Shot Power

Sure, you can just wing it when you get to your location to shoot your video.

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Sports: Types of Sports Action

BaseballLayoutWhatever the sport, we can divide coverage planning into three variables the director should understand.

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Your Most Important Shot To Make Your Video Look Pro

There’s a lot of stuff in the world trying to get our attention.

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Effective Auditions

Audition101Auditions are the process of finding the best actor to play each role in the film.

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Framing Shots for Better Storytelling

When creating storyboards, framing a shot is part of the goal, along with telling the story.

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Sports: Set-up and Pre-Production

BasketBallLayoutOur cameras need to be placed in the best locations to follow the athletes as well as capture the excitement of the moment.

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Planning Isn't a Dirty Word

The Most Effective Way to Start Storyboarding . . .with Shooting Boards, of course!

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Sports: Planning the Production

TennisLayoutWhile the production process is the most glamourous part of the business, the planning phase is where the majority of the decisions are made.

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Storyboards, Two Types

...but you'll only use one

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Remote Production

BaseballLayoutLive remote events are the core of television. They are the one thing television can do that no other medium can match.

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Datavideo and GoPro: 26 Bands Live at NAMM 2015

The GoPro Event Stage at the 2015 NAMM Show had over 26 bands perform over 4 days!

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The Studio Production - Rehearsals Part Two

Rehearsal00In many types of productions, directors prepare and rehearse the entire action and treatment until it really works, then record the polished performance.

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Sorry, I didn’t hear you!

What was that you said? IFB?

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The Studio Production - Rehearsals

Although there are many well-established methods of preparing and recording television productions, the method that you should choose depends on many factors.  

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Two-Column, Split-Page Script Format

This format is used for multiple-camera productions, as well as for advertisements and corporate and instructional videos.

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Six Shot-List Considerations

A shot list is usually created by the director and the production manager (or associate producer).

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Teleprompter Operation Techniques

PromtperBasic teleprompter operation is a mission critical part of your student newscast and other video productions.

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Multi-Cam Sports Production

Sports00In the broadcasting business, technology changes daily. 

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12 Tips for Successful Online Audio and Video

Being able to deliver content not just with text, but also using photography, audio and video, is a great way to open up numerous opportunities for how a story can be told, and offer greater context to the audience.

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Put It on Paper First

 
Putit0Is it a dream or a nightmare? You finally have it made-full production facilities for your project.

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7 Top Tools Every Videographer Needs to Shoot Great Video

With these essential production tools you'll be equipped to tackle every obstacle on any shoot.

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Honing your Ideas - Part Two

TypewriterKeysWriting the Treatment

We've come a long way from the original idea.

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5 Tips for Announcers: Advice to live by behind the mic

You’ve finally landed that first announcing gig.

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Ringmaster: Its all about YOU!

Ringmaster1The big moment is here. Time to roll. Get ready for an amazing experience.

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Use of the Slate

Use and proper execution of the slate, especially as an 1st Asst. Camera position, is a must when on more professional or feature sets.

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Honing your Ideas

TypewriterKeysIf you're like most videographers you probably have more project ideas than you can shake a camcorder at.

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Makeup and Wardrobe for Video

Make your talent look their very best for your productions with these helpful tips that can subtly enhance your videos.

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Look Who's Talking

TypewriterKeysHow to create effective, believable dialogue for video productions. 

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How to Make a Storyboard - Storyboard Lingo & Techniques

When you set out to make a movie, the more planning ahead you can do, the better.

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Creating Characters

Char0Getting the Most Out of Your Actors or Subjects

Telling a powerful story with video does not require professional actors or people experiencing extraordinary events. But it does hinge on making your characters interesting and believable. So how do you do this?

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Talking the Talk: Director to DP

DirectorToDpLong shot, wide shot and medium closeup are just the beginning of communicating to the DP, your Director of Photography.

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Storyboarding Shots As a Director

Storyboard00What's the formula for which shots to use when making storyboards for a film shoot? Unfortunately, there's no one right answer. This is part of the creative workflow and the shots you choose depend on how you, as the director, see the movie in your mind's eye. Learning more about the meaning or the visual weight that certain types of shots convey can help you add an important level of visual interest and information to your story.

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Storyboarding

Similar to a plot map used by archeologists, a storyboard is the best way to illustrate staging positions and camera angles for talent and crew.

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Recruiting Talent

Recruiting TalentTalent matters. Be it on or off screen, good performers can help take your project to the next level. Therefore, it is well worth the time for any producer to find ways of attracting the best talent available.

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How Much Directing Should be Included in a Video Script?

Directnig00An accusation often aimed at video script writers is the charge of directing on paper. In the strictest production worlds writers write and directors direct.

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Clothing a Project

Wardrobe1In my previous article, “Costuming: From Script to Screen” I took you through the beginning processes of how we in the film and video wardrobe field breakdown a script and formulate our plans to costume a project. I mentioned that it was the Costume Designers job to discuss with the director what it is that they want the project to look like.

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Video Production Scheduling

ProdSched00You might know what you want to shoot, but how long will it take to do it?

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Costuming: From Script to Screen

CostImageMark Twain is credited with saying, “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” Well, for us folk who have chosen the profession of costuming for the mediums including film and video truer words were never spoken!

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Creating a Shotlist

ShotListGraphicThe shot list is usually created by the director and the production manager (or associate producer).

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Making Yourself a Better Teleprompter Operator

8 Steps to Writing Better Scripts and Making Yourself a Better Teleprompter Operator

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Standing Sets for (Virtually) Nothing

Sets01Do-it-yourself blueprints to build four low-tech, low-effort and low-cost video sets.

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Decoding the Video Crew

Crew0As a one-man-band, you wear many hats, but when your production gets bigger, you have to share the load. But who ya gonna call? Get ready for the name game, it's "Crew Call" time! Do you sit through the long list of people during the credit roll at the end of a movie and wonder who all those titles are?

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The Screenplay

TypewriterKeysA screenplay is the literary expression of the story, characters, actions, locations, and tone of your film written in a specialized dramatic script format.

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Maintaining Continuity

Cont0Even in blockbuster movies, continuity errors happen, and eagle-eyed viewers love to find the mistakes. Shooting a movie over a period of days, weeks or even months can be a very difficult task - especially when it comes to maintaining continuity.

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The Perfect Plan: Storyboard and Shot List Creation

Storyboard03Script creation requires lots of time, work and planning. In fact, planning is probably the heart and soul of the production.

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Storyboarding: Planning Projects With Pictures

Storyboard3Storytelling is a way of communicating, educating, entertaining and sharing experiences. Whether stories are recorded on film, video or the written word, they start with a seed of an idea and expand as they are remembered or conceived.

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5 Lessons on Documentary Interviews

As student filmmakers you learn in the process of creating your own productions, but you also can learn from watching the masters.

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Wardrobe and Make-up for Video

Though many people equate makeup and wardrobe with high-budget Hollywood productions, even the most modest video can greatly benefit by simple, inexpensive attention in this area.

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Set Etiquette

A good film set is like a well-oiled machine. All of the parts must work together for everything to go properly.

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Storyboard Your Project

Before you create your storyboards, you have to perform certain tasks and make certain decisions.

First, begin by evaluating your screenplay and picturing it in terms of separate shots that can be visually translated into individual storyboard panels.

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Filmmakers Toolkit

FilmmakersToolKit00Filmmaking is about creating something out of nothing, and no matter how prepared you may think you are, problems always arise on set.

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Our Camcorder Classroom - Pre-Production

Part Three – Pre-Production – Where It All Begins.

Welcome to Pre-Pro - shorthand you’ll hear video professionals tossing around for pre-production.

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New Plugin to FCP X, Martini QuickShot Creator

PPLogoQuickly following the release of Apple’s Final Cut Pro X, PowerProduction Software announced the release of a new version of the popular post-visualization plug-in for FCP.

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Director's Cues

During production, the director should use a series of standard calls and set procedures to direct the efforts of the video crew.

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Sports: Sports Announcing

BaseballLayoutThis article is not meant to be a primer for those interested in being professional talent.

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Techniques to Keep you Organized

Directing and Production Tips

After more than 12 years as an independent film and video director, and three years teaching filmmaking techniques, I’ve learned some things about staying organized.

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Sports: Directing and Assigning Cameras

BasketBallLayoutDepending on how many individual camera units you are blessed with for a particular production, each can be generally designated in one of these types.

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Basic Make-up

On television the tiniest flaw to your face make you look absolutely horrible. Without make up you look plain and dull, this is because of the bright 32k white lights we have to use.

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Sports: Directing Style

TennisLayoutDirecting style during action elements of a sporting event must be basically invisible.

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Gearing Up for Battle

Before you grab your gear and hop on your trusty steed, you need advance preparation to successfully ride off into battle.

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Sports: Coverage Design

BaseballLayoutThe single most critical production value in sports coverage is the need to know where the ball is at all times.

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