Tips and Techniques

Videomaker's Tips & Techniques are an easy way to learn how to make better video. Our instructional videos cover everything from pre-production planning and video production to video editing and distribution. Learn how to achieve realistic green screen effects, in-camera effects, as well as great lighting and audio for video.

scene from the dark knight where batman interrogates the joker

Camera Moves and Intense Lighting in the Dark Knight

The interrogation scene between Batman and the Joker in “The Dark Knight” is a bold twist on a typical interrogation scene. Using dolly moves, handheld shots, and intense lighting, director Christopher Nolan and cinematographer Wally Pfister created a memorable scene that captured fantastic performances.


screen shot of The Aviator

Color Grading and Intense Lighting in the Aviator

Released in 2004, Martin Scorsese's film “The Aviator” used color grading, original news footage, intense lighting, and compositing to create the Hell's Angels movie premiere scene. Cinematographer Robert Richardson won the academy award for his work.


waveform audio display

Production Tip: Setting Mic Levels

Getting proper mic levels is essential to capturing good audio. These simple tips will help make sure your audio sounds as pristine as possible.


Scene from Blade Runner

Neon Lights and Slow Motion in Blade Runner

Ridley Scott's cult classic “Blade Runner” has been a work in progress that has spanned 25 years. Cinematographer Jordan Cronenwith took the film noir look to new heights and created a gritty, neon filled future. While continuity errors plagued the first version of the film, “Blade Runner The Final Cut” took advantage of modern technology to fix them.


Still frame from the movie Road to Perdition, dead bodies on the ground, Paul Newman's character standing alone

Visual Storytelling in Road to Perdition

Released in 2002, “Road to Perdition” won the academy award for best cinematography. Director Sam Mendes and cinematographer Conrad Hall created a bleak style to represent Chicago in the 1930s, and used stunning imagery and beautiful camera moves to bring meaning to an intense murder scene.


Screenshot of fire erupting on a car windshield

Documentary Style Shooting in Children of Men

To achieve a raw documentary feel for Children of Men, director Alfonso Cuaron and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki created complex choreographed scenes with long takes and custom camera rigs to bring the viewer into the story. Released in 2006 the film received and academy award nomination for best cinematography.


Rubber Band Trick

Rubber Band Trick

When you have a too-loose drag on your tripod head, or are working with a rickety, old or cheap tripod, a little support can give you a smoother pan. Enter the rubber band trick — easy and effective. Sometimes, it's the simple things that make us think, "Oh, nice!"


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