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Tips To Filming

"The Effect of Dust on Lens Bokeh." Photography Life. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2014.

“The Effect of Dust on Lens Bokeh.” Photography Life. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2014.


Author: Brian Teal

Published: Feb. 5, 2014

The article is basicly about this guy trying to film him going downhill on a bike using his GoPro but every day he messes something up. The first day it was batteries, second it was the on/off button, and the last day it was a dirty lense. From this experience he learned that planning is key. Using action cameras can give you the best footage but it can be easy to mess up.

I learned that planning and being prepared is key. It’s easy to make simple mistakes if you’re too busy looking at the big picture or paying too much attention to specific details. Also, using action cameras can create good footage.

Next time I go to film I will double check and make sure my equipment has clean lenses, full batteries, and everything is hooked up correctly. It hadn’t occurred to me to check the lense, and sometimes I forget to check the battery as soon as I pick it up. I’d really hate to film something then realize I have to start all over again.

Keeping Your Gear Safe and Clean on a Shoot, by: Kyle Cassidy, June 2013 Issue of Videomaker magazine

313 C10 Basic Training OPEN

For this article, it talks about keeping your video production equipment safe and or clean.  You should always carry your equipment in safe cases to protect it from weather, people, and any accident that could occur.  You’ll probably end up with multiple bags to carry your equipment as opposed to one bag.  You also have to make sure you protect the camera, with things such as those that protect it from freezing, etc.  One bag for example could just be for your cables, and then you can have one case for your camera and a couple other things, but you’ll want to make sure everything is travel efficient to prevent damage. I learned the amount of protection people use for video equipment.  I can use this in class, because we use a bag for the tripod, and a case for the camera/microphone.

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Mic Tricks for the Boom Operator, By: Hal Robertson, March 2014 issue


For this article, it talks about how to operate a boom mic.
Basically what a boom mic is, is that you put a microphone
on a pole either handheld or setup somewhere, typically on
machinery. It’s attached with a shock mount to lower the
amount of noise that is heard when moving the microphone. Most
times there is someone hired to do the job of handling the
microphone, they are called the “boom operator.” In short,
you get a microphone, put it on a mount, and then on a pole,
and handle it around the area of people speaking.  At the end
of the article it just talked about the prices of these items,
I’m going to not include that part.  A way this article could
help is if we were to use a pole, but, we use a microphone
and attach it to the camera, so that’s unlikely.  I learned
how to handle a boom microphone.

To read this article, here’s the link:

Week 5 Progress

This week I wrote a script about what tempts us in life and what consequences follow when we fall to these desires to sin. One of the more mysterious/suspenseful pieces I have written. I will film it once I rewrite it, which will be soon. The story has a powerful message and will leave audiences wondering after they see it. In fact, I’m not sure if people will understand it the first time they see it. I will admit that there are a lot of religious themes that filter through this story. Reminds me a little bit of an M. Night Shyamalan film.

Week 4 Progress

This week I filmed a basketball game between the faculty and students here at Winthrop. Surprisingly that was the first full basketball game that I have ever filmed. I found it easier to film compared to other sporting events I’ve had to film. Focusing on the action was simple because all I had to do was watch where the ball went, opposed to filming a 1 by 3 inch black puck! It was fun to film and fun to watch.


Apple Mac Pro Review

Adam Vesely
I learned that the Mac Pro is amazing because Its really light and its not that bulky and you could tale it home or any place you need because there so light and you don’t have to bring a big hard drive around to edit and you can use new cameras and Its even wireless.322-C5-Mac-ProSECONDARY

“Our test unit came nearly fully loaded with an 8-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, 64GB of memory, Dual AMD FirePro D700 graphics cards with 6GB of VRAM each and a 1TB PCIe-based SSD. If the previously listed specs weren’t enough to blow your mind, then imagine all of this computing power squeezed into a cylindrical aluminum enclosure that is 6.6-inches in diameter, 9.9-inches high and weighs 11lb.”322-C5-Mac-Pro-PRIMARY

Week 3 Progress

After watching the film El Mariachi, I learned a good bit about true gritty independent film making. Robert Rodriguez is a true master of his art. He managed to stretch his dollar extremely well, the stunts, the gun fights, the blood all done very well for a very low budget. This has taught me how to stretch my dollar when it comes to making films. I will use the knowledge that I gained from this film in future projects.

Week 1 Progress

Wrapping out of the first semester I have many projects that I helped film. The one I spent the most time doing would probably have to be the district promo video. I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out in the end, but with the superintendent’s approval, I’m confident in the quality of the piece. It was a lot of fun to film and I am looking forward to more projects like it.

Week 6

As of yesterday Drew and I have finished a script that we are now going to shoot and edit. The story is about a crime that takes place and the three perspectives of the people involved. I will have it filmed by the end of this weekend and edited by the time grades close. With Drew and I both editing this it should be done rather quickly.

Videomaker Article – March 14th, 2014, By: Jennifer O’Rourke, March Issue 2014 Article Title: Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Cameras with Improved AF and Fast Continuous Shooting Announced

In this article it talks about lenses for cameras, and how they can keep sharp focus even on objects that are moving.  It also talked about mirror-less cameras that are lighter, and smaller, plus, they take great footage.  Lastly, this was based on the Nikon, V3, which is the new lens for staying in focus even when the objects are moving.
I learned from this article, the different lenses of cameras, and their effects.  How I could apply this to class is, I don’t think I really could use this in class unless we had those special lenses for the camera.

To read the article, here is the link: