31 How to Gain and Maintain Clients: Zephan Blaxberg

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Zephan Blaxberg is a professional videographer.  His client list is extensive and in this episode Zephan shares…

  • Tips on Finding New Clients
  • How Having a Good Mentor can Help Increase Revenue
  • The Value of Connecting with Other Videographers
  • Tips for Helping You Live the Life You Want to Live

Join the Videographers Connect Facebook Group and Follow Zephon on Twitter!

Check out Zephan’s Video Site and the Year of Purpose Podcast!

30 The Road to Producing and Management: Chas Scherer

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ChasSchererChas Scherer is a literary manager, producer and actor based out of Los Angeles.  Among other things Chas shares…

  • What to Expect from a Manager
  • The Difference Between a Manager and an Agent
  • Overcoming Challenges

Follow Chas on Twitter or Email Chas AgequodagisEntertainment@gmail.com

29 Utilizing Video Livestreaming: Jeff Adams

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JeffAdamsShowJeff Adams is host of The Jeff Adams Show and has appeared at events such as NAB!  His knowledge of video livestream has become legendary.  In this episode, Jeff shares with us…

  • Why you should be utilizing video livestream
  • Why livestream is important in helping market your projects
  • What cameras to consider when looking to upgrade your livestream
  • Services to use etc

Jeff also opens up about some personal hardship he’s faced recently and what he’s done to help himself stay fired up about the work he loves!

Follow Jeff on Twitter and Facebook!!  Check out The Jeff Adams Show here!!

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28: 5 MORE Podcasts 4 Indie Filmmakers!!

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FilmmakersFocus_700x700_Another_5_PodcastsAs podcasts grow in popularity it can be difficult to know what shows are worth your time.  In episode I shared 5 Podcasts Every Indie Filmmaker Should Subscribe To!!  Here are 5 MORE podcasts that are more than worth the time!  Each episode is packed with nuggets that will help you grow as an #IndieFilmmaker!!  I highly suggest you subscribe to each and listen to episodes you’ve yet to.  Share this with your filmmaking friends and grow in your craft together!

27 Networking Like a Pro! Stage 32 CEO Rich “RB” Botto

 

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Stage32_Rich “RB” Botto is founder and CEO of www.Stage32.com, a US-based social network and educational site for creative professionals who work in film, television and theater.  RichBottoStage 32 links professionals in the entertainment industry including directors, writers, actors and entertainment staff.  Rich shares his thoughts on why networking is VITAL to your success in the entertainment industry and how you can use Stage 32 to help make that happen!

Set up your FREE Stage 32 profile and help take your networking to another level!

Follow Rich on Instagram and Twitter!! 

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Using Dance in Film

FilmmakersFocus_700x700_UsingDanceInFilmI fell in love with filmmaking while collaborating on The Navigator, a music video for the band March to May.  I had to learn everything I could about filmmaking in order to make this project come to life and when it came time to shoot it, all I could think was “why have I not been doing this my whole life???”  Since then, I’ve been diving head first into filmmaking!

If you’ve thought about using dance as part of your music video or film,  there are a couple of
basic tips that will help make it a successful project.

For the Choreographer:  Let the camera be part of the choreography.

Like any other type of artist, choreographers are taught composition tools such as variety in levels and other choreographic tricks to make the dance more visually interesting.  When you add a camera to the mix, there is a whole new tool to work with!  The camera can add a lot of movement, so you don’t necessarily need to make the dance as complex as you might for stage. For instance, the choreography in The Navigator is extremely simple and 2-­dimensional.  This was intentional on my part because I already knew that we were going to be shooting in three different locations (including underwater!), and that we had planned a fair amount of camera movement.  I wanted a beautiful dance that wasn’t overwhelming or overstimulating.  It was also a stylistic choice because my inspiration was pulled from hula, belly dancing, and flamenco­ all of which are cultural dances that don’t require a lot of space.  That doesn’t mean you have to make your dance super simple.  Take a look at this dance film I made with DP Dave Patterson and dancer Abby Heil.  Abby is all over the place and uses the entire floor!  The dance was choreographed a looooong time ago with no intention of putting it on film.  It is more complex and requires more space than The Navigator.  So, we shot it in one location and used the camera in a very different way.  Which brings me to my next tip…

The Navigator BTSFor the Director or DP:  Study the dance like it’s a script.

When Dave and I shot “Remember When it Rained,” I really appreciated that he came to rehearsal and asked questions about the piece.  It gave us a chance to talk about things like what a particular gesture or facial expression might mean.  He intentionally looked for interesting movements or shapes and planned his shots to emphasize those.  Just like actors have words in a script, dancers communicate with a movement vocabulary.  What gestures might call for a close­up of the dancer’s hand?  Or eyelid?  What aspects call for a feeling of distance or isolation? What do you want to the audience to feel? All the same questions you would ask when reading a script.

For All:  Immerse yourself in dance films.

Youtube is your best friend!  These days, we have easy access to this kind of stuff, so there is no excuse not to study it like a maniac!

 

Thanks for reading, and make sure to watch for The Navigator Official Music Video being released later this summer!

Cheers,   Erin Nichole Boyt

ErinNBoytwww.VersionExcursionDance.org

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