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.
When I'm on a shoot, I constantly think about what tool can take a camera shot from ordinary to extraordinary. There are some really great camera accessories out there that can help you achieve that exact goal. Who doesn't want to glide along the dolly track for that smooth shot, or throw on that stabilizer and get a great follow shot? Many times, just keeping your shot steady on a tripod can separate a beginner from a pro. However, relying too heavily on the tools in your arsenal can actually restrict your options.
This week, we have another exciting video tidbit from the Videomaker community. Videomaker's Facebook friend Tim Heiderich is the brains behind the brand new Internet serial Assignment: Unexplained, an irreverent satire of paranormal reality television series like Ghost Hunters or Paranormal Cops.
We always like to call attention to dedicated creative people who are making big things with video, who can do more with less. That's why we were so excited to see the video work of The Movie President. The Movie President is the brainchild of Kevin A. Millward, a film student at Northern Kentucky University.
Each year video and film enthusiests look forward to the tech and industry news coming out of NAB. This year, those lucky enough to attend will have a chance to attend a talk by Hunger Games director Gary Ross. Among other films, Mr. Ross is known for directing Seabiscuit and Pleasantville, as well as writing the mega-hit Big. At the time of this posting, Hunger Games is at the top of the box office charts in the united states and has had the third highest grossing domestic opening weekend ever. In addition to Gary Ross, Hunger Games sound designers Lon Bender and Bill Dean will be participating.
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.