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Better Video with “How?”

In every project,you’ll reach a point where something isn’t working. That’s when you need to ask “How?”

How might I show his fear? How might I make this funny? How might I shoot when there’s a car in the way? Learning to be flexible and brainstorming around these problems become core skills for great shooting.

Here are the steps to better video while stuck:

Stop shooting.  Make a list of at 5-10 different ways to do whatever you’re doing.  They have to be different than what you’re doing.  Don’t worry how good they are until you’ve thought of a real list.

Pick one and give it a shot.

Remember: The sun’s going down.  The event will be over soon.  The crew needs to be paid or fed.  In shooting video, time is never your friend.  If at first you don’t succeed, stop banging your head against the wall and try something different.

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Steve Stockman

Steve Stockman, president of LA-based Custom Productions, Inc., is a prolific producer, writer, and director, known for over 200 diverse media projects. He is also the author of the best-selling book "How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck," taught globally from middle school to graduate level, and available in 9 languages.

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