How do I create a series of online class videos that are How-to’s, but creative and interesting, while also teaching? My upholstery course videos are pretty wide shot/closeup. I know I can do better. I’ve asked every video and film maker I …(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)
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.
I’m a pure novice at making movies, so your book was exactly what I was looking for! I made one diving video from a point & shoot underwater camera and tried to use your tips, but I struggled with “the hero” – …(Read the rest)
Watch any film or TV show and you’ll see a series of very short shots (read why here). I argue that most people should get out of the habit of running the camera non-stop when shooting. And every so often I get a letter …(Read the rest)