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Creative DSLR Video Techniques
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Creative DSLR Video Techniques

with Ben Long

Video: Introduction

A video-capable digital SLR gives you a fantastic amount of filmmaking power. The ideas you're going to see here are simple

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Creative DSLR Video Techniques
1h 59m Intermediate Dec 05, 2013

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Photo superstar Ben Long is back, but this time he's focusing on the video capabilities of DSLR cameras. This project-oriented course follows Ben as he shoots, edits, and delivers a short promo video for friend and actor Stephen Kearin. He concentrates on creative composition during filming, and then returns to the editing booth to show how shot footage gets put together. The end product combines performance and interview footage (taken with multiple cameras) to tell a short, compelling story and help Stephen sell tickets, while illustrating important concepts like sense of space, passage of time, and the montage to aspiring filmmakers like you.

Topics include:
  • Why DSLR?
  • Planning the shoot
  • Deciding on gear
  • Setting up the workspace
  • Capturing B-roll
  • Synchronizing audio
  • Adding music
  • Color grading footage
Subjects:
Video DSLR Video
Author:
Ben Long

Introduction

A video-capable digital SLR gives you a fantastic amount of filmmaking power. However, no matter how good your camera is, there's still a tremendous number of decisions you have to make and a huge number of obstacles that come between your starting point and a finished video. In this course, you're going to come with me as I put together a promotional video for a friend in LA who's preparing a one man theatrical show.

He needs a short video that can be put on the web that'll get people into seats. And, I want to give people a chance to see what Steven's show is all about. I watched him for a long time. He's an amazing performer. So, you're going to see me shoot his rehearsal process. You're going to see me talk to him about what the show is about? How it came to be? How he put it together? And what he is doing to prepare? Along the way, I am going to be shooting with multiple cameras and I am going to be using some techniques that I am hoping will jazz up what might be some otherwise boring shots of a guy sitting in a computer writing.

When all that's done, I am going to head into the editing room, take this massive footage that I have shot and try and cut into a short but compelling story that will serve to show, what's Stephen up to and generate enough interest to get into the theater to watch his show. The ideas you're going to see here are simple but they are going to very effective ways of creating video that is much more compelling. Before we head to LA, though, you're going to see me do a little bit of preparation as I get some scheduling worked out and start choosing my gear.

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