Ah, the Holidays! Chestnuts roasting, noses being nipped, and hours of incomprehensible video being shot of people you can’t see or hear all that well doing…I don’t know…something near a fireplace. Each year web sites, magazines and newspapers publish millions of column-inches on …(Read the rest)
William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Princess Bride) wrote in his classic book Adventures in the Screen Trade that “screenplays are structure.” Because Goldman is a writing god, people listened. They listened, but they may not have heard well. Goldman was saying that structure …(Read the rest)
Do you really need to be a film major to have a film career? It may be a great idea for you, but do you NEED to? In a word, No.
Do you run a non-profit? How’s your video storytelling? Want to make it better? If you answered “yes” and “meh” to the first two questions, the answer to that last one should be “Duh.” (Students of this blog will recognize here what …(Read the rest)
It’s the start of the school year. Coming up: a year of student video projects. And hours of misery for viewers. If only there was a way to make student video better. Hmmmmm…. Wait– I’ve got it! How about this free 5 …(Read the rest)
I’ve written a lot about how to shoot video interviewsbut not a lot about how NOT to shoot video interviews. Here are some advanced “don’t do this” tips for you to go out and not do immediately:
Father’s Day Video. Memorable–or as undercooked as the runny eggs and cold toast the kids bring Dad in bed? Here are a five tips to improve the video you shoot this Father’s Day. 1. Find the Hero: Focus your attention on …(Read the rest)
I have a brain that likes things logical, nicely ordered and in line. You follow the rules, you get the result. I can’t get my head around the order of shots, stories and putting it all together. Once a week we go to the grandparents house …(Read the rest)
How can I better use storytelling techniques for teaching science? Does numerical data contribute to the story, or is having a data table in a video a sure recipe for having viewers click away? By the way: your book is awesome. In the video I’m …(Read the rest)
I just shot my first video ever, and had some trouble getting the actors to do what I wanted. When you’re directing, how much of the performance is up to you, and how much do you let the actor come up …(Read the rest)
Hi Steve, My Dad gave me a copy of your book to help my roommates (all of whom are filmmakers at NYU) make great films in their classes. It’s been a really helpful guide for them! I was just wondering, since I’m …(Read the rest)
How do you attract actors? Make sure your project is a serious project. 5 tips for getting serious.