Perfect Holiday Video in 10 Easy Steps

A frame from Bob Rivers "I am Santa Claus"

**Shameless Plug: Of course you’re buying a dozen print copies of How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck for the video people in your family– but did you know there’s an audio version too? 

Special bonus: Scroll down for a Christmas music video parody called “I am Santa Claus” that I created and directed for Atlantic Records and my friend Bob Rivers. There are at least 900 stupid Christmas jokes in its 4 minute run-time. And yes, I’m proud of that.  

End Shameless Plug**

Ah, the Holidays!

Chestnuts roasting, noses being nipped, and hours of incomprehensible video being shot … Read the rest

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Single Camera vs. Multi-Camera for a New Director

single camera or multi-camera

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

Shooting two cameras for complicated dialogue is a great idea– but it’s a very high degree … Read the rest

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