Shooting a Boxing Match Three Ways

I’m new to video recording/ photography and just bought your book…ITS GREAT! How would you shoot a live amateur boxing event if there is only one videographer and his DSLR? I read that you should not keep the camera continuously recording the whole time.  Should …(Read the rest)

Story as a Magical Organizing Force

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)

The Secret to Compelling Video: Add Information

I talk a lot about how keeping your shots short makes your video more intriguing. This video, from Walk Off the Earth is the exception that proves the rule.  We can learn a lot by looking at why it works. Most …(Read the rest)

Shoot Short Shots? There are No Rules (p. 106)

An example from  How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck (p. 106) I tell people to shoot short shots because (a) our brains process information so fast that long shots are likely to be boring and (b) most people don’t know how to do …(Read the rest)

12 Tips to Keep Your Video from Sucking– Instantly! #1: Think in Shots

This is the first in a series of the 12 most useful video tips that I know. Notice I didn’t say “most important”– that’s up to you to decide.  But if you try these tips, your video will get way better, …(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.