Maybe you're interviewing someone for a documentary, Youtube, or a client project. How do you get the best out of that person? We'll show you video interview tips and techniques we've learned over time as well as some from award-winning documentarians like Veronica Moscoso ("A Wild Idea") and Amy Sewell ("Mad Hot Ballroom").
Framing techniques in film and video usually focus on composition and the 1/3 rule. But what about guiding the viewer's focus in the frame? What about all that other stuff vying for their attention?
What are different ways in your frame to guide the viewer's focus, their attention, to what you want? And how do you avoid objects stealing focus? We look at ways using composition, detail and lighting/contrast.
You need to shoot an interview. Maybe it’s for a documentary, a client video, a youtube video. How do you do it? Maybe you’ll shoot them in their house? Their office? Outside? Do you need lights? And what about the audio? What if you don’t know much about lighting or audio? What do you do?
We’ll show you the two most important tips on how to shoot without lights and how to get great audio.
Knowing the names of the different types of camera shots is important but how do you decide when to use them? Would a close-up, medium close-up or medium shot work best for this scene? Should I use over the shoulder shots for a conversation? And what if the characters are not even facing each other? We'll show you the differences and the why to help you decide what shots work best for your projects.
Frank brings his years of experience as a dolly grip to the world of camera slider techniques. A camera slider gives filmmakers the ability to create camera moves without the need to level track or the weight of a dolly. But there are certain basic principles common to both that should be known and practiced.
Most videos on framing and composition in cinematography focus on the 1/3 rule. But the creative art world has thousands of years of experience playing with composition. Let's learn how they use symmetrical and asymmetrical balance, shapes like the circle, triangle, L, and others to guide the viewer's' focus and create a feeling with shots for their story.
There's one key trick to a video lighting setup that if you can understand it, will make it easy for you to light different film styles. Contrast defines a film noir shot from a high key Hollywood scene, glamour and others. In this tutorial, we'll explain contrast and the contrast ratio, how to determine what it is, and how to light using it.
From small to large productions, continuity in your videos is important. When your footage reaches the edit state, you need to have consistent shots so objects aren’t disappearing in and out of frame. Learn a little about who is responsible for this task and even try our little visual “continuity quiz”.