As a film director, you want to make sure that your commands are understood when directing film talent and film crew pros. For this to happen, using the proper terminology is crucial. If talent and crew don’t understand what you are talking about, the making of your documentary film...
Director's Take: What I Got from Film School
I went to film school in the Stone Age (before digital video) when film was physical and editors used razor blades and sticky tape. Back then if you wanted affordable access to film cameras, lights and editing equipment, your only option was film school. But now professional grade cameras...
Visual Trends: A History of the Found Footage Genre
By Rory WalshOne of the most popular film genres among indie filmmakers for the last three years is found footage. The very term found footage has grown to be a divisive topic among old school film purists and the new, young talent flooding the industry regarding the legitimacy of...
As often is the case, when new technology comes along, many people are afraid of what it represents; they scoff at it or dismiss it as a fad. Thus was the case of Eadweard Muybridge's photographic experiments - which later turned out to be what many people now think of...
The History of Video
As a tool for a television broadcaster or a well-moneyed consumer, the craft of video production was an elitist's profession or hobby in the early days. Not only did you need to have the means, but the creative gift and the technical skills to produce video.The first Home Movies...
History of Video Now and Then
Now and Then From huge shoulder-mounted camcorders to smartphones; from mega tape-to-tape editing suites to simple computer editing; from VHS distribution to the internet; from streaming video to instant YouTube uploading, video has come a long way! When Videomaker magazine first hit the newstands in 1986, video cameras were...
The Birth of Film - the Beginning of Motion Picture Making
Birth of Moving Images As often is the case, when new technology comes along, many people are afraid of what it represents; they scoff at it, or dismiss it as a fad. (3D movies anyone?) Thus was the case of Eadweard Muybridge's photographic experiments - which later turned out...
Philo T. Farnsworth, 14-year-old Inventor of Television
Eighty-four years ago, the first known video transmission was made from an idea conceived by a child who was only 14 years old. August marks the birth of the man known as the Father of Television,Philo T. Farnsworth,  and it seems fitting to tell a bit of his tale....
Inspiring Directors
Over the course of the last few years, I've conducted a handful of informative interviews with Director Ron Howard. Sure, I occasionally just geeked out and got goofy when he revealed certain film facts. For instance that he didn't feel secure writing the script for his early film, Cotton...
A great way to improve your skills as a filmmaker is to watch the best filmmakers do what they do best-make films. Making films is an art form that takes a great deal of time to master. Unlike many art forms, it's fairly easy to experience the best masterpieces. You...