24Apr

Tips on Shooting Video Interviews by Video Producer

Video Interview Basics Now if you’ve gone to community college or university, you’ve probably taken broadcasting courses and know the basics of on-camera interviewing. I’m not going to go into great detail of how to conduct an interview so here are some basic reminders. Most of ...

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1Apr

Using The Split Focus Diopter Effect

Using The Split Focus Diopter Effect Have you ever wanted to have two subjects focused in camera but at two different depths of field? Well it’s actually an old trick called the Split Focus Diopter Effect. Here’s a video shot by Shanks FX who explains how to use this effect to enhance...

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What Camera and Audio to use for a Documentary

By Aaron / June 27, 2014 / Filmmaking / No Comments

The more and more films I make the more and more I realize that gear you have is the most and least important thing you have as a filmmaker. It is a terrible dichotomy that we always here in things like, “well he shoots on a RED so, he must know what he is doing” […]

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How to Setup Your Cameras for Interviews

By Aaron / June 16, 2014 / Filmmaking / No Comments

I’ll admit it that this title makes this sound like a really simple and easy thing to do but there is more to it than just set up the camera with the person you are interviewing lined up on the third and looking off camera. I could have called it “the one thing you do wrong […]

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How to light an interview next to a fireplace

By Aaron / June 2, 2014 / Lighting / No Comments

The more and more I learn about filmmaking the more and more I realize that I know nothing about how to light. Fortunately there are people who know way more than I do and are willing to share their knowledge. Lars Lindstrom, DP of the documentary Llama Nation, shares how to light an interview ne...

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How to Light Outside only Using a Reflector

By Aaron / May 19, 2014 / Lighting / No Comments

Lighting outside can be one of the trickiest scenarios for lighting any film. I had a personal experience learning how hard that was while producing a short film “Yarrow’s Boy” last summer. Because it was a fantasy film we were always filming in the middle of no where. One of th...

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