Go into 2019 with a new attitude! Just create...don't make excuses about your gear. Tell great stories and master your content and stories with the gear you have at your disposal!It’s about the person behind the piece of gear not the gear itself! - Jakob Owens
Out of demand for needing a solution to mount a prism in front of our lenses my business partner and I searched the web for something, but to no avail... It was then that we sat down and developed something to solve this problem for not just us, but the tons of other filmmakers and photographers with a similar issue. After several months of R&D www.prismlensfx.com was brought to life! We're pumped that so many of ya'll are just as excited for this new product and company as we are! We have so many more ideas and creative solutions for filmmakers and photographers and can't wait to continue to develop them and find new and creative ways to help people create and tell their stories. Pre-order our new PrismLensFX bundles before January 1st 2019 and save 25% off the final cost! https://www.prismlensfx.com
So the other day I had an idea for a fun filmmaking exercise...the idea was to create a unique scene within the confines of my house using only 1 light! A few years back I remember seeing something from Brandon Li that was done in a similar way, and this recent memory gave me the spark to create a new filmmaking challenge/exercise for filmmakers out there! So the challenge is as such....Pick a room in your house (a boring one) and create the most cinematic visuals you can within that space using only 1 single light. It can be any light, but only 1! Once you've created your visuals post the 1-2 minute video to your youtube and or Instagram with the same title #BoringRoom1LightChallenge. Then post a series of your 3 favorite stills that best exemplifies the cinematography from the challenge to Instagram in a layout format and use the hashtag #BoringRoom1LightChallenge. In any craft you should always be working on honing your skills, practicing, working towards trying new things and developing your style as a creative. I hope this exercise challenges a lot of you guys and you find some fun in it! Jakob Owens
2018 was another great year! It was full of fun, exciting, and new projects, many of which I couldn’t share in this new reel as they haven’t been released yet, but here is my updated 2018 Directors/Editors Reel!
DIY Film Light Diffusion Tricks with everyday objects from home! There's so many ways to be creative when it comes to lighting a scene and how you can control and modify that light! What's the most creative thing you've done!?
Just be cautious to use these tricks on lights that are LED based. I don’t want you burning your house down! -Jakob Owens
Filmmakers and creatives alike often keep their secrets to themselves. Rarely do they ever share information with other creatives, whether it be a trick, hack, location, insight etc. I've always been an open book and carried that philosophy over into my company @tropic.colour! I'm constantly asked questions about finding locations for a shoot, whether its a location from one of my videos or something else. With those questions in mind we built out the ultimate "LA Location Guide" Over our years of experience shooting commercials, films, music videos, in and around LA, we've compiled some of our favorite and also most secretive locations. Locations you can't get to with a single google search. We did the work for you, so you don't have too! Descriptive, pin drops, map overviews, pictures etc. Cheat codes for finding great LA locations right at your fingertips. Our favorite and most secret spots..... are now yours!
LA LOCATIONS GUIDE: https://www.tropiccolour.com/new-products-1/los-angeles-location-guide
Editing music videos is different then most other types of post production jobs. Theres a lot of freedom to create many stylistic editing effects and choices, it's not as straight forward as cutting together commercial, corporate, or native work. With that in mind I made this video based around my years of experience editing music videos and how to best create a music video! - Jakob Owens
Music Video Editing Tutorial: https://bit.ly/2LFqe70
When it comes to editing "Travel Films" theres a lot people tend to leave out r just not even think about! Travel films are so much more than an EDM track and pretty people doing backflips! Check out this video as I break down how a "Travel Film" should be! - Jakob Owens
►"TRAVEL FILMS" EDIT TUTORIAL: https://bit.ly/2ugdGgk
I'm often asked not only how I got my start shooting/directing music videos but how I can assist and direct others to following the proper steps needed for them to do the same. As a result, I've created this new youtube video breaking down my story as well as the much needed steps to making this dream a reality! -Jakob OWens
Recently I took a trip to Maui Hawaii and naturally my camera didn't leave my side! Here is a video from everything I saw and captured while spending a few days on the stunning island! Jakob Owens
Sound effects used in the video were captured by me and can be purchased below:
►TROPICAL SOUND EFFECTS: https://bit.ly/2JHDeYY
In college I pursued video production/filmmaking probably like most of you reading this right now. I didn't start out on top or have a smooth path into LA and the filmmaking world. Far removed from LA and anyone in the industry, I started off shooting $200 local music videos in AZ as I attended school at Arizona State University. I didn't have a plan, I didn't have a mentor, I didn't have a path layed out in front of me that I could just easily follow. Very little information, if any at all was provided to me on how to figure out how I could make video production a full-time job and reality for my future. I had a passion for making videos and I wanted to turn that into making a living for myself, but I didn't have anyone there to help or guide me, nobody to answer questions I may have had, I just went out and did it. These are some of the reasons why I've always been so helpful to young filmmakers, from the manuals I've created, the tutorials, the responses to all the questions on my social media channels etc. So many kids and even adults have so many questions about this field and how they can do the same, and thats why I've always told myself I wanted to be that guidance or help that I never was able to have. I want to help in any way that I can for those that are hungry and passionate about making video production/filmmaking a full-time living. That being said I just dropped a new video talking about 5 tips or pieces of advice that I did coming up and still do to this day that can help jumpstart your success. The things I had to do early on to help get me to where I'm at today. So click that link in my IG bio and give it a watch! And remember, everybody has a different path for their lives, don't be discouraged if your path to success doesn't look like your idol's, friends, or even colleagues. Just focus on yourself and the rest will work itself out. - Jakob Owens
We've recently been receiving a lot of comments and questions regarding how we light and shoot our videos. As always I've always loved to share behind the scenes information with you guys, and this is no different. Enjoy this Bone Thugs "FANTASY" music video cinematography breakdown below! - Jakob Owens
When it comes to low budget filmmaking there are several hacks, tips and tricks you can do to help achieve a certain look! Here are 5 of our favorite and often most used filmmaking & camera hacks when shooting! Enjoy - Jakob Owens
We've recently been receiving a lot of comments and questions regarding how we light and shoot our videos. As always I've always loved to share behind the scenes information with you guys, and this is no different. So I hope you guys enjoy what I hope to be the first of many "Cinematography Breakdowns" of my videos/films! Enjoy this Bone Thugs "If Heaven Had A Cellphone" music video cinematography breakdown below! - Jakob Owens
Recently, I was approached by a new company ‘Tropic Colour’ They began as several colorist and filmmakers working in the industry on various commercials, films, and music videos. They were and are familiar with my work and the following I’ve built around products I create and sell to my fellow filmmaker supporters and followers. Their collective of creatives recently decided to form a company that sells a variety of products and filmmaking assets to filmmakers. Their product catalog includes items like LUTS, Music Video Treatment Templates, Anamorphic Flares, Light Leaks, Special Effects Assets like fire, smoke, dust particles and more (Sample Images Below). At the moment you can find a variety of these products on their site www.tropiccolour.com. Not all of their products are fully released yet as they are slowly rolling everything out, but I’ve got a chance not only to use their products first hand but also witness their unreleased products like the anamorphic flares pack, light leaks, particles etc and they’re amazing! They’ve essentially made me an ambassador of their company to help and promote their products in exchange for me having full access to all their products. What I love about this company is the quality of the product for the price pint. No other company is putting out assets like these for filmmakers at such an affordable price point. That’s one of the things they mentioned to me about their company is, that they want to be the best most affordable filmmaking asset company out their for filmmakers of all types. I really love their products and I've been using a lot of their LUTs on recent projects! Not to mention they're much more affordable than other products on the market! I would never endorse or put my name behind something I wouldn't use myself. - Jakob Owens
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