Money is a big part of movie making, but not everything. Big budget movies fail all the time, and small budget ones succeed from time to time. Here we look at tips for cutting a budget without damaging the integrity of your work.
Sometimes the movie in your mind isn't the one that ends up on tape. When this happens, how do you know if it's because you don't have the right equipment or if it's because you don't have the right skill set?
Here’s the scenario: You recently replied to an audio gig posted on craigslist. It’s set to shoot next Tuesday and the producers just hired you. In your email information packet, they list three locations and the addresses. One is indoors, one is an urban downtown setting and the last is on a wooded walking trail just outside of town. A quick look at Google Maps verifies the locations and now you’re wondering what challenges each will bring, and how to deliver the very best quality audio. You need to do a location scout, only this time it’s for audio.
As Old Man Winter lowers his cold frosty mantle upon the earth, creating dark chilly nights and crisp wintry days, many video producers think of hanging up their gear until Spring returns. But from shots exploiting winter's lovely light reflection to the striking colors of the magic hour, the dead of winter can be an enlightening time to shoot creative scenes of beauty, peace or desolation.
Good B-roll helps you keep a good pace, cover mistakes, and dive even deeper into your story. To make sure your story has all of that, we'll go over some tips on how to direct people to act and show you how to cover live events in a way that makes your documentary interesting and informative.
Getting access to the right locations can lend your story credibility and interest. To make it a little easier for you get into the places you need to shoot, we show you the types of venues you'll have to deal with, how to manage locations and when you'll need location releases.