1. Filmmaking Apps: Want to make a movie? There's an app for that -- or, to be more accurate, there are many, many apps to help make a movie. Check out our handy guide to the best affordable or free iPhone apps for filmmakers. Let us know your favorites and maybe we will feature them in a future story.
2. Blow Out: Los Angeles-based film editor Vashi Nedomansky writes about visual effects, low budget filmmaking and editing techniques on his blog.
Recently, he wrote about how filmmakers split the focus in a shot by
using a split focus diopter, a half convex glass that attaches in front
of the camera's main lens, enabling the lens to focus on something in
the background while the diopter captures the foreground. Nedomansky created a video which features all 15 split diopter shots in Brian DePalma's "Blow Out." Check it out here.
3. Women Film Pioneers: African-American women in silent film, female camera operators and more. We've highlighted some of the most interesting information in Columbia University Libraries' newly launched Women Film Pioneers Project, a compendium of film resources and material seeking to reverse the historical fallacy that the film production process is and always has been male-dominated. Find out more about it here.
4. Piracy: A new web site, Piracydata.org, is building a dataset to determine whether people pirate movies that are not available to legally download more than ones that are legally available. They found that over the last three weeks, 53% of the most pirated movies have been available legally in some digital form. They also list the top 10 most pirated movies on BitTorrent as reported by TorrentFreak each Monday.
5. Claymation: Want to create the next "Wallace & Gromit?" Backstage offers a quick primer on claymation including tips on what sort of clay to buy. You may not be winning an Oscar, but it's a good beginner's guide. Check it out here.