Saturday, November 28, 2015

Five Frugal Turkeys: Learning from bad videos

When you are trying to post a new video every week, there may be times when some bad ones slip through. Every thing you publish isn't going to be great and some may be downright awful. The good news is that you can learn from your mistakes and make your next video better than the last.

That's what this video is about. I've chosen five videos that had something bad about them that I learned from. I state what I think is wrong with each post, followed by the lesson learned. Hopefully I'm not the only one that benefits.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Q&A: What about camcorder filmmaking?

And this what happens when you post a video on YouTube, a holiday hits, and you forget the accompanying post on your blog! Sorry about the delay for those who read the blog and don't subscribe to the YouTube channel.

Today we talk about tripods, vintages lenses, external mics, and the Frugal Endgame.


Technique: Camera Panning and Tilting

Vivitar Series 1 lens info (a good place to start)


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Technique: Camera Panning and Tilting

While it may seem super basic to describe the camera pan and tilt, it's still an important shot that every filmmaker should know how to pull off. If you have never heard of this camera move, the pan (from the term panorama) is to move the camera left and right, while the tilt is to move the camera up and down. Very simple stuff, but that doesn't mean you should be lazy when using it.

What I find interesting about the pan and tilt, is that it's one of the few shots that mimics the movement of the human head. When we need to look around we pan or tilt our head, just like a camera on a tripod. A tripod which also has a head, arm, and legs. Interesting.

In the video I show some examples of pans and tilts (sometimes solo, sometimes in tandem with other shots) from my short films. On the surface it seems like the simplest of moves, but like all camera moves, it can be as simple or complex as you want. The pan and tilt are revealing shots that hold back critical visual information until the move is complete. It's one of many storytelling tools you have at your disposal.

A fluid head on your tripod is a must when performing a pan or a tilt. The oil bearing in a fluid head will give you buttery smooth pans and tilts right out of the box. You'll still need to practice, of course, but you'll never regret getting a fluid head on your sticks. Conversely, trying to do a pan or tilt on a still camera tripod (with no fluid head) is a nightmare. Spare yourself the misery and don't do it.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Q&A: How frugal are you?

Today we cover spring clamps, filmmaker frugality, a snow shoot, generic audio monitors, my ten minute time limit, and poop!


Creating a Small Studio, Part 3 - Tabletop Shooting!
Spring Clamp at Home Depot
External Camera Power
External Camera Power 2
Review: Fotodiox ND Throttle 
Variable ND Filter (Amazon : eBay)


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