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How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck

Shooting in Limbo (p. 127)

From How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck, Page 127: Some videos take place in an ethereal neverland called “limbo”—a seamless, glowing, solid color wash. Frequently black or white, limbo backgrounds are cheap to shoot and they totally focus your attention on …(Read the rest)

How to Promote Your Product Using Video (p. 192)

From How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck, Page 192: If you want to intrigue a potential customer into learning more, you’ll need a big idea and plenty of entertainment value. A great video grabs your attention even when you have no interest …(Read the rest)

Shoot Video that You Love (p. 26)

From How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck, Page 26: Brandon Hardesty (www.brandonhardesty.com) has made a YouTube career reenacting scenes from movies in his basement, with Brandon playing all the parts.  He’s not joking– he performs with passion, giving it everything he’s …(Read the rest)

Short Shots Add Up (p. 106)

Cutting makes us pay attention. Each cut to a new shot forces our brains to figure out what we’re looking at and what it means. We’re more engaged in what we’re watching because we have to work to understand it. Short shots make us participants instead of passive viewers.

The static camera: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene (p. 111)

From How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck, Page 111: You gotta walk before you run, and in video, you gotta learn how to compose a shot before you start waving the camera around. Until you’re a pro, you’ll shoot better video …(Read the rest)