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#InspirationFriday: Make money

People always say that you should do what makes you happy, and if you can make money out of it them that’s an added bonus. Especially in our industry we have to be aware of the shortcomings – it’s difficult to be creative and make a living. But that’s where the late 20th century comes in, and the rise of technology, mainly the internet. We all know nowadays that one viral video from YouTube can lead to all your uploaded content generating advertisement revenue, or sponsorship, or both. I’m not suggesting it’s easy, in fact it is probably really difficult...

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#InspirationFriday: Storytelling

You don’t need to be a genius (or a creative) to know that a well told story makes the visual medium more bearable. It is an aspect that I have personally faced when writing and directing films – trying to make the story want to be believed. But I’ve also found (especially over the last few months with the short film script submissions) that a good story is a hard find. Without a doubt each year we find those films that hit the screens which are just subpar, and you always question, “who would see that?” as well as, “how...

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#InspirationFriday: Looking Professional

There’s the notion that if you need a PowerPoint presentation when you are pitching or giving a presentation then you are most likely trying to hide behind it, rather than believe in your words to carry the message. I’m not going to lie, I absolutely despise PowerPoint. Not as a platform or programme (because I understand it’s need) but i’ve seen enough presentations that just make you shiver with absolute design fear. Above is a picture from a presentation slide given by the NSA. It looks like a website from the 90s. There is no branding, or appearance that it...

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A New Thing – #InspirationFriday: Engagement

I know there are a million websites, books, magazines, and other visuals that provide inspiration so I’m not trying to replace anything. What I do think there is a lack of is how things work – or more importantly how we can translate these items into our own work. The main goal of inspiration is to kickstart our imagination into developing a new spin on our intended task. But without failure we get lost into seeing an item work, that we don’t get to understand why. So every Friday, or as often as we can, we’ll have a new inspiration...

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Export Settings: Where are you going

Today I’m going to talk to you about exporting your videos. Admittedly there are countless places nowadays (well there have always been) that walk you through this kind of stuff but they often leave out important details. Though these details don’t add any value to the process, it does allow you to understand how and why things are the way they are. The main issues exporting videos face is what format you can convert to (the container), and more annoyingly what codec is allowed. Trust me, codecs are far more annoying than containers! Some of you are probably already lost...

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We Need Your Help

It’s not very often we ask for your help. But believe it or not, we do. We’re making a super huge project and want you to be apart of it! “How” you might ask? Simple! If you are a screenwriter, storyteller, or just have a story then we want to make it. THAT SOUNDS SO CLICHÉ! And it is, but the team here have come to the point that we’re ready to tackle a big project. Over the last few years we’ve been working tirelessly on singular projects, many that don’t get shown publicly (for legal reasons), as well as...

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“Can you film for us?” Questions to ask before commitment.

So you’re fresh out of college or university studying film, television, media or visual communications – what do you do now? Or quite possibly you’re adept with technology and cameras are no fear of yours. Either way, you know how to film, edit, and produce a final product if asked. When you graduate, or even while you are studying (or hobbying – I will refer from to both as studying as these people will be approached more) the prospect of filming for someone is quite high. Sure you’ll start off with family, “you can film Jimmy’s 7th birthday,” then you’ll...

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That year that was: 2013

What a bloody year! So many advancements and works have occurred this year that we don’t know where to begin! Well actually we (Michael and Mark) do know where to begin, and that is with a huge thank you to every viewer, reader, and contributor to all we have collaborated on this year. We both know that there have been stages of absence, and not as many updates as we would have liked but here is what’s been going on! Starting the year off saw Mark continue his work with Channel 31 working on the television programme, Move It or...

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