Monday, January 8, 2007

We'll Fix it in Post!!

Well, for most Down and Dirty filmmakers, you are your own post! You are the one scratching your head late at night in front your own computer trying to whip those less than perfects shots into shape.

I wanted to give you a little tip about one of the best resources for post-production information on the web:

Bookmark this page before you start post-production!

Ken Stone's Final Cut Pro is first place I go when I want to understand anything about Final Cut Pro, iMovie, DVD Studio Pro, iDVD, digital effects, or anything related to the technical side of editing.

Ken's website has been around for over six years and has over 500 articles that are full of clear, simple, step by step instructions. He has articles on how set up your project, how to edit (from the basics to more advanced), and how to create any number of useful and nifty effects. If you find yourself needing 'to fix it in post' but you don't know how, look for the answer on Ken's page.

For example check out this tutorial on ways to make 4:3 footage fit into your 16:9 project.
Faking It : Making 4:3 footage work in 16:9 projects. By Jude Cotter

Sunday, January 7, 2007

New Blog Writers Join the Down and Dirty DV Nation

As you can tell, the blog has been a little thin on new entries as of late. The truth is since starting the Down And Dirty Dv Project (consisting of this blog, a podcast, as well as instructional books, DVD's, and filmmaking workshops) it has grown beyond what one man can maintain on his own (especially a man with a full-time job, wife, 3-year old, an hour commute and freelance gigs!).

But, no worries, I have no intention of letting the project slip into the abyss of blog-fading or pod-fading. Instead, I've brought on two fellow filmmakers who share my Down and Dirty DV philosophies and are excited to share filmmaking tips, insights, and info with the ever-expanding Down and Dirty DV Nation (that's you).

They are Meghan O. and Nathan K.

Both are graduates of Hampshire College and passionate and talented documentary filmmakers in their own right. They've been helping to pull elements of the book and podcast together behind the scenes, but now it's time for them to step into the spotlight. So look for more frequent posts on this blog baring their names.

So when you see their posts, leave a comment, shout-out, or email and welcome them to the fam. The Down and Dirty DV Nation is growing and on the rise.

Also, if you are a fan and interested in being a regular contributor to this blog, shoot me an email at and we'll take it from there.