Anatomy of a Mini Movie (Rob Thomas, Echo2012 via churchjuice

I found this over at It’s notes from an Echo 2012 lecture by Rob Thomas, the resident of RT Creative Group. At Thrive Church, we make a lot of mini movies. Rob gives some really good ideas on what make a great mini movie.

Rob Thomas: Anatomy of a Mini Movie [Echo 2012 Notes] | Blog | Church Juice.

I love what Rob is trying to convey. One of the biggest challenges I find is getting the main idea across cleanly, but effectively. It’s not as easy as it sounds. To get a tight, compelling script takes a lot of effort, and is way more important than the quality of your video work.

Terminated: A Movie Short

Hi folks!

I’ve mentioned on Facebook, Twitter many times that Michael and I were involved in a film-making contest. The rules were simple: Write, shoot, edit, and ship a 5-8 minute long movie in only 48 hours. The catch was that we did not know the genre of the movie until the moment we started our 48-hour countdown, and we had to incorporate a predetermined line of dialogue. It was a challenge, but a lot of fun too!

The movie was shot mostly on a Sony FS100, but we also used a Canon T3i and a GoPro HD. Check it out after the break! Continue reading “Terminated: A Movie Short”

DIY Camera Dolly & Track System

One of the most valuable things you can do for your video productions is to add camera movement. I’m not talking about the “shaky cam” fad that seems to be so overdone in too many videos. I’m talking smooth camera slides. Some time ago, I mentioned I was on the look-out for a DIY camera slider. I found a camera slider that met the cheap requirement, but it’s limited to slide distances of only about 20-inches – not bad, but not great. So, I set out to build a slider system that I could transport with a truck but that was very easy to assemble – for about the same price as that little camera slider. See if I accomplished my goal after the break. Continue reading “DIY Camera Dolly & Track System”

Review: Sandisk Extreme Pro 8GB 95MBS SDHC

In a few days, the GR crew (Michael and I) will be participating in the 48hr Guerrilla Film Challenge, a contest in which we have just 48 hours to write, shoot, and edit a 5-7 minute film. The kicker is that we will not know the genre until the start of our 48 hr period. So, we’ve both been securing gear for the past few weeks. I’ve picked up several things that I wanted to tell you about. One of the little-mentioned, but critical issues with digital movie-making is storage. I recently picked up some Sandisk Extreme Pro SD cards, and boy are they nice. More after the break. Continue reading “Review: Sandisk Extreme Pro 8GB 95MBS SDHC”

The Best DSLR Camera For Beginners

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What is the best DSLR camera for beginners? I’ve been asked this question a lot. Even though I am not a pro by any stretch of the imagination, people still ask me that question – perhaps because they know that I once walked in their shoes. It’s easy to simply point them to the camera I chose without any real explanation other than “it’s pretty easy to use,” but I’ve been feeling a bit guilty for that simple answer.

When you are a beginner, and you ask about the “best DSLR camera for beginners” some people assume that you are really asking for “cheap and easy.” But, as someone who has made this query myself, I can tell you that “cheap and easy” is *not* what I was really looking for. So, here’s my attempt at a better answer: Continue reading “The Best DSLR Camera For Beginners”