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About this shoot Before the TigerTilt Motorized Pan Head was released, I wanted to create a beautiful video composition that clearly conveyed its abilities, that are only amplified when mounted to our largest crane, the Taurus XL. I decided on a nature setting, deep in the woods of the Southeast US. The tall trees and low forest ground covering would provide perfect environment for some dynamic and compound movements. As the camera tracks up a mature 100ft hardwood tree, you can really feel the extent of the movement. It's the type of view you'd expect to regularly see if you...

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By Katie Conlon So often when I am shooting in a live setting, people who need to pass will attempt to duck under the camera lens or walk around me.  Unbeknownst to them, I've been locked and loaded waiting for someone to cross, gifting me with a nice camera wipe. Just as you want your action to be natural, you must also ensure that your set (or setting) is natural, too.  Photo by Reinpost | CC BY-SA 3.0 Set dressing and props serve several purposes: Establish the tone and character of a setting Provide context for and flesh out your...

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By Katie Conlon Everyone who decides to pursue a career in film or video initially envisions themselves stepping onto the stage of the Kodak Theater in Hollywood to accept their Academy Award for Best Film in Human History. Obviously, only a select few will ever make it that far, but that doesn't mean you can't still have a lucrative career in videography and/or amateur film production. There are hundreds of ways to use your skills and training to work full-time in videography. Photo by An Mai | CC BY-SA 2.0 First and foremost, the terms video and film are not...

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ProAmUSA, a manufacturer of production equipment for film and video enthusiasts and professionals, congratulates and honors the winners of its 2014 International Student Film Competition. Designed to encourage budding filmmakers, the competition was free to enter and open to students currently enrolled in accredited high schools, colleges and universities worldwide. The winners were chosen and announced on April 4, 2014 by a Hollywood jury, including The Walking Dead writer Curtis Gwinn, Ash Christian (actor, The Good Wife, Law & Order) and Chicago International Film Festival jury organizer Bohus Blahut. Entries were judged on film narrative, originality and execution of chosen...

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One of the best ways to develop as a director, or even a cinematographer, is to edit. Or at least be sure to stay in the bay, so to speak. Enjoy the intimate experience of viewing every single frame of your footage...again, and again, and again. I can practically guarantee that you will never miss another cover shot during production, and you will learn so much about pace! Pace can be the difference between keeping or losing your audience. When you are in post-production pondering your cinematic hard work, you might just find yourself saying: "This scene really wants for...

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