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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsI'm Ben, and he's-- Chris. And we're the Blaine brothers.

Skip to 0 minutes and 30 secondsWe are filmmakers. We've just made our first feature film, Nina Forever, which comes out on February 15th.

Skip to 0 minutes and 46 secondsAs well as being filmmakers, we also have done a lot of editing work for television, and we've directed everything from virals, to commercials, to music videos, to documentaries-- all sorts. Our main passion is making films.

Skip to 1 minute and 9 secondsThe very first thing that we did film-wise was an adaptation of the whole of the Bible that we did one summer holiday. And, yeah, we were very strict, and we did the whole thing.

Skip to 1 minute and 28 secondsThe films that we make generally have-- there's usually something quite odd or fantastical about them, and we've always had ideas that aren't necessary entirely kitchen sink realism. And so fantastical things often happen. Generally the way that we've learned doing VFX stuff has been by doing it. I mean, actually, the very first sort of pure visual effects stuff was actually painting out the booms in [INAUDIBLE]. A lot of filmmakers who treat VFX sort of like cheating, and like it's kind of the devil's work, and a bit like not doing it properly, And I think actually kind of, you know, it's like, that's not true. Like, it's-- you know, it's magic. It's great.

Skip to 2 minutes and 20 secondsIt's magic, it's great, but it's also kind of-- the whole point of-- Making a film is you're lying to people. Yeah. It's like-- That's from the get go, you're pretending. You're making something up. It's just incredibly empowering. I mean, I think that's kind of the key thing as well, it's sort of, I think there are so many reasons to not make a film, and it's so expensive, and that can sit on top of you, that anything that kind of goes no, actually, you can-- and it's like me, you know, going back to our first thing-- we had one day, we could afford one day's shooting. And you go, if we had gone-- oh, we've got the booming shot.

Skip to 2 minutes and 50 secondsWe can't-- either we can't use that show, or we can't show that film to anyone because it's ruined, because, you know, the boom operator didn't know what we were doing. Like, that's pathetic.

The Blaine Brothers guide to using VFX

The Blaine Brothers are filmmakers foremost, and turn to VFX when they need to, just like they might use any other tool available to them.

“The films we make generally have something quite odd or fantastical about them” says Chris Blaine, so it’s easy to see the attraction VFX holds. The Blaines are self-taught, and learn as they go. When they need to do something in VFX, they’ll find out how.

In many ways they exemplify the guerrilla filmmaking spirit. We were surprised to find out that until last year they were still using an almost 10-year-old piece of VFX software called ‘Shake’, (no longer available) kept alive on a computer with an old operating system in order for it to run. In a way, this seemed to give their work a different flavour from other filmmakers.

The Blaine Brothers’ approach in the clip above contrasts with that of our next guerrilla filmmaker who comes from a computer games and CGI background, and discovered filmmaking through VFX. He’s Hasraf Dulull, and we’ll find out about him in the next video.

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Visual Effects for Guerrilla Filmmakers

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA)

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    Like any creative subject it helps to share definitions about what things mean -this can be confusing for newcomers; it'll help us communicate better.

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    Tracking and layers: a gentle start

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    Keying isnt just a digital invention. From the early days of cinema in the 19th century film makers had used 'mattes' to amaze their audiences.

  • Insider tips on shooting green screen
    Insider tips on shooting green screen

    Justin Hunt, our long suffering director of photography for our HitFilm footage has years of experience of green screen to share with you here.

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    What is Rotoscoping?

    Rotoscoping is probably the most time-consuming of VFX techniques. It's often a last resort when you can't pull a key. Let's find out more about it.

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