Does your computer become a total sloth every time you try to edit a project?
There's nothing worse than a slow computer, especially if you're trying to edit a video project. There are many different reasons why your computer may be suffering performance issues while running an editing program, but for those who aren't very tech savvy or know much about the inner-workings of their NLE, Jordy Vandeput of Cinecom shares a few tips on how to make Premiere Pro run faster regardless of what computer you have.
The more gear you have the harder it is to manage.
Isn't it (almost) every filmmaker's dream to have an enormous collection of gear? Tons of cameras, lenses, stabilizers, and stands—we want it all—until it comes time to manage and organize it all, right? If you're cinematic arsenal is on the beefy side, you're going to want to know how to keep all of those very expensive, very fragile beauties easy to find and in the best condition, and in this video, Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens gives you five practical tips on getting a handle on all of your filmmaking tools. Check it out below:
Getting your gear organized isn't the most pleasant or enthralling tasks you're going to do as a filmmaker, but it is incredibly important. Not only will it save you time when you're preparing for a shoot and working on set, but it'll keep your gear in tip-top shape. So, here are Morgan's five tips mentioned in the video:
This video from Casey Neistat is both a warm hug and hard slap to the face.
If there's one thing we all have in common, it's that we all have (or had) a dream of becoming filmmakers. You might've wanted to move out to L.A. and be the next Spielberg or marinate in a dirty motel room in Vermillion, South Dakota for six months to pen the darkest, weirdest, and greatest screenplay ever written. Regardless of the paths we take as creatives, we all share the same dream, but we also all share the paralyzing disappointment when that dream is crushed over and over and over again.
If you're in need of 1.) some inspiration to get you out of your creative deathbed, or 2.) a nice, hard kick in the chonies to get you out of said creative deathbed, then you need to watch this video by Casey Neistat now.
If there's one thing I know about dreams it's that, to achieve them, you have to stop at nothing.
While you're focused on performances, framing, and getting perfect lighting, your set dressing is begging for your attention.
Everything within the frame tells a story. It's not just dialogue, composition, and lighting that helps push your narrative forward—even though those are the things you tend to focus most of your attention on when you first start out—it's also other things, like costuming and makeup. In this video from The Film Look, you get to learn how to approach one of these elements of filmmaking, set design, that often overlooked get overlooked by new filmmakers. Check it out below:
"The location is an extension of what is happening in the foreground, and dressing the set to match the tone of your film or a character's persona will help you get closer to achieving the film look."
Don't have a lav or shotgun mic to record great audio? That's okay!
Capturing good audio is just as (if not more) important as capturing good images. Lavalier and shotgun mics are great options because they allow you to not only get close to the source of your audio but they are designed to stay out of or hidden inside the frame. However, if you don't have either of these types of mics (in which case, you should definitely think about investing in them), an inexpensive handheld recorder, like the Zoom H1 or H4n, works really well as long as you know how to position and conceal it in your scene. Here to give you some tips on how to do that is Darious Britt of D4Darious.
The first mic I ever owned was a Sennheiser shotgun mic, and while it allowed me to record great audio, it wasn't ideal for my solo run-and-gun shoots. So, when I invested in a Zoom H4n, a relatively cheap handheld recorder, I found that I was able to capture great sound without having to worry about my mic showing up in the frame.
Carrying around all of that camera gear really takes a toll on your body over time.
There are so many questions we as filmmakers have to ask ourselves in order to stay healthy, like, "Am I getting enough sleep," or "Is my workload pushing me to the edge of sanity?" However, there might be one thing you may have never thought to ask yourself, something that could save you from years of excruciating pain, as well as thousands of dollars in meds and corrective physical therapy. I'll go ahead and ask you now: How heavy is your everyday camera bag and how do you carry it?
What does your camera bag have to do with your health? Well, here's photographer Jay Perry to explain.
After experiencing horrible back pain and headaches, Perry was advised to seek a pain specialist to find out what was causing his symptoms. He then learned that his poor posture was the culprit, and his heavy camera bag was its main accomplice.
Going handheld doesn't have to result in a shaky mess if you use these stabilization techniques.
Whether it's by choice or because you have no other option, shooting handheld can be stressful and difficult. It's a constant battle trying to minimize camera shake while also trying to focus on, well, focus, framing, and your subject's performance. However, there are definitely techniques you can use to take your handheld game to the next level and in this video from PremiumBeat, Zachary Ramelan goes over a few of them, as well as some sweet camera moves you should master.
Handheld camera work seems pretty straightforward, I mean, it's literally just grabbing your camera and shooting, but you want that footage to come out clean and beautiful or, at the very least, watchable. So, here are a few tips Ramelan mentions in the video:
The key to cutting down on the amount of time you spend charging batteries is having an organized space in which to do it.
Batteries need to be charged almost constantly and if you're running around trying to get ready for a shoot or to film a scene, the last thing you want to worry about is whether or not your batteries have enough juice to get you through the day. The solution to this problem isn't a sweet new piece of gear or a DIY workaround, it's good ol' fashioned organization. The more organized you are, the more prepared you're going to be when it comes time to shoot your project, saving you not only loads of time, but plenty of money as well. Find out how the team over at Fstoppers organizes their power station in the video below.
Hopefully, the video gave you some good ideas on how to set up your own power station. Mounting a power strip on each level of your shelf is essential to connect all of your chargers, and the little LED light strips are great if you're trying to grab stuff in the dark.
Overhead rigs can be kind of complicated to set up, but this one only requires a couple of things you probably have in your studio.
One of my favorite shots is the overhead. It's stylish and fun and offers a unique point of view if you want to add a little flair to your cinematography. However, putting together a rig that lets you get these types of shots can be a bit of a pain, especially since most of the time you're trying to find tools around your house or studio that can somehow fit together to accommodate your camera. But if you've got a C-stand, a spigot, and a tripod head lying around you can very quickly put one of these rigs together, and filmmaker Peter McKinnon shows you how to do it in the tutorial below.
Want to capture a unique angle or perspective? Then you'll have to get creative with camera placement.
In filmmaking, coverage is pretty straightforward. You've got your standard shots, like wides, mids, and close-ups, your over-the-shoulders, two-shots, and dollies, but occasionally it necessary to throw in something creative to give your audience something new and interesting to look at. You can do this a number of ways, but one that is definitely worth mentioning is by shooting these kinds of shots from a unique perspective.
In this video, Jay P. Morgan from The Slanted Lens goes over some tips on how to approach camera placement more creatively, how to set up shots in weird, often small or tight spaces, as well as how to go about lighting these peculiar shots. Check it out below: