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How to choose the right cast & crew for your next video production

Posted by John Schaus on Jul 19, 2016 7:30:00 AM


Choosing the right cast and crew for your upcoming video production may not seem like a science, but there are key elements to keep in mind if you want a successful end product. Talented people are desirable for both sides of the spectrum (cast and crew), but remember—you'll be spending long hours with these folks, so same rules apply as most industries. You want to hire easygoing, positive individuals who have a good work ethic. There's more to it though.


Topics: Techniques, Corporate Video Production, Video Production Techniques, motion picture production, company video production, Video Pre Production, video production services

Breaking the rule of thirds and when it's appropriate

Posted by Trenton Massey on Sep 17, 2015 3:23:00 PM

The rule of thirds is ancient, ever since there have been paintings on canvas, humans have almost instinctively been compelled to place their subjects along invisible gridlines (vertical and horizontal) that divide the frame into thirds. From paintings and drawings,"the rule" became a standard in the world of photography. It wasn't too long after photography was born that we saw the advent of motion picture. A lot of the rules for composition, exposure, and lighting applied to this new found art form. The rule of thirds was no exception.


Through out the years, we have seen a plethora of films, commercials, music videos, corporate videos, and everything in between, bad and good, amateur and professional. I've seen a lot of people break the rules and it works out beautifully, on the other hand, I've seen plenty of productions that failed miserably due to their poor composition.



Topics: Techniques, Corporate Video Production, Video Production Techniques, motion picture production, Camera crew, Director of Photography, Video Pre Production

Motion Control: It's finally here... and it's affordable

Posted by Trenton Massey on Sep 18, 2014 9:00:00 AM


Motion Control is something that people are going to start seeing a lot more of when viewing independently produced videos. This new wave of technology is definitely going to be raising the bar for cinematographers around the world. Why, might you ask...

Because for the first time ever, motion control systems and equipment are affordable for the low budget shooter, thanks to companies like Kessler and camBLOCK who have been developing and designing motion control products for the past few years.


Topics: Techniques, Video Production Equipment