?? Several lifetimes ago, I produced a five-part documentary TV series on a program at a Kansas state penitentiary where inmates try to convince juvenile delinquents to go straight before they end up in prison too. When I look back on my long career, this project stands out as a favorite. In part, that’s  because

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Easy Video Editing and Sharing with Motion Box Are you searching for easy video solutions?  Most Video Production Tips readers are, so I like to point them out when I find them. MotionBox is a new online video editing platform that’s certainly worth a look.  I hope this humble review will help you know what

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Video Storytelling: How To Make Any Story Your Own. .CAMP – More than boxing from Lewis Masei on Vimeo. Video Storytelling Explained It’s a tale as old as time: a father lovingly passes down wisdom to his son, which then defines the son’s life.  How many creative ways do you think this beautiful story has

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People prefer to watch High Definition (HD), or even Ultra high definition videos due to the clarity and quality the video. The down side is these videos require huge bandwidth to stream, and they also consume a lot of space on your storage drive. Due to the huge video file size, it becomes quite challenging

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It can be every videomaker’s nightmare.   You click play on your masterpiece– you know, the one that took months and tons of sweat to finish, but instead of displaying your filmmaking genius, the video file sputters and dies. OMG, it won’t even play! Yes, digital video files can “break.”  They can become corrupted in a

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Nature is full of gorgeous, colorful animals that can make you gasp in wonder. Capturing the majesty on film is not always an easy task but it is vastly rewarding. The first challenge a wildlife photographer faces is location. A wildlife photographer has to go into the habitat of the animals in order to capture

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If you wish to create a flattering portrait of someone, lighting is critical.  Often, that means soft, diffused, bright light with flattering, gentle shadows. Remember, we’re lighting faces here, that soft style of lighting is kind to a face. 🙂 Not every portrait should have that form of standard lighting, that would be boring.  Dramatic

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Projects For Beginning Film Maker One of the skills you need to develop to create professional-quality videos is the ability to think visually. Instead of words, you communicate using pictures. What visual cues can you – as the film director – show the viewer so he or she “gets” it?  Here are sone of the

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Documentary filmmaking is a subcategory of film and video production where the production crew creates a work of journalism rather than a fictional movie. Instead of making up fictional characters and creating a world of make-believe, the documentary filmmaker’s job is to document real life and real people by accurately and fairly telling their stories.   Journalism

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Take a look at these eight marketing characters advertising national brands.  How many do you recognize? Do you know what product or company they represent? Every single time I showed pictures of marketing characters like this to my media students, 6-12, they instantly knew almost every single character  They knew both the character name and

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