Monthly Archives: December 2015

#266 Shooting Video Don’ts

A little advice about shooting better video

Well, it’s been over a year since my last post, but I’m not going to apologize. I’ve been busy with a lot issues I feel are more pressing. One of the more important ones has been a new podcast, The Craft Project, which began in January of this year. I am researching the meaning, purpose and value of being an artist/craftsperson through interviews with practicing artists.

I’m not interested in establishing the boundaries between categories of creative pursuits, but I am interested in what other people have to say about the decisions they have made in order to live a life in the arts. Right now I’ve limited my focus  on the visual arts because it’s the area of art I’m most familiar with. We’ll see how inclusive I can be as this show progresses.

Video/cinematography/filmmaking counts as a visual art, whether it’s experimental, narrative or documentary and since those subjects are the focus of my current job, I continue to have things to say about it as I is the case in this episode.

Essentially this post is a laundry list of ways to approach the  variety of tasks required to tell a story through video. Specifically I’m talking about shooting video. I don’t imagine I have anything new to say – really my motivation was primarily a need to write this information down so I can make room in my head for something new. Still, whether you are a beginner, journeyman or expert I’m confident you’ll find some my points with resonate with experiences you’ve undoubtedly had as you’ve pursued filmmaking.

The topics in this episode a listed in the order the occur in a real work video project, starting with Preproduction, finishing with packing up at the end of the shoot.

I don’t go into editing or distribution, that’s an episode for another day.

I hope it helps. I feel better just getting it off my chest.