When a video project fails, there's no one to blame but the director.
That's the bad part.
The good part is that when it succeeds the glory is the director's alone.
We've all seen poorly directed films. They wander aimlessly, camera pointed at nothing in particular, actors sleepwalking through their roles. You find yourself wondering, "Where in the heck were they trying to go?"
What's the one factor that usually separates the video novices from the burgeoning pros?
When you tackle the trials and tribulations of working with real live talent, you know you've become a pro.
For the sake of this article and for most videomakers' purposes, we will define talent as any purposeful presence either on screen or off, of a person explaining, demonstrating, hosting, narrating or otherwise acting in your video.
In many ways kids make perfect video subjects-they're lively natural and up front on camera These same qualities, however, can prove the undoing of the unsuspecting videomaker.
Taping children-whether your own progeny or hired talent-requires patience, planning and above all, stamina. This article will reveal the tricks and techniques of the kid vid trade-from birthday parties to TV commercials
Walk into a room full of people, remove your camcorder's lens cap, and suddenly your would-be subjects are aswash in a sea of anxiety
There they are: your relatives, your friends, eyes squeezed shut, heads lolling, muttering nonsense, primping neurotically, crawling with tics and twitches, looking and acting mor elike loonies on a day trip than people you love and admire. You hoped to catch them at their natural best; instead, you're accumlulating evidence for commitment.