The Bestview S5 5.5 full HD (1920×1080) HDMI monitor was designed to be a nice budget solution for use on small DSLR or mirrorless cameras. We first saw the monitor at BIRTV in…
How To Structure Your Videos For More Watch Time
Although the video below was intended specifically for YouTube creators I think it has a lot to offer the average person in terms of how you and I create our own projects.
I think one of the first concepts that tends to go out the window when you are immersed in an editing project is that of the viewer’s perspective.
Jump, repack and jump again with GoPro awards recipient Andy Lewis as he takes on the Doric Column in Moab area.
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Seamless paper backdrops among other backdrops are great for photography backgrounds, but sometimes, you want a background with some real texture. While having several different walls painted different colors or having different textures sounds great, the space and size of a studio can put limits on what you can actually do.
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I recently wrote an article asking photographers to stop tagging locations of outdoor photographs. Here’s a follow-up to that piece, with a great supplemental video from Vox.
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I’m pleased to announce that I’m launching a new podcast called “Write Along.” It’s about writing and the creative process featuring screenwriter, author, and former film critic C. Robert Cargill. Our first episode is up now. Check it out on iTunes, Google Play, or via RSS.
Cargill is a writer whose work I’ve followed for many years. I’ve witnessed his ascent from a film critic at Ain’t It Cool News to a screenwriter working on films that rake in hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office. In recent days, I’ve seen Cargill share advice tweets about the writing process that have resonated with thousands of aspiring creatives on the internet.
The most important thing in writing is to finish. A finished thing can be fixed. A finished thing can be published. A finished thing can be made into a movie.
An unfinished thing is just a dream. And dreams fade if you don’t hold on tight enough.
So finish the thing.
— C. Robert Cargill (@Massawyrm) October 19, 2018
I recognized that Cargill’s advice came from a place of generosity. He’d risen in the industry and wanted to reach down and help the next generation up along with him. So in an effort to signal boost, I pitched Cargill on a simple idea: A weekly podcast, no more than 20 minutes long, that covers a single piece of writing advice. It would be another way to preserve Cargill’s counsel, while potentially adding several layers of interactivity on top (both my dialogue with him, and the audience’s dialogue with us).
On a personal level, I’m excited about this podcast for two reasons: 1) I’m thrilled to be working with Cargill, whose voice I’ve always found to be compelling (even if I often disagree with him), and 2) I think there’s a lot of discipline involved in turning out a podcast that’s only 10-20 mins long each week, and I’d like to practice that discipline. I like to go long with my content. I meander. I don’t edit tightly. Can this weekly podcast that’s shorter than a sitcom episode provide enough enjoyment and utility to justify its existence?
Let’s find out together.
A few other notes and observations from the week:
- If you’re an aspiring podcaster these days, I think it can be tough to figure out exactly which site to use for hosting and creating your podcast. There are just so many options out there (e.g. Podbean, Libsyn, Anchor, etc.). I honestly struggled for a little bit before settling on a hosted WordPress.com website, coupled with a Libsyn account for hosting files (the latter is primarily for the statistics and metrics it provides. WordPress hosts files too, if your’e into that sort of thing). I’ll probably review this experience at some point, but I chose it because it offers a lot of control over the podcast feed, with fairly minimal cost.
- A big shout out to Wikirascals for helping me out with podcast art, and to @ZShevich for helping us come up with a name for the podcast.
- This article about the last days of Blockbuster is beautiful.
- I finally caught up with this powerful essay in which Darius Miles explains what the hell happened to Darius Miles.
- Sandi Doughton has written a meditation on how to survive in Seattle traffic, which turns into a broader piece on the psychology of road rage. I can support Sandi’s premise that Seattle has some pretty terrible driving. Getting around by car is pretty unbearable and the lack of a subway system doesn’t help.
- Roxane Gay writes about why you should vote even if you’re disillusioned right now:
Every single day there is a new, terrifying, preventable tragedy fomented by a president and an administration that uses hate and entitlement as political expedience. If you remain disillusioned or apathetic in this climate, you are complicit. You think your disillusionment is more important than the very real dangers marginalized people in this country live with.
Don’t delude yourself about this. Don’t shroud your political stance in disaffected righteousness. Open your eyes and see the direct line from the people in power to their emboldened acolytes. It is cynical to believe that when we vote we are making a choice between the lesser of two evils. We are dealing with a presidency fueled by hate, greed and indifference. We are dealing with a press corps that can sometimes make it seem as though there are two sides to bigotry. Republican politicians share racist memes that spread false propaganda and crow “fake news” when reality interferes with their ambitions. Progressive candidates are not the lesser of two evils here; they are not anywhere on the spectrum of evil we are currently witnessing.
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Once a year the guys at Shutterstock (royalty free stock images, footage etc.) in conjunction with PremiumBeat (think music for videos), do a week long giveaway promotion.
Generally it is a mixed bag of video and audio assets including lens flares, textures and elements, sound effects and on and on.
They have basically wrapped up the “giveaway week” for…
We all know the dangerous jobs out there: law enforcement, firefighting, the list goes on. But have you ever stopped to think about the risks that come with our profession?
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It’s been a tough week. All this happened in the last seven days:
- Pipe bombs were sent to over a dozen critics of the Trump administration. Thankfully, none of them reached their target.
- A man in Louisville KY killed two people in a Kroger after failing to enter a predominantly black church.
- In Pittsburgh, a man shouting anti-Semitic language killed 11 people in a synagogue.
I’ve been making more blog posts/newsletter entries because I wanted to give updates on my life and share my thoughts on film and pop culture. But on a week like this one, all that ephemera can seem completely insignificant compared to the tragedies we are now weekly faced with. if you’re like me, it can be difficult to know how to balance the desire to stay engaged with the need for self-care. I wish you all the best in finding the right balance for yourselves.
In the meantime, I did want to share this article by Tayari Jones for Time entitled, “There’s Nothing Virtuous About Finding Common Ground”:
I find myself annoyed by the hand-wringing about how we need to find common ground. People ask how might we “meet in the middle,” as though this represents a safe, neutral and civilized space. This American fetishization of the moral middle is a misguided and dangerous cultural impulse. The middle is a point equidistant from two poles. That’s it. There is nothing inherently virtuous about being neither here nor there. Buried in this is a false equivalency of ideas, what you might call the “good people on both sides” phenomenon. When we revisit our shameful past, ask yourself, Where was the middle? Rather than chattel slavery, perhaps we could agree on a nice program of indentured servitude? Instead of subjecting Japanese-American citizens to indefinite detention during WW II, what if we had agreed to give them actual sentences and perhaps provided a receipt for them to reclaim their things when they were released? What is halfway between moral and immoral?
Jones concludes by saying, “Compromise is not valuable in its own right, and justice seldom dwells in the middle.” I hope these are words we can all keep in mind as the U.S. mid-term elections are 9 days away and rapidly approaching.
Vote. Do what you can to create a future you believe in. And remember that there’s nothing inherently valuable about making sure everyone agrees with you.
A few things I read and appreciated this week:
- Charlie Warzel at Buzzfeed considers how online extremism seems to be spilling out into the real world with increasing and disturbing frequency.
- Red Dead Redemption 2, one of the most anticipated games of all time, was released this week. Several stories have been published detailing the challenging conditions workers faced as they created this ambitious gaming Western. I’d recommend the ones by Eurogamer and Kotaku.
- Mike Ryan explains how Bohemian Rhapsody dishonors Freddie Mercury’s legacy.
- Anna Silman at Vulture has an interview with Laverne Cox about how she’s handling her moment in the spotlight.
- Heather Havrilesky describes what it’s like when Library Twitter comes after you.
Characters just saying and doing things isn’t enough to make a scene successful.
Okay, you’re sitting there re-reading your script and you’re beginning to realize something: it’s boring. But why? Your characters are interesting enough, the things they’re doing and saying are pretty entertaining—but everything just seems a little flat. You, my friend, might be missing conflict. If you’re a little at a loss on how to create some, check out this video from the team over at The Film Look. In it, you’ll not only learn how to inject conflict into your scenes but also how to check to see if that’s what your scenes are missing.
Most screenwriters understand that a script should have an exterior and interior conflict that span across the entire story—the hero must save the world (exterior) but first, he must believe in himself (interior). However, conflicts should also appear in each and every scene in your screenplay. No, it doesn’t have to be some big, hairy one like saving the world or overcoming a fear. It can be something as simple as a disagreement, a reluctance to do something, or a sharing of mutual disdain between two characters.