- Written by Tom Wilson
To say that Ken Burns is a hero to me would be an understatement.
To say that Ken Burns is a hero to me would be an understatement.
This article is not meant to be a primer for those interested in being professional talent.
If you read my last article titled "Veterans Day Project from Hoover High School," you know the reasons I believe producing a class documentary about a local veteran can be one of the most exciting experiences for students.
Depending on how many individual camera units you are blessed with for a particular production, each can be generally designated in one of these types.
The human attention span is now shorter than a goldfish’s….about 6-8 seconds.
Directing style during action elements of a sporting event must be basically invisible.
Here’s the deal…
Sure, you can just wing it when you get on location but when you do that, you’re missing the opportunity to do something great.
The single most critical production value in sports coverage is the need to know where the ball is at all times.
Depends on what you want the audience to feel.
Whatever the sport, we can divide coverage planning into three variables the director should understand.
There are many ways to plan the shots for your projects.
Auditions are the process of finding the best actor to play each role in the film.
This format is used for multiple-camera productions, as well as for advertisements and corporate and instructional videos.
Our cameras need to be placed in the best locations to follow the athletes as well as capture the excitement of the moment.
A film set is a wacky place full of nicknames, strange film terms, and abbreviations.
While the production process is the most glamourous part of the business, the planning phase is where the majority of the decisions are made.
During production, the director should use a series of standard calls and set procedures to direct the efforts of the video crew.
Live remote events are the core of television. They are the one thing television can do that no other medium can match.
Sure, you can just wing it when you get to your location to shoot your video.
In many types of productions, directors prepare and rehearse the entire action and treatment until it really works, then record the polished performance.
There’s a lot of stuff in the world trying to get our attention.
Although there are many well-established methods of preparing and recording television productions, the method that you should choose depends on many factors.
The Most Effective Way to Start Storyboarding . . .with Shooting Boards, of course!
A shot list is usually created by the director and the production manager (or associate producer).
...but you'll only use one
In the broadcasting business, technology changes daily.
The GoPro Event Stage at the 2015 NAMM Show had over 26 bands perform over 4 days!
Is it a dream or a nightmare? You finally have it made-full production facilities for your project.
What was that you said? IFB?
Writing the Treatment
We've come a long way from the original idea.
Basic teleprompter operation is a mission critical part of your student newscast and other video productions.
The big moment is here. Time to roll. Get ready for an amazing experience.
Being able to deliver content not just with text, but also using photography, audio and video, is a great way to open up numerous opportunities for how a story can be told, and offer greater context to the audience.
If you're like most videographers you probably have more project ideas than you can shake a camcorder at.
How to create effective, believable dialogue for video productions.
You’ve finally landed that first announcing gig.
Getting the Most Out of Your Actors or Subjects
Telling a powerful story with video does not require professional actors or people experiencing extraordinary events. But it does hinge on making your characters interesting and believable. So how do you do this?
Use and proper execution of the slate, especially as an 1st Asst. Camera position, is a must when on more professional or feature sets.
What's the formula for which shots to use when making storyboards for a film shoot? Unfortunately, there's no one right answer. This is part of the creative workflow and the shots you choose depend on how you, as the director, see the movie in your mind's eye. Learning more about the meaning or the visual weight that certain types of shots convey can help you add an important level of visual interest and information to your story.
Make your talent look their very best for your productions with these helpful tips that can subtly enhance your videos.
Talent matters. Be it on or off screen, good performers can help take your project to the next level. Therefore, it is well worth the time for any producer to find ways of attracting the best talent available.
When you set out to make a movie, the more planning ahead you can do, the better.
In my previous article, “Costuming: From Script to Screen” I took you through the beginning processes of how we in the film and video wardrobe field breakdown a script and formulate our plans to costume a project. I mentioned that it was the Costume Designers job to discuss with the director what it is that they want the project to look like.
Long shot, wide shot and medium closeup are just the beginning of communicating to the DP, your Director of Photography.
Mark Twain is credited with saying, “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” Well, for us folk who have chosen the profession of costuming for the mediums including film and video truer words were never spoken!
Similar to a plot map used by archeologists, a storyboard is the best way to illustrate staging positions and camera angles for talent and crew.
An accusation often aimed at video script writers is the charge of directing on paper. In the strictest production worlds writers write and directors direct.
As a one-man-band, you wear many hats, but when your production gets bigger, you have to share the load. But who ya gonna call? Get ready for the name game, it's "Crew Call" time! Do you sit through the long list of people during the credit roll at the end of a movie and wonder who all those titles are?
You might know what you want to shoot, but how long will it take to do it?
The shot list is usually created by the director and the production manager (or associate producer).
Storytelling is a way of communicating, educating, entertaining and sharing experiences. Whether stories are recorded on film, video or the written word, they start with a seed of an idea and expand as they are remembered or conceived.
Do-it-yourself blueprints to build four low-tech, low-effort and low-cost video sets.
Though many people equate makeup and wardrobe with high-budget Hollywood productions, even the most modest video can greatly benefit by simple, inexpensive attention in this area.
A screenplay is the literary expression of the story, characters, actions, locations, and tone of your film written in a specialized dramatic script format.
Script creation requires lots of time, work and planning. In fact, planning is probably the heart and soul of the production.
Part Three – Pre-Production – Where It All Begins.
Welcome to Pre-Pro - shorthand you’ll hear video professionals tossing around for pre-production.
As student filmmakers you learn in the process of creating your own productions, but you also can learn from watching the masters.
Directing and Production Tips
After more than 12 years as an independent film and video director, and three years teaching filmmaking techniques, I’ve learned some things about staying organized.
A good film set is like a well-oiled machine. All of the parts must work together for everything to go properly.
On television the tiniest flaw to your face make you look absolutely horrible. Without make up you look plain and dull, this is because of the bright 32k white lights we have to use.
Filmmaking is about creating something out of nothing, and no matter how prepared you may think you are, problems always arise on set.
Before you grab your gear and hop on your trusty steed, you need advance preparation to successfully ride off into battle.
Quickly following the release of Apple’s Final Cut Pro X, PowerProduction Software announced the release of a new version of the popular post-visualization plug-in for FCP.