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Discovery channel casting for new show “Top Engineer”

For you engineers, tinkerers and makers with reality TV dreams — you’ve got until March 7th to submit yourself for a new Discovery show being produced by Pilgrim Studios —  the company that makes Dirty Jobs, American Choppers, and Ghost Hunters (among many others)….

“Sold,” a gripping short film about the illegal sex trade, and a look at filmmaker John Irwin’s indie/DIY film technique

John Irwin is a writer/director acquaintance who’s making some kick-ass projects. Commercial work, music video, short film — and all with impressive results. John recently showed me his short “Sold,” a very intense piece about the horrific world of human trafficking. Very well written…

The DIY Princess Leia-Style Vapor Screen ‘Hologram’ Projection System by Chris Weisbart

If you like DIY tech stuff, make sure to follow me on twitter — thanks! My pal Chris Weisbart is a huge inspiration. Creatively minded, handy in any workshop, great cook, loves surfing at 6:00am, and always able to get a room full of…

Red Epic Camera on Octocopter – Aerial Filming Movie Rig

Helicopter-mounted cameras open up some interesting shot possibilities to DP’s and directors. With a remote control flying camera, you can do bigger moves than with a jib or crane, as well as aerial follow shots that might otherwise require a full-size helicopter — if a…

Earth Fly-Over From The ISS: The Most Glorious Time-Lapse Video Of All Time

Hands-down the most amazing time-lapse video ever produced. From the vimeo description:

Merlin-Style DIY Camera Stabilizer/Steadicam Build Tutorial

Steadicams are like handheld tripods that hold a videocamera on a swiveling base, so that almost any movement you make is isolated from the camera. The resulting shots are flowing, dreamy, and somewhat ethereal (sorta like this).The big wheel scene in The Shining is one…

iPhone 4s Video Footage Looks Fantastic

Vimeo user and new iPhone 4s owner Benjamin Dowie (check him on Facebook here) posted a fantastic demonstration of the much-improved video capabilities of the iPhone 4s. As someone who is still blown away with the quality of the camera on the iPhone 4, I have…

Another iPhone-as-Audio-Recorder Approach: Handheld Mic

A couple months ago I posted about how to improve your video projects by using an iPhone to record improved audio. I described a system that mimics a lavalier (clip-on) mic, by putting the phone in your shirt pocket, or even on the desk…

Forgotten Detroit – Kickstart this indie film

Making an independent film embodies the tenets of DIY to the max. With that in mind, I got excited when I heard about my friend Sarah Pierpont’s new project — she’s producing a film called Forgotten Detroit, (“About learning when to let go–something Detroit…

Wide-angle HD Micro-Camera Mounted to a Firework

  Happy Fourth of July! Here’s a fun way to get a first-person view of a rocket’s trajectory and mid-air detonation. The setup was put together by Jeremiah Warren (friend him on facebook). The camera is the 808 Car Keys Micro Camera #11. 720p…