Category Archives: Techniques

Legal Paper Trails For Video Production: What Do I Need?
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Remember those guerrilla days? Where you'd throw all caution to the wind to grab that shot before education taught you otherwise. Even if you haven't gone through that phase, learning the hard way that you need to protect yourself on paper can be an


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What Does It Take To Be An Underwater Camera Operator?
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From repelling the sides of bluffs to jumping out of an airplane, if there's a place with deadly risk and a killer view, you can bet that human beings will find a way to document it. And from that newborn need, an advanced 'specialty operator'


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Shaping A Scene With Light: A Cinematography Cheatsheet
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The core principles of cinematography are laid down in Genesis.  'Let there be light,' and there was light. And God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the


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Contingency Costs Associated With Video Production Contracts
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So let's say you're dealing with the minutiae of pre production and you're trying to get an idea funded whether that be a film, commercial, documentary or TV show. You're going through all of the rigmarole, putting together a pitch deck that


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5 Filmmaking Tools To Make Your Life Easier On Set
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When you arrive on set, you depend on your tools to get you by. It doesn't matter what department you're in, there's certain things you couldn't live without on set. The producer who's connected at the hip to his laptop, the DP who is more efficient


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How To Manage Client Expectations In Post Production
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Ah, the wonderful world of post production. Where all of the magic happens and terabytes worth of footage captured during production is organized and woven into an intricate story. Many say this is the most important stage in a video's lifeline.


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Aerial Cinematography And All The Places You Can’t Fly
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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a... Drone? Yes, they've taken over our lives completely the past 6 to 7 years or so. Whether you like it or not, they're here to stay.  Yeah, they've got consumer ones for your kids and people over 40 still


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Choosing The Right Lenses For Your Project: Know When To Compromise
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In a perfect world, we'd all go for the best of the best and Panavision would have to manufacture a whole lot more C series anamorphic primes right? Well unfortunately, production budgets are not always perfect and don't have the capital to justify


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5 Best Ways To Keep Your Crew Happy
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Leading a production crew is not easy. So what are some tips to keep everyone happy and giving it their all on long days? We have five ideas for you.  Have you ever worked on a crew where everyone was unhappy? Production assistants walking


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Freelancers Beware: 5 Ways To Protect Yourself From Getting Burned
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Being a freelancer is hard enough without having people always trying to screw you over. So what are some tips to make sure that never happens?  Tell me if this has happened to you.  You are really excited to work a new freelance job and


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Asteras VS Quasar: The Pros And Cons
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When the first wireless LED tubes appeared on the scene, it opened the doors to all sorts of new creative ways to light up a scene or event. -- Or just take BTS shots of grips mimicking light sabers.  But there was still something missing...


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Choose A Role And Master It: A Message To Beginner Filmmakers
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There are a ton of jobs available on a film set, but which is the right one for you to master?


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