The Video Production Process – Pre Production to Post

By |2022-04-04T16:56:31-04:00April 4th, 2022|Filmmaking, Tutorial|

The video production process has many components. Depending on the scale of the production, each phase could be quite involved or relatively minimal. You need only read the list of names at the end of a blockbuster movie to see how many people can work behind the scenes to make a big movie happen. Smaller

What is User-Generated Content? The Ultimate Guide to UGC

By |2022-02-21T14:52:39-05:00February 21st, 2022|Filmmaking, Marketing, Tutorial|

What is UGC? User-generated content (UGC) is audio or visual content created by regular people, customers, clients, or students that can be compiled and used for the purposes of marketing, video production, theatrical performances, podcasts, and much more. When it comes to advertising, think of it as customer-generated marketing. In the age of social media,

Your Pre-Production Checklist and Why It’s Important

By |2022-02-14T18:25:33-05:00February 14th, 2022|Education, Filmmaking, Tutorial, Uncategorized|

Your Pre-Production Checklist and Why It’s Important “Be prepared.” It’s more than just a Boy Scout motto. It’s also a helpful reminder to have multiple items outlined in detail well in advance of any video production shoot. One of the primary ways to plan ahead is to complete a pre-production checklist. This checklist serves as

How to Use Sound to Depict Theme in Your Documentary Film

By |2021-02-26T22:17:30-05:00February 26th, 2021|Filmmaking, Uncategorized|

In my previous blog, I stressed the importance of making deliberate filmmaking decisions to capture specific themes. Although I focused more on visual elements, I would now like to turn up the volume on the importance of sound. How you utilize sound is another critical choice that can allow your theme to shine through. Films

Free Solo: A Case Study of Inherent Structure in a Documentary

By |2021-02-26T22:15:20-05:00February 26th, 2021|Filmmaking, Uncategorized, Writing|

(Alert: Spoilers) In my previous blog post, I highlighted the importance of finding the inherent structure in your documentary subject. I stated that the foundation of that structure is usually tied to an external goal of the main character in order to achieve the basic framework of a beginning, middle, and end. This concept is

How to Depict Theme in Your Documentary Film

By |2021-01-26T03:42:42-05:00January 26th, 2021|Education, Filmmaking, Writing|

One of my primary criticisms of movies today is either the complete absence of or the pathetic attempt to capture theme. A story's theme is the magic we take with us after the lights come on and we return to our mundane lives. Themes can offer us a new perspective that literally changes how we

Find Your Documentary’s Inherent Structure

By |2021-01-26T03:40:44-05:00January 26th, 2021|Filmmaking, Writing|

Normal life has its dramatic moments, but most of the time our lives are pretty boring. The occasional exciting event is only amazing to us because it’s happening to, well, us. We each have the benefit of years of personal context leading up to that moment, but an outside observer’s emotional response would likely be

To the Light: The ‘Dream of a Refugee Boy’ in Kenya’s Kakuma Camp

By |2020-09-01T16:51:59-04:00September 1st, 2020|Filmmaking, Human Rights, Special|

Erjok “David” Makuei was one of the film students we met in Kakuma refugee camp, the place he's called home for the past 23 years. Born in Kakuma, it’s the only home David has ever known. In addition to performing a personal spoken-word rap, he candidly revealed his life experiences and future goals, which extend

The Tailor Made Crew Throws Down for the Showdown

By |2018-02-22T17:51:21-05:00February 22nd, 2018|Filmmaking, Special|

On a bitter cold Wednesday in January, my crew and I piled into my salt-stained SUV bound for Brooklyn. “I Want My Future Back,” a music video we produced and directed for Astronauts of Antiquity, was being featured in the 2018 Silver Sound Showdown Music and Video Festival. Our music video was released a little

Filming in the Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya

By |2017-08-17T19:52:21-04:00August 17th, 2017|Filmmaking, Human Rights|

Many around the world view refugees as a herd of scary "others" flooding countries and threatening our safety. Even when they don’t reach our shores, some potential host countries would rather ignore refugees than support them. The world then forgets about these desperate people while they continue to endure unspeakable trauma and loss. Due to

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