The Tangent Ripple has sat in the editorial department for about two weeks and in that short of time, it’s probably received more “what is that thing?” questions from passers-by than any other piece of gear we’ve received.
Many producers these days are a crew of one, meaning if it needs to be done, it’s being done by you and only you. Because of that, the market has many products to help the one person crew create the best video possible with no outside help.
Here at Videomaker, we get the question “what lens should I get?” often. And because there are so many lenses on the market, it’s difficult to give anything but a vague answer. There are so many different needs and situations that getting a perfect lens for every situation isn’t possible.
Adventure filmmaker Elia Saikaly is inside his tent typing his blog into a Macbook Pro. Outside, violent icy winds tear at the yellow fabric of his flimsy mountainside shelter. He’s reporting from Camp 4, which sits on a plateau that looks like the surface of the moon. At 24,000 feet, this is called the Death Zone. The summit of the highest peak on the planet is less than a mile straight up, but at this altitude the body can no longer adapt: It just wants to die.
We all wish we could have 10 years to produce the next string of JRR Tolkien films or Star Wars extensions with all the props, lights, Elijah Woods and visual effects money can buy. Unfortunately, in the real world, we often have only a handful of days to turn around a projects and at the same time preserve our standards of quality for a job well done. In some cases, stock media offers a solution.
Have you ever you seen an effect in a TV ad or feature film and wondered, “How the heck did they do that?” It’s likely they used one or many plug-ins. Your stock editing or effects program is just a starting point. There are hundreds of addons that can elevate your game.
Before you sit down to write your next award-winning screenplay, make sure you’re writing for both the eye and the ear. Good screenwriters know how to stay in their lane while also mixing in the spice that makes any script appetizing to the viewer.
Vine, the viral 6 second looping video site owned by Twitter, has quickly grown to be a social media sensation. Due to the short format and odd specifications, Vine has many professionals pondering the best way to use this unique social platform. Here’s a quick look at a few of the wonderful uses for Vine and a few tips and tricks on making the perfect Vine video.
Editing takes work. Video editors are always wrestling with the collected content of a project. It takes time for a story to form in post-production. It’s not surprising to find that the video isn’t going as planned. Even less surprising are those moments when you hit the wall and aren’t sure about what direction to take with the edit. If you’ve ever felt this way, the answer is quite simple: kill your darlings.
Social media can elevate your business endeavors to an all-new level while bringing in new opportunities for creators, but mishandling yourself online can be disastrous. Venting frustrations in the wrong way will curtail potential opportunities.
I always loved it when my favorite TV shows featured behind the scenes segments where they would pull back the curtain, swing the cameras around and let you see the lights, the cameras, the crew, the mics and the edges of the set.