Writing: 3 Essential Tricks to Get Started

Writing is hard. It doesn't matter if you are writing a commercial script, documentary outline, blog or an original film. Writing is hard. It’s a solitary and lonely process that can be discouraging at the best of times. You will fight constant self doubt and the strong urge to give up. It’s also likely that the first few things you write will be bad. Still want to be a writer? If so I have good news. If you dedicate the kind of time you did to learning filmmaking, you will do fine. 1. Putting in the Time If you are writing a script you need to treat it with the ...

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Drones: Flying drones legally Just Got Easier in 2016 (Everything You Need To Know)

Skype Interview: Flying Drones Legally Just Got Easier in 2016 (Everything You Need To Know)  I had the pleasure of interviewing Scott Strimple an Emmy-award winning filmmaker, drone expert, and commercial airline pilot. He also is part of an exclusive team of aviators who help advise on drone laws for the FAA. TheDroneFlightSchool.com What's covered in the interview: - How to fly legally for commercial use - How to take and pass the Small UAS Rule (Part 107) test - How long does the process take - How much does the process cost - What can you and ...

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Skype Interview with Pen Weddings | Sarah and Rick Pendergraft

Skype Interview with Pen Weddings | Sarah and Rick Pendergraft I had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah & Rick Pendergraft from Pen Weddings. We chatted for about 40 mins and discussed working with photographers, dealing with flash, and some great ideas on storytelling. About Sarah & Rick Pendergraft Sarah & Rick Pendergraft have made a name for themselves in the wedding community with their focus on storytelling and raw emotion. Their work has been featured on the Today Show and CNN, and over the past three years their short films have been ...

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Wedding Video Revisions | Keep Customers Happy Without Losing Money

How To Handle Video Revisions Without Losing Money and Keeping Customers Happy. Have you ever delivered the most amazing wedding film to your client only to hear the dreaded words "I love my film but....."? You're not alone. I've had revision requests for 15 years. I've had all types of clients request them. Difficult ones, easy going ones, micro-managers, laid back ones, you name it. Sometimes we go a long time before we get requests and sometimes it feels like every other film gets them. This is the final stage in your customer's experience. The goal for successful ...

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Understanding How To Grow Your Wedding Video Business (Or Any Business)

There is a philosophy that motivates growth for almost everything in life. It’s made up of 2 phases, exploring and settling. In the video below I explain it as growing (exploring) and settling in (settling) but you'll get the point. You can describe this concept in many ways, but lets put it in terms of how to grow your wedding business. Exploring Phase (grow) The exploring phase is the idea that we look to learn and re-invent ourselves. We strive to set ourselves apart so that we can own our style and attract customers that love our style. This process ...

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5 Must-Know Tips About Wireless Audio

Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of sitting down with product specialists from Lectrosonics, Rode, and Shure to discuss the latest in wireless technology and their products. I've also picked up some great tips for users no matter what wireless systems you use. Here we go. https://youtu.be/ILKED_3Bnjk   1. Antenna Switching Diversity Diversity technology allows your wireless system to constantly switch between two signals using the strongest signal at any given time. This happens in micro seconds without you even knowing allowing you to have the ...

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6 Kick Ass Apps To Help You Write Better

Whether you are working on a blog post or a commercial, documentary or narrative film script using the right apps can completely change how you write. When I’m in the groove my time writing flies by. It’s getting into that rhythm that's the problem. For me, the biggest obstacles are external distractions (social media, blogs) and internal ones (phantom hunger, mind wandering etc.) Once I get past these then I deal with my tendency to repeat the same words and how to take my unorganized thoughts and make them one coherent thing. Over the years I’ve acquired several ...

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Pre-Production Is Crucial For Wedding Filmmakers

Pre-production is just as important as filming or editing a wedding film. Many filmmakers seem to skip over this crucial part. We reach out to our wedding clients before their event to cover the final planning and story elements. This ensures that we can do the best job possible for them. Here is what we cover during this call.   Schedule Having a solid schedule is the only way you can ensure the best product for your wedding clients. It’s pretty simple, you just let the client know how much time you need to do your thing. Remind them to combine the ...

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Using the Rode VideoMic Pro Microphone with Canon 5dmkiii – Best Setting

Most filmmakers I talk to set their DSLR to auto when using the Rode Mic. Even I used to set the camera to auto years ago (with my 5dmk2) because it was too much to worry about monitoring and shooting. Now I've changed my tune and found a great setting to get much better audio. This video explains how I setup the RØDE VideoMic Pro microphone with the Canon 5dmkiii Camera for the cleanest signal. These microphones are not for every application but for those shooting weddings, run-and-gun, or documentary on-the-fly filming, this is a great option for clean audio. ...

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How To Mic A Groom For Best Audio At Your Wedding

In this video, I discuss how I set up my Sony field recorder and microphone for optimal quality. In addition I explain why I chose this current setup. HERE'S THE STUFF - Sony ICD-SX1000 Flash Recorder - Sanken COS-11D Lav Microphone The Sanken COS-11D microphone was customized with a right angle Neutrik 1/8" jack from pro-sound.com ****UPDATE**** It has come to my attention that B&H has discontinued the Sony ICD-SX1000 although I see it on Amazon still. I am not sure what will be replacing this as of now but I will update when I know. Here is an ...

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