Trying to shoot video without any gear can be a nightmare. The last time I tried it is when I was 13 -- and there's reason that I haven't tried it since! My parents had bought their first camcorder and, after they got bored with shooting a few birthdays and holiday gatherings, they let us kids play around with it.
We may become documentarians, wedding videographers, broadcast cameramen or indie filmmakers, but one thing holds true for almost everyone who works in the medium of video: We first became intrigued by moving pictures from watching Hollywood genre movies as kids. And no wonder!
My grandfather didn't work in video; he was a writer, but he had one useful piece of advice that can apply to anyone working in any creative field. He used to tell me about his student years at the New School for Social Research in New York, how so many of his fellow students spent their time hanging out in coffee houses and talking about the great American novel that they were going to write someday.
Time and again, we've warned readers about the importance of audio in video. Audiences will tolerate -- some may even expect -- imperfections in a video's visuals, but they absolutely will not stand for poor quality audio. Tinny or muffled sound instantly breaks our suspension of disbelief; it can make it difficult to follow the storyline or really connect with the characters.
We're all curious about the strange, the unexplained, the unknown... Whether you're a believer or a skeptic, you have to admit that there's something fascinating about the thought that there might be things in this world beyond mortal ken. That's why so many people have dedicated themselves to cataloging and investigating strange phenomena like ghosts and spirits.