Brendan Shick | Freelance Film, Broadcast, & Digital Media

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 Most Popular Posts of 2012 [People’s Choice]

Jan 01 2013 by Brendan Shick Add Your Thoughts

Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth in Wayne Manor

Not surprisingly, last year’s top posts focused on some of the biggest film releases and news of 2012 – including one that I helped helm. So, here’s a look at the best of the best – the most read posts from the past year in review are listed below.

Disney buys Lucasfilm1. Clarifying the News: Disney Buys Lucasfilm, Star Wars for $4 Billion [Read Article]

This was surely the biggest film news surprise of 2012 (besides the now apparent truth that 2012 [2009] isn’t historical fiction…).

Fortunately, I was involved in Disney’s conference call with investors when they announced the deal with plans to make new Star Wars films (the SpikeTV marathon I watch as I type this already seems incomplete). I cleared up some of the rumors with info from the conference call here.

Framegrab from the kickstarter campaign for "To Turn Back Time"

2. “To Turn Back Time: Worthy Kickstarter Film Campaign [Read Article]

I spent most of my April working on a 40-minute short, which should be making the festival rounds this coming year. But the highlight of this post was the promotional video I made (DP / Editor / Interviewee) nine months ago for the film. The producers used this 5-minute featurette on story and crew to raise an additional $10,000 toward the production’s budget.

3. The Importance of Type (Three-part Series) [Part One, Part Two, Part Three]

This is actually not a post from last year at all (in fact, it dates back to the early day of this blog), but it was one of the most popular of the past year nonetheless. Although part one had the most traffic, you’re welcome to skip it as the latter two installments have the best content.

Selina Kyle, master jewel theif4. Selina Kyle’s Intended Role in Nolan’s Gotham (Multi-part Series) [Start with Part One, Email Me Part Two]

The Dark Knight Trilogy is surely one three of the most thought-provoking films from the superhero genre. Selina Kyle (Catwoman) is arguably the best supporting character in #3 – despite being one of the less analyzed ones. There is deep analysis to be found, so I tackled the task in this series (the much deeper Part Two is still languishing in my drafts folder, but you can get an email when it’s up).

5. White Balance: Important Tips and Tricks Someone Forgot to Teach You [Read Article]

I’ll admit I’m a little embarrassed that this post made the list, because to be honest, I didn’t put a whole lot of time or thought into this one. I guess simple tips of the trade must just speak for themselves.

Photo Credit: Warner Bros.6. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Learning the Pitfalls of HFR [Read Article]

An in-depth, yet 100% spoiler free, look at the new technology used in The Hobbit. Why and how it’s changing cinematography, and how this could be a good thing in some ways, yet tragic in others.

There’s also a quick follow-up to the original discussion here.

Check back tomorrow for our top 6 editor’s picks of the year.

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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