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A Look Into the Scriptwriting Process [Reel Rebel #37]

A Look Into the Scriptwriting Process [Reel Rebel #37]

It may seem like writing a script is simply going to your computer (or if you're old school, getting a pen and paper), sitting down and just writing. But it might surprise you to learn that's only part of the scriptwriting process. You need to build a structure for your story, and you need to test it out, before you shoot.

Microphones for Video: Omni Directional vs. Cardioid [Reel Rebel #36]

Microphones for Video: Omni Directional vs. Cardioid [Reel Rebel #36]

Reel Rebel #36 breaks down the difference between omni-directional and cardioid mics. If you don't know the difference, then you should, because finding the right kind of mic for the right situation is a must for any video production. Sometimes you want sound coming from all directions, sometimes you don't. Which situations are those? Read on.

How to Use the Rule of Thirds for Awesome Shot Composition [Reel Rebel]

How to Use the Rule of Thirds for Awesome Shot Composition [Reel Rebel]

One of the most basic "rules" when it comes to shot composition is the "rule of thirds," in which you divide your shot into 9 equal parts with intersecting horizontal and vertical lines and then frame the subject at the intersection of those lines. Here's a video tutorial on it.

Tutorial: How to Create the Old Film Look Effect for Video [ReelRebel #31]

Tutorial: How to Create the Old Film Look Effect for Video [ReelRebel #31]

When you are editing, you’re usually told to use effects sparingly since a little usually goes along way and you don’t want to overdo it.  Sometimes, however, you want a look that is not quite as subtle.  If this is the case, one option might ...

Rhino Slider Review - Affordable DSLR Camera Slider for Cinematic Video [Reel Rebel #32]

Rhino Slider Review   Affordable DSLR Camera Slider for Cinematic Video [Reel Rebel #32]

On this week's Reel Rebel episode we share another common filmmaking technique that's often used by professionals to capture smooth, cinematic looking shots - through the use of a camera slider.  Professional camera slider systems can be quite pricey and until recently, affordable systems were ...

Learn How to Conquer Depth of Field, One F/Stop at a Time [Reel Rebel #21]

Learn How to Conquer Depth of Field, One F/Stop at a Time [Reel Rebel #21]

On this week's Reel Rebel video production tip, Stephen follows up on our first depth-of-field (DOF) overview to dive a bit deeper into how to control depth of field using your DSLR camera's f-stop. Remember, a shallow depth of field is often desirable as it can produce a more ...

Tips for Getting Great Video Coverage when 'Shooting for the Edit' [Reel Rebel #30]

Tips for Getting Great Video Coverage when Shooting for the Edit [Reel Rebel #30]

On this week's Reel Rebel, Stephen talks about the importance "shooting for the edit" and gives some advice on how to ensure that when you're shooting video, you capture enough footage of a scene to provide the editors with full coverage and plenty of shots ...

The Benefits of Using Neutral Density (ND) Filters & Gels in Video Production [ReelRebel #29]

The Benefits of Using Neutral Density (ND) Filters & Gels in Video Production [ReelRebel #29]

In a previous ReelRebel episode on video lighting tips we taught you how you can utilize gels on your lights in order to keep your color temperature correct to get the best look for your shot.  In this episode Stephen gives an overview of neutral density ...

Why Pre-Production Creative Meetings Are Key to Video Project Planning [Reel Rebel #28]

Why Pre Production Creative Meetings Are Key to Video Project Planning [Reel Rebel #28]

Most people, especially creative types, cringe at the thought of having a meeting. However, when you are putting together a video project it is essential to sit down with the necessary parties, do your brainstorming, define your production aims, style, key messages and target audience, and ensure ...

How to Create the Split Screen Effect in Video Editing [Reel Rebel #27]

How to Create the Split Screen Effect in Video Editing [Reel Rebel #27]

The split screen effect, also known as picture in picture or video overlaying, is the concept of showing two video streams simultaneously (traditionally side-by-side) in a given sequence.  There are several instances in which you may want to use a split screen effect editing technique ...

Cinemek Storyboard Composer: Mobile Storyboarding iPad App Review [ReelRebel #26]

Cinemek Storyboard Composer: Mobile Storyboarding iPad App Review [ReelRebel #26]

One of the most important aspects of pre-production is to create a storyboard.  While having a script perfected is important, it is just as important to have a storyboard before you start shooting so you don't miss any essential shots.  This will prevent you from ...

How to Use Cross Dissolve Transitions Effectively in Video Editing [Reel Rebel #25]

How to Use Cross Dissolve Transitions Effectively in Video Editing [Reel Rebel #25]

A cross-dissolve transition is a great transitional editing technique that basically represents the passage of time.  While fast motion is also a great technique to show time passing, cross dissolves are much more common and easier to do.  Learning to do the technique is simple—don't ...

The Importance of the Match Cut in Video Editing [Reel Rebel #24]

The Importance of the Match Cut in Video Editing [Reel Rebel #24]

This week on Reel Rebel, we discuss another important film editing technique that's important to understand when shooting for the edit, called a match cut.  When we talk about shooting for the edit, we're talking about the need to plan your shots in advance, keeping ...

The Importance of Eyeline Matching for Smooth Video Storytelling: Shooting for the Edit [Reel Rebel #23]

 The Importance of Eyeline Matching for Smooth Video Storytelling: Shooting for the Edit [Reel Rebel #23]

Before planning any video shoot, it's important to have a good understanding of how the footage is going to be edited as this can make a big difference in how you approach the shoot.  There's a big difference between shooting and then editing versus shooting for the ...

Best Budget DSLR for Video? Canon EOS Rebel T4i (650D) DSLR Product Review [Reel Rebel #22]

Best Budget DSLR for Video? Canon EOS Rebel T4i (650D) DSLR Product Review [Reel Rebel #22]

For this episode of Reel Rebel, Stephen Schweickart provides a brief video product review of the new Canon Rebel T4i digital SLR (DSLR) camera, also known internationally as the Canon EOS 650D.  With the improvements Canon has made from previous models like the Rebel T3i, ...