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My Dad gave me a copy of your book to help my roommates (all of whom are filmmakers at NYU) make great films in their classes. It’s been a really helpful guide for them! I was just wondering, since I’m majoring in acting, if you have any tips for actors trying to get into these “videos that don’t suck”.
Do you have any advice on how to find projects to work on without being one of those desperate wannabe actor people who annoy every agent and production company in the city trying to get some kind of work?
I have an idea for a short film. I have a camera, I have a story, and I have a job, so filming and money aren’t a problem. My problem is that I have no idea where to find a cast that can make the film what I want it to be.
Any advice on where to find actual actors/actresses who will take my project seriously and listen to what I tell them?
The way to get actors to take your project seriously is to present them with a serious project. That may seem simplistic, but it really isn’t.… Read the rest
I’m a pure novice at making movies, so your book was exactly what I was looking for! I made one diving video from a point & shoot underwater camera and tried to use your tips, but I struggled with “the hero” – the fish maybe? the turtle? Help!
The “hero” thing can be tricky, but it still works underwater.
The idea of choosing a hero is to make your video about someone. To keep you from randomly pointing and shooting. The key concept: it doesn’t matter WHO the hero is.
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I am a professional videographer, and your advice to “shoot short shots” is totally misguided. Pros shoot more than they need so they can make their video perfect in the editing room. Turning the camera on and off is an amateur move. How have you made a living in this business?
–Chris F., New York
Watch any film or TV show and you’ll see a series of very short shots (read why here). I argue that most people should get out of the habit of running the camera non-stop when shooting. And every so often I get a letter … 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– if we pan fast…not good either. If we just record short clips 5 secs each in several directions, people might not get the idea of how stunning the place really is.
What do we do?
Instead of shooting stories like most people, you shoot a genre we in the business call … Read the rest
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Ordered your book from Amazon and devoured it in 2 days; awesome stuff.
I have a question on chapter 2 re: intent. Coming from an internet marketing background I am unfortunately ingrained with ‘results’ driven approaches (increase conversion, ROI, etc). I was wondering if I could give you some examples of intent just to clarify if I am on the right track.
The video I will be shooting is in fitness. One intent I brainstormed was ‘Inspire viewers to workout’. Is that a result because viewers work out later at some point after the video is done?
Last Minute Holiday video thoughts:
1) This is the time of year for me to humbly remind you that How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck makes an excellent stocking stuffer. It’s not too late to pick up a dozen copies. There’s an audio version too!
3) And finally, a repost of a Christmas video I directed a while back. So long a while back that … Read the rest
I made a recent job shift from corporate training to being the “video guy”. I am responsible for capturing “Success Stories” of customers who have installed and use our products.
The biggest thing that I’m struggling with now is telling a story that intrigues people and keeps them watching. I just finished your book, and as I think back through some recent edits I completed, I now know the intrigue wasn’t there.
How do I find the the most intriguing way to present customer stories in interview videos?
I am going to give you the secrets of intrigue right … Read the rest