Top 5 Scouting Tips Every Location Scout Should Know
Although you won't need to go to a special school or take any college courses to become a location scout, you will need a very specific skill set to do the job well. 1. Carry a Notebook The first skill that you will need is an acute attention to detail. The...
How to Apply the Three Act Structure to Nonfiction Video - CNN’s “Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain”
We all know how important three act structure is in narrative filmmaking;  it’s been used in storytelling of all sorts for eons, and if you’re making a movie or tv show you will probably use the three act structure as well. But what if you’re working on a documentary,...
If you go back and look at your early work, it probably looks like it was directed by someone who needs a guide dog. What’s missing? Why planning, of course. Specifically, a shot list. Want to have a smoother, cheaper, happier shoot? Read on, filmmakers. My First Shoot Like many a...
7 Tips for Producing Awesome Video on a Deadline
Everyone has felt the stress of a fast-approaching deadline. Maybe you’re a habitual procrastinator or maybe you took on more work than you could handle. No matter the reason, that stress is something everyone hopes to avoid whenever possible, so we’ve collected these seven tips to help you keep...
Growth through Critique: 10 Tips for Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback
When you first start out in video production, you’ll most likely find that your videos don’t always match the vision you started with. Continued practice, of course, is the best way to develop your video production chops, but pointed, critical feedback is one of the best ways to determine...
Traveling Internationally as a Videographer: Carnets, Customs and Video Gear
Carnets seem to be an elusive subject on the Internet, so I’m here to offer my personal experiences dealing with this document.
Stress, lack of sleep and poor diet are problems plaguing many filmmakers during production. Peter Jackson no doubtedly was affected by this when he was hospitalized for a perforated ulcer during production of “The Hobbit”. While there isn’t an official director's disease, it’s no great surprise that many director’s...
Studio set up with furniture, lamp and artwork on the walls.
Whether you’re shooting a feature-length narrative or a simple interview, props add richness to your video’s environment and can alter the viewer’s interpretation of your message. The right prop can impart subtle information about your video’s setting or subject, so it’s important to give them plenty of thought starting...
Example of a Viog - young woman making a smoothie
A strong vlogging voice can make your collection of videos more cohesive so more people can find just how awesome you and your videos are! To get there, let’s start with a few basic questions. WHAT: What kind of videos do you want to make? In the world of online video,...
Scene from “Birth of a Nation.”
 The assignment had two parts: First, we had to re-watch a scene from one of the films screened in class and write down every detail that we could. I mean everything. The second part was to derive some meaning from those minute details we had recorded.  I ended up watching...