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June 17, 2015

Filming Interviews – Preparation

Most of my film work in the last two years has centered around an interview. We film ministry spotlight videos for work which we show at some of our larger events and post online. They highlight what's happening in churches across Minnesota and we usually sit down with the pastor and have them share for 20-30 minutes. We've learned a lot…
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June 11, 2015

Finding Music for Films

The underlying audio tracks of your film set its mood. If you're editing a recap of a youth activity, you'll want something energetic. If you're telling a story of someone's personal triumphs you'll need something moving and uplifting. A poorly picked track can make even a well shot film feel awkward. I might be a bit nit-picky, but I usually spend about an hour or more just trying to find the right track for whatever I'm creating. Most of the time I know exactly what I'm looking for to match the mood of the film in my head. It's a tedious process, but there's not much room for error. For example, in our I Dare You to Dream promo, we…
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June 10, 2015

Dotty

This is a beautiful short film by Mick Andrews and Bret O'Gorman that's well worth your ten minutes. Enjoy!
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June 8, 2015

Five Websites for Filmmakers

I love how many resources are out there for anyone to get started and learn about filmmaking. I've followed a few that have been really helpful on my journey. Here are five websites for filmmakers that rock: Stillmotion Blog - These guys are all about story and have great insight on the process of filmmaking. There's plenty to digest on…
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June 5, 2015

What Film Editing Software Should I use?

Besides cameras, the next question I'm frequently asked is, "What film editing software should I use?" As with most everything in life there is no simple answer, but you can quickly narrow it down with two factors: Platform and Price. I've been on an OSX platform for the last 10 years. Back then I had access to Final Cut at work…
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June 5, 2015

Single Mom Dreams

Last year I was given a bunch of post-it notes and asked to created a quick video with them. I had nothing else to go with. On each post-it note was written a dream by a single mom who had attended a retreat in central Minnesota. We took those post-it notes and kind of made it up as we went shooting…
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June 1, 2015

The Transition from Photography to Filmmaking

I’m a purist. I love the snapshot, the image captured in a fraction of a second that tells an enduring story. I’m that weirdo who never minded when my friends’ moms showed me photo albums of trips I hadn’t taken and people I didn’t know, because I did know them. I have been to the Grand Canyon several times in…
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June 1, 2015

Consumer Vs Professional DSLR

Let's say you followed my flowchart and you see that I recommend getting a consumer DSLR. Maybe you were hoping to leap right into a professional model, or maybe you're on the fence on which way to go. What are the differences between a consumer vs professional DSLR? What are some factors that might help you make a decision? Price.…
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May 27, 2015

What Video Camera Should I Buy?

I am asked all the time, "What video camera should I buy?" Usually it's a non-profit or church looking to start doing more in-house work. I always say start with what you have, but sometimes there really is nothing to start with. There are so many variables to be considered before purchasing a camera. Do you need a DSLR or an action…
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May 23, 2015

The Heart of the Story in Film

Filmmaking is all about story. Much of our work in the past year has been capturing things that are happening as we film: weddings, church spotlights, event recaps, and personal stories. Many times it's showing up in unknown territory without a complete picture of what we're getting into. We've done this a number of times. Most frequently it's going to churches on…
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May 19, 2015

My Evolution of Cameras for Filmmaking

I was thinking today about why I'm writing more about filmmaking. Like I've mentioned before, I don't consider myself an expert, but there are number of things I've learned in the last few years that might be helpful to someone out there. Much of my experience has happened within the context of the non-profit/faith-based world. Many non-profits have utility players like me…
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May 15, 2015

A Humble Beginning in Filmmaking

If you've read my philosophy on filmmaking then you know I'm a huge advocate of starting with whatever you have. There are some recommendations I'll make in upcoming posts once you have some money to invest in some starter gear, but I'd strongly recommend just using what you have at first. Our first venture into filmmaking really started in 2004 between…
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