Deconstructing the Blogroll: planet5D, REDUSER, cinema5D
A while ago I started a blog series to deconstruct my blogroll of the sites and people that I follow. These are the places I go to for information, tips, and tricks about filmmaking.
First off, sorry for not posting last week.
For this week I’m covering some of the forums I frequent. planet5D (planet5D.com)
planet5D is a filmmakers one-stop-shop. This site does everything. planetMitch (@planetMitch), a filmmaker from St. Louis, runs the site. The main body of the site is curated with reviews, inspiration, interviews, and tutorials on filmmaking and film gear.
It wasn’t always about everything, at the root of the site lives an amazing forum. And that’s what brought be to planet5D in the first place. It’s one of the most active forum ecosystems out there. Topics cover anything you’d need as a filmmaker in production. There is more coverage of DSLR based issues, but the community has evolved into a great resource for asking/answering questions and finding information about the art of making video.
REDUSER is another really active forum community. But, unlike other options, REDUSER focuses solely on RED. While this may seem limiting, if you’ve ever shot on a RED you’ve probably had to troubleshoot it. Which means you’ve more than likely gone to reduser.
I was on a shoot a couple years ago shooting on a RED EPIC and the camera went down. I hopped on REDUSER and had the issue resolved in under 10 minutes. Now, there’s a trick to navigating the site that boils down to one tip: disregard the fanboyism. RED has a huge fan base, which is understandable; but the fanboys can often clog the useful information. If you get through the fanboy barrier, REDUSER is super useful and is supported by an active and supportive community of RED… users…
Much like planet5D, cinema5D (@c5dnews) started out as a DSLR centric site. but they’ve emerged to become another resource for filmmakers. They are still rooted in DSLR and low-budget filmmaking, but they have a host of options that may appeal to filmmakers at all levels.
Unlike planet5D, they have focused more on the forum. And by doing so, they have fostered a community that tale care of each other. This is one of my go-to forums if I need something DSLR or DIY for my rig. Like the previous forums, this one (while tapered down) is rich in user submitted content. cinema5D is one of the forums I frequent often, even as its user-base has slowed down. It has continued to be a valuable resource when looking for more indie related filmmaking tools.
If you’ve got some time go ahead and check out the sites. The admins would love to hear your ideas on how the forums are doing, and you just might learn something. Forums are a great resource, and if you’re looking for something in particular, they’re one of the best options filmmakers have.