David Schonauer

Agenda: Submit Your Political Doc to the "Meet the Press" Film Festival

Variety   Thursday September 21, 2017

NBC’s venerable Sunday-morning public affairs show Meet the Press  isn’t just about interviewing politicians anymore: The program is joining forces with the American Film Institute for a film festival to be held in November in Washington D.C., and submissions for what is expected to be a slate of seven short-length documentary films are now being accepted, reports Variety. The festival will feature contemporary documentaries of 40 minutes in length or less focusing on “untold stories of American politics.” Selected films will be eligible for up to $5,000 in finishing support from NBC News for post-production costs.   Read the full Story >>

Screening Room: What Lies Under the Ice in Longyearbyen?

Vimeo   Thursday September 21, 2017

Part travelog and part science documentary, the nine-minute film Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen may leave you with the polar bug — that is, the urge to get yourself at once to arctic climes, such as those in Longyearbyen, a town on Spitsbergen Island, in Norway's Svalbard archipelago. But the appealing video, from Mel Films, may also leave you worried about “something deadly, long buried in the permafrost.”   Read the full Story >>

How To: Create a Perfect Whip Pan Transition

Boone Loves Video   Thursday September 21, 2017

You’ve seen them in movies from Wes Anderson and Sam Raimi: The aptly named whip pan transition whips around quickly, transitioning between two shots. Boone Loves Video has a YouTube tutorial showing how to create a perfect whip pan transition. “The cool thing about the whip pan is that you can hide a cut in the middle of the camera move. Use this trick to smoothly bring your audience to a different time and location,” notes NoFilmSchool, which offers whip-pan thoughts of its own.   Read the full Story >>

Time Lapse: A 30-Day Journey at Sea, in 10 Minutes

YouTube   Thursday September 21, 2017

Jeffrey Tsang is a photographer, YouTuber, and a sailor who works on a container ship that travels around the world, and he used that unique access to create a memorable 4K time-lapse video: Over the course of a 30-day voyage from the Red Sea to Hong Kong, Tsang shot 80,000 stills using a Nikon D750 and Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 lens placed on his ship’s deck. “Sailing in the open sea is a truly unique way to grasp how significantly small we are in the beautiful world,” he notes. See DIY Photography  for more.    Read the full Story >>

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