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5 Killer Halloween Video Tips

By Tips and Tricks, If you’re new to video, Better Home Video Leave a comment

Going out to shoot memorable video of your kids?  Here are five Halloween Video tips that will help: 1) It’s dark out at night.  I know you knew that, so let me be more specific:  outside at night away from any light, it will be too dark to see your kids.  The obvious solutions: use your phone’s built-in light, position the kids under streetlights, or shoot at the pre-show party indoors. Less obviously- have another parent light the kids with their cellphones from off to the side. You’ll get much prettier looking footage. Above all, remember– if you can’t see them in the viewfinder now,…

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Single Camera vs. Multi-Camera for a New Director

By Video Marketing, Your Questions Answered Leave a comment

“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 with one or 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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Getting from Idea to Documentary

By If you’re new to video, Feature Film, Your Questions Answered Leave a comment

“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.

Two questions:

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?


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I Want a Film Career. My Parents say No.

By Tips and Tricks, Teaching and Training, Your Questions Answered Leave a comment

“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?

–TD, Colorado”

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