Monday, July 27, 2015

Using Socialblade to Analyze Other YouTube Channels

If you decide to really go for it and create a robust YouTube channel with content that adheres to a single theme, you should always be aware of who else is doing the same thing. I believe that most YouTube "competition" tends to be friendly, especially since collaborations are very common and YouTubers appear to help each other out.

It is always a good idea to be aware of what other people are doing and how successful they are in doing it. Socialblade is a website that will let you peek at basic stats (among other things) that other YouTube channels are racking up. Just type in the name of the channel and it will give you a breakdown of subscribers per day and month (with averages) and views per day and month (with averages). While it might not be as eye opening for your own channel (because you already know), it is very interesting to see how good or bad others in your niche are performing.

In my case, there are really only a handful of Tubers posting regular content about filmmaking and even fewer that post regularly about DIY filmmaking. This is good for me, but also proves there is lots of room for other voices and angles, even when covering similar material.

It's always good to know how many eyeballs are watching your competition. Check out the channels that are doing better than you are. They are doing something right, and you should definitely find out what it is.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Low Maintenance Outdoor Shooting

If you do any amount of videoblogging, the day may come when you have to do said videoblogging outdoors. Like any outdoor location shoots, there are many challenges to overcome. One of the largest is to reduce your setup time to streamline the process of creating the exact same shot on a regular basis. That is what I've done, and this video outlines ways you could do the same thing with little effort and only a small amount of planning.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

TBT: The ARKOFF Formula for Genre Films

Lately I've been rummaging around old posts on this blog and I've found a bunch of broken links that used my old domain name, (remember that?). Like a dummy, some of my old links used that custom domain name instead of the ubiquitous blogspot address. This meant that when that old domain name lapsed, all those old links were broken. I'm in the process of resurrecting some of those articles, many of which I'm proud of and re-sharing them here.

The first is an elaboration on a post I read from pulp expert and aficionado Bill Cunningham. He shared an interview in which genre movie producer (some would say Z-grade movie producer) Samuel Z. Arkoff shared his formula (based on the letters of his last name) for making genre-based fare. I was really inspired by this formula and wrote a six post series sharing my opinions and elaborations.

Now that the links have been restored and can all be accessed, here is the series in its entirety:

A is for Action: Action Them 'til They're Dizzy
R is for Revolutionary: Revolutionary Scenes Get Talked of
K is for Kill: Kill Colorfully and Often
O is for Orate: Tell the World About Your Picture!
F is for Fantasy: Fantasy is what Audiences Spend Money for
F is for Foreplay: Foreplay is as Important in Dramaturgy as in Bed

Even if genre film aren't what you want to make, there is still a lot of good ideas here coming from Mr. Arkoff (despite the now out-of-date social media references). Being familiar with all forms of film can only help you when you go to make your specific brand of them. Let's get to it!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Frugal Filmmaker Makes Chris Winter's Top 10

Here's something I'd like to do more often. In the past The Frugal Filmmaker has been mentioned on a website or two, which I always seem to find out about. What I fail to do (and would like to remedy starting now), is to give those who are gracious enough to mention my blog or YouTube channel some link love in return. I'm always very grateful whenever anyone thinks what I am doing is worth something, and even more grateful when they go public.

The most recent example is YouTuber Chris Winter, who included me on his Top 10 Best DSLR & Cinematography Channels video. He gives me some nice credit for filmmaking on a shoestring as well as getting the basics right. I'm glad I got a mention even if I only came in ninth place (I'll have to work on that)!

You can also do yourself a favor by checking out the other nine mentions, who are all very worthy (and you can probably guess most of them), but make sure you check the videos on Chris' channel. He seems more into photography than filmmaking, but he has lots of good reviews and tips, his videos are produced well, and he's a very charismatic, honest sounding host with lots of valuable things to say.

Thanks Chris!


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