Video Production

Coffee Break – Blue is the New Red Huge Roast of Links

So a while back I used to post cool links each Wednesday for a Coffee Break series. For many reasons (mainly time and laziness), I haven't posted cool links in a while. But I still have a bunch saved up. So in the spirit of new beginnings, I'm just going to offload...

Drawing The Line

So as noted here before, and it's a pretty big distinction for how films are crewed and scheduled at The Film School and in the real world, jobs are classified as Above-the-Line (ATL) and Below-The-Line (BTL). It's not too hard to remember the difference. Writers,...

On the Road Again

Some back story: So the other two members in the Doc group are focusing on the Patriot Guard and Celebrity Impersonators, while I'm doing Cubicles. The Patriot Guard is a group of motorcyclists that go to the funerals of Iraq soldiers per the family's request to...

Documentary Tools 2.0

I'm a big Web 2.0 fan, so I unsurprisingly relied heavily on various tools to aid in research, notetaking, and organization to manage filmming the Cubicle Documentary. Here's a list of some of the tools that greatly helped me out, and others that I tried but didn't...

Who Produces What?

Since thesis films have started, there's been some confusion as to what the difference is between the Unit Production Manager (UPM) and Second Assistant Director (Second AD), both first year jobs. On F3s, there was only a Second AD and everything seemed to work out...

Make a UPM Kit

During my first semester in the Film School we had a Production Management class. In it we were required to create a UPM kit. Shopping for these items brought back grade school memories. Here's what we had to pickup: One portable file box or satchel - the UPM kit One...

Retirement Communities and Evangelical Churches for the NY Times

Earlier this year I co-produced two video pieces for the New York Times. The first was on retirement communities in South Florida that are seeing an increase in baby boomers moving in but were still working. They didn't want to retire, it was just a good real estate...

5 Examples to Turn Photos to Movies that are Not the Ken Burns Effect

5 Examples to Turn Photos to Movies that are Not the Ken Burns Effect

While not usually a problem for fiction films (unless it's a stylistic choice), most documentaries find the only visual media available for some parts of the film are still photos. The most common method that comes to mind to add movement to still photos is the Ken...