How-to videos and training videos are everywhere - from how to install a car engine to how to saddle a horse or build a model train, and many people think that since they know how to do something well that they can use video sharing to teach these skills or techniques. Not necessarily.
American filmmaking icons Stanley Kubrick and Woody Allen have each left their uniquely indelible marks on movie culture with films that have delighted, astounded, amused and, in Kubrick’s case, sometimes disturbed, audiences around the world.
The most obvious way to make your audience aware of the importance of a movie prop is to shoot a closeup cutaway of it, but this is also the most boring and predictable method. How then, can you let the audience know - in a split second - what a props is or its importance to a scene without slowing the scene down for a classic cutaway? Watch the Masters.
Does your movie have a Red Herring? This might be one of those movie terms many people heard about, but its purpose should be subtle. It's a trick - don't go down that alley, the writer or cinematographer put it there to fool you, it doesn't pan out. If you want to use a red herring in your movie, use it wisely, otherwise you'll just annoy your audience.
To achieve a raw documentary feel for Children of Men, director Alfonso Cuaron and cinematographer Emanuel Lubezki created complex choreographed scenes with long takes and custom camera rigs to bring the viewer into the story. Released in 2006 the film received and academy award nomination for best cinematography.
Live switching an event can be a little overwhelming if you've never sat behind the controls of a switcher before. But if you keep it simple, you can nearly eliminate the need for post-production. In this segment we talk about getting video and audio into a switcher, the basics of switching, and adding live graphics over your shots. If you prepare properly and practice a bit, live switching can be an exhilarating experience.
With intensive pre-production and tight budgets, you're all set up and ready to shoot. Now the pressure is on to get great footage and capture the event. In this segment, we talk about last minute preparations, shooting techniques, and how to direct a crew. This is where the real fun begins, and all your skills will be put to the test.