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 […]

Practical Interview Tips

I’ve been presenting a series of workshops about “Interview Techniques” both from a producer’s perspective (things to consider) as well as from a DP’s perspective (equipment considerations and lighting approaches). Here are some of the essential tips I share during these events. 1. Interview Structure An interview is a conversation that involves three people, not […]

Make Your Movie: The Casting Process

When producing a narrative, whether it’s a short or feature-length film, one of the utmost critical moments in pre-production is going to be the casting process. It can be especially trying if you are an independent filmmaker who doesn’t have the budget to hire a proper casting director. A few years ago a good friend […]

When Auto ISO is Not a Bad Word

Many current cameras allow for Auto ISO to be used in all shooting modes, including Manual mode. Most pros would immediately think “Why would I EVER use Auto ISO? I always want full control!” And yes, I confess I used to think the same way, but I have found more than a few situations where […]

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. […]

The Five C’s of Cinematography

There are many great books on filmmaking. From those interviewing legendary directors about their craft to the ones sharing DIY tips and tricks all the way to the books covering complex technical aspects like grading or movement. I’ll write about my favorite books in a later post, but today I’d like to mention one particular […]

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Your Photography Business

With the decline in cost for quality camera bodies and equipment, we’ve seen an increase in emerging talent. Unfortunately, there has also been an equal amount of increase in photography related businesses. From portrait and wedding photography to street and documentary photography, it seems there is a new photographer born every day. However, if you really […]

Make Your Movie: The Duplass Brothers Tips on Filmmaking

Above: Mark and Jay Duplass. Photo by Daniel Bergeron The Duplass brothers, Mark and Jay, have had a hell of a year already. They just signed a four-movie deal with Netflix and their show, “Togetherness”, on HBO will see another season. Not to mention they completely rocked at Sundance, screening three films and a TV pilot. […]

Tips and Tricks for Hybrid Photographers via Sigma Photo

I recently shot and wrote for a two part blog series with Sigma. For the video/photography portion of the posts, I had to write the scripts, shoot stills and videos, record soundscapes, tweak sound, edit and grade everything. It was literally a one-man crew project. It was a wild experience but an extremely rewarding one. […]

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 […]