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Traveling with the purpose of filming and documenting new locales is to see the world like you’ve never seen it before– through your camera. The journey will be difficult, it will be long and it may break you (your equipment that is.) Even with the best-planned itinerary, the entire trip is full of unpredictable elements; changing weather, flight delays, rental car issues, etc. So you need to consider factors like your health, the possible weather events in your destination, your route options, your crew's needs and of course the equipment you will be using for your shoot. "Preparedness is the...

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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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