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)
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.
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:
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)
How do you attract actors? Make sure your project is a serious project. 5 tips for getting serious.
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)
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)
I just discovered commercial director Jordan Brady’s podcast, Respect the Process. I discovered it when he invited me to be on it, but it turns out I’m late to the party– he has a ton of subscribers and some really great guests. The …(Read the rest)
Have you had this experience? You grudgingly agree to watch a friend’s video. You click on the link. The first few shots are good. Cute kids. But about 10 seconds in you start to get a sinking feeling. This video isn’t …(Read the rest)
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)