2014 continues to race by. Here’s some of the content I have spent time reading/watching when I should have been trying to tick things off my todo list. If you’re in need of a little procrastination, click this way:
Another week; another bunch of seemingly random links:
- Jack Conte, Pomplamoose/Patreon – I’m a big fan of Pomplamoose and Jack’s video creations (Bay-love). Here’s Jack’s presentation at the XOXO Festival talking about being a creative, staying inspired, productive and making a living at it.
- 5 Editing Tips for Music Videos – aimed at those making music videos but a lot of good tips you can apply to just about any video production work.
- 22 Ways to Get You Out of Your Funk – if you’re a creative and you haven’t been in a funk, then I envy you.
- Lightroom for the iPad – I love LR for my still work and can’t wait to take this new, mobile option out for a spin.
- Making a Storm – making weather on set can get pretty expensive. Here’s an article on making it rain that’s more in line with a guerrilla filmmaker’s budget.
- Crazy camera trick takes the Hitchcock zoom to a whole new LSD level – crazy effect if you happen to have a slit camera in your arsenal. Worth seeing just for the eye candy if you don’t.
- DIY Camera Cart – worthwhile project if you’re going to be somewhere on set for a while.
- Ode to (21st Century) Cinematographers – more eye candy.
- Premiere Pro Techniques (CS6 & above) – I just stumbled on these great tutorials from Andrew Devis. Well worth your time if you’re in need of a little schooling.
- The Art of Color-Correction – good presentation to have bookmarked so you can send to lay-people who ask too many questions.
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The internet is full of opinions, tips and inspirations for filmmakers but not all of them are worth your time. Here’s some that I think are:
- The Camera Assistant – ha! Even though this site is full of in jokes for people involved in much higher productions than I am, there’s still something for anyone involved in the technical side of video or film production.
- The Black and Blue – a site full of tips for camera assistants. Again, this is aimed at people in much bigger crews than I’ve ever worked in but I still found a lot of useful content here. Oh, the luxury of having a focus puller
- In The Mood for Doyle – Insightful Doc about DP Christopher Doyle. Again, someone way out side my circle and league, but so worth listening to.
- Unorthodox DIY Film Studio Ideas That Are Also Ridiculously Cheap & Easy – falling back to my usual speed, here’s some great, cheap tricks.
- 10 Tips for Making Great Build Videos – from MAKE magazine. If you ever have to do some kind of table-top, instruction video this is a great article.
- Alexis Ohanian: Sucking is the First Step to Being Sorta Good at Something – well, I’ve got the first part down …
- MasterClass Series: How To Get New Clients With “Super-Niching” – I may have mentioned that I’m Shmuel’s biggest fan and here’s a great interview he did with someone who “super-niches”. As a through and through generalist it made for interesting listening.
- Five Things Not To Do When Shooting a No-Budget Film By Yourself (And Why I Did Them Anyway) – great non-advice
- How to get the most from your online video – back to the business/corporate stuff and some useful reading.
- How to Boost Income When Work is Slow – good advice from Caleb from DSLR Video Shooter, for when times are tough for the independent film producer.
- How to Close More Sales Deals with Video – good advice from SalesForce
- How Rethinking Your Demo Reel Could Help You Land a Dream Job – who doesn’t want to land their dream job?
Love this comic strip! There are a few managers and executives I’m so tempted to send this to. Check out socmedsean.com for more hilarity.
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So, how was your week? It was wet here in N.Cal and it was the Oscars so I was trying to watch as many nominated movies as possible before the stars hit the red carpet. What did you think of the results? Overall, I thought they were fair. But I did also have time to find you some written and video bits I think are worth your time so here we go: