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Filmmaking (often referred to in an academic context as film production) is the process of making a film. Filmmaking involves a number of discrete stages including an initial story, idea, or commission, through scriptwriting, casting, shooting, editing, and screening the finished product before an audience that may result in a film release and exhibition. Filmmaking takes place in many places around the world in a range of economic, social, and political contexts, and using a variety of techn...

Ryan Connolly: Behind the Reel with the Man Behind Film Riot [Interview]

Ryan Connolly: Behind the Reel with the Man Behind Film Riot [Interview]

Film Riot is a must-see YouTube channel for filmmakers and creators who want to learn the most they can about the art and craft of filmmaking. It’s a how-to crash course in filming and post production and Film Riot founder, Ryan Connolly is our special guest on this week’s “Behind the Reel.”

The Top Video Marketing Mistakes (and Solutions)

The Top Video Marketing Mistakes (and Solutions)

As web video grows more popular and the tools for creating and uploading it become more accessible, plenty of professionals want in on the action—but they don’t always know the best way to do it. See the most common mistakes the budding video marketer can make, and how to avoid making them.

MōVI Cam Stabilizer Is Pricey, But Video Showing It Off Is Awesome

MōVI Cam Stabilizer Is Pricey, But Video Showing It Off Is Awesome

The new MōVI cam stabilizer is still going to be well out of most people’s price range, but the video showing it off is perfect for those who can afford it, because it not only informs, it entertains. So even those of us who can’t spend $14,995 on an accessory like this can still enjoy it.

10 Lessons I Learned on My First Major Video Production

10 Lessons I Learned on My First Major Video Production

Recently, we put the wraps on post production on my Not So Super pilot episode. I thought, since this was my first major video production, I would share what I learned while shooting it. This won't be of interest to those of you who have …

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 …

ZoomTilt TV Reset Finalists Vie for Branded Video Content Gold

ZoomTilt TV Reset Finalists Vie for Branded Video Content Gold

ZoomTilt, which I wrote about a while back, is in the business of finding talented filmmakers who have got financially sustainable web series they want to make. In order for them to be financially sustainable, they need to appeal to brands who will sponsor them …

A Case Study in How to Release Your Short Film Online

A Case Study in How to Release Your Short Film Online

This week, Vimeo reprinted an article from Short of the Week creators Andrew Allen and Jason Sondhi called "How We Launched Our Film Online: The Thomas Beale Cipher."  These filmmakers wanted their film to be seen by a larger audience after 8 months of festivals, …

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 …

First Cameraman: Insider Secrets to Marketing the Obama Presidency on YouTube

First Cameraman: Insider Secrets to Marketing the Obama Presidency on YouTube

Run, don’t walk, to your favorite bookstore and buy First Cameraman: Documenting the Obama Presidency in Real Time. Or, if there aren’t any bookstores left within running distance, then bike over to your local library and check out this new hardcover book by Arun Chaudhary. …

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