Building a successful career in film is no easy feat. Creators must attempt to stay true to their vision while navigating the realities of financing, working with a team, and the ultimate need to create something that has commercial appeal and will turn a profit. The truth of the filmmaker, unfortunately, isn’t optimistic: many want to do it, and most fail, whether it’s from mistakes during production, poor marketing, or even just bad luck and timing.
If you loved the pilot of Westword, there is plenty more blockbuster magic to come from DP Paul Cameron. He talks in an exclusive interview with ProductionHUB, about the current film he's shooting, The Commuter, and provides a sneak peak into what to expect from the newest installament of the Pirates' franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Sooner or later, every commercial filmmaker comes across a project that, for one reason or another, requires him or her to conduct an interview. Whether it’s a brand film, documentary, or testimonial, interviews with ‘real people’ (non-actors) bring a unique set of challenges. Most producers know this, and they also know that they ought to prepare for this kind of interview—but how?
According to statistics, more video content is uploaded every 30 days
, than all the video created by three major U.S. Networks combined in the last 30 years! If we turn our focus to online platforms like YouTube, the numbers continue to impress. What’s more, is that anyone can start uploading videos. All they need is an internet connection and a recording device.
When my star ProductionHUB Content Manager Bri called me a few weeks ago and mentioned something about doing that “tripod product review” I have to admit I was pretty skeptical. Ok, very skeptical. But I said ok. It was just a tripod, something we take for granted because we one use all the time and honestly don’t give it too much thought unless somebody leaves it behind, or it binds up after 10 years of relentless use with no maintenance. Yes, you know who you are. I mean what could I write about a tripod? Really. Boy, was I wrong. Turns out there would be a lot to be said after all. I just didn't know it yet.
Movies are brilliant, they allow us to get away from it all and live in a fantasy world for an hour or two. Whether we’re watching aliens take on our favourite chisel-jawed actor in a battle for the human race, or whether we’re watching a character triumph against all odds to fulfil a heart-warming goal, it’s all good. Though of course, it’s always better if cars are involved, right?
Tons of industry professionals, reflected as a record-breaking attendance number, joined together at the Javits Center in New York City on November 9-10th for the National Association of Broadcasters fall show, NAB Show New York, to celebrate the latest in broadcasting and production technology.
The rise of professional field monitors and recorders (or some combination thereof) has to be one of the most interesting and welcome product developments for filmmakers in recent memory. Pushed by demand for more features and benefits, manufacturers have answered the call. This new breed of smaller yet powerful monitor/recorders takes production capabilities to a whole new level with 4K and beyond.
What better place to go for advice on how to build a successful production house than where competition is stiffest? Mike Levy started Levy Production Group in 1987 and succeeded where many others failed—Las Vegas. We figure if you can make it in the entertainment capital of the world, you can probably make it anywhere. Here are our top four takeaways from Mike on building a successful studio
We all have different approaches for how we light a scene – from what lights we use to what lenses we choose; and from where we place talent to where we place the camera. We determine the elements and variables in each location. It is because of the changing nature of our shoots that I like to ensure some consistency from shoot to shoot by following a process to approaching my lighting setups.