Production
Do You Know The Etiquette On The Film Set?

Do You Know The Etiquette On The Film Set?

Etiquette on set is similar to general etiquette in any business, with some specifics that are important to know. The basics, however, are the same. Being polite is a must, using please and thank you where possible; be humble as well, since nobody likes a braggart. Show up early: as the saying goes, “early is...
What Do Grips Do?

What Do Grips Do?

Grips work with the camera department to set up rigging for camera supports. Any scaffolding needed to get cameras where they need to be is put up and secured by the grips, as is any rigging needed to set up cameras on a vehicle for driving shots. From simple rigs such as standing tripods to...
Shooting On Location For TV

Shooting On Location For TV

Remote production involves shooting a production (oftentimes live) at a specific location. Although there are many advantages to studio production, remote production can provide for more interesting surroundings and a stronger context (it can also be more cost effective). One of the obvious drawbacks to shooting a production remotely, however, is the general lack of...
Video Sets and Backgrounds

Video Sets and Backgrounds

The Importance of Good Backgrounds There are many components that need to come together before a good production is put together, and having a good background (set design) is critical. Whether it is a low-budget production that films at a location or a high cost production with complicated set construction, backgrounds can have a powerful...
Video Production & Shooting It

Video Production & Shooting It

The Process of Production The process of deciding which shots to use and which to omit, from which angle to film, how to organize a series of discontinuous shots is normally a job for the director. Depending on the type of production and shooting style, it can be a time consuming task particularly when dealing...
Style of Production: Audio and Video

Style of Production: Audio and Video

What does “style” mean? A production’s style is a concept, an overall theme of a production; essentially this is how the audio and visual aspects come together as a complete product to impress upon the audience. To demonstrate what this means: you can easily tell the difference between a news broadcast and a game-show simply...
Some Suggestions in Media Care and Recording

Some Suggestions in Media Care and Recording

Taking care of and properly maintaining your media is essential to prolonging its quality and usefulness. Problems will occur, with both data and the equipment, if kept at temperatures over 100 or below 20 degrees. 65 degrees is ideal for storage.  Don’t use media and equipment immediately after quick temperature changes (going from cold outside...
Media and Memory in Video Cameras

Media and Memory in Video Cameras

Options for recording as well storing data are crucial elements in video recording; particularly in choosing a device. There are several different options and all have benefits. Flash memory is a good choice for both recording SD and HD videos. It is an easy method to transfer files from the card to an editing program,...
The Difficulty of a Decision

The Difficulty of a Decision

With so much technology on the scene, the question of “what’s the best way to record video” is not an easy question to answer. You want a recording device that shoots quality video, is fun to use, is user-friendly, and is affordable. But choosing the right camera always depends on the situation– no one camera...
Film Production Information Resources

Film Production Information Resources

Production need to keep up on creative, business, technological and industry information and developments. Most of the necessary resources are available on the Web. Here are a few sites a producer should have bookmarked in their Favorites: Exhibitor Relations Company, Inc. (www.ercboxoffice.com): One of the oldest and most reliable sources for information, this site features...
The TV Production Process: Production Method

The TV Production Process: Production Method

Video production can be done in two different ways: the planned method and unplanned method. The Planned Method With the planned method, the director organizes and builds the video production using carefully laid out steps. Prior to shooting the director will work out his preferred angles and layout. He envisions how he plans to take...
The TV Production Process

The TV Production Process

There are different approaches to television production. Take shooting scenes, for example. Some directors rely on the skill and initiative of their camera team to discover the best shots. Other directors, however, prefer a more involved role. These directors work out the details and position of each scene beforehand before relating those details to the...
Film Production: Recipe for Success

Film Production: Recipe for Success

There are 10 principles every producer should include in their recipe for success. They are: Story:  The single most important asset to creative and financial success is the story that a producer wants to tell. Discovering and developing excellent stories are the best investment of a producer’s time and money, and will reap the most...
Film Production Talent Relationships

Film Production Talent Relationships

The producer must ensure that a film is produced on time and within budget.  The producer is not the only one involved in the making of a film though.  There are many participants and each participant must function well as a group in order to ensure the success of a film’s production. Great motion pictures...
Film Direction Notes: Essential Elements of the Stage

Film Direction Notes: Essential Elements of the Stage

Entrances and Dropped Lines The way an actor says a line is important. Actors who enter a scene loud and high will have nowhere else to go. Great scene build instead of falling. If, however, an actor is dropping the ends of their lines, this can wear down the audience. Downward inflections can be corrected...
Film Direction Notes: Face Time

Film Direction Notes: Face Time

Face Time Actors should not be upstaged by furniture and props that can get in the way. Hats can also obscure the face, so if the character calls for a hat, make sure the actor keeps their head up. A Reason for Style When adding elements of style, think of what intention, purpose or meaning...
Film Direction Notes: Love Triangles

Film Direction Notes: Love Triangles

Love Triangles The amount of people on stage will determine the amount of relationships within the setting. Two people create a single relationship; with three people, you can have up to seven relationships represented. There is the relationships between any two individuals, pairs against the third individual and the relationship between all three. This is...
Film Direction Notes: Following Eyes

Film Direction Notes: Following Eyes

Categorizing Humour Humour can generally fall into two categories: someone else’s tragedy, and statements (or actions) that are implicitly true. A director’s job is to assist the audience in making connections that will tickle the mind. When the audience laughs, both the director and the writer will know that they have supplied everything needed. Don’t Aim...