Tag Archive for video

Using Available Light for Documentary Filming

I’ve done a number of videos for Wild Dunes Resort, and most of them have showcased all the great things to do on the beach where the resort is located. For this project, however, the assignment was quite different: follow…

Blackmagic Makes 16mm Look Good

I worked with 16mm film back in film school (back when film students used actual film), and I was always somewhat disappointed with how it looked. It was drastically better than the video of that era, but the footage always…

Dan Bihn: Crew of One

I love hearing about the fascinating things my readers are doing. Case in point, Dan Bihn. I had the opportunity to ask Dan about his work, his involvement in clean energy, and his thoughts on what’s next for the production…

eBooks and Apps

  I am pleased to announce that my two eBooks – “Make Movies Without Money: Microbudget Filmmaking for Students, Photographers and Other Starving Artists,” and “Easy Lighting Setups for Glamour and Portrait Photography” are now available at Amazon.com for direct…

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…

3 Tips for Great-Looking, Microbudget Video

Here’s a commercial I created, “crew of one” style recently. By “crew of one,” I mean that, aside from my client’s input on the script, I did everything myself: audio, lighting, camera, editing, graphics, etc. This kind of project is…

Chroma Subsampling and Transcoding

I was recently asked about the benefits of transcoding AVCHD footage to ProRes 4:2:2 or 4:4:4. AVCHD uses 4:2:0 subsampling, which is the same as MP4. Transcoding it to 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 won’t give you any more information than you…

A Reader’s Project

I was delighted to receive the following email this past week. Hi Alex, It’s been a long time, but as promised here is my senior film! Your e-book and your blog has helped me tremendously. David Mamet’s book i have…