Last Friday I talked about the importance of creating policies and procedures. In that post, I talked about the value of having a written equipment check list to go through before ever shoot. There’s another list that’s pretty important if you’re a filmmaker: the shot list. This is the process I learned in filmmaking classes […]Read more "Creating a Shot List"
Producing our 48 Hour Film Project had a series of “firsts” for me. One of those firsts I mentioned was the first time for me shooting with a Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 cinema lens (pdf link) (specifically the 35mm T2.1). There’s a lot of talk among DSLR filmmakers about the joy and benefits of using […]Read more "A Quick Primer on Using Zeiss CP.2 Cinema Lenses"
Ask any professional filmmaker or photographer worth her weight in lens caps, and she’ll tell you that light is tantamount to a successful shoot. It’s because of lighting a set properly that significantly adds to how long it takes to shoot a film. I would guess that most of you out there who make this your profession […]Read more "The Importance of Lighting Design"
I’m proud to present our 48 hour film project, “The Last Author.” We had just 48 hours to conceive, write, shoot and edit an original short film. Each film had to contain three elements. A consultant named Tom (or Tina) Goodwin, a book, and the line of dialogue “When will she be here?” The genre we […]Read more "The World Wide Web Premier of our 48 Hour Film Project “The Last Author”"
Perhaps the most commonly-asked question among new filmmakers and videographers (especially in the event filmmaking world) is, “Can I use popular music in my video if I pay for it? Or if the client gives it to me?” The answer is an unequivocal NO. Technically, if you use popular music in your video without the […]Read more "Filmmaking and the Power of Composition (the Musical Kind)"
Over the past nine years I’ve been in business for myself, I’ve had the opportunity to meet thousands of people in both the photography and video industries. I’ve been blessed to have been given opportunities to speak, teach, travel, and make valuable connections. I’ve extended that social network online as well through Facebook, Twitter and […]Read more "Filmmaking and the Power of Connection"
This weekend I experienced the most rewarding and challenging filmmaking experience of my career: the Atlanta leg of the 48 Hour Film Project. I and a rag-tag team of fugitive filmmakers had just 48 hours to conceive, write, shoot and edit a high quality short film. Words cannot quite describe what it was like to […]Read more "Our 48 Hour Film Project Trailer"
Well it’s here. The moment I’ve been nervously and anxiously anticipating for little over a month. The Atlanta leg of the 48 Hour Film Project. I’ve assembled a “crackerjack” team of filmmakers, many of whom are coming from as far away as Savannah. But we have music composers as far away as IN and Cali […]Read more "The 48 Hour Film Project is On!"
Calling all filmmakers in or within decent driving distance to the Atlanta Metro. Do you love the process of filmmaking? Are you excited at the notion of connecting with and networking with other creative filmmakers? Do you want to participate in a project where you will have loads of fun and learn a lot? Can […]Read more "Calling All Atlanta (and Nearby) Filmmakers – I Need You!"