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Jan Ozer | A step-by-step tutorial on creating a basic setup for in-studio greenscreen shoot, including tips on lighting, audio, teleprompting, monitoring, camera setup, exposure, and cleanup.
Feature - Posted 08 Feb 2012 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Ryan Bodie's current passion, streaming live events, has established his company, Florida-based Studio 26 Productions, as the go-to live event webcast provider in his region and in some key entertainment areas, ranging from concert series in the spring to festivals in the summer and one-off arena gigs like a Chaka Khan show. Bodie estimates that his crew does roughly 80 live events per year, with maybe half of those involving music.
Feature - Posted 11 Jan 2012 By
Alan Naumann | Goodbyes are never easy-especially when you're having a good time and don't want to leave. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Goodbyes are a part of life and, as such, need to be given with grace and meaning. Being closely associated with the funeral industry, I often hear about people giving their last words--words that usually express great meaning. That is what I want to accomplish in this final article.
Feature - Posted 07 Dec 2011 By
Jan Ozer | Over the years, I've gathered some thoughts on what it takes to produce and deliver a high-quality video experience and, to a degree, succeed as a video producer. While most of this will be old hat to grizzled veterans, perhaps some newbie will find these ramblings, and the associated resources that I point to, of use.
Feature - Posted 07 Dec 2011 By
Matt Davis | Thanks, friends, for not only engaging with me through this column but for inspiring me to constantly raise the bar and leave an impact on this industry in the best way I can.
Feature - Posted 07 Dec 2011 By
Shawn Lam | Organic search engine results should be the goal of most SEO campaigns, but businesses are spending 10 times more on paid search results. If you could solve the SEO problem and generate top-level organic results, you could tap into a huge potential market for your services among prospects searching for the type of services you offer online. This article will show you how video producers are well-positioned to offer a solution to that problem.
Feature - Posted 07 Dec 2011 By
Liz Merfeld | Today, the demo is arguably no less important than it was in years past. But a handful of adventurous wedding filmmakers, in an effort to stand out among a growing talent pool, have begun to offer a more introspective marketing piece to complement, or even replace, their demos: the promo video. Where demos highlight a filmmaker's skills, as well as testimonials to the value of those skills, promos introduce viewers to the people behind the cameras.
Feature - Posted 29 Nov 2011 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | EventDV is closing its doors after 7 exciting years in the event filmmaking industry. Editor Stephen Nathans-Kelly says farewell in words and in a PSA clip produced by Whit Wales of Wales Films.
Feature - Posted 28 Nov 2011 By
January 9, 2012 "Getting Into Wedding & Event Filmmaking - 101" event to be held at Bally's Las Vegas, feature Michael Brand, Alex Karas, and Jenny Lehman
Breaking News - Posted 21 Nov 2011
Stu Sweetow | We recently examined the responsibilities you take when you assume the role of the producer of a corporate video. Here we look at the director's role and the tasks and responsibilities you can expect to handle when wearing the director's hat (or beret). In many organizations, you may be both producer and director, but it is important to understand the functions that a corporate video director may be expected to fulfill.
Feature - Posted 21 Nov 2011 By
Alan Naumann | Recently, I've been contacted by several videographers who are discouraged and ready to call it quits. As videographers, we face many challenges, from the fragile economy to the plethora of inexpensive video cameras that allow anyone to become an amateur videographer. Our greatest asset is not our equipment but our knowledge and experience, which we need to apply to the new opportunities that are before us.
Feature - Posted 21 Nov 2011 By
Matt Davis | The families that you serve want to be your next raving salesperson—a walking billboard, a megaphone, for you! These brides, grooms, and parents aren't going to be purchasing another wedding film, but what about the sister, youngest daughter, co-worker, college roommate, or church friend of theirs who's next in line? If you aren't at the top of their minds or haven't made a huge impact on them, those referrals are pretty hard to come by. I'd like to share with you some practical things we do at Life Stage Films that get clients raving about our art and their experiences with us.
Feature - Posted 05 Nov 2011 By
Ron Dawson | Our industry's premier blogger and business-growth expert looks at the latest online, digital, and cloud-based solutions business, project, and customer relations management applications that will serve independent videographers as they look to systemize and grow their businesses and build a lasting and renewable client base.
Feature - Posted 05 Nov 2011 By
Liz Merfeld | Just in time for Halloween, Dustin Blake of Atlanta-based indy Productions, a 2010 EventDV 25 honoree, has resurrected the Trash the Dress (TTD) movement—and this time, he's added an element of the macabre. The story that plays out is one part bridal elegance, one part slasher film, and one part skin flick. Click through to the article to read all about it--and to see the world premiere of Blake's new film.
Feature - Posted 31 Oct 2011 By
Stu Sweetow | if you plan to produce corporate videos, it's a good idea to become comfortable in your role. Most likely, you'll serve as both producer and director, and you may even be the camera operator and editor. This may sound like the typical role of a "videographer," but you'll want to do whatever you can to separate your wedding work from your corporate productions, and replacing the title "videographer" with "video producer" is a good way to start.
Feature - Posted 28 Oct 2011 By
Chris P. Jones | While you're practicing the habits for streamlining your edit workflow shared in this column over the last year, and while you are feeling the weight of your backlog lighten, you still must make one additional change to your business model to keep backlog from returning with a vengeance. You've come this far, so it's time to finish off backlog once and for all. Are you ready? OK, here we go. Here's what you need do ... stop editing.
Feature - Posted 28 Oct 2011 By
Chris P. Jones | How much can packing a lunch to the studio every day benefit you, when you add up the cost savings, the travel time savings, the editing focus you retain from not breaking up the day to eat out, and the energy boost you get from eating healthier than you might at Fuddruckers or the Waffle House? Jones does the math.
Feature - Posted 05 Oct 2011 By
Kyle Oliver | Chris Duke's broadcast and web TV show Motorz combines the agility of a technology professional with the enthusiasm of a lifetime, self-taught car buff. The result is an automotive DIY show that can, in Duke's words, "keep how-to installations real for enthusiasts." But it does this without giving the impression that there's anything amateur about the decidedly DIY Motorz operation, and looking inside that operation provides a great lesson into what a multitalented and motivated independent producer can accomplish without a studio behind him.
Feature - Posted 05 Oct 2011 By
Niels Puttemans | At a certain point in your event filmmaking career, usually after watching a fellow filmmaker's online clip, you start dreaming of your own destination shoot. Although we at Ever After have filmed a few destination weddings before, our "dream client" turned out to be a young couple from Singapore. The couple was planning an engagement holiday through Europe and wanted an engagement film to show on their wedding day. It got better from there: We were asked to suggest the best city location in Europe for this December shoot. Although Paris gets more attention, if you're after a romantic European destination in December, there is really just one choice: Vienna, Austria.
Feature - Posted 05 Oct 2011 By
Stu Sweetow | For corporate videographers, the opportunity to develop a rapport with the head of a corporation can be an opportunity for a long-term relationship with a firm. Your confidence with supervising the filming crew will be an asset the CEO notices. Your excellent pre-production planning ensures that the process runs smoothly, the exec performs in a relaxed manner, and the video exceeds the company's expectations.
Feature - Posted 26 Sep 2011 By
Liz Merfeld | Andrew Waite runs Higher Definition Media (HDM) out of Bakersfield, and just this June launched its wedding-focused spin-off, Lovestruck Films. In addition, he is an indie filmmaker, with 3 self-produced features under his belt, and was among the first presenters announced for IN[FOCUS] 2012. Registered with the film commission, Waite often gets to crew on blockbuster films and even rent out his gear.
Feature - Posted 26 Sep 2011 By
ShootEditLearn.com co-founders Cristina Valdivieso and Jon Connor have announced a new workshop they are putting on in collaboration with Kessler Crane this fall in Austin, Texas, called Masters in Motion. The event takes place November 14-16 at Austin's Alamo Drafthouse; its 75-100 attendees will attend eight workshops in addition to shooting electives.
Feature - Posted 19 Sep 2011
Upcoming seminar series in major markets throughout the late summer and fall designed to acquaint church media ministers and staff with state-of-the art, cost-effective video solutions
Breaking News - Posted 08 Sep 2011
Stu Sweetow | You may not need to present it on bended knee, as the prospective groom does, but your corporate video proposal is your opportunity to sell yourself in order to create a long-term relationship. So show off your creativity by coming up with innovative concepts that will motivate the viewers and make the most effective use of video.
Feature - Posted 08 Sep 2011 By
Matt Davis | Here are four quick steps that can immediately transform the way you bring in money for your precious business and begin to film events you love for clients you love! It's the best medicine for burnout and hopelessness in a tough economy.
Feature - Posted 08 Sep 2011 By
Chris P. Jones | By implementing four tasks described in this column, you will tap into the intensity that you previously unleashed exclusively while building same-day edits, but you will not have all the associated stress.
Feature - Posted 26 Aug 2011
Alan Naumann | QR codes make it possible for us to deliver videos (or any other type of media) almost instantly without depending on traditional means of delivery. Just as a QR code in a cemetery can tell us something about the lives of the deceased, a QR code on printed material will make our videos instantly available.
Feature - Posted 26 Aug 2011 By
Shawn Lam | The Atomos Ninja has allowed me to improve my acquisition and delivery video quality using the same video camera I've been using. The best part is that the cost to upgrade my recording is relatively low compared to the cost of a new video camera, and it exceeds the recording quality of AVCHD, the codec that has replaced HDV. I'm also not a big fan of having to media-wrangle-that is, to change and dump cards while on-site-and having a 500GB hard drive means I can record 11 hours in LT, 7.5 hours in 422, or 5 hours in HQ before I need to switch to a second hard drive.
Feature - Posted 26 Aug 2011 By
John Goolsby | If you've heard about the Sony NEX-FS100, you've probably heard it described as one of two things: a game changer or an expensive DSLR. Which is it? Neither. Sony calls this new model a "motion picture camcorder." I'll bet the company spent a lot of time trying to decide how to name this new piece of equipment, and I think it made a good call. The FS100 does not take stills, and it is not really designed for event filmmakers, but with a few minor modifications, it does a fabulous job.
Feature - Posted 26 Aug 2011 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | IN[FOCUS] co-founder Chris P. Jones discusses plans for IN[FOCUS] 2012, including dates (Jan 16-19), location (Charleston, SC) and theme (THE LEGACY), how the theme and location connect, and what first-time and longtime IN[FOCUS] attendees can expect to learn and experience at the event.
Feature - Posted 29 Jul 2011 By
The cat is out of the bag at last: IN[FOCUS] 2012 will happen January 16-19, 2012 at the Francis Marion hotel in historic Charleston, South Carolina. The theme: The Legacy. We'll get into more detail with Team IN[FOCUS] Educational Maestro Chris P. Jones next week but read on for the info we have so far.
Breaking News - Posted 18 Jul 2011
Jan Ozer | If you're a Final Cut Pro 7 editor who shoots with DSLRs, you've known you needed an FCP upgrade for some time now; little did you know Apple wasn't developing one. So the time has come to switch, either to FCPX, which is a completely different animal from FCP 7, or to an NLE from another vendor. In making this decision, you should consider multiple variables, including cost, the ability to continue working with older projects, the learning curve of the new editor, and the effectiveness of the various tools.
Feature - Posted 18 Jul 2011 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | The men will have to continue to wonder what really goes on at POSH: A Retreat for the Female Filmmaker, but women who didn't make the 2010 event—as well as 2010 attendees who've been wondering what Team POSH will do for an encore—will get a chance to find out what all the excitement is about on November 6 when POSH 2011 kicks off in Cancun, Mexico. Last week I spoke with POSH co-founders Reagan Zugelter and Jennifer Moon to get the scoop on POSH 2011. Here's what I found out.
Feature - Posted 18 Jul 2011 By
Reagan Zugelter | What more could you want than some beautiful summer weather in an amazing city while being educated by some of the top event filmmakers in the industry? The 5th Annual IVA Expo held in Itasca, Chicago on June 28-29 was a packed two full days of business strategies, branding, storytelling, and inspiration.
Feature - Posted 18 Jul 2011 By
Chris P. Jones | By 'templatizing' as much of your editing process as possible, you will reduce your backlog and your delivery time, and this will make your clients happier than if you were to commission Danny Elfman to compose an original score.
Feature - Posted 11 Jul 2011 By
Ron Dawson | Over the past 5 or 10 years, I've had the opportunity to be on both sides of the brand change process: changing my own and helping others change theirs. I want to share with you some of the things I learned in that process. I'm not claiming that these are hard-and-fast rules. This is just how we've done it, and how we've helped others do it. If you're considering a change, I hope you'll find this useful.
Feature - Posted 11 Jul 2011 By
Antonio Domingo, Jose Ortiz, and David Perry | It seemed almost too good to be true: three award-winning filmmakers, one from Spain, one from Utah, and one from Puerto Rico, combining their talents on three Florida weddings. In our industry of one-man (and one-woman) bands, our chances to collaborate and learn from others' talents come far too seldom, but here's what three top filmmakers learned when they worked together this past spring, both in terms of how they approach their work and the power of collaboration itself.
Feature - Posted 05 Jul 2011 By
Stu Sweetow | The skills you've developed filming family events will transfer well to covering the cocktail hour prior to a company meeting. Companies use video to expand their reach to customers, to train staffers who were not at the meetings, and to reward top salespeople with incentive travel to a preferred destination. People love to see themselves in a highlights clip shown at the close of the event, and sometimes the planners show the highlights video the following year to attract more attendees to their events.
Feature - Posted 05 Jul 2011 By
Anthony Burokas | We all know about the value of backing up, and any external hard drive can do that just fine. But for mobile professionals, an external drive can offer more functionality, and capability than you might at first expect. The G-Technology G-DRIVE Slim is well-positioned for mobile production. Does it deliver?
Feature - Posted 05 Jul 2011 By
Offers 50 percent discount on Adobe CS5.5 Production Premium or Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 to Apple or Avid editors
Breaking News - Posted 05 Jul 2011
Alan Naumann | Someone once said, "Death and taxes may be certain, but we don't have to die every year!" That may be true. But it's also true that we need to be wise in how we run our businesses, or our businesses may be run into the ground. And that wisdom starts when we educate ourselves so that we can pay what we owe in taxes and not a penny more.
Feature - Posted 01 Jul 2011 By
David McKnight | After months of speculation about what would be in the latest full-step upgrade to Sony Creative Software's popular pro NLE, the new version has brought users new features and increased performance—without sacrificing stability. In this overview we'll cover many of these new features in Vegas Pro 10 that will benefit event videographers and filmmakers. Also, bookmark this page: we'll be adding new Vegas Pro 10 video tutorials every month through the first half of 2011.
Feature - Posted 27 Jun 2011 By
EventDV-TV - Posted 22 Jun 2011 By
Liz Merfeld | Greg Mulvey is the Lead Editor and Motion Graphics Designer for Second City Communications, the business solutions division of Chicago's world-famous improv comedy theater, The Second City. (Alumni include Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, John Belushi, and Bill Murray to name a few.)
Feature - Posted 10 Jun 2011 By
Liz Merfeld | One of Chicago's more successful event video studios—FurlaVision has won more WEVA Creative Excellence Awards than any studio in the Midwest—Chris Chibucos attributes much of his company's success to they way they have always combined a fairly large volume of work (as many as 150-175 events per year) with a high price point.
Feature - Posted 10 Jun 2011 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | A look inside the Wedding Day Cinema success story and the two innovative filmmakers, Keith and Jennifer Anderson, who made it happen.
Feature - Posted 10 Jun 2011 By
Marc Franklin | The best products of NAB 2011 for event videographers/filmmakers in two categories: production and postproduction.
Features - Posted 10 Jun 2011 By
Jan Ozer | What can pro editors expect from Final Cut Pro X when it drops this month?
Feature - Posted 03 Jun 2011 By
Stu Sweetow | Social media tools work well with large or small companies. Whether you're documenting the community support project for a major corporation, producing how-to videos for the local hardware store, or using interactive media to help brick-and-mortar stores to sell online, your skills in location video production and social media are welcome additions to businesses on the move.
Feature - Posted 03 Jun 2011 By
Chris P. Jones | Whatever your case may be, find 4 consecutive hours in each day when you can be in complete control of your time and unplug your wireless router to remove any temptation. Once you see how much you can accomplish with 4 continuous hours of distraction-free editing, you'll find that making the time is not so difficult anymore.
Feature - Posted 03 Jun 2011 By
Amina Moreau | A photographer sampling the world of cinema is generally familiar with the concepts of lens choice, composition, light, and color. But these tools are still new to many videographers who are entering the DSLR world and are, for the first time, encountering the abundance of choice and exploring light in a whole new way. By grabbing hold of a few of the most powerful concepts in photography, event cinematographers can unleash the creative potential we have in all of us.
Feature - Posted 01 Jun 2011 By
David McKnight | So there we were, my wife, Christie, and I, reading a familiar email: "Can you send me your packages for a wedding? We are on a budget." Sigh. "So am I. Maybe the bank will let me skip the mortgage payment this month because you are on a budget," I mumbled to no one in particular...
Feature - Posted 30 May 2011 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Recently, I had the strange and wonderful privilege of watching a contemporary home birth film that is not explicitly about advocating home birth or dramatizing childbirth, although in its own way, it achieves both. Produced by two Central Florida studios, Kat Small's Cinema Chic Films and the Nielsens Photography & Design, Born at Home is an intimate and inspiring family film.
Feature - Posted 25 May 2011 By
Liz Merfeld | The Aussies have scrunched their event video industry's evolution into the blink of an eye, leaving videographers stateside blushing. Sure, event videos in the U.S. have advanced by leaps and bounds, going from totally cheap to totally chic, and morphing into films along the way. And there's no better evidence of the rise of event filmmaking in Australia than the Aussies' innovative educational event, Exposed Down Under. EDU 2011 kicks off on 4 July in Melbourne.
Feature - Posted 23 May 2011 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | How 5-time EventDV 25 all-star David Robin pulled off his electrifying wedding-day music video, "The Time (Dirty Bit)," and how the Black Eyed Peas parody became a viral sensation.
Feature - Posted 11 May 2011 By
Hal Slifer | As filmmakers, we all produce our stories in different ways, yet the constant thread of our work is that we are telling a basic story—a biography of a family, a wedding couple, or a person's legacy; the story of an organization; or the story of a corporation. Here's a look at five leading filmmakers and the approach they take to 21st-century biography filmmaking for individuals, corporations, and nonprofits.
Feature - Posted 05 May 2011 By
Matt Davis | It's your turn. Become a heretic. Be the best at what you do. And blow your competition out of the water by producing work that no one has ever seen before. You'll always put food on the table, and you'll have a fulfilling career as well.
Feature - Posted 04 May 2011 By
Chris P. Jones | As business owners, we must treat our studios as if they are a 9-to-5 job. I know, that must really sound like a drag. After all, one of the reasons that many of us started our businesses was to escape corporate structure. We wanted to fire our bosses, set our own hours, and pursue something we were passionate about.
Feature - Posted 04 May 2011 By
Jason Magbanua | For a lot of people, producing a same-day edit at a wedding reception is a regular thing, and it's something that is second nature after years of repetition. But for others, who find just shooting a wedding to be stressful enough, producing a polished edit to show to a live audience that same evening seems like an impossible task. Here, international wedding filmmaking sensation Jason Magbanua breaks down the same-day edit production process that's helped to make him "the new national artist" of the Philippines.
Feature - Posted 04 May 2011 By
Niels Puttemans | Though you can occasionally fix issues with subpar audio in post, nothing beats getting it right the first time. Because the DSLR cameras that have transformed our work visually seem to have ignored the vital importance of audio in filmmaking, here are some ideas on how to make sure you capture sound that is as crisp as your imagery.
Feature - Posted 04 May 2011 By
Alan Naumann | All around the world video is being used to help people who are aware that, because of a terminal illness, their lives are almost over. Fortunately, these people do not have to face the challenges of dying alone. Today, there are literally thousands of hospice organizations all around the world that offer palliative care, which improves the quality of life for those dying from a terminal illness by relieving pain and providing emotional and spiritual support.
Feature - Posted 03 May 2011 By
Stu Sweetow | I recently wrote a book titled Corporate Video Production. I spent a year researching and writing the book, and, in this column, I'll share with you what I learned. We will also look at the myriad opportunities for freelance video producers, now that corporate videos have matured beyond the boring formats that used to characterize them.
Feature - Posted 02 May 2011 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | While Stuart Sweetow's Corporate Video Production is not about event filmmakers succeeding in corporate video per se, it's a terrific guidebook for filmmakers and videographers who have honed their shooting, editing, and business chops in other areas of professional production and who want to make inroads into the corporate world.
Feature - Posted 02 May 2011 By
Shawn Lam | What happens when you deliver your event live? This is nothing new for live TV broadcasters, but more and more event video producers are being asked to perform their postproduction activities in real-time—that is, live as the event is occurring.
Feature - Posted 01 May 2011 By
Fifth annual expo expands to 2 days (June 28-29) with new industry-leading speakers, larger tradeshow, and full-day live camera/production mock-wedding workshop at a Chicago-area church
Breaking News - Posted 25 Apr 2011
Chris P. Jones | In the same way that purchasing the latest camera does not guarantee that business will show up at your doorstep, having a step-by-step editing workflow alone does not guarantee that you will get your projects out the door any faster. You must maintain control over your services, or your services will control you. In this article, I will touch on three business decisions that you can make in order to help maintain control over your time, freeing up time to eliminate your backlog.
Feature - Posted 03 Apr 2011 By
Randy Panado | collaboration becomes a bigger part of our industry and more of us are booking weddings outside of our own local markets, either because of the nature of our online marketing, our need to book weddings in a higher price range than our market will allow, or both, traveling to gigs becomes an ever-bigger part of our businesses—even for those of us who don't live on relatively small islands. Hawaiian filmmaker Randy Panado's own reliance on remote gigs has caused him to create a "kit" that is very efficient in terms of incorporating everything he needs to produce solid work and, at the same time, being light enough for travel.
Feature - Posted 03 Apr 2011 By
Tatjana Green | How do you implement a successful brand strategy that will attract the right audience with pricing that matches your talent? Well, it's not as easy as 1-2-3, but here are some guiding principles to help you along the way.
Feature - Posted 03 Apr 2011 By
Marc Franklin | The Petrol Cambio is a small to mid-size camera bag that also, quite ingeniously, functions as a tripod. The wheels on the side of the bag are on shafts that pull out from the main structure, by about a foot on either side, and the wheels' fenders roll down to become wheel chucks. A more traditional two-stage tripod leg unlatches and folds out of the back of the bag to become the third leg.
Feature - Posted 01 Apr 2011 By
Frances | Qualified artisans are going to be called upon to provide both still and video work, because fusion equipment has changed public perception and buying habits. In general, wedding and event industry providers have traditionally been slower to change, as are all vendors in this arena. But I'll admit total surprise at a recent party planners awards presentation where not one single winning event was served by fusion imagers. What are they thinking? Without fusion capability, your potential client pool is shrinking and will continue to shrink over the next few years. No market analyst I've interviewed says otherwise.
Feature - Posted 31 Mar 2011 By
Patrick Moreau, Kevin Shaw, and Brian Lockhart | Over the past year, Patrick Moreau and his stillmotion crew have been working on the Emmy-nominated NFL Network program The NFL Season: A Biography, Presented by SAP. The producers of the show hired stillmotion entirely based on seeing their wedding films. In this three-part article (all in this issue), Moreau, NFL Network coordinating producer Brian Lockhart, and producer and director Kevin Shaw offer their own takes on the story behind The NFL Season and the lessons to be learned from how it all came about and how it all played out on and off the field.
Feature - Posted 31 Mar 2011 By
Chris Randall | Most wedding cinematographers have come to realize the value of producing same-day edits (SDEs) for their wedding clients. It's a wonderful opportunity to show off our shooting, editing, and storytelling talents and a rare opportunity where we're actually paid to put our work in front of a room full of new clients, simply by carving out some time in the day to do what we do best. But there's one part of it that has little or nothing to do with our signature skills: presentation. In this article, we will explore what is required to cut out the third-party AV crew intermediary and use and implement your own AV gear for your SDEs. Chris Randall
Feature - Posted 28 Mar 2011 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Your approach to soundtracks and sound design should not only reflect the sound you hear in your head when you conceptualize your films, but also the places you hope and expect your films to play and the reach and impact you expect them to have.
Feature - Posted 28 Mar 2011 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | In March 2010, following the announcement of the EventDV 25, we announced a group of 25 finalists, which were essentially numbers 26-50, the filmmakers and studios with the 25 highest vote totals after the top 25. This year we decided to approach it a little differently, and following the 2010 EventDV 25 Awards Shows that premiered last week, recognizing our current crop of industry all-stars, we've prepared a list of EventDV 25 Rising Stars, celebrating studios that narrowly missed the EventDV 25 in the voting this year, and have either never made the list before, but have made it once and are young and fresh and rising fast in the industry and sure to find themselves on the list in the future. In keeping with the old baseball theme of the EventDV 25, I thought we'd field a team of 9, enough to cover all the positions on a baseball diamond. So, without further ado, I present the EventDV 25 Rising Stars of 2010.
Feature - Posted 10 Mar 2011 By
Chris P. Jones | Underpromising and overdelivering is a hallmark of excellent customer service.
Feature - Posted 07 Mar 2011 By
Philip Hinkle | In addition to speaking at national events such as WEVA and IN[FOCUS], Ray Roman has initiated a series of 3-day workshops designed to provide intensive training for other event filmmakers. Joining Ray at an event held Jan. 18-20 in a number of southern Florida venues, was Konrad Czystowski, fellow EventDV 25 All-Star, frequent Ray Roman Films collaborator/second shooter, and founder of the newly minted FreshSox studio. Here's a peek at what Ray and Konrad shared.
Feature - Posted 07 Mar 2011 By
Ron Dawson | Last month we began our two-part series about the short holiday film "For the Man Who Hated Christmas" that Ron Dawson produced for Giving101. The whole process, from booking the client through production, is an ideal case study on corporate film production (not to mention profitable production for nonprofits). Part 1 covered the business side of the deal. This month, we're covering the "fun stuff": making the film.
Feature - Posted 07 Mar 2011 By
Rugged Exterior Provides Peace of Mind That No Footage Will Be Lost; Digital Format Speeds Editing Process From Hours To Minutes
Breaking News - Posted 07 Mar 2011
Save the date! On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, the New Jersey Videographers Association (NJVA) and WEVA International will present the 3rd Annual NJVA-WEVA Institute Northeast Conference for all wedding & event filmmakers.
Breaking News - Posted 28 Feb 2011
Welcome to the 2010 EventDV 25 Awards Show, presenting the 25 hottest and most influential event filmmaking studios in the world as elected by the readers of EventDV Magazine and EventDV.net. Your new all-star team will be presented here over the course of 5 days--February 28-March 4, 2011. Watch the shows in the video windows for the awards presentation, including samples of the all-stars' finest work. (Video players will fill in as the shows go live at 9am CST on successive days this week.)
Feature - Posted 28 Feb 2011 By
Jan Ozer | The Primera Bravo 4102 prints gorgeous discs at never-before-seen speeds. During my tests, it didn't produce a coaster after burning more than 200 discs. If you're looking for a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray Disc production system, this unit needs to be on your short list.
Feature - Posted 23 Feb 2011 By
Awards show to premiere Monday, Feb. 28 on EventDV-TV and run through the week
Breaking News - Posted 23 Feb 2011 By
POSH 2011, a retreat for the female filmmaker, will take place November 6-9 in Cancun, Mexico
Breaking News - Posted 22 Feb 2011
Focus will be on hands-on experience in both filming and editing techniques, including staging a bridal prep and photo shoot to give everyone the opportunity to get some killer shots for a demo reel without the pressure of a real wedding
Breaking News - Posted 14 Feb 2011
Niels Puttemans | For Ever After Video Productions, the Panasonic Lumix GH2 has redefined the possibilities of DSLR shoots. The solved aliasing and moiré issues, audio monitoring, zebras, no recording limits, improved low-light shooting, 1:1 crop function ... these are all reasons why we bought a second GH2 after one shoot with our first.
Feature - Posted 14 Feb 2011 By
DSLR Encounter scheduled for March 2, limited to 10 attendees
Breaking News - Posted 04 Feb 2011
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Four days in New Orleans at "The Gateway" with a dozen inspiring educators and 180 inspired filmmakers.
Feature - Posted 02 Feb 2011 By
Alan Naumann | There are professional videographers all around the world who have committed themselves to producing high-quality memorial videos in a short turnaround time and at a reasonable cost. And it's up to us to educate the funeral homes about the differences in the types of videos available.
Cradle to Grave - Posted 01 Feb 2011 By
Chris P. Jones | Presenting a range of delivery dates allows the client to develop his or her own idea about when the film will be completed. You do not want your clients feeling anything but anticipation and excitement, and allowing them a preventable possibility of being disappointed, no matter how slight, can begin to undermine your brand experience.
Feature - Posted 01 Feb 2011 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | For the vast majority of wedding and event filmmakers, a customer/client base is a local thing. Though EventDV 25 All-Stars Travis and Candice Cossel of Serendipity Studios had done some destination and out-of-market weddings in the past, they were taking a huge risk when they abandoned a rock-solid brand presence and referral base in Boise and moved their home and business to the more lucrative but much less familiar Miami market in October. What plans did they put in place to soften their landing and hit the ground running, and what lessons does their approach have to teach other studios considering rolling the dice and relocating?
Feature - Posted 01 Feb 2011 By
WEVA announced on Friday that Expo 2011 would be held on August 24-25 online, following the format of 2010's iVideo Show
Breaking News - Posted 28 Jan 2011
Ron Dawson | Corporate film production is a world apart from wedding and event filmmaking, as Dare Dreamer Media's "The Man Who Hated Christmas" project for nonprofit The White Envelope Project amply demonstrates. This two-part series will cover a gamut of topics from sales, marketing, bidding, preproduction planning, auditioning, adapting written material for the screen, working on a high-key set, directing kids, collaborating with clients, and, most importantly, how following your passion pays off.
Feature - Posted 28 Jan 2011 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | How will the Panasonic AG-AF100, the first pro camcorder with a 4/3 imager, impact event filmmakers?
Feature - Posted 28 Jan 2011 By
Kevin Shahinian | Concept filmmaker extraordinaire Kevin Shahinian (City of Lakes, Snow, Dil Jaanta Hi, Tum Hi Ho) explores the classic underpinnings of film-based storytelling and the language of effective filmmaking in this four-part series on EventDV, co-produced by Pacific Pictures and Adobe Systems.
Feature - Posted 18 Jan 2011
Errors & Omissions Insurance (professional liability), underwritten by industry leader CNA, is now state-approved for WEVA members in a low-cost package bundled with General Liability (accidents) and Equipment Insurance (video & photo gear) in a majority of U.S. states. Remaining states going through the approval process include AK, HI, NY, and FL.
Breaking News - Posted 11 Jan 2011
As of January 1, 2011 Grass Valley began doing business as an independent company, under the trade name "Grass Valley"
Breaking News - Posted 03 Jan 2011
Julie Hill | When you're filming a destination wedding, you're stepping into a world of unknowns—unless you take the time to find out as much information as possible in advance and prepare for the worst. The more you invest in getting information, the more rewarding the experience—and the more satisfying the film you produce—will be. Have fun and travel safely!
Feature - Posted 31 Dec 2010 By
Liz Merfeld | There's a wave of raw, demolike one-take music videos with an unmistakable live feel sweeping the web, and some savvy event filmmakers have thrown their hats into thering. Here we look behind the scenes of Bill Grant's boneshow and Jet Kaiser's One Take Shows, and get their spin on this new, viral field-recording phenomenon.
Feature - Posted 13 Dec 2010 By
Kara Stellner | Although Unique University marked Adam Forgione's first foray into back-to-back all-day marathon workshops, it was also something of a warmup gig for Pennylane Productions, who will be taking Forgione's show on the road in early 2011, with workshops in 12 cities planned. This article should give you a good idea of what you can expect to see, hear, and learn if the Pennylane EDU 2011 tour rolls into your town.
Feature - Posted 08 Dec 2010 By
Scott Strimple | New "crossover" educational event bringing filmmakers and photographers together April 10-12, 2011 in Norfolk, Va.
Feature - Posted 08 Dec 2010 By
EventDV 25 all-star and 2010 multi-WEVA CEA winner Adam Forgione announces first 6 dates and for 2011 workshops in Philadelphia and Boston
Breaking News - Posted 08 Dec 2010
Jan Ozer | So there I was, testing the single CPU, six-core HP Z400, trying to figure out the cost/benefits of the system versus the dual-CPU, 12-core HP Z800. When I started testing Adobe Production Premium CS5, the Z400 proved faster in every test. While I love these man-bites-dog stories, you don't run them without lots of testing, and ultimately, the situation got sorted out. In the process, I learned something about CS5 that might save you some rendering time down the road, which I'll share herein. I'll also quickly detail when it makes sense to consider a dual-CPU system for CS5, and when a single CPU will do just as well.
Feature - Posted 06 Dec 2010 By
Sara Frances | It's easy to recognize that all artists, not just videographers, filmmakers, and photographers, live by the meaning of this quote. Anyone who says that great video is all about equipment has only part of the equation right. Ignore the hype, but believe the mantra of knowing your gear inside and out.
Feature - Posted 06 Dec 2010 By
Chris P. Jones | The sooner you put something before the client, the happier she will be and the more it will benefit you. If you're working hard to deliver at 3 months but cannot imagine executing SDEs, then you aren't fully capitalizing upon the power of your work. The law of diminishing returns applies.
Feature - Posted 06 Dec 2010 By
Canon Filmmakers Live takes to the road in March 2011 with iconic DP/Director/Filmmaker Philip Bloom, hitting 12 cities in 30 days
Breaking News - Posted 01 Dec 2010
Joanna Banks-Morgan | On November 8, 2010, 42 female visual artists from around the world boarded a cruise ship in Port Canaveral, Florida for POSH 2010. POSH, an educational workshop and retreat for women, is the brainchild of Jennifer Moon of Northernlight Filmworks and Reagan Zugelter of Studio Z Films. Jen and Reagan had recognized a need in our industry for female filmmakers and photographers to come together to connect, educate, and inspire one another. As we found our way around the ship that Monday afternoon, and began to meet one another, Jen and Reagan's inspiration started to become a reality.
Feature - Posted 01 Dec 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | If you want to turn the events you shoot into compelling films, you need to understand the essential elements of visual storytelling and narrative and how the great nonfiction filmmakers conceive, shape, and present their films. The most important part of that process, ultimately, will be watching those films, deconstructing them, and applying those constructs to your own work. But I can't recommend a better place to start your journey than reading Sheila Curran Bernard's Documentary Storytelling, which will put you well on your way.
Feature - Posted 01 Dec 2010 By
Kris Malandruccolo | I've been asked by several bridal consultants if I could compile a list of apps that would be helpful to consultants and couples as plan their wedding day. I created a list of 50 wedding apps. This is my personal compilation of helpful wedding apps. My criteria for downloading apps to my iPhone is that they must receive a review of at least three stars (out of five).
The Reel Deal - Posted 01 Dec 2010 By
Mark & Trisha Von Lanken | Working with DSLR footage creates new challenges in post, from ingest to format support issues to audio sync, and it takes a skilled editor and powerful, versatile editing system to create a masterpiece from even the most stellar DSLR footage. Here's a look at how the Von Lankens have adapted their short-form edit workflow to work DSLR imagery into the mix.
Feature - Posted 30 Nov 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | You may have heard about IN[FOCUS] 2011, an educational gathering for event filmmakers and videographers coming in January, and you may have heard reference to its "Gateway" theme. But what exactly is "The Gateway," what can it tell us about what's in store at IN[FOCUS] 2011, and how does it relate to the event organizers' "survive, thrive, and serve" educational mission?
Feature - Posted 17 Nov 2010 By
Mark Von Lanken | There are literally dozens of DSLR support devices on the market,. The challenge for all of us is to decide which support device will best fit our needs. My goal is not to steer you toward one particular model or to tell you which one I prefer, but rather to explore three different models—covering both the good and the bad—and give you better insight into each model.
Feature - Posted 09 Nov 2010 By
Matt Davis | We face a unique predicament in our industry. What other industry or business has the problem of selling to a decision maker (i.e., the mother and/or father of the bride) who isn't walking into the store or who is sending a proxy, so to speak?
Feature - Posted 09 Nov 2010 By
Chris P. Jones | The longer we delay delivery on our wedding films, the more time is being taken away from us. There are a few reasons for this outcome, but let us first look at what is going on behind the scenes with our clients after the wedding.
Feature - Posted 09 Nov 2010 By
Liz Merfeld | You may know Kristen and Jeff Turick of Artifact Documentaries for their handcrafted wedding documentaries and vintage Super 8 wedding films. But now, nearly 6 years into the business, the pair has admittedly lost their "wedding mojo" and found something they find more meaningful. Today, Artifact is shifting focus to what Kristen calls "documentary stories that will allow us to explore a broader variety of human emotions."
Feature - Posted 09 Nov 2010 By
Sara Frances | I'm searching to define and delineate where fusion has come from, why it's useful, and where it's leading the industry—or if it's not leading at all and is just a bunch of hype. Maybe fusion only muddies the waters, lowering the quality of imagery by masking imperfections and diluting the impact. That would mean also lowering the prestige and financial earning power of pure videography and photography. Or maybe using a variety of different elements really does create a finished piece of art that is worth more than the sum of the parts.
Feature - Posted 08 Nov 2010 By
It's that time of year again—time for the readers of EventDV and EventDV.net to select the 25 hottest and most influential event filmmakers in the business in 2010. Read on for details on how to cast your votes!
Breaking News - Posted 05 Nov 2010
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | If The Promise teaches us anything, it's that the one thing you can't sacrifice is authority over your own work, regardless of how circumstances—financial or otherwise—conspire against you.
Feature - Posted 01 Nov 2010 By
Greg Lam | We've all seen the dazzling work of our peers who have taken the DSLR plunge, and thus have a good idea of what migrating to DSLR can do for our films and our businesses. But we also know tat DSLR cameras are fundamentally different animals from their video-camera counterparts. What can we expect when we make the transition, and what do we need to know about the new skills we'll need to learn and other gear we'll need to acquire to make DSLRs work in our video workflow?
Feature - Posted 01 Nov 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Does 3D have a place in wedding filmmaking's future, or is that notion just the stuff of science fiction? We spoke with one of 3D's earliest adopters in the wedding world, Abraham Joffe of Sydney, Australia. A few months back, Joffe produced and delivered a 3D wedding film—Australia's first, but already not its last—and lived to tell the tale.
Feature - Posted 29 Oct 2010 By
Alan Naumann | As a small business owner, I've found that the Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers many benefits, from arbitration over complaints to continuing education. But perhaps the biggest benefit of being a BBB member is that it gives people a good reason to trust us. Because trust is so important for a business to succeed, getting the seal of approval from the BBB is as good as it gets.
Feature - Posted 28 Oct 2010 By
Chris P. Jones | When it comes to maintaining satisfied clients, clients who will sing your praises and refer you to the ends of the earth, your contracted deadlines do not matter! You can argue with them until you are blue in the face, pointing out that their satisfaction should rest upon you holding up your commitments, but it's futile. You have to strike while the iron is hot.
Feature - Posted 06 Oct 2010 By
Liz Merfeld | As experts and studio principals, have you ever considered enlisting a studio-owning peer to assist you on a shoot, instead of a freelancer? Your peers offer a wealth of technical and business acumen—not to mention talent—that can translate into a worry-free workflow and a brilliantly polished product. What's more, if recruited to help on a colleague's project, you stand to gain perspective in the humbling role of second or third shooter on a colleague's gig. Isn't it about time you stopped flying solo every weekend and got into the collaboration game?
Feature - Posted 01 Oct 2010 By
Kris Malandruccolo | Marketing our businesses is something that all of us should do on a continual basis. In this Great Recession, we need to be creative and thrifty in our marketing. So I'm going to share a marketing tool that doesn't cost you any money, yet it's priceless: a heartfelt testimony from a happy client or a fellow wedding professional. We can talk until we're blue in the face about how great we are, but a client or colleague testimonial will mean much more to a potential client. Let your clients and fellow vendors do the talking (and the selling), and your business will reap the rewards.
Feature - Posted 29 Sep 2010 By
Matt Davis | There's a pandemic running rampant in our industry. And sadly, it's killing is. It's the lack of knowledge on handling price objections and understanding exactly what they mean and what consequences they have for your business when you handle them the wrong way. Let me tell you a secret: These objections usually have nothing to do with price.
Feature - Posted 13 Sep 2010 By
Alan Naumann | Even though we sometimes live in denial about the aging process, it's still wise to prepare for that day when we can no longer work. It's also wise to plan for the future of our video business. Will we sell it? Pass it on to a family member? Close it down? And what can we do to create value for our video business so that it will be an asset and not a liability when it comes time to retire?
Feature - Posted 13 Sep 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | EventDV's official recap of WEVA's historic 20th annual Wedding & Event Video Expo
Feature - Posted 03 Sep 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Is it possible to use Gregg Toland's deep focus cinematography technique evocatively in wedding filmmaking in the heyday of DSLRs, an era defined by shallow depth of field, focus pulls, close-ups, cuts, and multi-angle coverage? Or does our era really have to be defined so sharply, or so narrowly? Here's hoping someone among us does try the Toland route sometime soon, and that the effort doesn't get blurred out in the shallow-focus collective memory that ultimately packages our time for future generations.
Feature - Posted 03 Sep 2010 By
Chris P. Jones | Three-time EventDV 25 honoree and IN[FOCUS] co-founder Chris P. Jones spells out his revolutionary beat-the-backlog workflow and his groundbreaking approach to managing your video business designed to help you reclaim your life and your place in your clients' good graces.
Feature - Posted 03 Sep 2010 By
Liz Merfeld | By expertly combining her love of the northeastern outdoors with her work, Meg Simone has (perhaps inadvertently) cornered the market on destination weddings in the heart of Mount Washington Valley (N.H.), a resort community filled with restaurants, shops, ski resorts, quaint inns, and historic grand hotels. We wanted to know the story behind her success, particularly from her unique position as one of a small group of young women in the wedding film industry rising to prominence running businesses mostly on their own, as opposed to being part of a husband-and-wife team.
Feature - Posted 01 Sep 2010 By
Jan Ozer | With Network-Attached Storage (NAS) and hard disk prices dropping, it seems like a good idea to consider how a NAS device such as the QNAP TS-559 Pro could work for a videographer in a typical data-intensive environment. So here I do just that. The caveat is, however, that if you're looking for a comprehensive review of the TS-559 Pro, including an in-depth look at its advanced features, look elsewhere. Here, I'll first describe what NAS is, what its strong points are for videography studios, and how the TS-559 Pro worked for me for simple file backup roles.
Feature - Posted 31 Aug 2010 By
EventDV 25 all-star and WEVA CEA Gold winner Philip "Frogman" Hinkle reports directly from WEVA Expo 2010, the event filmmaking industry's largest convention and trade show, held August 23-26 in Orlando, Florida. Stay tuned for all three episodes of Hinkle's show, which will appear over the next week on EventDV-TV.
Feature - Posted 25 Aug 2010
Anthony Burokas | Thus far, the need for external devices to record HD footage has primarily been served by Focus Enhancements' FireStore line. However, there has been growth in the segment recently and Datavideo has entered the fray with a unique design and price point under $500. Does the Datavideo DN-60 Solid Stare CF Card Recorder give the more expensive recorders a run for their money? Let's find out.
Feature - Posted 10 Aug 2010 By
...but it will probably get you up to the plate for future at-bats, as Google's latest move in online video will demonstrate.
Feature - Posted 02 Aug 2010 By
Ben Balser | How I shot, edited, and exported a short film from my iPhone 4 and why I think this is a glimpse into the future of video production, consumer to videographer to broadcast.
Feature - Posted 12 Jul 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | If you're in this business for real, working full time and supporting a family with it, there's something to be said for having the flexibility to make some compromises here and there to support the work you really want to do. But if your business leaves no room for work that represents the things you believe your films should represent and all you're doing is pandering to the perceived demands of your market, there are much easier ways to make a living, and ones that wouldn't so much contradict your vision or beliefs as simply sidestep them. As Rick Nelson said, "If memories were all I sang, I'd rather drive a truck."
Feature - Posted 04 Jul 2010 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | After introducing themselves to the crowd at Re:Frame Austin, Society Hill Studios' Cristina Valdivieso and Jon Connor, along with partner Amy Reese now seem to pop up everywhere with the industry's inner circle. But how did these Young Turks manage to crash this party, seemingly overnight, and set themselves on the road to becoming one of the go-to studios in Philadelphia for couples wanting a high-end, artistic wedding film? (Read on for more info about their upcoming event, CANON FILMMAKERS LIVE!)
Feature - Posted 01 Jul 2010 By
Chris Watson | If you're one of the thousands of videographers who are currently or have recently upgraded to a DSLR such as the Canon 5D Mark II, EOS 7D, or Rebel T2i for video, you've likely experienced the sticker shock of how much money you'll need to invest in lenses. The conventional wisdom is that there are two ways forward when it comes to lens purchasing: One way is to invest in the fastest glass you can find and write it off as the cost of doing business. The other way is to buy slower glass at a lower cost. We'll look at the pros and cons of each.
Feature - Posted 01 Jul 2010 By
Sara Frances | Close-up (CU) shooting is definitely where it's at if you want impact in your films. Here's a look at the lenses that will help maximize that impact.
Feature - Posted 29 Jun 2010 By
Steve Yankee | By shooting creative and interesting "Day-in-the-Life" and "Settlement" videos, you can expand your business in the legal field beyond shooting depositions. These videos can have a huge impact on legal cases, even though most are never seen in court. It's a way for experienced video producers, such as yourself, to add powerful attorneys as clients. Hal's how-to guide explains a bit about each type of video, how it's used, and what you need to know to add both to your repertoire.
Feature - Posted 18 Jun 2010 By
Philip Hinkle | All the news that's fit to post from the Illinois Videographers Association's Midwest Expo 2010, featuring industry luminaries Matt Davis, Adam Forgione, Keith Anderson, and Ray Roman
Feature - Posted 09 Jun 2010 By
Alan Naumann | Video not only captures the facts of the story but the person telling the story as well, enabling us to see and hear a firsthand account, complete with emotions, laughter, expressions, and all those other ingredients that make us unique individuals.
Cradle to Grave - Posted 02 Jun 2010 By
Sara Frances | The darlings of my photo bag are my medium telephoto lenses, which can generally be considered the range from 75mm to about 135mm. I love them simply because they make everyone look good and in proportion.
Feature - Posted 02 Jun 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | A few scattered thoughts on the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters show
The Nonlinear Editor - Posted 02 Jun 2010 By
Marc Franklin | Every year the NAB show teems with new product announcements and trends, and it often marks the real-world debut of tantalizing new gear that was under glass a year ago. Some of what you see is too premature for primetime, some new developments look a little misguided, and others are simply mismatched with the event filmmaking world. Here's a look at what's ready, what's real, and what's most relevant to us among the most exciting products that are making their way to market following this year's show.
Features - Posted 01 Jun 2010 By
5-time EventDV 25 all-stars Mark and Trisha Von Lanken to present 2 days of intensive wedding filmmaking training in Twin Cities
Breaking News - Posted 31 May 2010
Ben Balser | MediaShare isn't as powerful as a full-fledged asset management and automation application such as Final Cut Server, which you'd be spending a lot more money on to set up and implement. MediaShare is a smaller system; it's easier to implement, and it's geared toward smaller operations or studios that need some form of cloud-based collaboration tool or a cloud-based review-and-approval tool in its most basic form.
Feature - Posted 31 May 2010 By
Stu Sweetow | As part of the digital television transition that started last year, the FCC allocated frequencies to public safety organizations and broadband providers. That spectrum includes the 700MHz band where many UHF microphones transmit. If your wireless mics operate on any frequencies between 698MHz and 806MHz, you may be breaking the law. Here's what you need to know to keep your wireless workflow safe and sound.
Feature - Posted 31 May 2010 By
Matt Davis | You could be the best cinematographer in the world, but if you don't know how to properly run your business, market your services, and sell your end product, all your talents are in vain. That's where having a business coach can make all the difference.
Feature - Posted 28 May 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | How Life Stage Films' Matt Davis, in 5 short years, went from humble missionary to EventDV 25 honoree, sought-after speaker, Head Coach of Wedding Videography ... and humble missionary
Feature - Posted 28 May 2010 By
Enter Your Weddings, Events & Corporate Video - Deadline May 27 - Open to All Professionals
Breaking News - Posted 24 May 2010
Mark and Trisha Von Lanken | In Episode 5of their popular EventDV-TV series, 5-time EventDV 25 honorees and WEVA Hall of Famers Mark and Trisha Von Lanken explore the advantages of sliders in general and the DP Slider in particular for event filmmakers. To watch this episode and the entire Von Real series (plus other clips by the Von Lankens), click through to this page.
Feature - Posted 10 May 2010 By ,
There is always one question in watching inspiring new wedding and event films -- it's HOW did they do that -- technique, creative editing, camerawork?
Breaking News - Posted 07 May 2010
Steve Yankee | Write down your mission statement, post it, and live it. Start living it the moment it's posted. And make the switch from a typical video business to a remarkable one.
Strictly Business - Posted 07 May 2010 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Event filmmaking combines two conflicting tasks: documenting an event as it happens and creating a film that reflects the filmmaker's vision. Nowhere is that line more finely walked in the wedding world than in the filmmaker's interaction with the couple, and with the question of how much direction is too much and how much is too little (if that's possible) when it comes to drawing out performances and guiding couples toward moments that will make a good film. Here, we get five leading event filmmakers' takes on directing (or not directing) in our one-take world.
Feature - Posted 07 May 2010 By
Event to take place Monday, May 17 at Holiday Inn/Dedham
Breaking News - Posted 03 May 2010
The awards recognize the top new products for event videographers and filmmakers introduced at NAB in four categories: cameras, production gear, and postproduction solutions
Feature - Posted 03 May 2010
Tim Siglin | What can an online video platform (OVP) such as Brightcove, Ooyala, or Sorenson do for you and your business?
Feature - Posted 03 May 2010 By
Ben Balser | In Aperture 3, the new version of its pro photo management and adjustment application, Apple boasts 200-plus new features. This review will focus on the most meaningful new features—Import, Full Screen, Faces, Places, Adjustment Presets, and Brushes—and how they can serve video and fusion producers in their work.
Feature - Posted 03 May 2010
Lineup includes 2009 EventDV 25 all-stars Adam Forgione. Matt Davis, and Ray Roman and Chicagoland standout and multiple-WEVA CEA winner Keith Anderson
Breaking News - Posted 30 Apr 2010
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Welcome to the event filmmaking industry's first all-women event, POSH: a retreat and educational experience for women event filmmakers and photographers interested in event film
Feature - Posted 26 Apr 2010 By
Roving reporter Shawn Lam reports from NAB in Las Vegas in this three-part EventDV-TV series
Feature - Posted 14 Apr 2010 By
Jan Ozer | Video technology and postproduction expert Jan Ozer examines Adobe's new CS5 integrated suite from a variety of angles, including new features and interfaces, a run-down of theadvantages of the new Mercury engine, performance comparisons between CS4 and CS5, and configuration suggestions for video pros working with the new suite.
Feature - Posted 12 Apr 2010 By
Alan Naumann | One expression I grew up with was "big things often come in small packages." Cameras such as the Flip and the Kodak Zi8 also demonstrate that, because of today's technology, great video can be captured in very small (and inexpensive) cameras.
Cradle to Grave - Posted 07 Apr 2010 By
David McKnight | McKnight Video shot AVCHD footage with the Panasonic AG-HMC150 all over the Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise, ingested it and edited in in Vegas, and lived to tell the tale. Do the advantages of AVCHD production outweigh the postproduction challenges? The point is probably moot.
Feature - Posted 06 Apr 2010 By
Philip Hinkle | As he's hit the speaking circuit in recent months, 2009 EventDV 25 honoree Ray Roman has maintained steadfastly that most of the stunning shots that elevate his wedding work are achieved through basic, solid shooting and composition along with a quiet command presence on site. But 2008 all-star Philip Hinkle wanted to see for himself, so he followed Ray and his wife and partner, Jessica, on a recent shoot to find out how Ray Roman Films gets the job done.
Feature - Posted 06 Apr 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | So what is City of Lakes, and why all the hype and excitement surrounding a wedding film that no one had even seen when this article went live? To find out, read the article and check out the WORLD PREMIERE, Wednesday, April 14, Brenden Theater, Palms, Las Vegas. (Details in the article.)
Feature - Posted 06 Apr 2010 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Sharrone Calafiore's trademark steamy Save the Dates and other concept and wedding pieces could be described as Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" meets a Vera Wang runway show set to a Lady Gaga soundtrack. Or you could just say they're hot.
Feature - Posted 06 Apr 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | After realizing that the recession-era summer of 2009 was the rare wedding season when business was slow enough to allow him the flexibility to do pro bono work—Fowler took the job as behind-the-scenes videographer for ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition when it came to his hometown. And he was glad he did because, for all its TV trappings, this was a great project—and a great community project at that.
Feature - Posted 06 Apr 2010 By
Mark Von Lanken | At a street price of $1,850-$1,995, how does the Panasonic HMC40 match up with the HMC150--my primary camera--which has a street price of $3,250?
Feature - Posted 02 Apr 2010 By
David McKnight | Does your video business make a profit? How do you really track if you're making a profit, and how can you bring home more on every project? VASST's Making Money Making Videos instructional DVD purports to teach us how to do it.
Feature - Posted 20 Mar 2010 By
Canon Software Helps Manage Administrative Processes in Photo Studios from Appointments to Image Processing in One Simple Software Solution
Breaking News - Posted 09 Mar 2010
Steve Yankee | As Louisville's Ron Priest demonstrates, there's always room for more tools in your marketing toolbox. Used singularly, or in combination, these tools move you from behind the curtain and allow your clients to glimpse a bit of your wizardry. Not a bad marketing tactic in a time where it's assumed "anyone" can produce excellent video.
Strictly Business - Posted 08 Mar 2010
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | This is the story of Joth Riggs, a successful Hollywood assistant director turned breakout wedding filmmaker turned ... well, you can just read it for yourself and find out. You'll see what you've probably already suspected: that an A-list film production background isn't the worst kind of training you can have if you want to make great wedding videos—and, perhaps less predictably, that happy endings often aren't endings at all.
Feature - Posted 06 Mar 2010 By
Ron Dawson | Many event filmmakers follow a similar career arc: They get into the business for artistic reasons and eventually realize that their emphasis on artistry is hurting their bottom line, so they redirect their attention accordingly. But what happens when you devote so much attention to business and marketing that you lose touch with what first drew you to this profession? Here, marketing and social media industry icon Ron Dawson talks about how to get back to your original source of inspiration: filmmaking.
Features - Posted 06 Mar 2010 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | A look inside Gebbs Wedding Films' all-SDE business model and all-DSLR shooting M.O.
Feature - Posted 06 Mar 2010 By
As a coda to the 2009 EventDV 25 awards presentation, here are the 25 finalists who round out the rest of the "Top 50"—some familiar names, and a number of up-and-comers about whom we're sure to hear much more, along with some choice clips for our finalists' many fans.
Feature - Posted 04 Mar 2010 By
Deadline is March 30
Breaking News - Posted 03 Mar 2010
Welcome to the 2009 EventDV 25 Awards Show, presenting the 25 hottest and most influential event filmmaking studios in the world as elected by the readers of EventDV Magazine and EventDV.net. Your new all-star team will be presented over the course of 4 days--February 22-25, 2010--on EventDV-TV. Click here to see editor Steve Nathans-Kelly reveal the all-stars announced so far and show some of their signature work.
Feature - Posted 22 Feb 2010 By
Award-winning videographer and 2006 EventDV 25 honoree Natalie Neal looks at the why, do's, and don't's of bridal show preparation and lays out a plan for sales and exposure success.
Feature - Posted 16 Feb 2010 By
WEVA's first-ever Virtual Expo opens tomorrow, Feb. 17, at 11am EST
Breaking News - Posted 16 Feb 2010
Shawn Lam | Sennheiser's latest offering is the G3, and aside from a pair of external charging contacts to charge the optional BA 2015 accupack rechargeable battery, it looks almost identical to the G2 that it's replacing. So the question I set out to answer for myself is this: Did Sennheiser make enough improvements to the G3 to entice me to upgrade my current G2s?
Feature - Posted 01 Feb 2010 By
Shawn Lam | Sennheiser's latest offering is the G3, and aside from a pair of external charging contacts to charge the optional BA 2015 accupack rechargeable battery, it looks almost identical to the G2 that it's replacing. So the question I set out to answer for myself is this: Did Sennheiser make enough improvements to the G3 to entice me to upgrade my current G2s?
In the Field - Posted 01 Feb 2010 By
The revolutionary online community formerly known as WedFACT(Wedding Filmmakers Alliance Of Creative Talent) is now the EventFilmmaker Social Media Network
Amen Corner - Posted 31 Jan 2010
Tim Siglin | The case for a live production workflow—and a new magazine and website dedicated to it.
Feature - Posted 29 Jan 2010 By
Mili & Sid Ghosh | South Asian royal weddings require planning, preparation, and conceptualization of an entirely different order than the typical wedding film—especially when you have to bring your crew and equipment to India to complete the project. But it can be done, even by U.S.-based wife-and-husband wedding film teams. Here Mili and Sid Ghosh present a creative director's guide to grand-scale epic wedding film production that will make even your royal clients proud to have hired you.
Features - Posted 28 Jan 2010 By
Sara Frances | Attention Fusion still/video shooters: The honeymoon with so-called "bokeh art" is over. The harsh facts have been revealed. This is the first column in a series aimed squarely at alleviating user panic and at getting the Fusion equipment babies trained and ready to work for you.
Breaking News - Posted 27 Jan 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | The inaugural In[Focus] event was as inspiring, engaging, and focused an educational event as our industry has seen.
Feature - Posted 25 Jan 2010 By
New OVP enables video professionals and small- to medium-size businesses to easily publish the highest-quality video on their Web sites in minutes and at an affordable price
Breaking News - Posted 14 Jan 2010
Laura Moses | Sound design is the process of planning and creating a sound treatment that will enhance the storytelling of a film. Effective sound design improves a film without being overbearing or calling attention to itself. By incorporating simple aspects of the craft into our films, we can enhance our productions to better connect with consumers, which will result in more bookings and will increase the value of our product.
Feature - Posted 27 Dec 2009 By
With Coach Matt Davis and Special Guest Steve Moses
Breaking News - Posted 12 Dec 2009
Ed Wardyga | Just in case you haven't noticed, we're entering a brave new world when it comes to business survival. We've all been forced to reexamine everything from our advertising and marketing strategies to our spending habits and attitude, not only to be successful but to survive. The status quo no longer works.
The Gadget Bag - Posted 09 Dec 2009 - December 2009 Issue By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | How wedding and sports event videographer Danny Sayson developed, shot, and produced a full season of West Coast Adventures entirely on spec, pitched and sold it to PBS-TV, and became a full-time TV producer with one season under his belt and a second in production.
Feature - Posted 09 Dec 2009 By
First 500 to Register Get Entered To Win Free Bonus Prize
Breaking News - Posted 09 Dec 2009
Shawn Lam | Can a lite product ever be as good as the full version? The name itself implies that something is missing. Does that presumption hold true for Kessler's new lite version of its flagship KC-8 Basic crane, the KC-Lite 8.0? Read on. I think you might be surprised with the results—I know I was.
Feature - Posted 09 Dec 2009 By
Steve Yankee | Can you believe that it's already December? This makes it as good a time as any to ask, "What are your New Year's resolutions for your business in 2010?"
Feature - Posted 08 Dec 2009 By
Jan Ozer | What you need to know (or at least what Adobe will tell you now) about the new Mercury Playback Engine in Adobe Production Premium "CSNext"
Feature - Posted 07 Dec 2009 By
Premiering November 4th, FilmFellas Cast 6 "The DP Edition" will represent an eclectic mix of cinematographers from the independent film scene
Breaking News - Posted 02 Dec 2009
Jan Ozer | Few things in life are as opaque as working with YouTube—a black box with irresistible appeal to most video producers. Trying to discern how to produce the absolute best quality has consumed boatloads of my time in the past. Recently, however, a concert event client asked me to post six videos to YouTube, and I dove in again. Here's what I found out
Feature - Posted 29 Nov 2009 By
Underwritten by CNA
Breaking News - Posted 17 Nov 2009
Trisha Von Lanken | In memory of Studio Vieux Carre and In[Focus] co-founder Julian St Pierre
Feature - Posted 16 Nov 2009 By
Alan Naumann | In today's tight job market, it's important for a job seeker to stand out from the many other applicants who are applying for the same position. Welcome to video resumes—or "visumes," as they are sometimes referred to. Creating a video resume means more than just standing in front of the camera and saying the first thing that comes to mind.
Cradle to Grave - Posted 13 Nov 2009 - November 2009 Issue By
Steve Yankee | If you're one of the many people swept away by the social networking media craze, welcome to the frenzied world of pointless babble and mindless chatter, where our narcissistic natures can have a field day. This is all well and good—except when you're using social media as a business tool!
Strictly Business - Posted 13 Nov 2009 - November 2009 Issue By
Anthony Burokas | I was recently tapped to work on an independent feature film, a Western set in 1880s Texas shot on the Panasonic AG-HPX300. In essence, it was a video shoot. But there were also some fundamental differences. Based on several days of experiences there, I have a few recommendations for those embarking on a similar path: 11 lessons learned about indie filmmaking from my sojourn into that world.
Features - Posted 13 Nov 2009 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Wedding-day interviews are the sort of thing that used to give videography a bad name, but done right, and in the right setting, interviews can help elevate wedding and event filmmaking into the realm of powerful, character-driven storytelling. Here we learn from four leading wedding and event filmmakers renowned for the compelling, revealing, funny, and moving stories they collect in their interviews with the key players in their events, and the seamless and powerful ways they incorporate these interviews into the films they produce.
Feature - Posted 13 Nov 2009 By
Breaking News - Posted 09 Nov 2009 By
FREE live webinar to be presented Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 2:00-3:00 EST
Breaking News - Posted 02 Nov 2009
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | In just 3 years, Ray Roman has parlayed his passion into becoming one of the most sought-after wedding videographers in the country. WEVA and In[Focus] have tapped him to speak at conferences and bestowed accolades upon him. He's sponsored by Cinevate. His high-profile client roster boasts names such as the Cole family (as in Nat King and Natalie) and enough professional athletes to field a fantasy sports team.
Breaking News - Posted 01 Nov 2009 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | In just 3 years, Ray Roman has parlayed his passion into becoming one of the most sought-after wedding videographers in the country. WEVA and In[Focus] have tapped him to speak at conferences and bestowed accolades upon him. He's sponsored by Cinevate. His high-profile client roster boasts names such as the Cole family (as in Nat King and Natalie) and enough professional athletes to field a fantasy sports team.
Studio Time - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - November 2009 Issue By
Thanks to the global power of new Internet technologies, WEVA International will present WEVA iVideoShow 2009, the world's first VIRTUAL Conference and Tradeshow for wedding and event videographers, including editors, imagers, digital artists, photomontage producers & students on Wednesday, December 9
Breaking News - Posted 13 Oct 2009
Jan Ozer | Although you may not have heard the term "online video platform" (OVP) before, you will soon, and OVP service providers are becoming increasingly important. Here I'll explain why, and I'll discuss factors to consider if you or a customer decide to choose one.
Feature - Posted 12 Oct 2009 By
Jan Ozer | Although you may not have heard the term "online video platform" (OVP) before, you will soon, and OVP service providers are becoming increasingly important. Here I'll explain why, and I'll discuss factors to consider if you or a customer decide to choose one.
The Moving Picture - Posted 12 Oct 2009 - October 2009 Issue By
Steve Yankee | Knowing where a prospect comes from can provide you just the information you need to turn that prospect into a client. Following through on what you've promised and building on that relationship can help guarantee you a client for life—one that will be more than willing to recommend you and your business to others.
Strictly Business - Posted 06 Oct 2009 - October 2009 Issue By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Last fall, Canon shook our world when it released the transformative EOS 5D Mark II, a DSLR featuring full-frame HD video and dynamic depth-of-field control. Along with others of its ilk, the 5D is revving up videographers' creativity, smearing the line between the photography and videography industries, and ushering in (some say) a new era of photo-video fusion. With several months of use under their belts, we asked a handful of early adopters for their take on how the 5D has impacted their businesses and where (if anywhere) their first forays into fusion have taken them.
Feature - Posted 06 Oct 2009 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Last fall, Canon shook our world when it released the transformative EOS 5D Mark II, a DSLR featuring full-frame HD video and dynamic depth-of-field control. Along with others of its ilk, the 5D is revving up videographers' creativity, smearing the line between the photography and videography industries, and ushering in (some say) a new era of photo-video fusion. With several months of use under their belts, we asked a handful of early adopters for their take on how the 5D has impacted their businesses and where (if anywhere) their first forays into fusion have taken them.
Amen Corner - Posted 06 Oct 2009 - October 2009 Issue By
Laura Moses | Real sound + real time = real life. It's the new math of event filmmaking. Though not a practical means of business for all event filmmakers, the new documentary style holds within its confines lessons to be learned by all.
Feature - Posted 05 Oct 2009 By
Speakers include Larry Jordan, Ben Balser, Bruce Nazarian, Alexis Van Hurkman
Breaking News - Posted 05 Oct 2009
Philip Hinkle | Back in July my wife and our summer intern had the opportunity to attend a hands-on training Class with Jeff Wright from Blue Skies Cinema. The class was presented in suburban Chicago in conjunction with the Illinois Videographers Association (IVA). Jeff and his wife, Andee, present several intensive workshops each year at their Southern California studio (as well as some stunning nearby locations), and Jeff frequently goes on the road to offer training with local and regional associations as well. I went along to check it all out and document the effectiveness of the training for this article.
Feature - Posted 03 Oct 2009 By
Philip Hinkle | Back in July my wife and our summer intern had the opportunity to attend a hands-on training Class with Jeff Wright from Blue Skies Cinema. The class was presented in suburban Chicago in conjunction with the Illinois Videographers Association (IVA). Jeff and his wife, Andee, present several intensive workshops each year at their Southern California studio (as well as some stunning nearby locations), and Jeff frequently goes on the road to offer training with local and regional associations as well. I went along to check it all out and document the effectiveness of the training for this article.
Continuing Education - Posted 03 Oct 2009 By
In-Stat reports that consumers are interested in receiving 3D in the home, but 25% of those who are at least somewhat interested in having the ability to view 3D content at home are unwilling to spend extra on a 3D TV, and 43% want to spend $200 or less on the new TV
Breaking News - Posted 03 Oct 2009
Ed Wardyga | I've assembled a list of free (or inexpensive) programs and utilities that might make your life a bit easier. I've been using most of these for some time, so I can confirm that they work and are worth every penny.
The Gadget Bag - Posted 01 Oct 2009 - October 2009 Issue By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | WEVA Expo 2009 delivered a bold mix of new speakers, live streaming experiments, discussions of fusion trends present and future, and a rollicking networking experience in a crackerjack new venue that seemed almost tailor-made for the wedding and event video industry's largest convention and tradeshow.
Feature - Posted 28 Sep 2009 By
Exhibit booths on the show floor will feature the latest digital video and HD DSLR technology, plus free system-training, and the WEVA EXPO 2009 Virtual Trade Show will also include cutting-edge sessions, WEVA 2009 Creative Excellence Award Winners, new wedding film techniques, industry networking via LIVE CHAT
Breaking News - Posted 24 Sep 2009
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | In the 4 years since Mili Ghosh began Memories in Motion in Chicago with the goal of offering high-end Bollywood-style videos to a niche South Asian wedding market, her hands-on approach—consulting in details right down to makeup—has taken her all over the globe. From opulent weddings with hundreds of guests in her hometown of Chicago to royal weddings in India, Ghosh combines her own personal artistic vision with a devotion to her couples to create cinematic wedding videos with a flair not found anywhere else.
Feature - Posted 24 Sep 2009 By
Lee Rickwood | Here's a look at some developments in cables and connectors used in video production.
Gear & Now - Posted 10 Sep 2009 - September 2009 Issue By
Ron Dawson | A few months ago I saw a clip that StillMotion had put together for fellow Canadian company Cinevate (makers of the Brevis 35mm adapter, as well as a variety of other camera gear), starring a new slide-rail system called the Pegasus that allowed the shooter to create smooth, dollylike shots. I recently had the opportunity to test the system, and here's a look at how it performed on a series of shoots that required some smooth dolly-type shots.
Feature - Posted 10 Sep 2009 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Have you ever dreamed of doing a wedding shoot in which the guests and wedding party already knew and loved your work, and so they showered you with compliments throughout the day? Or one in which youy got the most candid, natural shots of even a camera-shy couple? Enter the Save the Date video: a short film produced far in advance of the wedding and distributed via your blog, Facebook fan page, Vimeo, or—less commonly—on DVD, in lieu of traditional Save the Date cards.
Feature - Posted 08 Sep 2009 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Snö, the latest mini-epic concept film from Kevin Shahinian's Pacific Pictures, is a watershed moment for our industry.
Feature - Posted 04 Sep 2009 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Steve Zugelter of Cincinnati-based Studio+Z Films pushes the limits of surprise wedding concept films, and ratches up the theatricality of the couple's entire event.
Feature - Posted 30 Aug 2009 By
In [ critics ], Steve Weiss and Philip Bloom candidly explore a wide range of video categories across many genres and artistic levels: short films, artistic videos, documentaries, music videos, animated shorts, and commercial video
Breaking News - Posted 19 Aug 2009
Loyd Calomay | Hollywood Spoofmaster Loyd Calomay takes EventDV-TV viewers behind the scenes of his HEROES spoof in this 2-part series.
Feature - Posted 16 Aug 2009 By
New cast features producer Ron Dawson, cinematographer Patrick Moreau, and filmmaker Kevin Shahinian
Breaking News - Posted 13 Aug 2009
Alan Naumann | Just because we no longer use VHS tapes doesn't mean we can't profit from the millions of tapes sitting on people's shelves. We have an obligation to communicate to our clients that their precious VHS tapes have a limited shelf life and are in the process of deterioration. We also need to communicate to them that we have a service to offer: converting their VHS tapes to DVD.
Feature - Posted 10 Aug 2009 By
Episodes feature Kristen*, John Goolsby, Joe Simon, Patrick Moreau, Ron Dawson, and Kevin Shahinian; highlight avant-garde wedding filmmaking and cinematic storytelling
Breaking News - Posted 05 Aug 2009
Loyd Calomay | The Glidetrack is a portable and very affordable dolly system that can be used quickly and easily to add the "wow" factor into any production. Its design is simple: a single rail that has a carriage mount for your camera that slides smoothly as you push it.
Feature - Posted 05 Aug 2009 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | A conversation with Zacuto's Steve Weiss about his groundbreaking webisodic TV series, FilmFellas, which, beginning this week, will air a series of programs starring five legends of the wedding and event filmmaking world: John Goolsby, Kristen*, Joe Simon, Patrick Moreau, Kevin Shahinian, and Ron Dawson
Feature - Posted 03 Aug 2009 By
Hal Slifer's 3 Questions goes on location in Plymouth, Newton, and Massachusetts' North Shore; bids farewell to the photomontage; sings the praises of the same-day edit; and looks ahead to the upcoming WEVA Expo.
Feature - Posted 27 Jul 2009
Newly announced speakers include Ron & Tasra Dawson, David Robin & Kevin Shahinian, Mark Von Lanken & Robert Neal, Lance Gray, Ray Roman, Norman Hollyn, Adam Forgione, Keith Kelly, Dominic Velasco, Maureen Taylor, Laura Moses, Brooke Rudnick, and Jorge Jaramillo
Breaking News - Posted 22 Jul 2009
An online wedding film festival in three parts, WedFACTION.1 features an anonymous online submission-based competition, an online popular vote and an exhibition portion showcasing new and leading edge talent
Breaking News - Posted 22 Jul 2009
Ron & Tasra Dawson| In the video world, particularly on the event video side, branding is one of the most challenging areas for many studios. In this article, we'll cover some of the key areas video producers and any small business owners can focus on in order to make quick and substantial changes in their approach to branding.
Feature - Posted 14 Jul 2009 By
Hal Slifer | When was the last time a wedding guest came up to you and told you she loved your work? If you only shoot the event, you will most likely never hear those words. It's time for you to be acknowledged and be loved for your talent and work by showing it in front of hundreds of guests at your next event.
Feature - Posted 14 Jul 2009 By
Thursday July 9th, 2009 - 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET
Breaking News - Posted 08 Jul 2009
Announced speakers include Ron & Tasra Dawson, Ray Roman, Keith Kelly, David Robin and Kevin Shahinian, Lance Gray, and author and editor Norman Hollyn
Breaking News - Posted 03 Jul 2009
Categories include social events and corporate video, including weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, class reunions, recitals, theatrical/stage productions, promotional videos, graduations, band performances, cheerleading competitions, memorial services, corporate training, anniversaries, christenings, charity events, and others, including the newest category, "Wedding Movie Trailer."
Breaking News - Posted 29 Jun 2009
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Brian Press of L.A.-based wedding cinematography studio Impressive Creations discusses his driving passion, stormchasing, and the perfect storm it creates when combined with his other talents, videography and photography
Feature - Posted 22 Jun 2009 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Real Weddings is exactly what it sounds like: an hour-plus DVD that encompasses all the content the Von Lankens deliver to a bride and groom. But what makes this DVD most valuable is the two commentary tracks--one for shooting, one for editing--that run through the entire disc, breaking down virtually everything they do. Also featured: 2 video clips from the DVD!
Feature - Posted 12 Jun 2009
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Real Weddings is exactly what it sounds like: an hour-plus DVD that encompasses all the content the Von Lankens deliver to a bride and groom. But what makes this DVD most valuable is the two commentary tracks--one for shooting, one for editing--that run through the entire disc, breaking down virtually everything they do. Also featured: 2 video clips from the DVD!
Continuing Education - Posted 12 Jun 2009 - June 2009 Issue
With the launch of the new Re:Frame website morning, the Re:Frame Collective revealed dates, location, a (nearly) complete speaker roster, and some tantalizing details about what RF:SF 09 attendees can expect for the three-and-a-half day event, which will take place at San Francisco's toney CLIFT Hotel in the heart of Union Square, October 19-22, 2009
Feature - Posted 08 Jun 2009 By
Steve Yankee | Remember that as videographers, you're able to visualize a story from its beginning to its end, capture that story, and deliver it in a moving picture. That's the magic that sets you apart from the technology you use.
Strictly Business - Posted 05 Jun 2009 - June 2009 Issue By
Alan Naumann | Whereas many dads connect with their sons through sports, my son Jason and I connected through video. We spent many hours together making music videos and short films, as well as shooting various events. Partly as a result of that, he's now living out my dream of becoming an independent filmmaker.
Cradle to Grave - Posted 05 Jun 2009 - June 2009 Issue By
Marc Franklin | The hottest new announcements and releases of NAB 2009 for the videography world
Features - Posted 05 Jun 2009 - June 2009 Issue By
Laura Moses | Not all brides can afford to have a production with their backstory researched, recorded, and then weaved with interviews and photographs into their wedding film. But there are always stories to tell, and we can find them if we are only willing to look.
Vantage Point - Posted 05 Jun 2009 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Steve and Laura Moses have been called the "prom king and queen" and "model husband-wife team" of wedding video. But forget the awards and accolades for a moment, since they're not what define this couple, nor do they tell the whole story of their lives in this business, or this business in their lives. Here's a brief review of their road to success and what they saw and learned along the way.
Feature - Posted 05 Jun 2009 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Steve and Laura Moses have been called the "prom king and queen" and "model husband-wife team" of wedding video. But forget the awards and accolades for a moment, since they're not what define this couple, nor do they tell the whole story of their lives in this business, or this business in their lives. Here's a brief review of their road to success and what they saw and learned along the way.
Studio Time - Posted 05 Jun 2009 - June 2009 Issue By
WEVA EXPO 2009, the biggest convention & trade show for wedding & event video producers worldwide, runs September 14-17, 2009
Breaking News - Posted 04 Jun 2009
Topics include cinematic shooting and editing techniques, artistic shot composition, company image and branding, and marketing to high-end brides
Breaking News - Posted 02 Jun 2009
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Illinois Videographers Association event draws internationally recognized presenters Patrick Moreau and Michael Wong of StillMotion and marks the speaking debut of concept film phenom Kevin Shahinian of Pacific Pictures
Feature - Posted 27 May 2009 By
Enter Your Best Videos Now
Breaking News - Posted 20 May 2009
Jan Ozer | As many of you have already discovered, creating videos for small to midsize businesses gives videographers a nice opportunity to branch out into new markets. Here are some tips on how to do it well.
Feature - Posted 18 May 2009 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | What is In[Focus] 2010 and what's with all those viral videos?
Feature - Posted 17 May 2009 By
Chris P. Jones | PART 1 WITH 31 FILMS NOW ON EVENTDV-TV!
Feature - Posted 16 May 2009 By
Ron Dawson | Taking a cue from indie filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's Rebel Without a Crew, Ron Dawson recounts the challenges he encountered in planning, casting, funding, producing, and marketing the first online reality TV series created with and for professional photographers.
Features - Posted 06 May 2009 - May 2009 Issue By
Stu Sweetow | Watching an event you missed on DVD is the next best thing to being there, but wouldn't it be even better if you could watch it live, regardless of your location? A number of streaming and webcasting services and products scaled and tailored to the event market are now making this possible, and in turn they are adding a new dimension to the services event videographers are able to provide.
Features - Posted 06 May 2009 - May 2009 Issue By
Kris Malandruccolo | Recently, I attended one of Jack Canfield's all-day Success Principles workshops, and I want to share a few of these success principles with you.
The Reel Deal - Posted 06 May 2009 - May 2009 Issue By
Steve Yankee | I know it sounds counterintuitive to slow down just as your season starts, but none of us—not even the video business advisor himself—is Superman or Superwoman. Remember that your mind, your body, and your nerves need a rest.
Strictly Business - Posted 06 May 2009 - May 2009 Issue By
A few thoughts on the 2008 EventDV 25
Feature - Posted 04 May 2009 By
A few thoughts on the 2008 EventDV 25
The Nonlinear Editor - Posted 04 May 2009 - May 2009 Issue By
Fourth annual "Best of NAB" list selected by contributing editor Marc Franklin recognizes new cameras, production gear, and postproduction solutions
Breaking News - Posted 04 May 2009
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | A look behind the garage door into the world where "A Sin City Love Story" was created
Feature - Posted 04 May 2009 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | A look behind the garage door into the world where "A Sin City Love Story" was created
Continuing Education - Posted 04 May 2009 - May 2009 Issue By
EventDV-TV - Posted 04 May 2009
Events will reflect the massive changes in new digital video, digital imaging, and online technologies affecting our industry now and for the immediate future
Breaking News - Posted 04 May 2009
Re:Frame 09 Austin rolls on into Day Two with internationally renowned DoP Philip Bloom, Fusion tips from Bruce Patterson, 30-second film clips, shooting in the streets of Austin, and more
Feature - Posted 04 May 2009
Ed Wardyga | I keep hearing about fellow video professionals—especially those who specialize in weddings—lamenting the decreases in their business. Economic downturns do affect everyone, but all that is required to survive and even prosper is a willingness to do two things: diversify, and keep a keen eye out for opportunities.
Feature - Posted 03 May 2009 By
Ed Wardyga | I keep hearing about fellow video professionals—especially those who specialize in weddings—lamenting the decreases in their business. Economic downturns do affect everyone, but all that is required to survive and even prosper is a willingness to do two things: diversify, and keep a keen eye out for opportunities.
Amen Corner - Posted 03 May 2009 - May 2009 Issue By
Lee Rickwood | Partly as a way to support today's multipurpose HD and DV cameras, for example, companies are incorporating a new appreciation of event videography shooting styles and situational requirements, in particular the "grab-and-go" approach that following a live event necessitates, as well as the realization that many pro video people use many different products for different jobs-from pure-play consumer to top-of-the-line professional
Feature - Posted 03 May 2009
Lee Rickwood | Partly as a way to support today's multipurpose HD and DV cameras, for example, companies are incorporating a new appreciation of event videography shooting styles and situational requirements, in particular the "grab-and-go" approach that following a live event necessitates, as well as the realization that many pro video people use many different products for different jobs-from pure-play consumer to top-of-the-line professional
Gear & Now - Posted 03 May 2009 - May 2009 Issue
Can Austin keep Re:Frame weird, and vice versa?
Feature - Posted 27 Apr 2009 By
"Copyright Basics" is a six-and- a-half minute video that follows the dashing "Jim T. Librarian" as he explains the importance of copyright to a co-worker
Breaking News - Posted 24 Apr 2009
Presentation topics include Best Practices for Wedding Gig Networking, Audio Acquisition for Videographers; with Sennheiser
Breaking News - Posted 20 Apr 2009
Goal of the festival is to increase awareness of the quality and differing types of wedding video and film productions that are being produced today by artists from around the world and to reward these artists with real prizes that will take their craft to a higher level
Breaking News - Posted 18 Apr 2009
EventDV-TV - Posted 15 Apr 2009
Alan Naumann | Today we have something more powerful than any communication technology in history: video. Video technology is still new enough, though, that we are only now beginning to understand its real power and potential.
Cradle to Grave - Posted 09 Apr 2009 - April 2009 Issue By
Steve Yankee | Persistence really does pay off. When the time comes for someone to buy what you're selling, and you're the one they know and the one who's been in front of them on a consistent basis, what are the odds they'll buy from you?
Strictly Business - Posted 09 Apr 2009 - April 2009 Issue By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Like a rescued and refurb'd Super8, a 5D Mark II is an amazing tool for capturing what you see. But the cameras and the vision have to work hand in hand, much like style and story.
The Nonlinear Editor - Posted 09 Apr 2009 - April 2009 Issue By
EventDV-TV - Posted 08 Apr 2009 By
Marla Misek Clark | For Sylvia Broeckx and Niels Puttemans of UK-based Ever After Video Productions, 2008 was a transformative year
Studio Time - Posted 06 Apr 2009 - April 2009 Issue
Vanessa McKellar of Vanessa McKellar Productions rocks the vote with her entry "My Sister's In Love"
Breaking News - Posted 06 Apr 2009
EventDV-TV - Posted 06 Apr 2009 By
StillMotion cinematographers road-test Canon's game-changing HD camera on a series of destination wedding and music video shoots, and they reveal some of the camera's remarkable strengths and limitations for event filmmakers.
Features - Posted 01 Apr 2009 - April 2009 Issue By
StillMotion cinematographers road-test Canon's game-changing HD camera on a series of destination wedding and music video shoots, and they reveal some of the camera's remarkable strengths and limitations for event filmmakers.
Feature - Posted 01 Apr 2009 By
First Professional Videographers Coalition event hosted by LIVA and NJVA
Breaking News - Posted 25 Mar 2009
Registration info for April 27-29 event
Breaking News - Posted 25 Mar 2009
Hal Slifer's 3 Questions
EventDV-TV - Posted 25 Mar 2009 By
May 20 event to feature all-star speaking lineup with Patrick Moreau and Michael Wong, Lance Gray, Chris Chibucos, Kevin Shahinian, and Keith Kelly
Breaking News - Posted 24 Mar 2009
The 2008 EventDV 25 Awards Show, revealing your new all-star team of the 25 hottest and most influential videographers in the world as elected by the readers of EventDV magazine
Breaking News - Posted 18 Mar 2009
Presenting the 2008 EventDV 25, the 25 hottest and most influential videographers in the world as elected by the readers of EventDV magazine
EventDV-TV - Posted 17 Mar 2009
Features - Posted 16 Mar 2009
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | We asked 5 award-winning studios--all of whom have won international awards specifically for their demos--to demystify the process of producing an award-winning demo and help you master the making of your own.
Features - Posted 08 Mar 2009 - March 2009 Issue By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Commit to your business, your professional development, and your magazine as we've committed to this industry, and we'll weather this recession together.
The Nonlinear Editor - Posted 06 Mar 2009 - March 2009 Issue By
New issue features Mark Von Lanken's definitive review of the Panasonic AG-HMC150, 5 expert opinions on how to construct an effective wedding demo, Ben Balser's tutorial on working with sound in Final Cut Pro, and new columnist Mark Foley's tips on how to get great on-site audio at live events
Features - Posted 05 Mar 2009
Steve Yankee | One big advantage we have as videographers is that we're visual artists. In the social networking world, visuals rock!
Strictly Business - Posted 05 Mar 2009 - March 2009 Issue By
Alan Naumann | As videographers we have a few choices when it comes to protecting the DVDs we deliver against piracy. The one I recommend is to apply the protection ourselves with PTProtect, a new technology developed and marketed by Primera Technology, the company that brought us the popular Bravo line of automated DVD duplication and printing systems.
In the Studio - Posted 05 Mar 2009 - March 2009 Issue By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | His maxim--Adapt or die!--is what turned BMX legend Joe Simon into a four-time Telly Award-winning artist and owner of Joe Simon Productions, an Austin, Texas-based studio specializing in cinematic high-definition and vintage wedding films.
Studio Time - Posted 05 Mar 2009 - March 2009 Issue By
Mark Von Lanken takes Panasonic's new professional AVCHD camera, the AG-HMC150, out in the field for a series of wedding shoots and examines its usability and features, tests its low-light performance, and offers comparisons to Sony's popular Z1U. NOW AVAILABLE: ALL 5 VIDEO CLIPS THAT ACCOMPANY THIS ARTICLE!
In the Field - Posted 17 Feb 2009 - March 2009 Issue By
EventDV-TV - Posted 06 Feb 2009