Five Easy Ways to Shoot Better Thanksgiving Video

Bad Thanksgiving video can be hell to sit through.  Mom hiding her face to keep from being seen when she’s messy after cooking all day.  Ten minute shots of the steaming turkey, as if this one looks different from last year’s. …(Read the rest)

Checklist: 20 Questions to Make Your Video Great

Since everyone alive today has been watching film and video from birth, we all have some idea of what bad film and video look like.  It’s that stuff you click out of instantly on your browser or your remote, often within …(Read the rest)

Adding Information to Your Video

What’s the best way to shoot a stunning place, like a summit with great views in all directions? I have tried slow panning for 360 degrees a couple of times, but I am not satisfied. If we pan slowly for better view, the whole 360 takes substantial time– …(Read the rest)

Making Interview Videos That Hold Their Attention

I made a recent job shift from corporate training to  being the “video guy”.  I am responsible for capturing “Success Stories” of customers who have installed and use our products. The biggest thing that I’m struggling with now is telling a story that …(Read the rest)

Getting from Idea to Film: Collaboration

I’m a post production artist in Chicago. I mostly stick to editing, motion graphics and VFX’s, But recently I’ve done something different. I’ve written a short film! Most of the paper work is done– Storyboards, Shot list, Prop List, even a …(Read the rest)

Two Videos, Same Business. But Only One Intrigues

It’s not often we get a chance to compare two videos purporting to do the same thing for the same business, but thanks to my friend Andy Goodman, we can.  Andy publishes a great bloggy-kind-of-newsletter for non-profits, and has kindly given …(Read the rest)

How to Shoot Graduation Video that Doesn’t Suck, Part 1

The big day is almost here.  Your little boy/girl is about to take that first big step into the real world and graduate from Grad School/College/High School/Middle School/6th Grade/Kindergarten/Preschool. Graduation, the event that used to happen only once or twice in …(Read the rest)