This is the 15th instalment of this feature here on Filmmaking Lifestyle, where we chart the best-of-the-best from around the filmmaking and video production world. This article covers the best posts from December 2016.

Every month, I post a round-up article featuring the best things I’ve found around the web on filmmaking and video production. If you missed one, we have a complete archive here.

We’re talking articles, videos, infographics, all sorts. Anything that stands out to me and that I think is worth keeping in an archive, I’m going to include in these reports.

I post these articles at the end of each month, along with all the regular posts you get on Filmmaking Lifestyle.

The Best Posts Of December 2016

Lots going on as the year winds to a close. December is always a busy one for me. With the festive period, as well as my birthday, my sister’s birthday and a number of other big events taking place during this time frame.

I wanted to announce this month that I’ve started a working relationship with popular filmmaking equipment brand Zacuto. I’ll be reviewing some of their gear, as well as having the occasional article published on their blog. You can find the first one, on Becoming a Filmmaker – 9 Things No One Tells You over on the Zacuto blog.

I love Zacuto’s stuff, so really looking forward to working with them in 2017!

Also, in more big news, recently celebrated our 200th article here on Filmmaking Lifestyle. Great milestone to hit and here’s to many more articles and milestones!

Without further ado, let’s see what’s been happening in the world of filmmaking and video production around the internet this month!

Happy New Year to all! And keep shooting! 🙂

Filmmaking & Video Production

Here’s a good article on making a living with corporate video. This is a solid article that tackles some of the subjects we talk about regularly here on Filmmaking Lifestyle. Good to see other sites writing articles about making money with video production. Well done, Gear Dads!

Bad news for GoPro, as their stock unfortunately hit an all time low this month.

Stephen Follows has a good article on what types of low-budget films make the most money.

D4Darius has released a solid tutorial on camera angles and shots for filmmaking:


Speaking of filmmaking video tutorials, it’s time to learn about central framing:

Meanwhile, on Filmmaking Lifestyle we had articles on the future of 4K in filmmaking. An article on 6 Lesser Known Video on Demand Platforms, which compliments our previous piece on the most popular video on demand platforms.

Interested in learning how to attract new clients quickly and efficiently? Facebook ads are key to getting more clients than you know what to do with.

We also had articles on getting into filmmaking (for beginners), as well as 7 tips to remove barriers to success in filmmaking and video production.

Let’s finish off this section this month with a picture an IMAX camera mounted on a helicopter in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk:


Software, Hardware & Visual Effects

Go Film Now is back with a detailed look at cinematic lighting that promises to teach you how to walk into a room and find a cinematic look within 30 seconds.

Looking for a new camera? Here’s a handy Camera Comparison Chart.

Interested in learning about how you can best incorporate color in your films? Our friends at Studio Binder have a very thorough article on how to use color in film. Complete with 50+ examples of movie color palettes this is a great read.

Here’s an infographic from the article:


And here’s a video from the article. Definitely check out the full article:

Picture Of The Month

Ever wanted to see Clint Eastwood holding a Canon 7D. Well, now you can with this month’s Picture of the Month!


Video Of The Month

This month’s Video of the Month is all Stanley Kubrick.

This video is an examination into Stanley Kubrick’s unique lighting technique compared to the Three-Point Lighting System utilized in Classic Hollywood films:

Find anything else out there that you feel is worth mentioning? Let us know in the comments below!

Until next month’s article, make sure you stay shooting! Cheers!