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4 Must Watch Director’s Commentaries – Even if You’re Not a Film Geek

4 Must Watch Director's Commentaries - Even if You're Not a Film Geek

4 Director's Commentaries for any sensibility or taste! At least one of these will appeal to you...
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Learning the Pitfalls of HFR

Learn the Pitfalls of HFR

Don't make the mistake of paying more for a lower quality theater experience. Here's a look at what HFR really does to your image straight from a cinematographer's mouth...errr...pen...err...whatever.
Baseball Broadcasts: Behind the Scenes

Broadcasting Baseball

Ever wonder how the game gets from the field to your television set? We're sharing a behind-the-scenes look.

6 Best Posts of 2012 [Editor’s Picks]

Jan 02 2013 by Brendan Shick Add Your Thoughts

Although I shared our top 6 posts by number of readers yesterday, some of the best content from the past year didn't make the list. So, here are the six best posts of 2012 in my opinion.

The past year was one of great growth here at As we saw our readership increase several fold during the past 12 months, many of these articles will be completely new to more recent subscribers, hence why they’ve had fewer hits.

1. The “Illusion of Movement Shot:” How to Make a Simple Shot Better in a Pinch

This post is almost exactly one year old now, but upon rereading it, I think it’s one of my best posts to date. The mere concept is profound and helpful, certainly compared to some of the lies you may have been exposed to in film school.

2. Why 3D is Destroying Movies

Notice how shallow the depth of field is in Avatar (2012). This may look okay in 2D, but becomes a jumbled mess in 3D.

Which should have been titled, “How the Demand for Optic Surgeries Proves 3D Films are Shot Incorrectly.” An in-depth look at the concept.

This one was actually quite popular and, in fact, just narrowly missed my 6 Most Popular Posts of 2012.

3. How to Watch Star Wars: The Merits of Machete Order

This isn’t a great post so much as it’s a revolutionary concept – and I can’t take any credit for the latter. I simply summed up and added my thoughts to the now famous “Machete Order” originally posted on

If you’re a Star Wars fan on any level, this is absolutely the single most life-changing thing you’ve ever find on the internet – besides cats.

4. Inspirational Photography: My Number One Secret to Taking Better Photographs


All the secrets of outstanding photograph boiled down into just one, easy-to-remember goal – along with 9 brainstorming tips for how to get there.

This secret changed the way I thought about and take photographs – for the better.

5. Finding the Right Freelancer: 3 Points of Consideration When Hiring

If you’re a client or hiring manager who’s ever been disappointed with a freelance worker you’ve hired, this is some short food for thought (from the perspective of a quality freelancer) for getting better work out of hires in the future.

6. Speculating on the News: Disney Buys Lucasfilm, Star Wars – 3 Directors on my Shortlist

J.J. Abrams

As a followup to my article on the conference call with Disney, this is probably targeted more towards those in the industry (as well as film nerds), but is fleshed out in such a way that anyone can understand my reasoning.

(And as Abram’s fans now know, he sadly turned down the offer)

Be sure to also check out yesterday’s 6 Most Popular Posts of 2012.

Brendan Shick

Brendan Shick is a freelance DP, gaffer, and sports broadcaster serving primarily the Chicago, IL; Pittsburgh, PA; Grand Rapids, MI; and Fort Wayne, IN, regions. You can find out more by following this blog, his recent work on Vimeo, or by connecting with him on Twitter or LinkedIn. Brendan is also an occasional contributor to the Project Updates feed for one of his most recent films, To Turn Back Time.

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