Back to Basics: The Rule of Thirds in Filmmaking

Most people have heard of the rule of thirds in regards to capturing a picture or shooting a film. This is an important concept that one should not forget when filming a scene. The idea is that we lead the viewer to look at the subject. Sometimes a movie will use the rule of thirds with three columns and no rows. This works astonishingly well and can be combined with…
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Things I Wish I Knew Before Shooting…Music Videos

When you are shooting a music video, it is important to be prepared as best as you can. When working with a band, ask for a copy of the track so that you can start visualizing what you want the music video to look like. It’s also important to bring a notepad to the meeting with the band so you can jot down any ideas or things that are important to the band. Finally, make…
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Basic Editing Functions

The software you will be looking at for home video editing goes by the name of Non-Linear Editing (NLE).
NLE video editors differ from old video editing techniques due to the entire process being carried out within a computer environment.
The main concept of this, that benefits you the user, is that all editing decisions you make, everything you do to a clip or a project…
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Tips for Replicating Evening Light Indoors on a Budget

Evening light can really step up the production value of a low budget film or short. We can replicate this type of lighting even though we might be shooting in the morning indoors. On a low budget we don’t want to try to emulate and emanate actual lights if we don’t have to. Instead we can add a golden glow as if there is fading sunlight coming from a window in the scene….
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How To Look Your Best On A Webcam Video Call

As the world continues to work from home and have video conferences, it’s important for you to look professional to the rest of your team. You should first stick to one spot in your house during video calls instead of moving around. The area should have adequate lighting, and preferably not near a window since the sunlight can be inconsistent. Then, you’ll want to ensure…
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Video File Format Compatibility

Video File Import and Export Choices
As I mentioned in another post in this series on how to choose the best video editing software for you one thing to keep in mind during the selection process is, “What is it that I am REALLY going to do with this software?”
There is absolutely no point in spending extra money on software that handles all sorts of TV broadcast standard…
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A Beginner’s Guide to Frame Rates

Frame rate is a term used to describe frames per second, referring to how many frames make up a moving image of a film. The standard FPS is 24, and that is how many movies are filmed but not always. Depending on the Medium or different region this can differ. Directors also may want to change it up and use a different frame rate, as did James Cameron in Avator with 48fps…
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