Is there a checklist or cheat sheet you go over before you start shooting to make sure production goes smoothly?
I’m shooting my first short in 12 days, and I’ve been stressing that I’m going to mess something up. The last thing I want is to delay the shooting process and rack up unnecessary expenses.
–Carrie, Charlotte NC
Reading your book for a college video course. The book talks about movies all the time. I like videos, but I hate to watch movies. They seem incredibly boring to me.
Is there another way to get better at making videos?
How we communicate using moving pictures is a kind of language, and it started with movies. The more you understand it, and where it comes from, the better you’ll be at using it. Ultimately it’s up to you: How good at this do you want to be?
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I’m new to shooting, and I’m about to shoot a marketing video for my company. It’s just two people talking to each other in the office.
I want the rhythm of the dialogue to be pretty fast, so I’m wondering if I should do it single camera or with two cameras. I’m mostly worried about editing dialogue together with multiple angles coming from different takes since the dialogue is very fast and often has people talking over and interrupting each other.
–Shania, New York
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I’m making a short documentary for my college doc course. My idea is to document my thought process while experimenting with sound design. The documentary would end with me having created a new and out-of-the-box piece of music.
What makes a documentary valid? I’m afraid my idea could be perceived as a random youtube video about music production.
Does my documentary need to have a message?
“Documentary” generally means that a piece has been created by filming what is actually going on in the real world, as opposed to a fictional “narrative” story, where nothing is real. … Read the rest
I’m 18 and second year in junior college. I live in a town where there aren’t many opportunities for indie filmmaking or related jobs. I am financially dependent on my parents and they think filmmaking is pie in the sky, and they discourage it. I’ve written short stories and scripts for years, and dreamed of being a director and screenwriter. Recently, I also started branching into cinematography, video editing and color grading.
Are my parents right? Where do I start?
It’s certainly fine to take your parents’ advice and choose the “safe” career path. But if you do … Read the rest
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I work in-house for law enforcement and was given a pretty big video to shoot, but its definitely going to suck.
The video is supposed to explain what our Probation Department does. The video committee decided that it’d be “funny” to start the video off with “here’s what you think Probation is” showing our staff being aggressive, dismissive, and generally dicks to clients. At the end they’d show the reality: officers working with clients to help them re-enter society successfully.
What the video committee thinks is funny is awful (plus they want an 8 minute video, so no one will
How can I make great screencasts?
I am an educational technology trainer and have to make videos for teachers to show them basics of online tools like Google Classroom. Most videos/tutorials out there are dry, a person with their face in the corner going through the site and explaining. This is great when someone is seeking quick directions, but boring for people who need to be convinced that this is the right tool for them.
Any ideas? Thinking in shots is hard to do when the only shot is a computer screen.
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“I’m from Poland. Sorry, for my English. I read your article about Arrival after seeing the movie. I was wondering about three-act structure of this movie. Could you tell me in which minute – in your opinion – are the act breaks for act I, II and III? I’m have a trouble to do this. For me:
I act ends at 41 min – after Louise return from the spaceship – “kangaroo” scene
II act = 92 min – after they get in contact with aliens
III act is about stopping China from attack on aliens
What do you think?