CHICO, CA Videomakermagazine has released a new training DVD to help aspiring movie directors master their craft and make better films and videos. How to: Directing and Pre-Production is a complete resource for any director who wants to understand how their early decisions, even before the camera starts rolling, are vital to the success of his movie.
I had the pleasure of auditing a portion of the videomaker basics of video production workshop a couple weeks ago. There are many basic rules when it comes to video, and there is a wealth of basic knowledge that continues to be the foundation for great production. Though I had been exposed to all of this before, it had been years since I had seen the fundamentals of good video production laid out so methodically. It caused me to really think about the basics again.
This week, we have another exciting video tidbit from the Videomaker community. Videomaker's Facebook friend Tim Heiderich is the brains behind the brand new Internet serial Assignment: Unexplained, an irreverent satire of paranormal reality television series like Ghost Hunters or Paranormal Cops. Goth/frat boy Chase Nightblood (Nate Scholz) has assembled a not-so-crack team of investigators to help him unravel the Fortean mysteries of aliens, chupacabras, and yetis.
This day next week I'll be flying from London to NY, then to LA, Hong Kong, Athens, Rome, Paris and Geneva to shoot a doc.
I'm hoping to just bring all my gear in a carry no case. My only issue is whether security will confiscate my video stabilizer, see here:opteka.com/svex.aspxand a small tripod. One of the airlines said there would be no problem as long as it fits in case, but my fear lies with security.
There's no question that production planning can save you loads of time. As videographers, we plan ahead for shooting on location and camera moves, but often overlook plans for lighting. One way to avoid potential problems from surfacing is by creating a lighting layout during pre-production planning.
Being an independent videographer usually means all expenses are coming out of your own pocket. Whether you're just starting out as a videographer or have been making videos for some time, there probably are occasions when your greatest obstacle is working around a tight budget. The secret to making your budget stretch as far as it can is getting a handle on Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects.