Film and Video Production Articles

How a Steadicam Works

A Steadicam is a device which is used to stabilize the camera while it is in motion. It functions the same way as a tripod, except that the device is attached or gripped by...[more]

Using the Image 80 to Light a Blue Screen

Blue screen compositing is better executed with a perfect photography setup using Image 80 to lighten the set. That’s why you need the best lights that are sensitive to the blue screen. Step 1:...[more]

7 Benefits of Motion Analysis Video

Motion analysis technology for movies offers several advantages and benefits. This is considered cutting edge technology. The camera will track and record the actor’s movements, then this motion is inputted into a completely digital...[more]

How To Host an Online Web Show

There are web shows on cooking, politics, cars, crafts, humor, and you might have something to offer on your own topic. Have you thought about hosting your own web show? If you have, there are things you should...[more]

Web Shows: How To Make a Cheap Camcorder Look Profesional

Web shows have been steadily becoming popular and will one day be as respected as television and film. It's an important medium because anyone can create a web show that can reach an audience....[more]

Understanding Camera Bandwidth

Anyone who is using a web cam or IP camera will need to understand exactly what camera bandwidth is and why it is important. It's essential that you have plenty of bandwidth available so that...[more]

How to Break Movie Genre Cliches with Cinematography

Every movie genre has its own clichés, shots and scenes that audiences have seen time and time again. Clichés are often the fault of a weak script, but cinematography has its own clichés. Breaking them...[more]

Mise en Scene: Matching Costuming to Environment

Mise en scene is the make-up of your frame-the information you convey and what the effect of it is. That will tell the audience not only where and when your story takes place, but it...[more]

How to Match Scene Color Palette to Character Emotions

Color palette is extremely important to a film's frame. It is often said that the director is the author of a film, even when the script was written by a different person who came up...[more]

Advanced Light Measurement: Key Concepts

Photographers know that they need to be worried about the effect of light on their photographs and learn how to take a light measurement. But, there's more to light measurements than simply avoiding the mid-day....[more]

Web Shows: Editing Tips To Stand Out from the Rest

Web shows are a form of new media where anyone can create and upload videos to share with the world. While this has leveled the distribution playing field because you no longer need a huge...[more]

Production: How To Film at a Reverse Angle

In videography, using a reverse angle gives a fresh perspective for the viewers. Sometimes, especially when using a two-shot, this technique is necessary. Both in film and television, the reverse angle is prominent when two...[more]

How To Use Stock Footage to Set the Scene

Using stock footage to set a scene is convenient visual shorthand, whether for fictional or documentary purposes, and a cheap alternative to location shooting. It is a technique nearly as old as filmmaking itself, so viewers...[more]

Complementing a Set's Interior Color Palette with Actors

When deciding on the interior color palette used for your film, you need to give it some consideration. You need to design the color scheme so that you will be able to create an interesting...[more]

Complementing a Set's Interior Color Palette with Props

When working with the interior color palette for your film, it is important that you give some thought to the colors used for props. The colors throughout the scene should work well together. This ensures...[more]

Why to Avoid a Safe Color Palette

When creating a video you will have the option of choosing to use a safe color palette or using something much more adventurous. It's always important to try and make your video as appealing as...[more]

Complementing a Set's Interior Color Palette with Costume

The interior color palette of your film is very important since it is what adds interest and definition to your film. If the colors clash with one another, then these will become annoying to your...[more]

Limiting Your Color Palette in Camera

The color palette is used to create interest in your video. Modern films have a very high color depth which means that a large number of different colors are displayed on the screen. If you...[more]

Avoiding Shine on Bald Heads with Lux Meters

Lux meters are a very useful way of measuring the light inside a scene. This makes it possible to avoid the possibility of glare which can affect your films. If you are filming men with...[more]

Reducing Glare with Lux Meters

Lux meters are all designed as a way of measuring the light in a picture easily and accurately. These measure the amount of light which bounces off a subject in Lux which is a popular...[more]

How Knowing Lux Light Helps in Low Light

Knowing the exact lux light when filming makes it very simple to create professional looking videos. If you are trying to take a photo in low light conditions, then it is imperative that you know...[more]

Using a Light Level Meter to Create Shadows

A light level meter might not be essential to create films, however, using one will make your movie look much more professional. Light meters are capable of detecting the amount of light bouncing off a...[more]

How the Latest Illumination Engineering Improves Your Lighting

Illumination engineering has come a long way since it was first used in films and theater productions. At one time, film and theater lights were made by using a oxyhydrogen flame pointed at quicklime. Lime...[more]

Adjusting a Luminance Meter for Outdoor Use

A luminance meter is another name for alight meter. These are very useful when recording videos because it is possible to use them to measure the brightness of a scene. If you are using the...[more]

Getting the Film Look Using a Lux Meter

A lux meter is a very useful device which makes it very simple to record professional looking videos. Lux meters are special devices which are capable of measuring the light intensity in the scene. This...[more]

Why a Light Intensity Meter Is Important

A light intensity meter is a very useful device for anyone taking photos or recording videos. While a light meter isn't essential, it will make recording professional quality videos much simpler. By using a light...[more]

Finding the Balance in Light Intensity

Recording good videos is a real challenge, but it's something that is easier if you know about light intensity. When recording videos, light is very important because this is what is captured and makes up...[more]

Production: Working with the Foreground

During production, you will be constantly trying to achieve the most dynamic framing possible. There are many ways to transform that standard shot into something interesting. One such technique is to use foreground elements to...[more]

Production: The Basics of Composition

Honing your composition skills is only a matter of practice. However, there are some conventions that you can try out as you discover your own personal tastes. 1. Rule of Thirds Imagine an empty frame....[more]

Production: How To Do an Over-The-Shoulder Shot

Shot design is a key part of the production process. Shooting coverage may seem boring, but with the proper investment of intuition, you can enhance a standard conversation. An over the shoulder shot can add just...[more]

Production Lighting: How To Light Car Interiors

With production lighting, certain productions may require you to light a car interior. Whether the scene takes place at night or during the day, this will require some technique. Step 1: Lighting during the Day If...[more]

Production Lighting: How to Do Rim Lighting

In production lighting, you can often add a bit of glamor using a rim light. Lighting the person's face is always the primary objective, but you can create a greater aesthetic if you can go...[more]

Production Lighting: How Light Using Practicals

Production lighting is not just about exposing the characters in a scene. Lighting is about painting a setting into a beautiful frame. Practical sources can create exquisite highlights in any space. Step 1: What Is...[more]

Mise en Scene: Selecting Props

Setting up a scene, or mise en scene, often involves selecting the right props for that scene, and there's more to prop placement than simply adding something to fill in the background. A prop tells...[more]

Getting Excellent Skin Tones with a Spotmeter

A spotmeter can be used to detect the light conditions in the area where you are taking photos or filming videos. This will make it easy to determine the exposure settings that you should use for...[more]

Where to Place a Spotmeter

A spotmeter is a special type of light meter which only measures a small part of the light in a scene. This makes it much easier to identify the light coming from certain sources or...[more]

Shooting Varying Foot-Candles within one Shot

If you want to take a photo or video which has varying foot-candles throughout the shot then you will need to spend time finding out exactly how to do this. Fortunately this is fairly easy thanks...[more]

What to Look for in Lux Meters

Lux meters will make measuring the light in a scene much easier. This should make it possible to take great photos simply. Of course, you need to be careful when choosing which Lux meter to...[more]

How to Use a Foot-Candle Meter

A foot-candle meter is a type of light meter which measures the light intensity in your picture. These meters are actually very simple to use and will help you to set the camera correctly and...[more]

How to Convert Foot-Candle Measurement

A foot-candle is a measurement of light intensity. This is a non SI unit, but it can be easily converted into more useful units of measure if you prefer including Lumens and Watts. By knowing...[more]

How To Transfer VHS to Digital Video

Transferring a VHS video to digital video is a great way to save and preserve your videos. There are many machines that help to transfer this form of media. With so much video format being...[more]

Post Production: Understanding Match Action

Editors make a comfortable income putting one frame next to another, and one trick of the trade to make their editing flow is to cut with match action. This technique helps mask the fact that...[more]

Post Production: A Guide To Disk Duplication Houses

Disk duplication houses are extremely helpful in situations that involve burning a large batch of DVD's or CD's. Save your time from dealing with the hassle of burning and assembling your media individually one by...[more]

Post Production: Basic Tips for Chromakeys

Post production is the final phase of production when the movie really comes together. This is the process of turning footage into a polished film. One of the things that happens in post production is...[more]

Post Production: How To Use Green and Blue Screens

You will replace the blue and green screen you used in shooting during post production. This technique creates a composite of two images. So wherever you had a blue screen, a completely different image will...[more]

Post Production: How To Create a Binoculars or Telescope with Mattes

Mattes cut holes in one clip to allow portions of another clip to show through. Mattes are used to create binocular and telescope point of view shots that were common in older movies and TV...[more]

Post Production: 5 Tips for Using Slow Motion

There are lots of effects that can be added to your films to make them more interesting and these include slow motion. Slow motion is an interesting effect and as long as it's not used...[more]

Post Production: How To Edit Action Scenes

Action scenes add interest and excitement to your video. Filming action scenes can be very difficult simply because they are high speed scenes. Getting everything right can be very tricky. In order to make your...[more]

Post Production: How To Do a Motivated Edit

Any type of edit in post-production literally breaks continuity, but a motivated edit is the most discreet and least jarring type of cut. A motivated edit or motivated cut is often cued by necessity -...[more]

Production: How To Make Your Own Pan-&-Tilt Jib

With any video production you must make the finished project look as special and interesting as possible. There are a number of ways to add interest to a video. One such possibility is using a Pan...[more]

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