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Not everyone is comfortable speaking on camera. Some people freeze up and look stilted. Others are too terrified to even give it a shot. But there’s no need to panic. Over the years I’ve seen it all and I’m used to helping get the best possible moment from nervous talent. Here are five tips I’ve learned to help you avoid crumbling on camera.
Lighting, especially in corporate films, is a part of the filmmaking process that, if skipped, really stands out. Badly lit interviews can cause the viewer to completely switch off from the conversation they are watching because subconsciously their brain is trying to right the wrong they are viewing. Done well, lighting can really add mood and texture to your story.
Have you ever watched a film, music video or high-end television drama and noticed all the little things? Actually you probably haven’t — that’s what sets a high-budget video production apart. Now, I’m not talking large sets or high-end composites. It’s the little things that “sell” the scene. Recently I worked on a short film for a very large multinational client who wanted ...
No matter how big or small a project is, it always rides on one constant — the budget. It’s what dictates talent, production value, delivery and (sometimes) even quality. But — and here’s the thing — it doesn’t always have to. Now I am not saying that a small budget can still equal a high-end film.
It’s something I have experienced firsthand — the power of a team over the power of one. For many years I worked as a freelancer, running my own business. In many ways, it was great. For a start, I was the lead editor in my own little empire. But I was also the motion graphics guy, the animator, the colourist, the cameraman, the bookkeeper and the guy who pitched for new work.
Creativity takes a lot of things: talent, dedication, skill. It also takes courage. That’s because successful creative people have to take risks — to challenge the status quo, attack problems differently and pursue original and imaginative ideas. Risk-taking feeds creativity. But creativity doesn’t necessarily come easily.