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5 Steps to Building a Profitable Portfolio in Your 20s

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The key to generating income from your creative endeavors is a portfolio that speaks volumes. Your portfolio should not only represent your skill set, but also your passion and dedication to producing quality work. If your portfolio can successfully showcase both your adept skill and extraordinary devotion to your craft, it will, without a doubt, attract the interest you need to make a living. Creating a massively impressive portfolio is no easy task, however, especially for a young professional. If you don’t have decades of experience or dozens of fancy clients, how do you create an exceptional creative portfolio?

The Gig Economy: Breaking Free From Your 9-to-5 Job

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Long gone are the days of graduating college, finding a suitable desk job, and retiring after 30 years of working at the same company. The Recession of 2008 forced many professionals out of the corporate mold, demanding them to rethink what the road to success could be. The rise of online networking and smartphones paved the way for a new marketplace for employment: the gig economy.

Need to Hire an International Crew? Here Are a Few Ways to Make it Easier

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Seasoned producers get into a rhythm. Before they even set up a project, they have a decent idea of how long the project will take, how much money they’ll spend, and the team they want on the job. But make that shoot international and you’re sure to throw off even the most experienced professional. That said, hiring international crews doesn’t have to be a painful experience. 

5 Industries That Virtual Reality Will Soon Impact

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Virtual reality (VR) has slowly been coming into its own in the last several years. These days, anybody can buy a VR headset compatible with a smartphone and dive into an immersive game experience. VR isn’t just for gaming anymore, however—it’s also making a splash in several industries. It’s a growing market, and with 685 VR startups diligently advancing the technology, the VR market is expected to be worth about $30 billion by 2020. So what’s the next step for VR? Most likely, we’ll see a shift in the number of industries that begin to focus on using VR.

Not All Power is Created Equal: Batteries for Any Situation

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As new technologies continue to emerge, Core SWX realizes that power solutions cannot be a one-size-fits-all commodity. There is no single battery for every situation, but instead a myriad of choices to accommodate even the most complex requirements. Below are five common production scenarios with the corresponding power option that will best fit the situations’ needs.

8 Tips for Production Assistants on What Makes a Great PA

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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?

An Industry Leader’s Take on the Current Trends and What They Mean to You

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Since the 1980s, few industries have gone through quite the level of transformation that video production has. Thanks to technological advances, run-and- gun DSLRs with tiny digital memory cards have replaced the nearly stationary equipment and VHS tapes of yesteryear. And that’s just the camera gear. Everything from the way people shoot and store video to how clients find video service providers has been turned upside down.

5 Tips for Nailing the Customer Testimonial Video

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As a corporate video producer, the customer testimonial video is one of the most often-requested types of video from clients. Most companies have a need for testimonial content since it adds valuable social proof to their product or service and gives them a chance to shine a spotlight on their happy customers.

After creating plenty of great customer testimonials (and, let’s be honest, a few average ones) I’ve learned a few things about what works and what doesn’t. Here are five tips to help you nail your next testimonial project.

Shooting a Live Red Carpet at the iHeartRadio Music Awards: Here's How it's Done

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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.