“You might set up a camera to record a "day in the life" of a local barbershop and end up with some interesting footage, but until it's been shaped and given meaning by the filmmaker — until it tells a story in some form — it's not a documentary.”
Documentary Storytelling – “The Drama of Real Life” by Sheila Curran
With no formal filmmaking background and a budget of only $400, Conrad Mess's award-winning first film, "The Fixer" was shot using props from his house and his wife's iPhone. With an increased budget of $27,000, he hopes his horror film "The Other Side" will be equally reviewed.
Interactive video is closer than it may appear. Interactive video depends on breaking the fourth wall. Inherently some viewers will be turned off because they like to just sit back and be presented a story. So before we go deeper, which kind of viewer are you?
Trash the dress, explosions, demolition ... product testing. These are just a few of the descriptors for a special genre of video that event videographers understand so well. Destruction video - the kind of video that is designed to make audiences cringe or watch in awe, and if the work is especially effective, will be so strong a visual that viewers simply can't stop watching. There are many genres for which destruction video may fit, including music video, documentary, even educational. To make destruction video we'll look at some examples and help you get prepared.
For many, the wedding season is year 'round, but things tend to speed up in the spring and summer months. Being prepared for the height of the season well before the season is upon you will insure your wedding shoot will go smoothly.
Whether you're shooting a tax seminar, a wedding or a break-dance summit, event video can be some of the most interesting, stressful, exciting, and ultimately rewarding video work you will come across.
My grandfather didn't work in video; he was a writer, but he had one useful piece of advice that can apply to anyone working in any creative field. He used to tell me about his student years at the New School for Social Research in New York, how so many of his fellow students spent their time hanging out in coffee houses and talking about the great American novel that they were going to write someday.
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.