Directors in Hollywood film production, are rarely young. Directors of a given YouTube video are less likely to be older than 35. These two generalizations are quite incorrect, now, more than ever.
Those that are immersed in media - meaning TV stations, newspapers, radio stations, film studios, music studios, book publishers, magazine publishers, and an Internet version of each have been talking at length about how entertainment is shifting. So often we'll read that a movie blockbuster or a hit TV show is only reaching a small percentage of potential viewers. This idea is best compared to the media that was available decades ago, such as I Love Lucy or M*A*S*H. Everyone watched them. That's 72 percent of homes with a television tuned to Lucille Ball or 106 million viewers out of 200 million possible U.S. citizens. Today's nearest competitor in terms of viewership are the big games at the end of the NFL season. Those football games reach about 110 million, but the U.S. is has grown to more than 300 million. OK, so now you should be in agreement that audiences are getting stretched thin.
Why would you recreate Toy Story? The creators of the Live Action Toy Story released a full-length Q & A uploaded yesterday, letting many ask, "What was your inspiration?" This really is an important question for anyone attempting to do a recreation or reenactment.
Morgan Spurlock shared his creative process and tips for success in a telephone interview with Videomaker recently. In this second installment of our two-part series we find out how getting your audience emotionally involved in the story helps drive its success.
In a 2004 New York Times review of Morgan Spurlock's Oscar-nominated documentary Supersize Me the reviewer sums up: "His movie goes down easy and takes a while to digest, but its message is certainly worth the loss of your appetite."
A few directors of rock documentaries - an emerging genre that covers the music world - offer us some insight into how they were able to get their dream off the ground and into production using alternative financing and non-traditional means.
You found a compelling story that the world needs to know about, you gathered up enough money to get the documentary through pre-production, shooting and post production and your family and friends loved it. Now put your finished doc in your closet and go watch TV. NO! You're not done yet.
Ever get the feeling you were left out of the loop? Ever feel that if you just had some bit of information your production would go much smoother, and come out much better? Do you get the sense that there are tips out there that no one is telling you?
Video creation is sometimes a singular business, but video producers are a social lot. Our curiosity about our readers has inspired us to create this new column to introduce you to your fellow video producers.