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I got your book for Christmas and I LOVE it !! :) I’m 15 years old and this coming summer I am gonna be shooting my first HUGE movie!! (I have made many movies before but never one so planned and big)
So I made a huge mistake: I told my best friend that all her cousins could be in the movie as actors!! Problem is some I have never even met and the ones I have met I have no clue if they can act!! So my question is what to do now? What if they can’t act?? I
Were you lucky enough to get a new video camera or smartphone for Christmas? Are you itching to get out there and give them a go?
Luckily for you, How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck is now an audio book. Load it onto your smartphone and you can listen while you shoot video. How cool is that? Distracting, yes, but also cool.
It turns out the most interesting part of narrating your own audio book is that one forgets what one has written, and then is pleasantly surprised when it turns out there’s some good advice in there. … Read the rest
“Video is never finished. It’s just taken away.” I don’t remember where I first heard this old saying, but I wish I had said it. Do I get to take credit for it if I repeat it a lot? Probably not, sadly.
But I’ve been repeating it a lot this past week as we’ve just aired the 7th and final episode of the first season of Brew Dogs for the new Esquire Network. And gosh darn it if it wasn’t pretty good (if you missed episodes, you can watch on demand here).
But it wasn’t perfect.
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I was once taught that B-roll is best cut in 3’s, but in this piece I couldn’t get that to work with the pacing on the dialogue. Does the edit feel forced in this piece?
What other “rules or tips” of editing would help me?
I don’t believe in “b-roll.” As a concept, I mean. “B-roll” is the term commonly applied to that extra stuff we shoot (when there’s time) that we use to patch holes in our edit later. My problem: the name “b-roll” implies “not ‘A’ material.” It’s an afterthought.
In a truly great video, there … Read the rest
Part II of II. Read Part I here.
Every artist faces critics. And every artist faces choices about how to deal with them. Some claim to never read their reviews (Show of hands if you believe them. Nobody?) Others wallow in the bad reviews, ignoring the good. (Show of hands again– Everybody!)
Assuming that you (a) can’t stop yourself from reading your reviews and (b) don’t want to wallow, you might use these five tips to process reviews or other critique:
1) Pay attention– or not. You have the right to ignore critics. Even if you can’t stop reading … Read the rest
I’ve been a really crap video interviewer over recent months– shooting live at events, editing and uploading to YouTube same day– with no previous experience (‘always bite off more than you can chew’ is my motto.) But here’s the question:
How do you deal with the disappointment when you get poor reviews?
–John from the UK
I was all ready to go with a long post about disappointing reviews and reviewers, and how artists are free to ignore criticism, and why should we have to put up with bad reviews when it’s hard enough to create, and…
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Several readers forwarded this video.
It’s a great example of the principle of intrigue. Notice how the video sets up a game with the viewer– how will writer Charlene DeGuzman’s key point be revealed in each shot? Once we know what her point is, we watch in horror, recognizing our own behavior over and over.
Instead of telling us answers, telling us what to think, this video invites us in and allows us to think. Getting your audience to draw its own conclusions is so much more powerful than explaining.
And the point she makes about real life vs. … Read the rest
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While I liked the direct approach of your book, I have questions about the rules.
1) You say: Don’t ever use digital zoom. But there are situations where you can’t walk closer to your subject. Filming wildlife, concerts, Being at the crevice of the Grand Canyon, etc. This seems like a harsh rule. Are there exceptions?
2) You tell people to keep their shots under 10 seconds long. Filming a music performance, I often find myself on a subject for 11 or 12 seconds. Is this an absolute rule for you?
Seems like there should be some area for adjustment