This is the 27th 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 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 December 2017


At this time of year, it’s all about taking stock and looking at how far you’ve come this year. That, and eating too much, drinking too much and being far too merry!

Joking apart, the end of the year affords us the opportunity to really take a close look at where we’ve come from and what we want to do.

Have you achieved what you set out to achieve this year? Have you made your dreams come true in 2017? Or have you at least taking big steps towards making those dreams come true? Is your video business / filmmaking career where you want it to be?

And what of 2018? What are your plans for 2018? What are you going to make happen in the year 2018?

It’s time to write down your goals for 2018. What do you want to do, become and experience? How are you doing to make 2018 unforgettable?

Have a good long think during this holiday season. But don’t forget to chill out and take your mind off work, too!

As always, it’s been a busy month here at the Filmmaking Lifestyle office. We’ve had plenty of new posts for you to sink your teeth into. I’ve also been working on a lot of course based content for you guys. As well as tweaking my Coaching Program, ready to accept some new members in the new year.

2018 is going to be quite the year!

With that out of the way, let’s get to the goodies this month!

Filmmaking & Video Production

Let’s start off with a really comprehensive list of upcoming grants for filmmakers with info and deadlines. Handy!

Video journalist with 25+ years in the game shares tips and ideas about travel filmmaking:

Here’s the Home Alone cinematographer talking shooting/lighting comedy.

Jess Paul has a solid article about 6 Reasons YOU Should Film a “Microshort”.


Here are The 10 Best Filmmaking Channels You NEED To Watch:

What’s been happening on Filmmaking Lifestyle? We started off this month with an article on 4 techniques to create advanced staging in your films & videos.

Next up, we had a detailed piece on brand building tips.

And we rounded out the month (and the year) with an epic contribution from professional editor Zack Arnold on mastering your video editing workflow.

Software, Hardware & Visual Effects

There’s news that DJI announced Ronin-S, compact gimbal for DSLR form factor.

VashiVisuals offer 18 Free Effects / Pluggins for After Effects Premiere Pro.

Here’s some cool 120fps low-light on the new Sony A7RIII:

8 camera hacks in 80 seconds. Have you guys tried these?

Picture of the Month

This month’s Picture of the Month is a really cool cheat sheet of DSLR filmmaking tips by Reddit user ahamstabber:

Video of the Month

For this month’s Video of the Month we have a really cool short about going from a viewer to a creator:

Anything else you’ve found in the filmmaking / video production world online? Let us know in the comments below!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!