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How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck

How to Shoot Vacation Video that Won’t Bore People to Death

When I was a kid, the Armbrusters had a slide projector.  Which meant that after every vacation they took, we’d troop dutifully to their house for endless carousels of badly-shot Kodachrome slides, narrated  live.  The slide show always seemed longer than …(Read the rest)

The Mythical Effectiveness of “Asking for the Order”

This week a post went by on my Linked-In feed suggesting that all good video must “ask for the order” and contain a clear “call to action.” This awful idea was, as far as I can tell, invented by someone in …(Read the rest)

Video in the Classroom: Free Downloadable Lessons

Are you a teacher?  Do you know a teacher?  Have you ever had a teacher?  If so, read on: It’s the beginning of a new school year.  Which means one more year of school projects shot on video, and hours of …(Read the rest)

Tricks to Storify Your Travel Video

I shoot videos and landscapes when I travel overseas. Obviously, I cannot shoot to a script or have much of a plan, since this is an unplanned vacation. How would I construct a story from random scenes in Berlin, Warsaw, Vienna, Budapest, etc?  Usually I end …(Read the rest)

Yeah, But is it Any Good? Learning from Mediocre Video

People hate going to the movies with me. It’s not because I talk or text during films, because I religiously don’t do either. It’s what happens after the lights come up.  “That was good” says my wife. “I enjoyed it” says …(Read the rest)

The Curse of the Inactive Hero: Lessons from “Ant-Man and the Wasp”

A hero is who your story is about. Strong heroes have strong desires and goals. They make choices and take action. Watching that action to see how it turns out for them is what pulls us through the story. A mute woman rescuing …(Read the rest)

Shoot Just Enough and No More

Throughout your book you talk about cutting, trimming, deleting, editing until you’ve removed all of the bad, redundant, boring parts of your project. What happens when you cut out all of the bad stuff and then you realize that you don’t have enough good …(Read the rest)

Shooting Crew-Free

I make educational videos for computer enthusiasts on YouTube, but I have to do everything myself. Lighting, sound, script, talent, editing, posting, video description, video thumbnail, marketing…  Problem is, without a crew, shots have to stay static. I can use digital zoom, but it …(Read the rest)

New Edition of the Book in Stores Now!

Workman Publishing has just released an updated and revised new edition of How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck! It’s available now wherever you buy your paper or pixel books. Look to your right for handy links! This new edition is mostly …(Read the rest)

Wedding Video Blues: 5 Tips for Better Wedding Videos

I’ve never used a video camera, however my daughter will be getting married this October and I will be filming for the VERY first time. I’m scared stiff ! ! ! Can you please advise me on the best way to …(Read the rest)

How to make a How-To Video, Part II: The Journey

In Part I of this post, we laid down the basics for How-To Video. Now lets go for mastery.  The key to which, as with so many other elements of video, is story. Think about your video as a real film, with …(Read the rest)