. Those that are accepted will be featured on the Photo Review website, and winning photographers will be chosen for an exhibition at the photography gallery of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. (There are also prizes like a retro Olympus Pen E-PL5 camera.) Go here to see work from past winners. The deadline for entering is June 30.   Read the full Story >>

Insight: 5 Tips for Filming People with Drones

Indiewire   Monday September 21, 2015

Given the current anxiety over drones, it’s a good idea to brush up on drone basics and etiquette. Indiewire features a tutorial from the Shutterstock agency that goes through five useful tips for filming people with drones. Make sure to choose a remote place to shoot your model, and make to walk through your shots with your model beforehand, because you don’t want to waste any of that precious drone battery life.   Read the full Story >>

The DART Interview: Calum Heath

By Peggy Roalf   Thursday May 9, 2019

Peggy Roalf: Which came first, the pen or the brush? Calum Heath: The pen definitely came first. I do love painting, especially the feeling of applying paint can be really satisfying, but drawing has always been the driver for my work. A lot changed for me when I started using brush pens, I love the varied weight of line and heavy ink. PR: Please …   Read the full Story >>

Insight: The Algorithm Behind Hollywood Explosions

FILMMAKER IQ   Thursday September 24, 2015

Theodore Kim is an associate professor in the Media Arts and Technology Program at UC Santa Barbara, but he’s on leave for the 2015-2016 academic year to be a senior research scientist for Pixar. Filmmaker IQ features a video in which Kim talks about the science behind modern Hollywood explosions. An algorithm developed in the early 2000s allowed for the creation of realistic-looking computer-generated smoke and fire. Brush up on your wavelength turbulence.   Read the full Story >>

DIY Film: Make Masking and Rotoscoping Less Painful

Film Riot   Monday February 15, 2016

NoFilmSchool rightly notes  that visual effects techniques like masking and rotoscoping can take forever, “especially if your footage has a lot of motion and requires a lot of keyframing and control points.” Film Riot has tips on how to increase your efficiency, showing you three different processes for masking and rotoscoping — one in Adobe After Effects, another in After Effects and Mocha software,, and still another by using the Roto Brush in After Effects.   Read the full Story >>

In the Studio with Giovanni Alberti

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday May 4, 2022

Peggy Roalf: Which came first, the brush, the pen or the tablet?   Giovanni Alberti: Generally, my works are born from a pen-and-in sketch on paper. But sometimes I make the first sketches directly with the ink brush and it can even happen that the first drawing is the best of all. I usually use digital techniques only at the finishing stage, especially for adding color …   Read the full Story >>

Agenda: The ArtBridge Spring Art Auction

ArtBridge   Friday May 1, 2015

Brush up your bidding skills for the Spring Art Auction fundraiser for ArtBridge, a platform that encourages and enables emerging artists to transform their neighborhoods. (For instance, ArtBridge uses construction sites and fences as a canvases, transforming them into gallery-quality art exhibitions.) This year you can bid on work by Richard Renaldi, Phil Toledano, Ruddy Roye, Lydia Panas, Richard Tuschman, Manjari Sharma and other photographers. When: Thursday, May 28, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Where: Jack Studios, Manhattan.   Read the full Story >>

Tutorial: A Six-Minute Speed Course in Storyboarding

FILMMAKER IQ   Thursday April 9, 2015

At Filmmaker IQ, another person who’s handy with a pen, artist J. Todd Anderson, offers a speedy six-minute course on storyboarding. As the mini-documentary points out, storyboarding allows films to be made not only more creatively, but more efficiently. Watching Anderson, who creates storyboards for the Coen Brothers, explain his process also reveals how stories are told in film, so it’s a nice accompaniment to Tony Zhou’s video essay on story structure (see item one).   Read the full Story >>

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