Did you ever stop to think about all the filmmaking terms we use nowadays that harken back to the good ol’ days when “films” were actually shot on film? (Uh, wait. They’re still shot on film. Hmm?) Did you ever stop to think about all the filmmaking terms we use nowadays that harken back to […]Read more "Film Editing Tips – There’s a Reason They Call it “Cutting”"
With the advent of “Fusion,” many photographers are adding video to their repertoire of services. There are few definitions for this term fusion. One of the primary ones is “the combination of stills and video.” (The irony is, filmmakers have been doing this for decades, but ever since HD DSLRs hit the scene, people are […]Read more "Effective Use of Photographs in Video – Beyond the Ken Burns Effect"
In just the past few days I’ve seen some videos created by photographers that, as a filmmaker, caused me to cringe. It’s one of the biggest, if not the biggest issue photographers-turned-filmmakers have. Crappy audio. This is an issue I’ve addressed a number of times before. So I sorta feel like a broken record. But […]Read more "Photographers Need to Take Audio More Seriously"
As HD DSLRs make “movie making” easier and easier for people, it occurred to me that there are a lot of videos out there that are just crap. So, I wanted to give you all some advice on how to make your video more “cinematic.” You’re gonna want to take notes on this one.Read more "Five Tips to Make Your Videos More Cinematic"
Update May 6, 2013: This article will give you a good foundation to start with. However, since the original writing of this post in 2011, I’ve updated my workflow to fit FCPX. Read about it at http://bit.ly/ronsfcpxworkflow. I currently have a 100% tapeless workflow. Except for a few straggling projects here and there, everything I shoot […]Read more "My Tapeless Workflow Backup and Archive Strategy"
The type of work we predominately do at Dare Dreamer Media is documentary style films. I like to rely heavily on authentic interviews to drive the stories we tell. Even for the promotional films we create for clients, I will always lean towards an authentic interview vs. a scripted voice over. I have found that […]Read more "Five Tips for Creating Emotionally Powerful Interviews"
In my last post, I talked about the importance of writing down your policies and procedures. Today I want to share with you an aspect of ours as it relates to the naming conventions we use for project files. Below is an excerpt from the 8-page wedding editing guide we give to anyone who edits […]Read more "Policies and Procedures: Naming Conventions"
Let me say right off the bat that this article may piss some of you off. I don’t mean to do that, but knowing the make up of my audience, I’m sure that will be one of the outcomes. However, my hope is that MOST of you will be inspired and encouraged. Machiavelli‘s famous quote […]Read more "With Art, the End Absolutely Justifies the Means"
Music plays such a key role in any movie or video. Whether you shoot weddings and events, documentaries, or corporate videos, chances are at some point you will have two (or more) layers of audio to deal with: one music, the other somebody talking. A surefire sign of an amateur editor is when the audio […]Read more "Tips and Tricks: Audio Mixing Music and Speaking"
So last week I had a blast at Skip’s Summer School. Tasra and I gave a presentation on the power of video and social media to extend your brand. We had a Keynote file of 50+ slides. As always, we decided to post the presentation online for people to access. But, there was a tad […]Read more "How Much Sharing of Knowledge is Too Much?"