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Storytelling Without Dialogue

Sometimes, it’s what goes unsaid that adds the most to a story. It might not be your first instinct, but you can engage viewers and get a message across without any dialogue at all.

Given that many videos play without sound, especially if they are autoplaying, or shared on social media, knowing how to craft a silent story is an especially valuable skill. In this post, we explore the pieces that help your viewers put the picture together without a word.

How to Light a Horror Scene on Film

As the nights grow longer, and the shadows deepen, our minds tend to turn to things that go bump in the night. With Halloween around the corner, it’s the perfect time of year to embrace the spookier side of filmmaking.

In this episode of our How To Video series, we’re diving headfirst into the world of horror. Our video tutorial will walk you through exactly how to light a scene for a most frightful effect. You’ll learn tips for working in adverse conditions, adding atmosphere, avoiding lens flare, and getting a truly terrifying end result.

hiring freelancers for business video

The standards for business video are incredibly high. Any problems related to the audio, visuals, or post-production can derail the final product, leading to reduced viewer engagement and unhappy clients. This applies whether the content is destined to be a commercial, shared online, or for internal communications.

For that reason, video production companies rely on freelancers with highly specialized skill sets. Since freelancers are typically hired per project, on-boarding these new team members presents its own challenges.

In this guest post from Melty Cone Video, they share their expertise in hiring freelancers. Here are their tips for consistently promoting great working relationships, efficient working environments, and ensuring smooth shoot days.

External Hard Drive for Storage and Laptop by Byjeng on Shutterstock

(Photo Credit: Laptop by Byjeng on Shutterstock)

With the advent of 4K and 8K production workflows, video editing means working with incredibly large file sizes. This can present all kinds of issues, from running out of space to frustratingly slow performance. So, what is the best way to store all that data while editing your videos?

Before you run out to buy yet another external drive, make sure that’s really your best bet. We interviewed two video experts to break down your options for working with large files while editing video, and go over the pros and cons of each solution.

Filmmaking tips for capturing nature

Maybe it’s the warmer weather, maybe it’s the first crocuses poking up through the ground, but all we want to do is head outside and get some fresh air. While we’re at it, we may as well grab some awesome footage of nature in rebirth.

Here are five classic filmmaking techniques you’ll need to capture nature in all her glory.

Jendra Jarnigan on set

In this episode of our Pro Perspectives series, we catch up with veteran cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin on a bustling set. As Director of Photography of this film, she’s right in the thick of it.

The set appears chaotic, with cast, crew, and equipment in a near constant state of motion. To the untrained eye, it can be hard to see how anything ever gets done. As Jendra explains, it’s really organized chaos. In this post, she walks us through the magic of making movies in prep, with tips for every step of the way.

Pro-Perspectives Clark Vandergrift

If video is anything, it’s constantly changing. Knowing where to start, or simply keeping up, can seem daunting at times.

In the first episode of our Pro Perspectives series, we catch up with Clark Vandergrift, an independent photographer and videographer. He shares some amazing tips on how embracing personal work as a laboratory for learning new things can lead to commercial success with video.

Here’s how he does it.

Royal VIP on Set

In this guest post from Bold Content Video, learn exactly how to work with a VIP on set, and the important considerations you’ll need to keep in mind.

How would you handle a film shoot featuring a member of the British Royal Family? We at Bold Content Video have recently wrapped a project doing just that.

In fact, our set was packed with VIPs, as you can see in the behind-the-scenes photo above. From left to right: Radio DJ Roman Kemp, Former Professional Footballer Rio Ferdinand, The Duke of Cambridge Prince William, Journalist/Influencer Carl Anka, and Musician Loyle Carner.

While it may seem incredibly daunting to conduct such a high-profile event, with the right tips, it will be simpler than you think. Keep reading for our suggestions to help your next VIP (or Royal!) shoot run smoothly.

make high quality animated videos

In this guest post from Yum Yum Videos, an explainer video production company, learn the secrets of how they produce compelling animated videos.

How can you produce a high-quality animated video? Is it magic? Is it luck?

Of course not. There are many factors that need to be addressed to end up with an appealing and effective animated video. Also, many professionals are involved in every stage of the process.

From the pre-production and crafting of the creating brief, all the way to the storyboard, voiceovers and animation, this guide will show you the ins and outs of the entire process.

Here are the essential steps you need to take to make a high-quality animated video that communicates your brand’s message in an engaging way. Let’s take a look!

Making a professional screencast

One of the simplest, most common types of video out there is also one that so many companies manage to get really wrong. We’re talking about screencasts.

They’re everywhere, and they’re usually too long, boring, and suffer from easily correctable faults. Whether they’re out of focus, or hard to follow, there are easy solutions to these problems.

If you’ve ever wondered how to make a sharp screencast video that people will actually want to watch, this post is for you. Here are step-by-step instructions, and a video guide, to show you the ropes.

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