We might think that most citizens of Earth could see too much video. Let’s start with YouTube. The popular video sharing and social site reports more than 800 million unique visitors every month. That’s more than four billion hours viewed monthly! An incredible 72 hours of video is uploaded to the site every minute. Every minute!
Ken Burns won a battle this week for journalistic rights and won't have to give up his footage to New York City. The well-known award-winning documentary filmmaker was subpoenaed to give up outtake footage from his documentary "The Central Park Five" about a high-profile rape case focused on five men wrongly accused and convicted for the crime another man admitted to. The judge denied NYC's request.
Movies terms define an action, a shot type, a character or a piece of gear, and all of these are meant to help the plot move along, or help the crew know which device to use next, or to help someone like a camera operator prepare for the next shot or scene. One unusual term is "McGuffin". The plot of many movies will maneuver around the McGuffin - so what IS it exactly, and why would video producers want a McGuffin appearing in their movie?
The winter blues are upon us and the world is awash in cloudy cover and cold colorless terrain.There's nothing to shoot, nothing to do, and nothing to inspire. Here are three tips to help you get through the winter doldrums and prepared for some great spring shoots.
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.
We stress quality production skills in Videomaker. From mobile phones and video-capable tablets, to pocket camcorders capable of streaming video direct to the Web, to home movie archival footage converted for editing to video, focus has also been on the production planning necessary to ensure better quality content. Focus on preparations using storyboards, writing production scripts, developing shot sheets, determining budgets and more to keep better control over a production.
There's a wealth of shared knowledge and experience on the Videomaker Forums. Topic searches bring up numerous posts focusing on something specific, but a serendipitous approach can mine unique and interesting - even entertaining - content useful to all video enthusiasts. We've recently had a new inflow of unique video productions from participants in The Videomaker Video Challenge. Be sure to check that out during your next visit to the Forums.