New Lessons I’ve Learned About Video Production

A while back I wrote about some of the “Lessons I’ve Learned On Set.” Today I’d like to share a few more I’ve learned recently, not only while shooting, but from reading several different books, discussing this topic with colleagues, and receiving feedback from the first article. • If you learn how to shoot like […]

Robert Rodriguez Says I’m Lazy

I’ve been reading the Robert Rodriguez book “Rebel Without a Crew” and I am feeling both excited and depressed. The guy grew up with many siblings (10 if I remember correctly). His father, a salesman, bought a video camera to enhance his business. Robert started shooting his family and everything else within a 12” radius, […]

Essential Apps: Location Scouting

Location scouting and technology. I love scouting locations. Not only do we get to see interesting places, which are often inaccessible to most people, but we have priceless opportunities to plan our equipment, lighting, crew, and permit needs. I am probably the only person left in the universe who didn’t know about Sun Seeker until a few […]

Basic Camera Techniques for Photo-to-Video Shooters

Film, like many other visual arts, is a two-dimensional medium that attempts to trick the viewer into perceiving a three-dimensional space. Decisions like where to put the camera, which lenses to use, and even the aperture used to increase or decrease the depth of field will all have a significant effect on how the viewers perceive a character’s behavior. […]

My Absolute Worst Experiences On Set (And What They Taught Me)

I’ve worked on a few sets over the years and, as it tends to happen, you get some wonderfully inspiring as well as absolutely horrible, makes-you-rethink-your-career-choice type of experiences when you’re first starting out in the biz. Not that you’re immune to them as you gain experience and begin to work with more seasoned directors but, for […]

Lessons I’ve Learned On Set

I’ve been thinking about some small (but very valuable) lessons I’ve learned while working on set. The following list is in no particular order, however, I will say that the very first item of business in any shoot should be deciding where the camera goes. After that decision has been made, everything else falls into […]

Attention Filmmakers: Stop Using Your Histogram… Incorrectly

A few month’s ago we posted a couple of informative videos on understanding your histogram, what it is and why you should use it to capture better still images. Well, here are a couple more videos for you by Indie Cinema Academy urging filmmakers to stop using their histograms…. incorrectly, of course. It’s host, Ryan E. Walters, explains […]

Essential App: Set Safety by Pledge To Sarah

The Pledge to Sarah app, designed to boost safety on film and TV sets in memory of Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones, is now available in the Mac and Android app stores as well as on the Pledge to Sarah website. It was created and crowdfunded by a group of anonymous production crew following […]

Make Your Movie: Notes On Directing

As a director there are a million things going through your mind while in production. You oversee every aspect of the film, even if you don’t have a hand in making each happen. You should approve every detail along the way. There’s a lot of pressure there. You might even start to doubt yourself. Luckily, there […]

ON SET: A New Series with AdoramaPro on AdoramaTV

For those of you following Adorama on YouTube and via Eventbrite, you may have noticed a new series of events offered by AdoramaPro called ON SET. Much like their “Pro Days”, ON SET features the latest gear on the market, however with this series you also get hands-on tutorials in a realistic “on set” scenario.  For […]