My Advice to Help You Master the Craft

Posted by Anthony - August 22, 2011 - Cinematography, Corporate Video, Documentary, Filmmaking Articles, Focal Press - No Comments

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Peeps and peepettes, in case you missed them just wanted to point out a bunch of filmmaking articles I have up on the FREE site  Not only will you find articles by me, but also some of the hottest film book authors in the game all courtesy of Focal Press.  Check them out:

Your B-Roll is Your A-Roll

The term “B-roll” comes from the world of film where editors used to use an “A” and a “B” roll of identical footage, before the digital age changed everything. B-roll shots are similar to cutaways in that they help break up the static interview shots, but B-roll plays a more major role in telling a visual documentary story… [Read More]

Cover your scene (and your butt)

The term “coverage” refers to the variety of shots you use to visually tell your story. Think of it not just as covering your scene, but covering your butt in editing. Apart from just breaking up the monotony of a single, long camera shot, getting more shots or additional coverage will provide plenty of opportunities… [Read More]

Shooting TacticsGuerilla filmmaking – what to do when you don’t have a permit

It’s always less hassle to do things by the book, but as many broke documentary filmmakers will tell you… it ain’t always possible. At the end of the day, there’s only one golden rule when making a Down and Dirty documentary—get the shot. Here are some of my stealth strategies for overcoming common shooting obstacles…. [Read More]

Film Interview TranscriptionHow to Transcribe Documentary Interviews

A simple edit log and notes are sufficient for many smaller documentary projects. However, feature length docs, reality TV, and other large projects will call for full transcripts that contain every word said, who said it, and the time code at which it was said. Making a transcript is the single easiest way to put… [Read More]


sound designSound Rules To Live By

Rule #1: Get the Mic as Close as Possible The most basic rule for recording dialogue is to get the mic as close to the action as possible without being in the shot. The closer the mic, the better the quality of the recording. This is why boom mics so often end up creeping into… [Read More]

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