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.

News & Link Round-up [March 23rd, 2012]

Mar 23 2012 by Brendan Shick Add Your Thoughts

News & Link Round-up is a regular column where I showcase the video shorts, film news, and other online content that’s caught my eye over the past couple weeks, but for whatever reason (time, importance, amount of content, etc.) didn’t make the blog sooner.

Academy Award Leftovers

Best Picture Nominee Infographics

The Best Picture Nominees, As Infographics

I hate the trend of re-posting infographics online as much as the next guy, but some of these, which summarize this year’s Best Picture nominees in chart form, were rather awesome.

Right Oscar Picks?

Stu over at wrote up an interesting article on why it’s wrong to say a film was “Robbed at the Oscars.”  Here’s his point summarized:

“The right films always win at the Oscars. Because the Oscars are a popularity contest. You should no more lament ‘incorrect’ Oscar results than you should question who was awarded prom queen.”

He goes on to lay out his simple formula on how to pick the winning nominee on the ballot in any year (not necessarily super accurate, but simple and perhaps more interesting than my predictions).

Must See Shorts

This edition’s “Must See Shorts” are jumping back a bit. My apologies if you’ve already seen them. At least this is proof that they’ve stood the test of time for me.

Trailer Mashup | Tron: Legacy / Star Wars

I first saw this when it was featured on a while back. This mash-up (embed below) takes the audio from the trailer of TRON: Legacy (2010) and replaces the video with clips from all six Star Wars films.

The dialogue matches the character’s lip sync incredibly well. The sound effects and subject matter all seem to fit seamlessly as if the video author wasn’t even combining two completely separate worlds. Well worth the watch!



Trailer Mashup | Drive / Star Wars

Taking the trailer mashup a different way, this video (embed below) combines the audio from the trailer for Drive (2011) with visuals from Star Wars. Han Solo plays the driver.

Although it only contains the audio from the trailer, there is actually a massive amount of what I would consider SPOILER CONTENT from Drive – and if you haven’t seen the film, this video will neither interest you, nor will you realize how amazing it really is…



Shane Hurlbut | Pirelli Tires Commercial

It’s just a tire commercial. But Shane Hurlbut has managed to make it wonderful. Possibly the best use of a Kessler CineSlider ever conceived (yes, that’s how they got those shots…if you can even begin to picture it).

Embedding is disabled on this one, so you’ll have to click through to watch it.

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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