When we find an interesting video project, we like to point it out to our readers. Videomaker's Facebook friend Charlie Essers (@PushEject) recently shared a corporate video he made to help promote a new craft beer brewery in Los Angeles.
We're always interested in stories of up-and-coming indie movie projects. One such project that caught our eye was Sledgehammer, an Aliens-inspired science fiction film about a group of space marines marooned on a distant planet full of hostile monsters. The design of the monster was what really did it for me.
You know why filmmakers and videographers always say "We'll fix it in post"? Because there are some problems that you can't avoid no matter how many years of experience you have behind the camera. You probably met these unwelcome guests the first time that you shot any video footage. And maybe you shrugged your shoulders and thought: Well, I'm just a beginner. I'll learn to avoid these problems soon enough.
If you've been shooting for any length of time, you're already familiar with the basics of lighting. You've heard enough about the classic three-point lighting set-up to last a lifetime. But while good lighting is easy with a little bit of knowledge, GREAT lighting takes a lot more preparation.
Many would-be documentarians get trapped into thinking that only sweeping, epic topics are acceptable fodder for documentaries. They just get stuck in that Ken Burns' Civil War mode of thinking. We've written quite a few times that doesn't have to be the case, that you can find the thread of a good documentary story in even seemingly trivial events and mundane lives. In fact, that's often where you find the most interesting documentaries!
A wedding videographer is always conscious that a couple's wedding is one of the most important days in their lives, so he knows that they will choose a form and venue with a special meaning for them. Some couples hold them in unusual locations -- not just in parks or gardens, but even stores like T.J Maxx or Whole Foods Market.
We live in an age were most every family in America owns a video camera and editing software, even if they never sought out either. Anyone with an internet connection can put their video online where it can be seen by everyone on the planet. The web has given anyone who wants it, access to far more information than any film school alone can provide. The world of video production has entered a golden age. There are no more excuses not to pursue whatever goals you hope to achieve with video.