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Reality TV - Shooting Testimonials and Interviews

Reality TV – Shooting Testimonials and Interviews

When Should I Use Interviews? Interviews and testimonials are a way to lend reality and authenticity to a subject or event.  People never get tired of watching other people or hearing stories and interviews provide the opportunity to give information while establishing credibility through the speaker. Interviews are staples for businesses.  They appeal in commercials,...
Seven Influential TV Producers

Seven Influential TV Producers

TV series that are popular shows are appearing with greater frequency each TV season. For this reason, the producers of these shows are in a tougher struggle on the battlefield of the TV show industry to gain that popular success and wide-audience demand for their products. This article present popular opinion as we discuss some...
Product Placement in Film And TV

Product Placement in Film And TV

There are few things in modern television that cause people to shudder more than the mention of product placement. It conjures images of branded items placed blatantly in shots — conversations inexplicably held next to billboards, characters randomly highlighting props for no reason, or cups and bottles in hand or on tables. 30 Rock summed...
Is Internet TV The Future of the Movies?

Is Internet TV The Future of the Movies?

Recently Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were interviewed about the state of the modern movie industry. They commented on how digital technology has changed the face of movie and TV making; how cheap digital video cameras and free distribution avenues such as YouTube have forced a change on the cinema landscape. They spoke of a...
Tips On How To Navigate The Social Aspects Of Writing

Tips On How To Navigate The Social Aspects Of Writing

Writers who are just entering the field may look at the storylines in current films and think, “Hey, I can do that just as well.” The mistake in this line of thinking is assumption that the ability to write a good story is the only talent a successful writer needs. It’s not. Successful writers need...
Understanding The Creative Mind

Understanding The Creative Mind

Producers and executives need to understand what motivates their creative team.  Research shows that creative people tend to be motivated more by personal fulfillment than monetary gain.  This article will help you understand what motivates artists and how their needs differ from conventional workers.  Once you understand what motivates them, you can learn how to...
Finishing on Digital vs. Finishing on Film

Finishing on Digital vs. Finishing on Film

Finishing on Digital Finishing on digital is often considered easier than finishing on film, and is often used when the final production is planned for exclusive use for T.V broadcast, theaters, or festivals that guarantee digital projection. If digital projection is promised, then there is no need for a film finish. The production can simply...
Is Digital Democratization Of Content A Myth?

Is Digital Democratization Of Content A Myth?

Anticipating the future “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.”—Alfred Hitchcock In the early 2000s, through books such as Lasica’s Darknet: Hollywood’s War against the Digital Generation (2005), we were led to believe that the power of the internet would free up content and democratize filmmaking.  These claims were...
Take Control Of Your Creative Output Without Losing Your Sanity

Take Control Of Your Creative Output Without Losing Your Sanity

The film industry is a minefield today, and the combined pressures of imaginative script creation and successful marketing leaves many of us feeling tired and discouraged. To eliminate the potential for burnout during the long and stressful process of film creation, keep these essential points in mind. Mental Health Usually considered an afterthought by busy...
Do You Know The Variables Of A TV Production?

Do You Know The Variables Of A TV Production?

The type of show is only one factor in deciding the method used to record and prepare a television production. The facilities available, the time and budget, and especially whether the show is live or recorded have an effect as well.  The basic methods of recording include combinations of single camera, ISO (isolated camera), block...
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...
Introduction To Television Lighting

Introduction To Television Lighting

The Objective of Good Lighting Lighting is one of the aspects of Television production usually taken for granted when used correctly. However, poor use of lighting can lead to glaring problems and inconsistencies, as the camera requires a certain amount of lighting to create good tonal range. This is especially true of television cameras, which...
Makeup with HD

Makeup with HD

The introduction of HD brought with it a fresh set of challenges for makeup artists. Some of these include Hiding facial hair is more difficult with HD. Sponges and brushes are used less frequently and more carefully because they can leave telltale ‘brushstrokes’ which can be picked by HD. Airbrushed makeup is more popular with...
Makeup and Costumes for TV

Makeup and Costumes for TV

One of the first lessons a director learns about shooting is that natural scenes do not always render the same way on screen. A nose becomes larger or a forehead appears more prominent. Breathtakingly beautiful people suddenly appear less impressive under the unforgiving effects of artificial light and a focus camera. It is a common...
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...