Planning, Planning, planning!

Can Never Plan Enough

The more I produce videos, the more I realize how important it is to plan out everything first. It is one of the most important things you can do in the process of making a video. Whether you’re filming scary movies, drama, comedy, sports or any other type of video, planning will help more than most people think. When planning the foundation and details of your video, make sure to have an open mind and think of the many things you can do to add to your video. Things like music genre, tempo, good views, proper setting, and much more. This will help you know what to film and how to film it. Planning can be a huge part to your video’s success.

Tyler Larm

You said it, Tyler. So many people shoot first and ask questions later and find they have twice as much work to do than if they’d spent time to just plan ahead. We can’t preach it enough, yet we have people asking how to fix common problems they could have prevented had they just planned it out, first.

– The Editors


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New Tech Toys Don’t Mean Better Video Producing Skills

It seems that your magazine has become little more than a promotional tool for the “next gen” of toys from Japan. Not only has S-VHS been abandoned, but we’re quickly migrating from Mini DV to tapeless formats. And yet, you suggest that a novice might make videos nearly as good as someone who has been a professional in the business since the late 1970s, and has a degree in television and film production. My question: How can anyone who buys the tinker-toy cameras marketed today do that?

Just because some of today’s cameras can produce a good image, the skills of a decent cameraperson/director should not be downgraded or dismissed as I feel it was in your editorial What Comes Before Beginner?

Making GOOD video IS complicated! There are multi-disciplines involved in capturing good sound, lighting and images. Beyond that, what happens IN FRONT of the lens requires artistry, theatrical education and delicate people-handling skills, which you don’t get just by buying a techno-wiz wonder for $599.

“Home movies” are fine, but when you suggest that anyone with a few bucks and a dream can compete with those who have devoted years and personal finances, studied, tried and failed, and are still devoted to their art and craft, then, I believe, you do a disservice to your readers. I can’t count the times I have been called in to “pick up after the elephants” when a client ended up with a rotten video made by a newbie “prosumer” using last week’s new camera. While the lines between pro and amateur have been blurred due to technology. It is “education in the craft” which will still separate the men from the toys. Dreams are wonderful and I welcome ANYONE who wants to take the time to learn more than the camera’s menu. Just be prepared to work – HARD! What shall we call “less skilled than a beginner”? How about “SOCCER MOMS.”

Frank Grassi

Professional Videographer

Sorry if you felt insulted, Mr. Grassi. We hoped everyone would have embraced the challenge as a fun way to understand the newbies’ desires to also make beautiful video. Matt’s last statement sums it up quite well: “Many people of normal or superior intelligence are time-deficient, so they must learn quickly… In this case, we are trying just to develop rudimentary skills, like learning how to use a pencil, not like Shakespeare but like a child who needs to grasp spelling, grammar or even proper pencil grip.”

Any video producer over the age of 39 probably shares your woe. For decades the technology was tried and true, and one only had to concentrate on the skills and techniques needed to use it to one’s best ability. The gear was cumbersome and expensive and only the elitists had the chance to make art with moving images. Then the new wave of products came in, allowing the average joe to pick up a camera and capture events around him. Does having this ability make him a Spielberg? No. He still needs to learn and master the true story-telling techniques that were set in place by us, the masters of olde, and he comes to us to learn.

We are all frustrated with the changes sometimes, and lament the days when we just had to know our skill, not all the techno-data that goes along with it.

Technology changes, we at Videomaker are merely the tool that informs our readers about the changes, and the possible future forecasts. Our job is to encourage the newbies… beginners… novices, and yes, the “soccer moms”… to be the best they can be, and one day that inspiration, along with hard work, might put them in your league of professional videographers.
– The Editors

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