Image manipulation, found footage, guerrilla filmmaking, and video editing notes for my IML students.
Image Manipulation Tools
- Adobe Photoshop The industry standard bitmap image editor. If you’re a student, your school might have an arrangement with Adobe that will entitle you to a copy. If not, well… you could try looking elsewhere. I’m just saying.
- Paint.net (Windows) A good basic image editor that can do a lot and is completely free. “Paint.NET…features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.”
- The Gimp Cross-platform open-source image editor. Almost as powerful as Photoshop, and 100 percent free (and legal). Slightly steeper learning curve than Paint.net.
Good Places to Find Images
Inspiration and Food For Thought
- Arthur Lipsett’s found footage films: 21-87 and Very Nice, Very Nice
- Making a movie with stills and sound: Chris Marker’s La Jetee
- Making meaning with crowds and machines: Flickeur and Islands of Consciousness
- Photoshop Tilt Shift Trick Tutorial