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Single Camera vs. Multi-Camera for a New Director

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“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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Video committees

The Dreaded Video Committee

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Reader SARAH asks: “I work in-house for law enforcement and was given a pretty big video to shoot that explains 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.

I might be crazy, but I think it’s not funny, and it won’t do what they want it to do. How do I fix this?”

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How do I make it as a Hollywood Screenwriter?

By If you’re new to video, Feature Film, Television, For Pros Leave a comment

I just finished my first screenplay, and I know it is really good. I just need a chance to get in front of someone to prove it. I’ve tried to contact agencies, but got no response. I don’t want to give up my dream of being a Hollywood screenwriter! Any advice? –Jim S., New York The stock answers to the career screenwriter question tend to be variations on “you have to pay your dues” or “you have to know someone.” I’m not a fan of either piece of advice, so let’s start by reframing those two old bromides into solid…

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Wonder Woman 1984

Why You Were Disappointed in “Wonder Woman 1984”

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**Spoilers here** There are many reasons to be disappointed in Wonder Woman 1984. To name a few: The rules of the no-good-very-bad wishing stone are, shall we say, fluid, and seem to change scene by scene. Anachronisms abound (Starbucks-style coffee sleeves! Full-color CRT monitors!) The bad guy looks much better when he’s wearing a suit of armor, but they don’t give him one. The hero does not, but they do. And worst of all: the filmmakers saw Cats and thought “Purr-fect! We must have those special effects for our next blockbuster!” None of these disappointments would have mattered nearly as much if the movie didn’t…

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