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

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Video Introduction to SmartPhone Video book

This is the video introduction shot at New York City street fair. It describes how Ready, Steady, Shoot can help you shoot better smartphone videos, films that your friends and family will want to see, not run away from. Make better videos of your vacations, your kids’ activities, family barbecues, or 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...

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Watch the Video Introduction to the Home Video Book

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Watch the Video Introduction to the Home Video Book

Watch the Video Introduction to the Home Video Book

This is the video introduction to my book. Shot at a street fair in New York City, it describes how Ready, Steady, Shoot can help you shoot better home movies, videos that your friends and family will want to see, not run away from. Make better videos of your vacations, your kids’ activities, family barbecues, or a night out with friends. The intro outlines the easy learning system I invented called The 10 Shot Video. I hope you’ll watch the ones that I shot in many different circumstances in order to give you ideas for your own home movies. I’m continually shooting...

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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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