Recording to tape or film had stock limitations, but with today's possibilities of unlimited storage many producers are now grappling with thoughts of whether to keep a tight shooting ratio, or over-shoot and deal with the excess later.
Audio plays many roles in a documentary. To help you make your audio sound great, we'll be looking at the proper ways to use microphones, how to monitor sound, and lastly, how to set up and operate field mixers. With this kind of knowledge you'll be able to make sure your audio is always sounding its best.
"It's a magazine about a powerful tool and how you can use it effectively in many situations, some of which have yet to be discovered." Matt York, Viewfinder column - Videomaker Vol. I, Number 1, June 1986.
Though great lighting does require some artistic prowess, even the first-time video enthusiast can get great results. To help you make professional looking lighting, we'll show you the steps everyone should take for a good lighting, how to place lights and equipment in outdoor settings, and proper 4-point, 2-point, and even 1-point lighting setups.
To help you get started with your documentary interviews, we show you the equipment you'll need, give you some tips on making a room look good, tell you what you should include in your talent releases, and provide you with some tips to assure that your subject looks great on screen.