A Quick History Of The Staunton Chess Set

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Whether or not you know how to play Chess, one of the world’s oldest games, it is highly likely the checkered board and famously recognizable playing pieces are nothing new to you. However, few know the story of The Staunton Chess Set and how it became the standard around the world. Read more

Cinematography Tribute 2015 from Serena Bramble on Fandor

From a 70MM revival to iPhone filmmaking, enjoy what a year it was in cinematography.

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Cinematography Tribute 2015 list of films and cinematographers with links to info in order of appearance:

CarolEdward Lachman
MeadowlandReed Morano
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on ExistenceIstván Borbás, Gergely Pálos
By The SeaChristian Berger
Far from the Madding CrowdCharlotte Bruus Christensen
Crimson PeakDan Laustsen
The RevenantEmmanuel Lubezki
Hateful EightRobert Richardson
TangerineRadium Cheung
SicarioRoger Deakins
Fifty Shades of GreySeamus McGarvey
Magic Mike XXLSteven Soderbergh
Ex MachinaRob Hardy
Mission: Impossible – Rogue NationRobert Elswit
Mad Max: Fury RoadJohn Seale
It FollowsMike Gioulakis
Beasts of No NationCary Joji Fukunaga
The WalkDariusz Wolski
The Stanford Prison ExperimentJas Shelton
Macbeth (2015)Adam Arkapaw
The Assassin (2015)Mark Lee Ping Bin

Lower Third Creation with Filmakr’s Title Tool – VIDEO

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Beastgrip report on PhotoPlus Expo

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Vadym Chalenko and co over at Beastgrip have a blog post about PhotoPlus Expo 2015 which we used Filmakr to shoot, edit and upload a short film about this über-fantastic iPhone camera accessory. The post includes this hilarious, fisheye lens photo, but if you’re interested in more than just me with a big-a** Sennheiser shotgun microphone, head over to the Beastgrip blog. Read more

What You Actually Want

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It’s the difference between what people say they want, and what they actually want.

— Todd Yellin, Netflix’s VP of product innovation.

Word. Here at Filmakr Labs we’ve listened to input from professional DPs (directors of photography / cinematographers) and home movie makers not just by hearing what they say, but by watching what they do. The UX design (user experience) choices we’ve made let you make finished films, not just shoot a few clicks into your Camera Roll. We want to make sure you can quickly and easily make and share your family get-togethers, web antics, and stories needing telling. Just like Netflix wants you to watch what you actually want to watch, you want people to want to see your films. While Filmakr alone can’t unlock the inner creativity each and every one of us has inside, it sure can make it easier and more likely by taking lots of video-making obstacles out of your way.

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