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Tanya and Quito Wedding Invitation Video

We love getting creative and making videos unique to our wonderful couples. Here is the Star Wars-inspired wedding invitation we created for Tanya and Quito.

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Women in Need 2

Periodic Table of Storytelling

This is a cool idea and can be a starting point or a writer’s prompt to get you going.  As appealing as a formula or guide can be, they can only be a launching point for a good story.  I am finding that good stories take a life of their own and are guided by the storyteller and the characters in the story.  Regardless, I think if this is used properly it can be a nice tool to have.
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Experiment: Story-time Fridays

Each week on Friday, I will be releasing a new short film script or scene for anyone’s use. Read more

Figuring Out Creative Commons

Film Tip Tuesday

Every Tuesday we learn something new about filmmaking, videography, or photography

This week, we learn about Creative Commons.  I am interested in sharing some of the work I create and I am finding different resources for Creative Commons.  This is an awesome video that gives an overview on Creative Commons:

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Storytelling

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A mentor shared this with me today.  I’ve always liked this.  This is one of Nike’s Greatness ads from a couple of years ago.

It’s one minute and just one shot but very powerful.  It did stir up some controversy but I don’t buy into that.  I think it is genuine and honest.  I think it is a good piece of filmmaking and storytelling.

Why is it so good?  A few things stick out to me.

It raises questions right away.  You wonder what is this?  You wonder who is that running?  Why are they talking about greatness?

So we get hooked.  We want to find out about this jogger.  We want know more.

Another thing that is great about this is the accessibility of it all.  Meaning we can relate to this story.  Most of us either struggle with our weight or our health.  We know how tough it is to get out there, exercise, and stay healthy.  Here is a kid that represents our struggles but he is doing it.  He is doing the difficult thing.  We cheer him on because we see ourselves in him.  We want to have his strength and courage to do the hard thing.  If you read the comments on the Youtube page, people are inspired by him to get out and run 2 years later.

Plus, the direction, editing, and cinematography all play into telling the story better.  It is a simple dolly shot that frames the road and the jogger perfectly.  It shows us what we need to see when we need to see it.  It compels us to keep watching.

Then they tag it at the end with the logo and slogan.  Whether or not it gets you to buy their stuff is another issue.  We’ll save that for another blog post.  Let me know what you think.

DIY Smartphone Tripod

I found this cute little tutorial on making a keychain smartphone tripod:

http://www.benvelo.com/phone_tripod_3.htm

Keychain Tripod – image from www.benvelo.com design by Benny Johansson

The phone can be tilted 0-8 degrees on one side and 15 on the other.

 

For instructions on how to make one for yourself visit:  http://www.benvelo.com/phone_tripod_3.htm

I first heard of Benny from http://www.diyphotography.net/cleverest-diyp-iphone-tripod-ever/

But I like the version above better than the version 2 feature in that article.

 

The Genius of Walter Murch

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I just got a chance to watch this master class given by Walter Murch at the Sheffield Doc/Fest.  It is awesome and incredibly insightful.  Walter Murch is one of the most influential editors of modern filmmaking.

Here are a few screenshots that I think are awesome:

Screen Shot of Another of Walter Murch's Work Stations - Notice the visual breakdown to the right

Screen Shot of Another of Walter Murch’s Work Stations – Notice the visual breakdown to the right

Screen Shot Walter Murch's Visual Breakdown of Film

Screen Shot CU of Walter Murch's Post It Note Breakdown of a Film

Screen Shot CU of Walter Murch’s Post It Note Breakdown of a Film

Screen Shot of Walter Murch's Standing Work Station

Screen Shot of Walter Murch’s Standing Work Station

Screen Shot Walter Murch's Post It Note Breakdown of a Film

Screen Shot Walter Murch’s Post It Note Breakdown of a Film

Screen Shot Walter Murch's FCP7 Timeline for Particle Fever

Screen Shot Walter Murch’s FCP7 Timeline for Particle Fever

 

I first heard of this video from http://nofilmschool.com/2014/02/watch-masterclass-legendary-film-editor-sound-designer-walter-murch/