An overview of nine film genres, with videomaking tips for theme, script, camera technique, lighting, sets, props, talent, costumes, makeup, and music.
"Time is a funny thing. Time is a very peculiar item. See, when you're young, you're a kid, you got time, you got nothin' but time. Throw away a couple years here, a couple years there-it doesn 't matter. You know. But the older you get, you say: Jesus, how much I got? I got thirty five summers left. Think about it. Thirty-five summers."
Have camcorder sales increased since the film sex, lies and videotape became last season's sleeper smash hit? Or hove a significant number of video buffs been writing and taping own X-rated videos for years and keeping quiet about it?
Participating with a current partner in a favorite pastime, privately, in front of a camera...is it erotic? Exciting?
Or have the few adult video scandals played up in the media made it so dangerous none of us ought to risk sexual activity before our camcorders?
Birthday parties are a lot of fun for kids. But as a videomaking parent, trying to document the hoopla can be less than your idea of a good time... if you're not prepared.
If you've never before videotaped a child's birthday party, I have good and bad news for you.
The good news is that the script writes itself. Parties haven't changed much since you were a child; you know what the highlights of the day will be.
Show your little leaguer the way to keep from stepping in the bucket as he or she rounds the bases. Use your own video footwork to get a tight shot of your favorite punter's golden toe as it impacts the pigskin. Or follow through with your documentation of the follow through on your neighbor's golf swing. Whatever the sport, taking yourself and your camcorder out of the "standby" mode can win appreciation from the athletes of your choice.
The supple bend of a plie. The dramatic flight of a grand jete. The graceful posture of an arabesque.
When the smell of burnt leaves hangs in gentle wafts in the snap of a Jack Frost day, thoughts of Halloween and the witching time come creeping on black kitten paws.
Videomaking and All Hallows' Eve are a natural combination, because most of the celebrants are already in costume with makeup. So let's explore some of the devilishly clever ways to create high-impact video records on this night of a thousand faces.