Camera Setups – Part 1

March 12th, 2014

When discussing camera formats and setups while planning for a shoot, always ask about the final deliverable and how the client will use the footage – both now, and in the future.  Is it for broadcast?  Web?  Corporate meeting?  Boardroom? Any or all of the above?   How long is the finished piece, and will your […]


Eye Lines

July 11th, 2013

When shooting interviews, it’s important to have the subject’s eye line on axis with the camera lens so that it doesn’t appear that the subject is looking over or under the camera.  To accomplish this, the interviewer must be in-line or very close to the same axis line as depicted in the photo below.  This […]


The Power of Trade Show Booth Video

August 8th, 2012

You see sufficient value to allocate time and money to exhibit.  After all, your current and potential customers have made it a point to attend.  A video playing on a screen in your booth helps attract more attention, gives visitors a reason to stay at your booth longer, helps explain new or complicated concepts more easily, and […]


Data Rates for Digital Production: Understanding Bits, Bytes and Bottlenecks

July 24th, 2012

This article was originally by Jay Holden.  We think that it is a great explanation and that you would find it useful. Despite the fact that it’s 2012 and we’re more than a decade into the digital revolution of high definition (and beyond) moving images, there is still a very narrow bottleneck that keeps digital […]


How to Get a Job with a Small Company

October 31st, 2011

Most advice about job seeking is oriented around big companies. The notion of a standard resume, of mass mailings, of dealing with the HR department–even the idea of interviews–is all built around the Fortune 500. Alas, the Fortune 500 has been responsible for a net loss in jobs over the last twenty years. All the […]


Color Temperature and Gels

June 28th, 2011

A Director of Photography’s challenge is to craft the quality and character of light in a scene.  Since the majority of our projects are on-location, I am often working with  a mixture of natural light within the existing scene and the “artificial” light I introduce.  If my goal is to have all light be the […]


Three Dimensional Video Production

July 4th, 2010

Bob’s Current Conclusions about 3 Dimensional Video Production In April 2010, Bob attended the Digital Cinema Summit at NAB which was almost exclusively about 3D in production. Bob has since viewed many hours of programming, and spent many days talking to experts about 3D. Bob then let this “percolate” in his production brain. Here are […]


Production & Post-Production Tools

May 24th, 2010

Plural Eyes – is a plugin for both Final Cut and Sony Vegas that we use to sync up all of our clips automatically.  Very cool and a huge time saver. Watch this video and see just how easy it is to sync sound with the Canon 5D and separate sound. Syncing audio […]


Simplifying Our Lives

March 10th, 2010

1. Simplify Your Life by Reducing your Possessions Modern culture is materialistic, bombarding us with the message that we can find happiness in possessions. In reality, possessions create clutter. It’s hard to feel peaceful or calm when you’re surrounded by clutter. Simple living with fewer possessions will make you feel freer and more in control […]


Elements of a Video Production

September 8th, 2009

Every successful production is a result of the execution of each, or a variation thereof, of these elements. Their impact on cost is only a matter of degree. Pre-Production & Preparation This initial & critical phase consists of all initial meetings with you, the client, leading up to field production & editing. We utilize a […]


DVD Playability

July 20th, 2009

DVD playability issues predominately stem from dirt, dust, smudges, or foreign matter on the bottom side, (non label), of the DVD. Upon inspection if you find this to be true, clean the disk with water and some dish soap. Do this repeatedly until it is shiny and clean again. Use a soft cotton cloth or […]


How to Best Prepare PowerPoint Slides for Video & DVD Production

December 11th, 2008

Many times we have incorporated our client’s PowerPoint slides into their video and DVD productions. Because computer displays and television displays are different, keeping a few things in mind will be of help to both of us. PowerPoint presentations are optimized for computers. DVDs are optimized for television. There are a number of differences between […]


Buying a Blu-ray DVD Player for Christmas? What you need to know.

December 6th, 2008

It looks like $225 is the price point for the holiday season and several manufacturers are committed to that entry-level price making them very attractive. However, I really recommend spending a few dollars more to get a player that is firmware upgradeable so you will continue to get all of the cool new features being […]


Breaking into the Business

October 28th, 2008

It’s actually not that difficult to break into the business. But you first must have genuine passion for the industry and the craft, you have to have it in your blood. Then it’s just a matter of applying yourself. It all starts with desire, a desire to get into the business. With strong enough desire, […]


Corporate Interview Shoot Tips – Clothing

October 8th, 2008

Colors • Avoid the color white if possible. • Bright pastels, especially yellow should also be avoided if possible. • Black is not optimal, but better than white. Mid to dark tones are better. BEST – deeper cool solids that contrast skin color: blues, greens, purples. Coat and Tie- A medium blue shirt is vastly […]