Audio Book Out Now– Get Your Copy Free!

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

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Five Tips to Deal with Reviews and Reviewers

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

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Video vs. Real Life

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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