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)
From How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck, Page 25: Before you shoot your next video, brainstorm a long list of why you’re doing it and how you want to treat the audience. Select the most useful thoughts from your list and …(Read the rest)
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)
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)
I wanted some bad video. Not to watch, at least not all the way through, but to use as an example of how not to do things for my book. Some inspiration from a video that was truly awful. Turns out …(Read the rest)
From How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck, Page 114: Aristotle was the first to note that great drama has three unities—of time, of place, or of action. “Unity” is another way to suggest a pure focus on one thing. A play …(Read the rest)
Genres may seem limiting, but actually the expectations they set up can be fun to screw with– Witness this mashup of a musical and college admissions video from Yale.
If you watch professionally shot film, you’ll be surprised how often the camera stays still. Practice keeping the camera locked. That way the action in the frame becomes the most important thing.
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.
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)
From How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck, Page 171: Application videos need to cover interesting topics, presented in unique ways. Doing a bad video is like misspelling the company name on your cover letter. First, Do no harm. Don’t duplicate what’s …(Read the rest)