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How to Direct Non-Professional Actors

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We all want to work on films and commercial productions where we have the budget and the creative that allows for casting calls, talent agents and professional actors to deliver inspired performances. But in reality many creative concepts these days call for "real talent," another way of saying using real people vs. professional actors.  After years of experience working with and without professional actors as talent, I have found that despite having non-pros as actors, you can still evoke great performances.  In fact, when a good directing job is achieved, you may find the real-person performance is the most authentic, from-the-heart acting on camera.  And if anything, directing non-professionals is great practice in a more forgiving environment for your directing skills.

“How Not to Screw Up When You Crew Up” panel at the StarLite Film Festival

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ProductionHUB  announces its “How Not to Screw Up When You Crew Up” panel at the StarLite Film Festival Sun., March 1 at 3 p.m. at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden (160 Plant St.). Whether you work in production or need to create promotional videos for your business, learn some tips & tricks on hiring crew and vendors for your projects and making the most of your budget. 

Marriott's Content Studio Creates First Original Short

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TWO BELLMEN, the first original short film production from Marriott International, Inc.’s Content Studio, will have its world premiere on March 10th, 2015 with a global YouTube launch, as well as a gala screening and party at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE. The iconic JW Marriott property plays a starring role in the film. We interviewed director, Daniel “Malakai” Cabrera to get an inside look into this amazing production. 

Sony NX3 Goes Above and Beyond for New Documentary

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Sony wanted to share the inspiring trials and tribulations of Meg Prior, producer and director of Afghanistan: Outside the Wire, a new documentary she shot in the warzone of Afghanistan, with Sony’s HXR-NX3 camcorder.  Prior details for readers her unique experiences as a female filmmaker in a war torn country, and her unfettered access to a side of the military few get to experience first-hand.

5 Best Blogs for Video Production Pros

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With so many blogs out there, we found five top blogs any video production professional should have bookmarked on their laptop & mobile devices. These blogs can help you increase knowledge in the video production realm whether inside the classroom, live on set or both. 


Canon Hosts the Canon Creative Studio

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The most unique part about Canon’s activation this year is going to be their lounge, themed “Canon Creative Studio.”  It is designed to demonstrate how Canon can help filmmakers in every phase of production. There will also be a number of sponsored education sessions and panel discussions with directors and DPs including a special screening of the film Bending the Light followed by a lively Q&A with Stephen Goldblatt, ASC, BSC, spotlighting the creative process, the craft of cinematography, and the Canon Cinema EOS lenses and cameras that help bring their stories to life (full schedule of events below).

Tips on Making Your Next Doc a Success

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Documentary films are becoming more and more popular.  From feature length to episodic documentary TV shows to short Docufilms for non-profit or corporate clients, there are opportunities for filmmakers to practice their trade. Here’s a short list of things you may want to keep in mind while working on your documentary film.

Lessons Learned from Emmy Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker

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I was fortunate. The director of my first two feature documentaries insisted that we shoot the projects on film. The texture, emotional quality, and pure beauty of capturing life with camera negative was intoxicating. But the greater value to me were the lessons learned from the discipline that film exacts on the production process. These lessons still guide my approach to cinematography in this digital age.