Long takes have been getting a lot of attention recently with the release of Alejandro Iñárritu’s “Birdman” which was is filmed in what looks like one continuous shot from start to finish. In fact, the film is made up of a series of smaller takes, all cleverly blended together to give a single seamless appearance. What’s exciting is with a little bit of prep and practice, that movie magic can be easily replicated at home.
If you’re considering developing a multi-part series for the web or other medium, laying out solid plans ahead of time is crucial. While it’s similar to organizing a short or feature length project, there are different aspects to keep in mind.
Whether you’re shooting a feature length narrative or a simple interview, props add richness to your video’s environment and can alter the viewer’s interpretation of your message. The right prop can impart subtle information about your video’s setting or subject, so it’s important to give them plenty of thought starting in pre-production. Consider these tips as you plan props for your next production.
Drones are one of the hottest topics and best sellers among video equipment today, but as the industry becomes more inundated with drones and related tech, we also see more bad practices and unsafe procedures. What exactly are the best best practices to follow?
On every commercial shoot you spend a lot of time hauling equipment around to various locations, creating multiple setups and keeping track of both talent and crew. This expenditure of time severely limits the number of projects you can take on. Could there be a better way?
With YouTube having more than 1 billion users on it’s site, you may be asking yourself, “How can I find my voice in the sea of videos?” Here, we are going to give you a practical guide to strengthening your vlogging voice.
Storytelling has been around since humans were able to communicate with each other. What evolves are the mediums in which we tell these stories. It’s easy to get caught up in the flashy toys, the lights, cameras, the action. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the lifestyle or the attention that being a creator entails. But, at the core of most great pieces of art or entertainment is a really good story.
Last August, I was invited by a host of one of the YouTube channels I follow to VEDA. I learned VEDA is an acronym for Vlog Everyday in August (and also in April). Vloggers all across the world are encouraged to meet others, share online, and vlog for the 31 days in the month. But what does it take to be a vlogger? Did I have the gear I needed to produce a vlog?