PSA For Those Wanting a Cheap Way to Film From a Real Tripod.
$5 selfie stick from Wal-Mart
With a nifty secret
That screw the bracket goes on is a standard-size tripod mounting screw which means if you have a smart phone… (I’m using the first old one I could pull out of my phone drawer so I can take pictures with my actual phone)
Considering smart phones are often better for low light (due to built in LED lights that trigger when filming in darker conditions) and often better quality than cheap camcorders this is a mighty fine way to make an instant video camera for something like a webshow.
Helps me because I don’t have any lighting solutions to use my real cameras like my digital handy-cams or Rebel T3 right now.
After an incredible spring break excursion to Calgary, Alberta (airbnb’s are so interesting, wow) my friends and I spent a day regrouping and looking ahead to the final 7 weeks of the semester. Then I kicked it with a stack of film theory books I borrowed for an essay I have coming up!
Typically, at the beginning of the month I look through all of my syllabi and map out major assignments and required events. Then I look at the event and guest lecturer schedules to see what other cool things I can make it to.
**if you haven’t picked up The Art of Living Other People’s Lives, I recommend it. It’s light, but also thoughtful and funny and generous. I’ve been using it as a palette cleanser in between film theory!
Hey guys! So I recently finished up an inbetweening and timing charts demo and edited into an hour-ish video! A handful of folks asked me things like how to utilize a timing chart in your work, how to in between to those charts, and basic (I say basic because there are other more advanced ways - but thats another time) to keep your drawings consistent! I also talk about smears!
The program I’m using is TVPaint, but any program can do really.
The character I’m using is created by Patrick Stannard! He’s a kickass animator!
Quick tip- If using a DSLR. A lot of people try to achieve the film look with their DSLRs. But what does the film look mean exactly?
I’m sure most are familiar with the basic concept of the “film” look. 24 fps a nice cinematic color grade and shallow depth of field.
But did you know a shallow depth of field is the most over used technique?
One over looked detail is the 28mm lens.
Orson Wells, Malick, Scorsese, and Spielberg have all cited the 28mm lens as one of their most frequently used and, in some cases, their favorite. It has been the gold standard in shooting motion pictures for well over a century.
The first list of transgender films with trans women on them. If looking for more stuff to watch, check out my other film tips too.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.
Boy Meets Girl (2014)
Ricky, a 21-year-old transgender young woman living in Virginia, dreams of becoming a designer in New York.
Beautiful Boxer (2004)
Bio-pic of transgender Muay Thai boxer Parinya Charoenphol who pursued the sport to pay for her sex change operation.
Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
As a baby, Patrick is left by his mother on the steps of the rectory in their small Irish town. He’s discovered by Father Liam, coincidentally his real father, and placed in an abusive foster home. By the time he’s a teen, Patrick identifies himself as transgendered, renames himself Kitten and sets out for London with a rock group in hopes of finding his mother. Along the way he works variously as a magician’s assistant, a prostitute and a dancer.
The Danish Girl (2015)
A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
Different for Girls (1996)
Kim Foyle (Steven Mackintosh) is a postoperative transvestite who values her well-structured lifestyle. That routine, however, is disturbed when a car accident reintroduces Kim to Paul Prentice (Rupert Graves). As youngsters in Catholic school, they excelled in making trouble, a talent Paul never outgrew. Paul does not recognize Kim as his childhood pal, and she does not remind him, fearing rejection. However, a budding romance between them is complicated when Paul realizes who Kim used to be.
An ultraconservative police officer suffers a debilitating stroke and is assigned to a rehabilitative program that includes singing lessons - with the drag queen next door.
A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (2006)
The true story of Gwen Araujo, a young trans woman who was brutally murdered by four men in 2002.
Gun Hill Road (2011)
An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three years in prison to discover his wife estranged and his child exploring a gender transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
A transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.
Laurence Anyways (2012)
A drama that charts ten years in the relationship of a male-to-female transsexual’s relationship with her lover.
My Life in Pink (1997)
Tells the story of Ludovic, a child who is seen by family and community as a boy, but consistently communicates being a girl.
A Midwestern husband and father announces his plan to have a sex change operation.
Red Without Blue (2007)
The intimate bond between two identical twin brothers is challenged when one decides to transition from male to female; this is the story of their evolving relationship, and the resurrection of their family from a darker past.
A Soap (2006)
32 year old Charlotte could have it all, but she doesn’t want it. After moving out of her boyfriend’s apartment, she becomes the upstairs neighbor of Veronica, who is in the process of transitioning from male to female.
Soldier’s Girl (2003)
The true story of Soldier’s Girl, which takes place in Fort Campbell, KY, tells the heart-wrenching story of the life and tragic death of soldier Barry Winchell. His love for Calpernia Addams, a beautiful transgendered nightclub performer was misunderstood by fellow soldiers and eventually leads to his brutal death.
Right in the midst of important changes in her life, Bree Osborne learns that she fathered a son, Toby, 17 years ago. Bailing him out of jail in New York, Bree poses as a Christian missionary. She plans to take Toby to his stepfather’s house, but when she learns that the stepfather sexually abused the boy, Bree brings her son back to Los Angeles with her. As Toby begins to fall for Bree, she must find a way to reveal who she really is.
The second list of transgender films with transmen on them (the first one is on all films besides documentaries). If looking for more stuff to watch, check out my other film tips too.
Becoming Chaz (2011)
Documentary following Chaz (formerly Chastity) Bono’s gender transition. Includes interviews with family members and friends as the transition is followed.
Boy I Am (2006)
A feature-length documentary that begins to promote dialogue about trans issues through a look at the experiences of three young transitioning FTMs in New York City–Nicco, Norie and Keegan–as they go through major junctures in their transitions.
A Boy Named Sue (2000)
Theo is a female-to-male transsexual. This film follows his six-year process of becoming a man. Among those affected by his change is his girlfriend Lisi who has to deal with what this change means to her.
The Brandon Teena Story (1998)
Documenting the tragic tale of a transgender man from rural Nebraska who was murdered after two locals discovered his female origins.
Deep Run (2015)
Cole, a young transgender Christian man, is growing up in rural North Carolina. With his girlfriend, Ashley, he faces significant challenges, including hostile family and church members, and crippling financial burdens.
Gendernauts: A Journey Through Shifting Identities (1999)
Monika Treut explores the worlds and thoughts of several trans-gendered individuals. Gendernauts enters a minority sector of San Fransisco culture.
Just Call Me Kade (2002)
The inspiring true story of Kade Farlow Collins 14, FTM transgendered, and living with an incredibly understanding family in Tucson Arizona.
Sexing the Transman (2011)
This intriguing documentary explores the sexuality of transmen and the changes they experience as a result of their gender transitions from female to male. Transmen and their partners divulge the most personal secrets of their sex lives in revealing conversations and intimate interviews. Some erotic scenes are shown.
Southern Comfort (2001)
Documents the final year in the life of Robert Eads, a transgender man. Eads, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, was turned down for treatment by two dozen doctors out of fear that treating such a patient would hurt their reputations.
Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen (2008)
The stories of six thoughtful, eloquent and diverse transmen. Each man brings a colorful and complex richness as he describes his relationship to himself, as well as others in his life.
A look at the lives of four college students undergoing gender transition, two of them FTM and two MTF.
A documentary about 19 female-to-male transsexuals from 14 different states who have given birth and, in most instances, gone on to raise their biological children.
Two Spirits (2009)
Filmmaker Lydia Nibley explores the cultural context behind a tragic and senseless murder. Fred Martinez was a Navajo youth slain at the age of 16. But Fred was part of an honored Navajo tradition - the ‘nadleeh’, or ‘two-spirit’, who possesses a balance of masculine and feminine traits.
Venus Boyz (2002)
A film journey through a universe of female masculinity. A legendary Drag King Night in New York is the point of departure for an odyssey to transgendered worlds, where women become men - some for a night, others for their whole lives.
So you filmed your movie and now you’ve got to spend hours cutting it together just right. So dump your footage into your editing software and follow these tips to keep your editing clean and professional-looking.