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.
Grab your camera and go! That's what many of us think when it's time to shoot. But take a step back and think - would it have been better to get your camcorder? or something else? What do we actually mean when we say camera and camcorder?
The HP Elitebook laptop sweepstakes concluded last week. We received over 1000 entrants, so it took a little while to find a hat big enough to put all the names into! The winner receives an H Elitebook Laptop with Intel Core i7 2.30GHz, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, NVIDIA Quadro 5010M, 17.3" Display, and Windows 7 Professional. It's one of the most powerful video editing computers available, so there's no surprise that there were definitely a lot of people vying for this prize.
But we're happy to say that today we're finally able to announce the winner. Are you ready?
Now that you've assembled all the information into a clear message and have the script together, it's time to take it apart. In this segment, we discuss breaking down your script, creating a shot list and story board, assembling the resources for the shoot.
Go ahead... ask. “Why do all the work of putting it together, just to take it apart?”
The answer is simple. Pre-production.
How To videos and training videos are everywhere - from how to install a car engine to how to saddle a horse and how to build a model train. Many people think that since they know how to do something well enough, that they can use video sharing to teach these skills or techniques. Not necessarily.
The video business is so unlike most businesses when it comes to "how to pay" and "how to charge" for services. "It depends" is a big factor - shooting rates or editing rates? Do you charge for set up and pre-planning time or not? A rate calculator will at least get you started.