Just starting out in the world of production and not sure where to begin? A lot of people new to the industry (or "green" as we sometimes call it) get their feet wet as a Production Assistant. This is a great way to gain on-set experience while exposing yourself to many different facets of production so you can decide which areas you gravitate towards and may want to pursue. PA's are often asked to wear a lot of different hats. So what makes a good PA?
As any good DP already knows, it’s important to be able to step outside your comfort zone. If you trust your instincts and have flexible gear that you can rely on to support new workflows, these challenges can quickly become opportunities to expand your horizons. It’s just what DP Vance Burberry did at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards, which took place on March 5th at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Vance and his team were tasked with shooting live pre-show and red carpet footage for promos, which aired in near real-time.
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?
You've been a slave to ‘setiquette’ (set etiquette), mastered new skills, upgraded to the best video editing software and purchased a high-quality camera-- it is officially time to ‘level up’ to your next big break in the world of content creation. Where and how do you find the best film project or post production job?
As a producer/director/shooter I’m always looking for the best way to maximize the investment of time and money. When it comes to purchasing and getting new gear into the production flow you need to do your homework. Listed below is but a few of the thousands of camera support products that are out there. But hey, that's why we’re here! The trick is to choose the right gear to stay within your budget and still come out with outstanding content. Easier said than done. But here is the good news. Getting new gear doesn't have to break the bank, and if you play your cards right, new gear can even pay for itself over time. So with that said lets’ check out some of the latest camera support gear and rigs that will take your production values to the next level.
Ultimately, as filmmakers we would all rather spend our time & energy doing something creative rather than tearing our hair out putting in long hours to “fix” the problems incurred during production. That being said, this is a list of tips we’ve compiled over the years to help streamline both your production and post-production.
by Katie BarclaySports photography has a reputation for requiring a diverse set of skills. Not only do you need to be able to shoot in unpredictable lighting, you also need to be able to know how to capture fast-moving objects in a clear and concise way. In other words, you really need to be an artist to be able to be successful with sports photography.
by Stephan Guarch & Edgar Cohen Aerial photography and videography are nothing new to the production world. But how we achieve those shots certainly has in the last 12 months. Drones have exploded in popularity as a way to get aerial and low altitude footage for videos, for everything from full feature films such as “The Wolf of Wall Street” to the everyday film hobbyist who flies leisurely at the local park. But for anyone who has actually tried to capture this footage there’s quite the learning curve involved when it comes to choosing the right drone and what seems like an infinite amount of accessories and upgrades. This week the team at Experience Above posts a nice overview of the top 3 tips for getting started with drone video production, a handy starters guide.
by Barry AnderssonI got my hands on the Atomos Ninja Blade. I am a proud owner of the previous Atomos Ninja 2 and I wanted to see what the major differences between the two and if there were any major changes from a usability standpoint.
Spent: Looking for Change, from Academy Award-winning executive producer Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) and cinematographer Greg Ephraim (All Cheerleaders Die) premiered online on The Young Turks' YouTube and Hulu channels. The film was shot by Ephraim on the Canon C300 and the EF and cinema lenses; the camera’s small profile and ease-of-use helped the filmmakers capture an intimate look into the lives of four American families wrestling with the costs of living outside the traditional financial system. Greg Ephraim takes us behind the scenes on his film-making experience on the documentary.