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Industry Tips: Achieving the Cinematic Film Look on a DSLR

Posted on Fri, Feb 3, 2017


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Topics: dslr, Digital Media Arts, Film, Lighting, videography, cinematography, color grading, tips, composition, white balance, dynamic range, shutter speed, ISO

And The Winner Is....

Posted on Tue, Oct 25, 2016


On October 20th, filmmakers from around Detroit gathered at a viewing party for WDIV Local 4's Film Challenge Detroit. With over 100 entries, the field was narrowed down to just 10 finalists. Each contestant was hoping to win the grand prize, a trip for four to the Sundance Film Festival and $1,000.


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Topics: Detroit, Digital Media Arts, Digital Media, Film, film festival, movies, sundance film festival, detroit film, film challenge detroit, channel 4, local 4

How Lighting Affects Mood

Posted on Mon, Oct 17, 2016

Many different techniques and tricks have been used over the years to strike up a certain mood or emotional reaction from an audience. One of the biggest, and probably most important factors, is lighting. Good lighting is normally achieved by paying close attention to the basic concepts of direction, intensity, color, and contrast. All these different things play a huge part in giving one's project a certain feel. Here are a few ways lighting is used to influence the mood of a scene.

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Topics: Digital Media Arts, Digital Media, Film, Color, Lighting, Lighting Techniques, dma, intensity, mood, direction

So, Which Camera Should I Buy?

Posted on Tue, Jun 7, 2016


The surge in popularity of using DSLR and mirrorless cameras to shoot video means there are hundreds of affordable quality cameras on the market. How is someone just starting out in video production supposed to sort through it all and decide what camera to buy? We’ve got your back! Take a look at this breakdown of the most important features in choosing a DSLR or mirrorless video camera.

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Topics: BMA, dslr, Digital Media Arts, Film, Freelance, dma, sensor, 4k, camera, lens

89X - 89 Hour Film Festival

Posted on Sat, Mar 19, 2016


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Topics: 89x, Film, film festival

The 53rd Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival

Posted on Sat, Mar 7, 2015



What is the Ann Arbor Film Festival?

With February passing us by just as quick as January did, we want to share awesome ways to spend your fleeting time getting to know the industry more intimately. Enter the 53rd Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival! The AAFF is a six day even that showcases over 180 films in a wide variety of genres including experimental, animation, documentaries, and much more. There are many now-famous directors who exhibited early works at the AAFF including George Lucas, Gus Van Sant, and Andy Warhol. This festival is the real deal by being one of the few Academy Award-qualifying film festivals in the country.

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Topics: Digital Media, Film, Ann Arbor, film festival

Animated & Live Action Shorts Playing at the DIA

Posted on Wed, Feb 11, 2015

The Academy Awards will be held on February 22nd, and if you're like most of us, you haven't had the opportunity to see the more obscure nominees in action before the ceremony. The DIA is ready to make sure that doesn't happen to you this year! They will be showing animated and live action shorts almost daily up until the Academy Awards. Check out the schedule here to find an evening to catch all of these amazing shorts, and be in the loop when the Oscars are awarded to the winners.
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Topics: Digital Media Arts, Film, Shorts, Academy Award, Live Action, Animation

Behind the scenes of the Emmy award winning PBS show: Great Lakes~Great Tastes

Posted on Thu, Aug 7, 2014

Specs Howard School Freestyle Friday

Behind the scenes of the Emmy award winning PBS show: Great Lakes~Great Tastes

Friday, August 15th | 11am – 1pm | Farmington Hills Satellite Location

This is a FREE event! | Open to all current studentsRegister on Sakai
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Topics: Digital Media Arts, Freestyle Friday, Behind the Scenes, Film

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