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September 2016

COLOR GRADING USING LUTS

Mastering all steps in the filmmaking process might not be the goal of every filmmaker. But having knowledge of every stage in the filmmaking process helps create an all-round filmmaking individual.  Today we talk about color grading your footage. There are various plugins, programs and native ways to color grade your footage. The short answer is, there really is no right or wrong way to do it. But whatever works to achieve the look you are going for.

In this tutorial we use LUTS to achieve the color graded look we want.  I used footage from a recent concert shoot I was hired by Snoop Dogg’s Merry Jane company to shoot.

VIDEO EDITORS NEED THIS APP

Workflow is one of the most important factors when it comes to editing. A smooth workflow process can not only speed up editing time, but make it more enjoyable. We all dread waiting for videos to render. But rendering wait times is unavoidable, so what can we really do about that.

The workflow for sending edits to a client has always been pretty standard. For me it was render out the video. Upload either to Vimeo or YouTube privately, or send the file to the client via wetransfer. Then the client would tell me which parts they would like changed by explaining what the scene looked like or giving me the time between where the shot took place in a long email. I then would go back to the sequence, find what they were describing and change it. This process wasn’t my favorite, but it was all I knew.

Well I stumbled upon an app that changed the whole game for me.  This app Wipster allowed me to render, send, and receive comments about my edit to a client, all without leaving Adobe Premiere! I know right, crazy! What even better is when they get the video, they can write directly on the screen of the shot they want altered. Then there comments show up on your timeline as comment markers.  This app changed the game for me. So I felt like it was my duty to share! So I made this video.  Enjoy, and you are welcome!

HOW TO FILM A MUSIC FESTIVAL

One of the most exciting, fun, and exhilarating shoots you can have as long as you prepare. Filming a music festival is no easy task.  With the amount of screaming fans, seizure giving light shows and fire and smoke machines, you can easily lose track of what shots you need.

The one way to combat failing at filming a music festival is preparation and organization.  In this video I give you 5 tips to help you pull out the greatest shots and a well performing work flow. The video I overview:

  1. Your Crew
  2. Expect the Unexpected
  3. Protect Your Gear
  4. Direct Your Shots
  5. Memory & Batteries

Following these tips are sure to help your first Music Festival shoot move a lot more smoothly, relieve pressure, and let you have a lot more fun!

MASTER CLASS WITH MARY YOUNG

On Friday I filmed an event for a new business series event called Master Class which is presented by Curated Life.  What Master Class is, is a event catered to millennial women entrepreneurs.  Each Master Class focuses on building confidence, financial literacy, and business planning skills.  A very informative and inspiring event I must say.
mc12We filmed at Souvenir where the event took place.  A shop on College that had a very clean and minimal aesthetic.  All white walls and decor which made filming there very pleasing.  The walls acted as a soft bounce for the lights that lit everything almost perfectly evenly.

The guest key note speaker was Mary Young; a Canadian designer, who shared her own start-up story and current business goals.  She then gave her feedback and advice to the attendees as each woman told her current business goals and aspirations.  The women engaged in workshop activities to nurture their business goals.  All in all the event was great and I suggest you look into purchasing a ticket for the next one being held in May.
Check out the recap film and photos I shot for the event.