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Editing “Creative Geography”

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While writing my recent review of “House of Cards,” I noticed an excellent example of an editing technique that is sometimes called “Creative Geography.” In episode 3 of “House of Cards,” Kevin Spacey’s character, Frank Underwood, visits his hometown of…

Higher Production Value Through Cheating in Post

One of the biggest challenges of microbudget or “crew of one” filmmaking is elevating the level of “production value” so that whatever you’re shooting doesn’t look like a microbudget project. Or, more accurately, doesn’t feel like a microbuget project. “Production…

Final Cut Pro X … I’m not going to bother.

I was excited about Final Cut Pro X. I’ve been using Final Cut Pro since version 2.0, back in the mid 1990s, and I’ve professionally “grown up” using the product. Although all signs pointed to Apple abandoning the creative pro…

Motion Graphics Inspiration

I love good motion graphics. Perhaps because, not being a specialist in the field, I generally find it difficult to come up with an engaging concept for what is, essentially, text on a screen. That’s why I’m so impressed with…

TV-Safe Graphics for HD Commercials

Now that many local TV stations accept HD files for local commercial “insertion,” editors and crews-of-one are started to bump up against the mind-bending issue of ensuring that the text and graphics in their 16:9 aspect ratio commercials won’t be…

How To Shoot Real Estate Videos (In 7 Easy Steps)

If you’d like to create “property films” with a video-enabled DSLR or other 35mm-lens-capable video camera, you’re in luck: it’s not that hard to do a clean, simple, appealing video like this one I recently shot for Wild Dunes resort.…

Behind the Scenes – Mayor Riley Announcement

I was recently hired to record a brief message from the mayor of Charleston, SC, announcing his intention to seek re-election. This would be his tenth(!) term as mayor of this historic city. The parameters of this project were interesting.…