This is the 24rd 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 September 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 September 2017

Wow! You read that right. This is the 24th installment of this humble feature here on Filmmaking Lifestyle!

Yes, Filmmaking Lifestyle has been alive longer than that, but that’s 2 years worth of Best of the Month posts here on the site.

I recently wrote about this elsewhere on the site. If you’d like to donate to the site, I’m opening up donations by Bitcoin and Ethereum.

I’m doing this for a couple of reasons:

  1. To help spread the word about cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum.
  2. To help with some of the running costs of Filmmaking Lifestyle.

So if you’ve found my work here at Filmmaking Lifestyle helpful and you’d like to send a donation, I’m now accepting donations in both Bitcoin and Ethereum to the following addresses:

Bitcoin: 1Df9G285hN53Me1pnyRBmzZLYSEGnQVPCe

Ethereum: 0x5581a92c08eebc1ba9897d5deb374103374369ae

I have put many hours into the creation and running of Filmmaking Lifestyle and it’s a great pleasure bringing educational and resource filled posts to you all. Any amount you’d like to donate to the running of the site (or as a tip) would certainly be appreciated.

As for cryptocurrencies, I strongly feel they’re the future of personal finance. By allowing donations via the two major cryptocurrencies, I’m hoping to do my bit towards getting them recognized more fully. Mass adoption of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin becomes an ever-increasing likelihood in the near future. Some even predict a complete end to the fiscal banking system as we know it.

Whatever happens, I really believe cryptocurrencies are going to be a huge part of our future and they could even be a phenomenon that people will look back on as the Internet of our era. If you’d like to learn more about cryptocurrencies, here’s a great resource.

I’d be very grateful for any donations you might like to give. Here are the addresseses again:

Bitcoin: 1Df9G285hN53Me1pnyRBmzZLYSEGnQVPCe

Ethereum: 0x5581a92c08eebc1ba9897d5deb374103374369ae

Also, just a quick note that this month I finally moved over to be completely HTTPS. It is something Google has been pushing for a long while now, and it’s a great move for the WWW as a whole. I was just a little slow to move everything over, as I was worried about potentially loss of Google rankings and such from the domain change. Looking good so far, though. Let’s hope everything goes well!

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

Filmmaking & Video Production

Right! Busy month, let’s start with…


News broke this month that J J Abrams to direct Star Wars 9.

Here’s Quentin Tarantino on Spy Kids And Its Positive Effect For Mexican Culture:

What’s been happening on Filmmaking Lifestyle? We started off this month with an article on small business accounting in your video company. This will be a helpful read for a lot of you, especially around tax season.

Next up, we had pieces on submitting to film festivals and sales techniques for your video services.

Next we had a piece on Art vs. Commercialism, which I’ve been meaning to write for a while now. I also featured the Best Laptops for Video Editing and a detailed article on overcoming procrastination.

But the month wasn’t over there. We then covered influencer marketing and how it relates to video companies, had a detailed buying guide for the best Canon DSLR cameras and rounded out the month with an article on how I project manage video work with the awesome app Trello.

Yes, busy month!

This is a pretty crazy story! Cop shoots at movie actor dressed as bank robber (no, they didn’t have permits).

If you’ve got time, this is well worth a watch. Documentary called The Edge of Hollywood about indie filmmakers:

Software, Hardware & Visual Effects

Let’s start off with a recent article about RED unveiling Monstro 8K VV full-frame sensor with 17+ stops of dynamic range.

Here’s some great news for Sony mirrorless owners wanting full frame sigma lenses that are Sony e-mount.


“This is the easiest way to make it look like it’s raining outside in your videos without any VFX. This practical effect was used in a short film we recently made. Shot on Sony a7s/35mm/Source Four light to backlight the rainy scenes. – [05:42]”

Don’t know what ‘pancake timelines’ are? Maybe it’s time you watched this video:

This was pretty interesting: “i made a movie. it stunk. (video essayist breaks down his own feature film) – [30:46]”

Louis CK talks about shooting film vs. digital:


Picture of the Month

This month’s Picture of the Month is from Paul Machliss, editor of Baby Driver. I’ll let him explain: “This was the keyboard after we had taken it out on location after 15 weeks. Once we wrapped on this . . . I took it home . . . and framed it. It’s on the wall, retired. It’s the keyboard that did Baby Driver and nothing else.” – Image via Paul Machliss / Avid.

Video of the Month

This month’s Video of the Month is 5 Production Efficiency Tips from Daily Editors:

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!