June 13, 2015
Learn from what I’ve learned over the past few months.
I wish other filmmakers would do this – break down their successes, failures and thoughts across their entire career. We all have different approaches so here’s what’s been going on for me in the last few months.
THE NEW SETUP:
Last week I tried jump cuts for an episode since I only had one day to make the video. In one week I’ve went from being strongly against using jump cuts, to completely up for it. Here’s why:
– I only have to remember one thing at a time. Before, I was concentrating so much on what I was going to say next, that I ended up sounding pretty monotone.
– It’s more ‘engaging’. I’m very reluctant to do things simply because they make more of an impact, but in this case I think almost anything is better than sitting stationary at a desk for the entire video. A bit of movement around the frame is welcome.
– It’s way quicker to film. Again I’m reluctant to have this as a valid reason for a creative choice, but the truth is I’d rather spend more time writing episodes and less time filming the talky bit.
I’ve been using this keylight setup loads recently – an LED shooting through a silk from the westcott fast flags on a C-stand. Super easy to setup and yields a large soft source. Biggest development here is realising that I’ve been placing my keylights too low recently – for this setup I find it’s better almost touching the ceiling and angled down.
Nothing too special about the camera setup here – 24mm lens for anyone interested. Got some more of the acoustic foam that makes up my background behind the camera / desk for maximum sound absorption. Camera is slightly above head height.
The one things that’s not pictured here is my audio setup – it’s remarkably similar to everything else I shoot. The Rode NTG on a boom pole on a lightstand, going into a Zoom H5. Getting better sound than the last setup I think, since I’m no longer up against a bare reflective wall. Plus the table used to bounce sound back too.
Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.