“Roadside” – Impromptu GH2 Short Film

I’m currently on a reality shoot in Texas and had my Panasonic GH2 along for interviews.  During a drive from San Antonio to Austin, I got an itch to go jogging and pulled off at a random exit.  I noticed the wind

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Handheld Filmmaking with Dual Cameras, Part One: Production Gear

I’ve been doing a lot of “dual-cam” documentary shooting over the last several months. By dual-cam, I mean filming two angles at once by operating two handheld cameras.  The main advantage of this is being able to record both characters in a

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How to properly apply for a Reality TV show, from a disgruntled casting director

I’ve been working in documentary and reality TV for several years now, doing everything from casting to shooting to editing.  My least favorite part by far is casting, and right now I’m in the middle of a big project and becoming a

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Filmmaking with just one lens

While it can be tempting to bring a wide arsenal of lenses on a shoot, sometimes you really only need one.  Being restricted to a single focal length forces the filmmaker to think creatively about framing, and provided you’re using a “normal”

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Can you ditch your wireless lavalier microphone for a clip-on mini voice recorder?

When you are shooting on the go and alone, the easiest way to get good audio of your talent is by having them wear a wireless lavalier (clip-on) microphone. The basic steps of this are simple: plug a lavalier mic into a mini

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My “one bag” GH2 docu filmmaking kit in explicit detail

Run and gun can be tough when you’re also trying to be cinematic. Here’s a kit I’ve been using for the last few months that allows me to be agile, creative, and low-profile.  Plus, it fits in a single medium-sized SLR bag.

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DIY “wireless” mic: lav mic + portable recorder + DIY belt clip holster

  If you want quality lav mic audio, the cheapest, easiest, and most worry-free solution is to plug a decent quality lav microphone into a portable recorder and have your talent wear the recorder.  You then sync it in post with Pluraleyes or FCP X’s

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15 tips for run-and-gun DSLR docu-verite shooting

Docu-verite DSLR shooting is a difficult road to travel when you’re a one-man crew.  By docu-verite, I mean filming the unpredictable, i.e. spontaneous conversations; going from exterior to interior lighting; dialogue scenes in noisy environments; night shots from vehicles.  You can attempt

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How to Shoot a Vegas Music Video During Your Bachelor Party

It could have been a standard-issue bachelor party in Vegas. Eight of my best buds, each one a perfect casting choice for any comedy beer commercial, shared two rooms in Bill’s Gambling Hall and Saloon and planned to do everything everyone else

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