Set design is not only important for narrative fiction, it’s also something to take seriously in documentary work.Read more "Set Design Part 2: Documentary Filmmaking"
When interviewing subjects who have no media training, it’s your job as the director to get the “performance” you need. Here are five tips.Read more "Five Tips for Making an Interview Subject More Comfortable"
The making of a fantasy themed concept video for our portrait studio. Part 2 of my series on “setting your studio apart.”Read more "Anatomy of a Fantasy Photo & Film Shoot"
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"
Yesterday I did a review of Xmarks, a terrific way for synching your bookmarks across multiple computers and/or browsers. Another way you could technically sync “bookmarks” is by saving bookmark links in Evernote. I frequently do this. But there are some uses where traditional bookmarking is better, and some when Evernote may be best. How […]Read more "Evernote vs. Bookmarking and Some Evernote Tips"
When I first started in this business (nine years ago this month by the way), I produced wedding films in a style that today people call “cinematic short form.” They were cinematic…and they were short. (That is, short compared to the 90 minute to 2-hour wedding videos that a lot of studios were doing at […]Read more "Literal Truth vs. Emotional Truth in Event Filmmaking"
To look or not too look into the camera. THAT is the question.Read more "Should Documentary Interviewees Look Into the Camera?"
Ask any filmmaker worth her weight in salt and she’ll tell you that perhaps the most important part in the filmmaking process is pre-production. The more planning and preparation you can do ahead of time, the better the rest of the process will be. Today I want to share with you five tips to perk […]Read more "Five Tips to Perfect Your Pre-production"
If you do any sort of documentary, educational or promotional video work, chances are you will need to use b-roll: video footage that plays usually during an audio voice over, e.g. an employee being interviewed for a corporate promotional film is talking about how fun it is to work there, then the video cuts to […]Read more "Four Tips for Better B-roll"
It started just as a hobby. A side thing you did because you loved it. Then at some point a friend, or a colleague or a family member said, “You really should do this as a living. You’d be so great at it.” Their words encouraged you. You thought to yourself, “Yeah! I could be […]Read more "Recapturing the Love of Your Craft – Five Suggestions"