Risky Business - Film and Video Insurance
The term "Risky Business" likely conjures up the iconic coming of age movie that first put Tom Cruise permanently on the star map. Unfortunately, the term Risky Business for many videographers and small production houses may refer less to the classic 1983 movie and more to the way they...
Free Sound Effects
Many many people are looking for sound effects for free and if you just Google "free sound effects", that would bring up tens of millions of hits. However, you'd have no idea which were useful, let alone legal. The pirate sites are off limits so you need a way...
Using Household Items for Video Production
Film and video producing is a profession for which there is an awful lot of specialized equipment, but that doesn't mean you have to have a huge budget to make high quality video. There are lots of items already in your house that can be re-tasked for video creation.Putting...
Royalty Free Music Tips
There are a few editors who gladly strike up the band and the Foley studio to record their own custom music and sound effects. But many of us don't have the time, equipment or money to make that a reality. That's when royalty-free music and sound effects (SFX) libraries...
How to Buy Gear (And Not Regret It)
Cameras, mics, editing systems - within each category are many choices and for each choice, there's a wide range of vendors from which to purchase. To save you from despair, here's our "buyer's guide for buyers", a list of six principles to aid you in the purchasing process. 1. Research...
Fan-Made Low Budget Films: The Story Continues...
Deep within a burning stronghold, a lightsaber hums ready for battle. In the darkness of deep space, locked phasers target an enemy ship. For thousands of fans including myself, those descriptions easily conjure up scenes from two of the most profitable theatrical and television franchises of all time: Star...
Recycling old video tape
So the Holidays are upon us, and as we reflect about the huge meal we'll be consuming tomorrow, we can also think about how to unload a lot of excess weight... No, I don't mean an after-meal purge, I mean all those video tapes gathering dust and wasting space...
Ultimate Camera Recycling
As I predicted, the larger part of our small-town lost power again last night in our first BIG storm of the season. Not being able to use any electronics, instead relaxing in the semi-dark with candles and a roaring fire, sipping hot cocoa and roasting marshmallows made me realize...
Zombies on a Budget
A British taxi dispatcher got a lot of attention at the international Cannes Festival in France this year with his amazingly low-budget movie about zombies, of all subjects. How low budget? Try $70. Director Marc Price begged and borrowed most of the gear to make his movie, Colin. He pleaded...
Free Free Free. Public Domain Footage
Check out this blog we discovered on WebTV Wire. It's a fabulous collection of different sites where you can find free public domain footage. The blog, "Free Online Stock Video Footage - 9 of the Best Domain Video Resources" was compiled by Michael Pick a few years ago, and is...