We spend a lot of time at Videomaker teaching people the do’s and don’ts of video production. Using best practices works in many situations, and that’s how they come to be best practices. But part of the fun of learning the rules of video is being able to willingly go forth and break them! My research for an upcoming project has led me down a road of visionary cinematographers who dared to redefine how movies are shot. And whether it’s in the field of editing, directing, sound, or any of the numerous professions that make movies what they are, there have been those along the way who had the confidence and vision to do something that had previously been unthinkable. So learn the rules, know the norms, and then be brave enough to experiment and see what the results can bring.
And when it comes to innovation, the Olympics impress me on many levels. From the athletes around the world who dedicate their lives to one goal, and work tirelessly to achieve it, to the representatives from small countries who proudly wear their colors without the faintest hope for a medal, it’s inspiring to see such dedication. And of course, as a video professional, I can’t help but be in awe of the sheer scope of the technological wonders it takes to bring the Olympics to televisions around the world. From innovative cameras, to impressive sound, the seamless presentation they are able to achieve is truly a wonder. So take a moment when you’re watching your favorite event unfold and think about the men and women behind the cameras and microphones, and the technology and planning and coordination it takes to bring it right into your home. It makes setting up a simple shoot for a small film or project seem so much more manageable.