Tips and Techniques
Videomaker's Tips & Techniques are an easy way to learn how to make better video. Our instructional videos cover everything from pre-production planning and video production to video editing and distribution. Learn how to achieve realistic green screen effects, in-camera effects, as well as great lighting and audio for video.
There's a difference, and every member on a production crew should understand that adapters and converters are not interchangeable. One changes a physical connector, the other changes the signal.
The interrogation scene between Batman and the Joker in “The Dark Knight” is a bold twist on a typical interrogation scene. Using dolly moves, handheld shots, and intense lighting, director Christopher Nolan and cinematographer Wally Pfister created a memorable scene that captured fantastic performances.
Released in 2004, Martin Scorsese's film “The Aviator” used color grading, original news footage, intense lighting, and compositing to create the Hell's Angels movie premiere scene. Cinematographer Robert Richardson won the academy award for his work.
Getting proper mic levels is essential to capturing good audio. These simple tips will help make sure your audio sounds as pristine as possible.
Ridley Scott's cult classic “Blade Runner” has been a work in progress that has spanned 25 years. Cinematographer Jordan Cronenwith took the film noir look to new heights and created a gritty, neon filled future. While continuity errors plagued the first version of the film, “Blade Runner The Final Cut” took advantage of modern technology to fix them.
Released in 2002, “Road to Perdition” won the academy award for best cinematography. Director Sam Mendes and cinematographer Conrad Hall created a bleak style to represent Chicago in the 1930s, and used stunning imagery and beautiful camera moves to bring meaning to an intense murder scene.
To achieve a raw documentary feel for Children of Men, director Alfonso Cuaron and cinematographer Emanuel Lubezki created complex choreographed scenes with long takes and custom camera rigs to bring the viewer into the story. Released in 2006 the film received and academy award nomination for best cinematography.
Every shot, whether with tape or not should include a little extra time between record start, record stop and your desired action. Your editor will thank you.