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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 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
Another new show that I’m very proud of, and another show with “dogs” in the title. But “Dogs of War” actually has dogs in it.
Congrats to showrunner/EP Peter LoGreco and his team for a really great job. This is a smart, emotional journey through the world of veterans with PTSD, and the service dogs who save their lives.
Here’s the Hollywood Reporter review of the premiere.
And here’s the ENTIRE FIRST EPISODE from A&E.
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When somebody asks you what a movie is about, you probably say something like this: “It’s about a guy who decides to say ‘Yes’ to everything he’s asked to do” or “it’s about a girl who gets flown to another world in a tornado.”
Great movies are about someone. So are great videos. The person your video is about is your hero. By hero I don’t mean that they have to kill bad guys or become a vampire—rather, they’re simply the focus of your video. They’re the person who does something, or that something happens to.
Why are … Read the rest
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I got your book for Christmas and I LOVE it !! :) I’m 15 years old and this coming summer I am gonna be shooting my first HUGE movie!! (I have made many movies before but never one so planned and big)
So I made a huge mistake: I told my best friend that all her cousins could be in the movie as actors!! Problem is some I have never even met and the ones I have met I have no clue if they can act!! So my question is what to do now? What if they can’t act?? I
“Video is never finished. It’s just taken away.” I don’t remember where I first heard this old saying, but I wish I had said it. Do I get to take credit for it if I repeat it a lot? Probably not, sadly.
But I’ve been repeating it a lot this past week as we’ve just aired the 7th and final episode of the first season of Brew Dogs for the new Esquire Network. And gosh darn it if it wasn’t pretty good (if you missed episodes, you can watch on demand here).
But it wasn’t perfect.
I’m lucky … Read the rest