See the Sea Differently

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 in Blog, Slider | Comments Off on See the Sea Differently

See the Sea Differently

“See the Sea Differently” is one of the bonus videos in Ready, Steady, Shoot: A Pro’s Guide to Smartphone Videos. Most videos of the ocean concentrate on breaking waves, beautiful skies, seagulls. But there are other ways to see the world. I decided to shoot the sea mostly in close up, watching the wash of the waves, not the waves themselves, the foam, dark, wet rocks, and only show the ocean in the last shot. As with most of these videos, they’re edited in the camera unless otherwise noted. No editing program was used to trim shots. I couldn’t resist the shot...

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Video Introduction to SmartPhone Video book

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 in Blog, Slider | Comments Off on Video Introduction to SmartPhone Video book

Video Introduction to SmartPhone Video book

This is the video introduction shot at a New York City street fair. Make better videos of for Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook Stories, your vacations, kids’ activities, family barbecues, nights out with friends. You’ll be introduced to The 10 Shot Video, the easy learning system I invented. Follow my scripts and watch how I shot them. Plus, buyers get exclusive FREE access to dozens of other videos to learn from and be inspired by; I’m shooting and posting more all the time. Sign up, we won’t spam you! Also, check out my blog for advanced tips to improve your...

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Secrets to Great Interviews from Smartphones to Pros

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Whether you’re producing a documentary, doing an oral history, making a video of a parent or grand parent, creating your video blog, interviewing your family on vacation, or making a home video, shooting with your iPhone or Android, I can show you how to get a good interview. It’s a very different process from having a chat with your friend. Here are some first steps that can transform your film. Chris Mak emailed a great question about interviewing, then posted it on our Facebook page:  “I am just wondering, every Ken Burns film, and all the Films Mr.Sherman has made, have...

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60 Minutes’ Steve Croft FAILS Interviewing 101 – so do too many TV journalists

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Do you remember Steve Croft’s interview with President Obama and his then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton? It became news. All the networks talked about the interview, but it was only in the Twittesrphere and online sites that Croft was taken to task. As someone who conducts interviews for a living, I thought it was a sadly missed opportunity that speaks poorly for broadcast journalism today. Croft lead his piece by saying he was given just a half hour of their time. So why ask questions that he knew wouldn’t be answered in any kind of insightful way? It didn’t take much...

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How to Use Music in Films, Videos, Vlogs, Blogs, and Corporate

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

I’ve been asked many times about music for film. Music is an essential element in a finished film; it helps tell the story. It can add life to a home video, a vlog, blog, and do wonders for corporate videos. Music that’s too strong can overpower the story, and I’m not only talking about how loud it is. I wouldn’t use upbeat, danceable rock and roll in a sad scene. Music that doesn’t work with the picture and natural sound can be distracting. Music with lyrics fight narration and interviews. Every element of a film must work seamlessly together or we risk losing our...

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How to Make A Thanksgiving Video and NOT Bore Your Family

Posted by on Nov 21, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on How to Make A Thanksgiving Video and NOT Bore Your Family

How to Make A Thanksgiving Video and NOT Bore Your Family

Family gatherings are wonderful times. Great moments can be captured on video. The trap is most people shoot so much nobody wants to watch it afterwards. The secret is to shoot short shots, not too many. Here’s my Thanksgiving video; it’s just 10 Shots. I hope it gives you some ideas for shooting yours.   TIPS: Wait for good moments. You might shoot a few shots of people arriving. A few more of having drinks and appetizers. Serving and eating turkey. A toast or two. You know who will be funny and cool and who will put you all to sleep. So, don’t record every one. And,...

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