Directing Tips from The Video Village
As summer approaches, you get a call to produce a seasonal series on backyard grilling. While the thought of shooting a food show like this sounds appetizing, the actual logistics present a real challenge. The shoot will entail both indoor and outdoor locations using two cameras in a relatively confined...
Five Tips on Directing DIY Tutorials
by Beata Dumaplin.Dont know how to do something? Confused by the high tech lingo in your instruction manual? No problem! Nowadays, we just grab our nearest internet capable device, plug in our favorite search engine and click the go button. You will find links to dozens of different sites,...
A major determining factor in how your story is told is the performances of the actors. Every director wants good performances, but even that isn't enough. What you want is the right performance. In this segment, we go over how to prepare your actors before the shoot, and how...
From Music Video Maker to Hollywood Director
Many great directors today got their start doing music video editing. Director Spike Jonze, Where the Wild Things Are, was a well know music video maker, creating various Beastie Boys music videos long before he started directing feature films. With the rise of viewership of music videos since MTV...
Interviewing Your Parents
If you could talk to your great-grandparents for thirty minutes, what would you say? Do you ever wonder how they met? What their first home was like? What happened on the days their children were born? Why did they settle in the town they raised their family in? Maybe...
Subjects in documentaries often aren't professionals trained to appear on camera, so you need to learn successful tricks to getting your "talent" to say and do what you want, even without talent. People you interview will have their perception of how you want them to look and act or...
Teaching Video
Kids love stories - they love to tell them, they love to hear about them, they certainly love to watch them on TV or at the movies. Kids love gadgets - they love to play with them, they love to watch movies on them they love to show their...
group being interviewed with hand held microphone
There are different types of interviews and different ways of setting them up. The Oprah Winfrey show is different than 60 Minutes which is different than the Nightly News. Let's take a look at several different interview styles, what they work best for, and how to prepare for and...
Silhouetted images of children playing.
Protecting the identity of kids or obscuring their faces can be easily done in your editing software: you just place a huge black or blurry dot over their faces. This is hardly an artistic approach, and it can get downright boring. So here are a few tips for shooting...
The Show Must Go On!
How many times have you heard or uttered the phrase The Show Must Go On! in your video-producing world? It gets our blood pumping to know we can make the impossible possible. This weekend we hosted one of our Basic Production workshops, and launched our newest class as well: our...