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Documentary films constitute a broad category of nonfictional motion pictures intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record. A ‘documentary film’ was originally shot on film stock — the only medium available — but now includes video and digital productions that can be either direct-to-video, made as a television program or released for screening in cinemas. “Documentary” has been described ...

YouTube’s Crowdsourced Film, Life In A Day, Premieres This Thursday

YouTubes Crowdsourced Film, Life In A Day, Premieres This Thursday

We've written a lot about Life In A Day here at ReelSEO, and with good reason.  It is, to my knowledge, the very first Hollywood film created from video clips shot by amateurs.  That gimmick alone would make the movie worth checking out, I believe, …

Web Video Production Advice for Aspiring Filmmakers – Interview With Demand Media

Web Video Production Advice for Aspiring Filmmakers   Interview With Demand Media

We caught up with Jay Holzer a few weeks back and he was gracious enough to chat with us for a bit about online video.  He is the Senior Director of Video Production at Demand Media, the publisher of websites like eHow, Cracked, LiveStrong, and …

The Week’s Best Viral Videos & What We Can Learn From Them – 10/29/10

The Week’s Best Viral Videos & What We Can Learn From Them – 10/29/10

It's time again for another recap of the week's best viral videos.  In addition to naming some of my favorites from the last seven days or so, we'll also try and dig a bit deeper to find a lesson—some nugget of inspiration or advice we …

Vimeo Festival + Awards Wraps Up, Videos Online

Vimeo Festival + Awards Wraps Up, Videos Online

In case you weren't the lucky winner of that contest ReelSEO had, or just didn't make it to New York this weekend, Vimeo is kind enough to be putting up the events in, of course, video form on their site. Not only are there award-winning …

The Vimeo Festival and Awards – An In-Depth Look At What To Expect

The Vimeo Festival and Awards – An In Depth Look At What To Expect

You might have notice our contest announcement yesterday regarding the Vimeo Festival+Awards—we're giving away 4 pairs of tickets to the event for free, and all you have to do is submit a video with a tip for using Vimeo.  I though it might be a …

YouTube and Ridley Scott’s Life In A Day Project Releases Raw Submission Footage

YouTube and Ridley Scotts Life In A Day Project Releases Raw Submission Footage

I've been following the Life in a Day project for some time now, because it's incredibly fascinating to me.  The project—a joint venture between YouTube and Hollywood producer Ridley Scott—asked YouTube users to film upload footage of themselves going about their normal daily routine, and …

Online Video Marketing Basics: Part 4 – Choosing The Right Video Production Equipment

Online Video Marketing Basics: Part 4   Choosing The Right Video Production Equipment

Welcome to Part 4 of our ongoing Online Video Marketing Basics series.  It's intended to be a help—a sort of guide, if you will—for individuals and businesses just getting started with online video.  We've already covered Why You Should Get Involved with online video, Choosing …

University Study Indicates Desirable Video Content Trumps Video Production Quality

University Study Indicates Desirable Video Content Trumps Video Production Quality

When you produce a piece of online video content, you probably pay a lot of attention to the quality of the sound and picture.  You want the best possible presentation of your work.  But sometimes, if you're like me, you can get ahead of yourself, …

YouTube’s Life In A Day Experiment Nets 80,000 User-Submitted Videos

YouTubes Life In A Day Experiment Nets 80,000 User Submitted Videos

The YouTube Life In A Day experiment appears to have gone very well, at least in terms of participation.  You might remember the project, in which the video site partnered with Hollywood directors Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald to create a documentary film out of …

Online Video Marketing Basics: Part 2 – Choosing A Video Style

Online Video Marketing Basics: Part 2 – Choosing A Video Style

This is Part 2 of our ongoing series entitled Online Video Marketing Basics.  You may wish to first read Part 1,  which dealt with the question of why you should even want to get involved in online video, laying out a laundry list of valid …

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