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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 so the end product is successful. Talented people are desirable for both cast and crew, but remember—you'll be spending long hours with these folks, so you also want to hire basically easygoing, positive individuals who have a good work ethic.

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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. At the end of the day, I've seen a lot of people break the rules and it works out beautifully, on the other hand, I've seen a plenty of productions that failed miserably due to their poor composition.

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

Straight Out of Compton's DOP chose to fly with the RED Dragon

Posted by Trenton Massey on Sep 12, 2015 11:35:19 AM

 

I went and saw "Straight Outta Compton" last weekend specifically to see why DOP Matthew Libatique chose to go with the RED Dragon to shoot the film… not because I grew up listening to Easy E or anything. I will say that I have no idea if there were any politics involved with the camera decision, I'm simply assuming the choice was ultimately left up to Libatique. It's an interesting subject though when considering his approach to a lot of his films in the past and the fact that Noah, the film he shot just prior to Compton, was shot on the Arri Alexa Plus. 

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

Pros and Cons of using Skype for interview video production

Posted by Trenton Massey on Aug 28, 2015 3:45:00 PM



The ingenious application Skype was started by a Danish man named Janus Friis and a Sweedish man named Niklas Zennstrom back in 2003. The first Beta version was released on August 29th that same year. I remember when the software came out, it felt very futuristic and created an instant buzz that continued to grow over the years. The company switched ownership a couple times since then, but has maintained it's strong footing in the consumer video telecommunications software industry. 

 

In the past I've have shot interviews for traveling productions using Skype in place of a producer. The interviewee's weren't thrilled, but they didn't mind and I didn't think much of it… until recently. While on a shoot, I got to hear first hand from several interviewee's their negative remarks about using Skype in place of an in-the-flesh producer that is sitting in the same room and engaging you through out the interview. I'm not going to lean one way or the other on the subject until we examine the Pros and Cons of using Skype for interview video production and weigh the options… 

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Topics: Corporate Video Production, Video Production Techniques, Camera crew, company video production, Business Growth

What is Cinematography?

Posted by Trenton Massey on Oct 24, 2014 12:46:00 PM


Someone who is not too familiar with industry terminology might find themselves asking...

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Topics: Random Fun, Video Production Techniques, motion picture production

7 quick tips on how to produce a interview based company video

Posted by John Schaus on Sep 22, 2014 6:00:00 AM


There are several approaches on how to produce a interview based company video. Modern video producers have indulged technology to its fullest by creating cutting edge material for simple corporate videos. These fascinating results have come about by applying industry standard film making techniques to every video you make. With the exception of certain viral videos, quality does matter! 

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Topics: Corporate Video Production, Video Production Techniques

What is industry standard video production?

Posted by Trenton Massey on Sep 12, 2014 3:00:00 AM

 

The term "Industry Standard" doesn't apply to just one industry, but every industry known to mankind. In this case, we will be focusing on the entertainment industry and corporate video production. When it comes to technique, equipment, work ethic, and logistics concerning video production, all of these categories have an Industry Standard that needs to be met if one expects to get the professional results the investors are expecting.

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Topics: Corporate Video Production, Video Production Techniques