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Pro Video Tips

with Anthony Q. Artis

Video: Feeding your crew

Food is one of the great secrets of the pros. This is one of those critical little details that It's a vital part of pre-production to scout If you're feeding a large number of people, make The term craft services is just a
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  1. 5m 44s
    1. Five things you can do when your production stalls out NEW
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  2. 2m 8s
    1. Intro to Pro Video Tips
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  3. 17m 27s
    1. Controlling reflections in glass
      4m 7s
    2. Managing color with polarizers
      2m 32s
    3. Using a polarizer to adjust skin tones
      2m 0s
    4. Using polarizers when shooting landscapes
      4m 42s
    5. Ten polarizer tips
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  4. 14m 34s
    1. Supplies to get to hide lav mics
      2m 13s
    2. Hiding lavs in collars
      5m 16s
    3. Hiding mics in hair
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    4. Hiding mics in sheer tops
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    5. Hiding transmitter packs on talent
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  5. 34m 25s
    1. Canon C100 overview
      11m 33s
    2. Looking at the Atomos Ninja
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    3. Checking out the C100 menu options
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  6. 10m 28s
    1. Ten tips for set safety
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  7. 9m 18s
    1. Packing a truck
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    1. Putting together your lens kit
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    2. Normal lenses
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    3. Wide lenses
      3m 5s
    4. Ultra-wide and fish-eye lenses
      2m 53s
    5. Telephoto lenses
      4m 53s
    6. Super zooms
      2m 54s
    7. Macro lenses
      2m 45s
  9. 17m 22s
    1. The importance of exposure
      1m 31s
    2. Using waveforms
      5m 3s
    3. Using histograms
      6m 53s
    4. Using zebra stripes
      3m 55s
  10. 10m 20s
    1. Shutter speed overview
      3m 18s
    2. Different ways to use shutter speed
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  11. 10m 29s
    1. Tips for keeping your budget down
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  12. 10m 11s
    1. Working with batteries
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  13. 24m 39s
    1. External audio settings
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    2. Audio input menus
      9m 31s
    3. Audio output menus
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    4. Setting and monitoring your levels
      7m 0s
  14. 16m 33s
    1. Introduction to backlight
      1m 18s
    2. Types of backlight
      3m 51s
    3. Exposing for backlit shots
      5m 31s
    4. Backlighting translucent object
      1m 39s
    5. Avoiding lens flare and wash out
      4m 14s
  15. 13m 28s
    1. Booming techniques
      13m 28s
  16. 5m 42s
    1. Feeding your crew
      5m 42s
  17. 8m 36s
    1. Choosing between prime, servo, and manual zoom lenses
      5m 19s
    2. Running and gunning with prime lenses
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  18. 10m 55s
    1. Green screen lights and materials
      3m 47s
    2. Mounting the green screen
      1m 39s
    3. Lighting the green screen
      3m 8s
    4. Lighting your subject
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  19. 9m 28s
    1. What to look for when buying a tripod
      6m 13s
    2. Working with monopods
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    1. Choosing a camera
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    2. Preparation and supplies for a surf shoot
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    3. Dealing with lens fog
      1m 44s
    4. Mounting your POV camera
      3m 20s
    5. Tracking and shooting your surfer from the shore
      6m 56s
    6. Interview with Tony Cruz
      6m 4s
  21. 8m 37s
    1. Introduction to lens mounts
      1m 24s
    2. Canon mounts
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    3. PL mounts
      1m 59s
    4. Nikon mounts
      1m 24s
    5. Micro 4/3 mounts
      1m 50s
  22. 7m 30s
    1. Introduction to lighting ratios
      1m 19s
    2. Comparing ratios
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    3. Measuring light ratios
      3m 19s
  23. 10m 25s
    1. Ten Looks in Ten Minutes
      10m 25s
  24. 5m 36s
    1. Using camera height and POV to better tell your story
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  25. 9m 49s
    1. Tips for lighting an interview subject
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  26. 15m 5s
    1. Taking 10 pounds off your subject
      4m 1s
    2. Dealing with nose shadows
      3m 3s
    3. Lighting different skin tones
      2m 55s
    4. Putting makeup on your subject
      5m 6s
  27. 10m 4s
    1. Types of cookies
      4m 6s
    2. Making your own custom cookies
      2m 47s
    3. Controlling the look of a cookie
      3m 11s
  28. 18m 11s
    1. Introduction to shooting sports footage
      1m 15s
    2. Getting good coverage for your sport shoot
      5m 55s
    3. Camerawork for shooting sports videos
      5m 4s
    4. Gear to bring on your sports shoot
      4m 52s
    5. Wrapping up
      1m 5s
  29. 8m 34s
    1. Tips for using bounce light
      8m 34s
  30. 21m 43s
    1. Video portrait intro
      1m 51s
    2. Video portrait camera work
      13m 32s
    3. Considerations for a video portrait interview
      4m 11s
    4. Bonus: Finished video portrait
      2m 9s
  31. 9m 48s
    1. Shooting at 24p
      3m 2s
    2. Using depth of field
      1m 37s
    3. Lighting for a film look
      1m 18s
    4. Using filters
      2m 31s
    5. Getting a film look with software
      1m 20s
  32. 38m 57s
    1. Introduction to professional car rigs
      7m 41s
    2. Attaching a side mount rig
      12m 58s
    3. Mounting a speed rail rig
      10m 54s
    4. Hood suction mount
      4m 27s
    5. Car rig safety tips
      2m 57s
  33. 14m 3s
    1. Manipulating the size of people
      6m 12s
    2. Manipulating the size of buildings
      2m 59s
    3. Making crowds look more crowded
      4m 52s
  34. 12m 32s
    1. Introduction to lighting cars
      5m 13s
    2. Lighting the car from outside
      3m 10s
    3. Lighting the car from inside
      4m 9s
  35. 13m 46s
    1. Packing your gear for air travel
      6m 8s
    2. What to do at the airport
      4m 39s
    3. Getting on the plane
      2m 59s
  36. 15m 53s
    1. Why you should hire an editor
      1m 29s
    2. Working with editors during pre-production
      3m 33s
    3. Working with editors during shooting
      4m 3s
    4. Working with editors after your shoot
      4m 18s
    5. Final tips on working with editors
      2m 30s
  37. 7m 46s
    1. Tips on avoiding scam film festivals
      7m 46s
  38. 5m 22s
    1. 36. Four common budgeting mistakes
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  39. 12m 13s
    1. 10 Filmmaking Lessons...I Learned the Hard Way
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  40. 9m 38s
    1. Why you get moire and aliasing
      2m 52s
    2. Avoiding moire
      6m 46s
  41. 18m 56s
    1. Tips on boosting your production value
      1m 46s
    2. Shooting with a shallow depth of field
      1m 36s
    3. Great audio and sound design
      2m 44s
    4. Keep your shots steady
      2m 32s
    5. Keep your camera moving
      2m 29s
    6. Location, location, location
      2m 15s
    7. Adding appropriate titles and FX
      1m 56s
    8. Hiring a colorist
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    1. Positioning yourself for the interview
      2m 29s
    2. Settings for camera and audio
      5m 57s
    3. Using a second camera
      2m 53s
  43. 8m 5s
    1. Tips on shooting an interview with one camera
      4m 25s
    2. Faking reverse shots and cutaways
      3m 40s
  44. 8m 58s
    1. The trouble with shooting windows
      1m 6s
    2. Dealing with exposure issues
      2m 55s
    3. Managing mixed color temperatures
      2m 16s
    4. Tips and tricks for shooting window scenes
      2m 41s
  45. 4m 35s
    1. Adjusting SMPTE color bars
      4m 35s
  46. 11m 32s
    1. Introduction to shooting discreetly
      1m 1s
    2. Scouting locations for a stealth shoot
      1m 47s
    3. Traveling and shooting low profile
      1m 25s
    4. Recording audio discreetly
      1m 25s
    5. Using discreet cameras and camerawork
      2m 22s
    6. Running interference
      1m 24s
    7. Adding production value with local resources
      1m 13s
    8. Always have a plan B
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Pro Video Tips is designed for busy videographers like you. This series brings you a new tip every week, on everything from controlling reflections to hiding mics. Host Anthony Q. Artis covers shooting techniques for particular video challenges like portraits, tools to help you control light and judge exposure, and advice for the traveling videographer, such as putting together a great lens kit or packing a truck. Come back every Tuesday for a new round of tips.

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Feeding your crew

Food is one of the great secrets of the pros. It has a tremendous psychological effect on the crew. When the big budget studios and production companies do a show, there's always a spread of delicious food and a continuous supply of snacks, drinks, and coffee. Crew members often speak of three things when describing a particular project they've worked on. The quality of the project, the organization of the shoot, and the food. Good food is a standard part of the deal for all professional film and TV crews.

It is and should be expected at every level from pro to amateur. I wish I could lean into the ear of every new filmmaker and shout this through a bullhorn. Do not skimp on food for your crew. This is one of those critical little details that so many new filmmakers overlook or save as an afterthought. Feeding your crew good food is extremely important, especially if they're working for free. In the long run, you will not save a dime by being cheap when it comes to food for your crew.

Oh, you'll save on the food itself, but you will lose immeasurable amounts in crew morale, energy level, pacing, and attitude towards the shoot. As the general rule, the more trouble you put your crew through, the better your meals and snacks should be. The crew is a machine that creates your project. Food is a fuel that runs a machine. The better the food, the better your machine will run, the better your project will turn out. It's that simple. Because documentary and indie crews tend to be so small, catering usually isn't a practical or affordable option.

You will most likely be dependent upon local restaurants for meals. It's a vital part of pre-production to scout out and have menus from all the local restaurants. The Yelp phone app and website is an excellent tool to research local restaurants. You can get restaurant phone numbers, addresses, maps, customer reviews and menus, all with a few key strokes. Also, most restaurants now make their menu available online or would be happy to email it or fax it to you if not. You can let the crew pick from the menu by setting a dollar amount per person.

Or a more simple solution is to just order a variety of different dishes and serve them up family buffet style. If you're feeding a large number of people, make sure you place your order a few hours or a day or two ahead of time, and tell them when you need it delivered or be picking it up. Whenever possible, picking up your order is the best option because delivery will always take longer and it's easier to check and correct the accuracy of the order at the restaurant. Always try to get plates, cups, ice, napkins, and utensils when possible to save a little cash.

Also, don't forget to get receipts for your records. The term craft services is just a Hollywood name for the snacks and drinks department. Yes, craft services is a department. You should have a craft services table, or a box if you're on the road, stocked at all times with a variety of high energy and sugary foods, spring water, and drinks. Try to find out your crew's favorite snacks ahead of time and have plenty on hand. I know you may be tempted to save a few bucks, but stay away from generic food items.

Name brand snacks and drinks are always better, even if it's only psychological. Instead of giving them the very best, a table full of Chumps Ahoy chocolate chips and Tropican orange juice tells your crew that you care about them enough to get the absolute cheapest thing you can get away with, and they may in turn give you the absolute cheapest effort they can get away with. Apart from snacks and cold drinks, it's absolutely essential that you try to make coffee available on set at all times, morning, noon, and night.

If food is the fuel of the filmmaking machine, then caffeine is the lubricant that keeps the parts moving. Keep your filmmaking machine gassed up and lubricated and you will get noticeable results and performance and moral, and a reputation of someone who takes care of their crew people. If you have a sizeable crew, really try to find a dedicated craft services person. This is a perfect position for those eager friends and relatives that want to help out, but have no real filmmaking experience. Their job is simply to keep the food and snacks flowing, help coordinate meals, and help clean up the mess afterwards.

It's a great position for someone who just wants to be a fly on the wall and observe. If the job's done well, the craft services person is often the most popular person on set. Personally, I'm a carnivore, but these days, I've rarely done a shoot that didn't involve at least one vegetarian or vegan, that's no meat, dairy, or egg products, crew member. Make sure you survey the crew members ahead of time for vegetarians or other special dietary needs so you'll know exactly how many veggie or special meals you'll need each day.

To make life even easier, find out what types of common dishes they like to eat and which local restaurants they prefer. Vegetarians, and especially vegans, are sometimes treated like second class citizens when it comes to meal time on a film crew. However, do not ignore these crew members' dietary needs. I can tell you from personal experience that vegetarians will not want to eat a salad or a simple side dish for every meal. It's definitely harder to find menus that accommodate vegetarians, but you gotta put in the leg work to make it happen, or else you will have some miserable souls on your crew and it will be reflected on the shoot.

The bottom line when it comes to food or anything else on set is to take care of your crew people and they'll take care of you.

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