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Sep 12, 2021 in If you’re new to video, Feature Film, Television, For Pros

How do I make it as a Hollywood Screenwriter?

I just finished my first screenplay, and I know it is really good. I just need a chance to get in front of someone to prove it. I’ve tried to contact agencies, but got no response. I don't want to give up my dream of being a Hollywood screenwriter! Any advice? --Jim S., New York The stock answers to the career screenwriter question tend to be variations on "you have to pay your dues" or "you have to know someone." I'm not a fan of either piece of advice, so let's start by reframing those two old bromides into solid…
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Sep 10, 2018 in Featured, Tips and Tricks, If you’re new to video, Better Home Video

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 the vacation itself.  Washed-out, badly composed views of Disneyland or Paris—dotted here and there with the back of the head of someone we knew. Today technology has changed everything.  People can record hours and hours of vacation video on a single chip.  But they don’t trap you in their living rooms anymore.  Instead they email links to their hour-long…
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Nov 15, 2010 in Featured, Tips and Tricks

What video camera should I buy? 5 Questions to Ask

People love to worry about equipment, as if the right camera will take a more interesting video than the wrong camera. It won’t. You can shoot a great movie on your cell phone, and a bad one on an IMAX rig. Manufacturers release a new video camera every 27 seconds and everyone’s needs are different. Rather than recommend cameras, let's list the questions you should ask yourself when shopping:
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