Long Running Video Instruction Workshop Adds Common Shooting Mistakes to Production Basics

A free, video workshop taught by Donald Schwartz, former DP, producer, Director, grip and gaffer, adds common shooting mistakes to a solid instruction in lighting and sound skills. The November 16th, hands on class, to be held at the Highland Falls Library in Highland Falls, NY, will show video clips from the NYC Filmmakers and Actors Group Meetup headed by Patrick Miao and Videomaker Magazine to demonstrate the mistakes.

Workshop Moves Away From Slides to Demonstration

The Video ASAP workshop begins with the basics: how what you see is different from how the camera sees and then tackles lighting in more detail using available and artificial light. Sound, often neglected by new filmmakers, includes a demonstration of microphone usage. The workshop, which started in 2010 running twenty-minutes, showed photo stills and diagrams. As the workshops grew longer live demos of lights and microphones provided by manufacturers such as Audio Technica, Chimera, Lowell, Westcott and California Sunbounce were added.

Video clips will show three of the most common shooting mistakes as well as the camera(s) set up for two-person conversation coverage. A common shooting mistake is the jump cut which occurs when cutting into a shot to decrease the length. The cut appears as a jarring motion, leaping between two places without taking the intermediary steps. For conversation camera coverage, proper camera positioning and framing enables a smooth edit between the two people having a conversation.

Schwartz finds the of use of household implements useful in clarifying key photographic principles. A vegetable steamer and a Jorgensen clamp together show how the size of the camera’s opening, called the aperture, changes the depth of field.

With the addition of production video clips, the workshop looks at the end-game of video production, what is needed to successfully edit production footage.

Workshop Videos Provided by Patrick Miao, Director of Photography

The workshop’s video clips come from forty year old Patrick Miao who lives in Queens, NY. Miao is a self-taught director of video photography. He is emblematic of Schwartz’s view that learning video production does not require a degree, but is best learned by doing. Miao’s projects are developed and crewed from his video production meetup. Successful video production meetups, including Miao’s, provide a place to learn these production crew positions: lighting, grip, set design, assistant director, assistant camera, and sound. Schwartz also recommends NYFG(New York Film Group), currently producing a feature film, as a good place to pick up filmmaking skills.

Miao’s appetite for the tools and techniques that contribute to video quality is insatiable. Patrick’s projects increasingly show production values, lighting and sound, that are not expected from inexperienced crews.

The Name Change to Video ASAP from Use What You Have – A Small Footnote

Use What You Have and Still Create Great Video and Beyond, the workshop’s previous name, was changed to Video ASAP – Practical Instruction for Producing Quality Video Now to place less emphasis on what you can build yourself and more on practical video production techniques that can be applied to the videos students are creating now.

Details and registration for Video ASAP workshop: Eventbrite.com.

Author: Donald Schwartz

Donald Schwartz November 5, 2013 Filed in Video Production No Responses

Request Your Editorial Help – Juno Tweetup Anniversary Blog Post

Dear Juno Tweeters:

With August 2012 comes the anniversary of our attendance at the Juno Tweetup. I’ve been working on an article for my blog, thetechnolgyteaser.com, with the title “In Between the Tweets.” While the article is posted I don’t consider it completed by any means.

I’m crowd-sourcing the editorial so the post can be completed prior to the August launch anniversary. I’ve been futzing around with it since April. (Note: Editors and deadlines do have their place in the scheme of things.)

I request your assistance in editing the content for:

1. Factual correctness
2. Length – suggest which tweets might be eliminated
3. Grammar – if you can convince me that a period here or comma there might make a sentence read more clearly I might make the change.
4. Identifying people pictured.
5. Original posters please fill-in any abbreviated tweets.
6. I’m considering adding a sub-headline, what should it be?

What does the title, “In Between the Tweets” mean? I thought it might be fun to fill in what I was thinking about when I tweeted the event live. I call the expanded versions of my tweets WILOs (What I Left Out).

If you have any tweets from the Juno tweetups that you’d like to briefly expound upon, please e-mail them using the article’s format, the tweet followed by the WILO, and I’ll post them if I get more than a dozen or so. I will make every effort to launch the revised post prior to the anniversary which is only a week away.

My thanks to John Yembrick of NASA and Raytheon’s Stephanie Schierholz for their assistance in helping spread my request.

Thanks a lot.

Donald Schwartz
Twitter: Ishkahbibel

PS. I welcome anyone adding a timeline to this story.
PPS. Get up early or stay up late to watch and tweet the Curiosity landing. I’m sure you have the date marked on your calendar’s.

Donald Schwartz July 23, 2012 Filed in Off-World, Uncategorized No Responses

In Between The Tweets – The JUNO Tweetup Remembered

Filling in the Gaps of My NASA Juno Tweetup

Tweeters Capturing the Moment of Liftoff – Credit: Donald Schwartz

Tweeting at best is like dehydrated food, inedible without water. The missing water is the left out words. I’ve read insightful, revealing tweets and wondered what the tweeter had to do to fit his or her thoughts into 140 characters.

On August 4th and 5th 2011, I along with one-hundred and fifty others who signed up and were selected from the fifteen hundred who applied, tweeted the NASA Juno mission’s launch from Kennedy Center in Florida. Now many months after the event of the satellite launch to Jupiter I’ve gone back to add the water and reconstitute what I left out in composing and condensing my thoughts regarding an indelible event in my life.

If you’ve ever tried tweeting a live event you can appreciate the difficulty of keeping up with what is happening while trying to condense your observations.

Off-World and a Chance to Begin Again

Outer space, space travel and NASA make a lot of people yawn. I take a different view: I just can’t get enough of thinking and talking about what’s out there in all that blackness. I recall Carl Sagan’s Cosmos TV series refrain: “Billions and billions of stars” and see infinite possibilities. I remember Scotty, the chief engineer of the original Star Trek series, telling Captain Kirk “I’m giving you all I can” when he pushed the Enterprise’s warp drive engines to their limits. Unfortunately, our current rocket propulsion of exploding gases is a horse and buggy equivalent to what propelled the Enterprise. But I believe if we can imagine, we can do it.

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