This is the 20th 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 May 2017.

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 May 2017


Did you have a good May 2017? I certainly did.

Very busy here and incredibly productive. Lots of work going on behind the scenes here at Filmmaking Lifestyle to continue bringing you the best video production and filmmaking business information out there.

Busy on the work side and also the personal side. My girlfriend and I moved house this month. We’ve also been doing a lot of work on the property. If anyone’s attempted a house move and lots of reconstruction work at the same time, then you’ll know what I did. It can be chaotic at times! My advice: every job is bigger and more expensive than what it first looks like.

But you get there in the end. It all comes together. Sometimes you just need to keep repeating, “Trust in the process.”

Anyway, that’s a peak into my personal life over the last month or so. Lots of unpacking boxes, doing various DIY stuff and project managing lots of reconstruction work. Which goes a long way towards explaining why this update is a little late this month.

On the Filmmaking Lifestyle side of things, I’m really honored for the site to be featured in Feedspot’s Top 50 Filmmaking Blogs And Websites For Filmmakers. We’re surrounded by some elite company there, so very pleased to make the list.

With the general admin stuff out of the way, let’s get to the links this month!

Filmmaking & Video Production

Let’s start this month’s update off with news that NASA wants you to make a short using their space footage.

There’s shocking news that a Drone Journalist Faces 7 Years in Prison for Filming Dakota Pipeline Protests.


Meanwhile, it’s been another very busy month here on Filmmaking Lifestyle. We had an article on the 9 Best Drones For Filmmaking. Drones are getting more and more widespread these days, so definitely worth looking into if you don’t already own one (or even if you do!)

We then had an article on budget indie filmmaking. Want to make a film for $6,000? It’s possible!

Then, we had a guest article on how to win video contests. Very handy if you want to win big prize money whilst making videos!

To round out the month, we featured an article on the 7 Reasons Why Video Transcription is Important in Post-Production.

From our friends at Go Film Now: “Structuring your film story can get overwhelming. So many ideas, so many plot points, so many shots. Use this simple “Open Close Technique” to structure your story in minutes. I’ve started using this on all of my projects – from commercial to documentary work.”

Do you know about the 180 degree rule? You should! Here’s a video:

Software, Hardware & Visual Effects

Here’s an awesome, easy-to-read guide to choosing the right codecs and proxy workflows.

There’s news out this month that Canon has announced the EOS C200. Looks good!

Wondering about the differences between cinema and still lenses? Wonder no longer:

Here’s how to make glitch transitions directly in Premiere Pro:

Picture Of The Month

This month’s Picture of the Month is a funny one posted by markdoyle44 on Reddit Filmmakers. It’s entitled “Dear Clients, this is why I’m taking so long…”

Video Of The Month

Ever wondered what an iPhone looks like directly compared to an Arri Alexa?



Come on, you’ve wondered about it before, right?

Well, this month’s Video of the Month is exactly that:

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! Adios!