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Music Video

Astonishing Actions in a Music Video

In the beginning, movies were about actions such as a train entering a station, an old man drinking a beer, Annie Oakley hitting targets, and a sneeze captured by Thomas Edison in 1894. Since those early days, many other elements have been added to the mix including close-ups, music, dialogue, and visual effects. But French…

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Multiple Camera Mobile Moviemaking

ColorDrop Media’s music video “Once in a While” illustrates the possibilities inherent in using a variety of mobile cameras to create a movie. 

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The Moving Selfie

Can you get quality results when shooting with a smartphone, tablet, or GoPro? The answer is a resounding YES! With the help of inexpensive gear and apps such as FiLMiC Pro, mobile moviemakers meet every cinematic challenge from lighting to depth of field to slow motion. Wander through this site and you’ll find prize-winning works in every genre—such as thrillers, music videos,…

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The Three-in-One Blended Music Video

The history of the music video goes back farther than you might think. According to music video historians—ah yes,, there are historians of everything—in 1894, sheet music publishers Edward B. Marks and Joe Stern produced a magic lantern slide show to promote their song, “The Little Lost Child.” According to a Wikipedia article, the advent…

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Experimental Drone Music Video by Daito Manabe

Anyone need more proof that there are no limits to mobile moviemaking? If so, take a look at and enjoy Tokyo-based filmmaker Daito Manabe’s experimental drone music video “Cold Stares.” Wired.co.uk calls the piece  a collision of “virtual and real worlds” filmed by drones. What’s astonishing is that a music video that is digital, abstract, and analytical,…

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Music and Moviemaking

In the 1930s, long before  MTV, Disney’s “Silly Symphonies” and “Fantasia” explored the relationship between music and moviemaking. Simon Presto’s “Waiting for the Ferryman” carries on that tradition, and extends  it to the documentary genre. In the following interview, this UK-based filmmaker discusses the techniques he used in making his short film. MMM: Do you see “Waiting for the Ferryman” primarily as…

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