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As a run-and-gun filmmaker, I’m constantly looking for ways that I can improve the production value of my work. One of the primary ways that I try to do that is by incorporating dynamic and interesting camera movement into it. Jibs and cranes are great tools to utilize when trying to create compelling or cinematic camera movement, and are also one of the most versatile tools that you can use while on location or a set. Unfortunately, there have been historical trade-offs due to their inherent bulk. It used to be that jibs and camera cranes were typically items reserved...

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Guest Post by Craig Kotilinek A mini jib, classified in this article as anything less than eight feet, is an inexpensive and smooth way to take your production to the next level. Everyone seems to be jumping on the Movi craze and before that it was sliders. These are great tools but when everyone uses them everyone’s productions start to look the same. This is where a mini jib can come in very handy in setting your final product apart (and above) the competition, but there are some things you’re going to want to be aware of before setting out...

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Unexplored Angles Cameras continue to push the boundaries of technology– ever higher pixel counts, greater low-light performance, and better stabilization. While this is extremely helpful in increasing a filmmaker’s or videographer’s production value, it’s only half of the final creative puzzle. An often overlooked and underappreciated area to pay attention to is how to compose a story by shooting unexplored angles and dynamic perspectives to further along the emotional content of your story. Exciting and interesting perspectives can be achieved at certain positions like if you crouch down for a worm’s eye view or climb up a ladder for a...

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Often we spend thousands on cameras, and only a fraction on audio. So the question is, "Is sound quality in your films more important than image quality?" If you've ever asked that question, be sure to check out this informative video by Alex of SourceDistributionTV. We say "video," and beginners tend to focus on just that. But it's taken for granted that the term often encompasses the whole sensory experience, including audio. Great audio is a way that filmmakers draw the viewer into the film; many layers of crisp sound that envelops you. On the opposite end, poor audio can...

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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. They 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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