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17 TIPS FOR WORKING REMOTELY

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17 TIPS FOR WORKING REMOTELYBy Michael FrenchWorking from home is today’s normal. While it seems like a dream situation, working from home has its own difficulties…distractions, anti-productivity traps, lack of social outlets, miscommunications, work-life imbalance…We checked in with our colleagues who have year-round work-at-home situations to bring you advice for making this new reality work for you.1.Set up a dedicated workstation. Your work space should not be in the middle of your personal space. Find a spot tucked away from family members or roommates that may also be setting up shop at home. A permanent place where you can have privacy and space to accomplish your work in an organized fashion. 2.Be flexible with your workspace. When you are not being productive, or when you aren’t physically comfortable, sometimes a change of scenery can do you good. Try a different room or even working outside. Standing at counter can help get the blood flowing. Sitting on the sofa can make you…

Post Production Tips: The Secret Sauce of Brian Skope

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Post Production Tips: The Secret Sauce of Showrunner / Director, Brian SkopeBy Jessie Pickworth
When something tastes good you ask for the recipe. And when a television show works, you should ask for the same thing. Especially when the person who made it is veteran docuseries EP and Showrunner, Brian Skope. He built a solid career in documentary television, and is now Co-Founder of Whiz Bang, a production company that creates documentary/reality series for your favorite television networks as well as branded content for major consumer product corporations, esports industry leaders, and top social media influencers. 

Recently, I asked him about his post-production process and what he thinks are the keys to his success…

Me: Brian, you have made a variety of television and digital content for everything from bearded men in the wild to competition shows to e-sport docu-follows. What is your recipe for delivering a show that the network, or your client, loves?

Brian: I have two key things that…

TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR FILM ON BUDGET

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TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR FILM ON BUDGET By Roberto Cardenas 
A well-executed film makes a great calling card. But, no one will come calling if they hear you can’t make a film on budget. Investors care about return on investment and, simply put, the higher you go over budget, the lower their return. We want your projects to not only be creatively mind-blowing, but fiscally attractive. 

Here’s some tips for running a tight ship:

Utilize your budget wisely by hiring experienced crew members. You get what you pay for, and people with experience know how to be efficient with their talents.Pad your budget with about 10% extra for the unexpected. You can plan all you want, but you can’t control or anticipate everything. It’s better to have a slush fund for when you get rained out, your equipment breaks, or your lead comes down with the flu mid-shoot.Create a treatment (designed to be executed within your budget) that all stakeholders can sign off on before you start shooting. It will it keep the v…

Best Production Company Logos and Title Cards

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POST PRODUCTION TIPS:  Best Production Company Logos and Title Cards 
By: Michael French
Looking to brand, or rebrand, your production company? The good work you do will build your reputation in the industry. But for those that don’t know you already, a solid logo and title card will be what builds awareness. So, let’s get to the heart of what makes the best logo and title card.
BE UNIQUE– While it’s wise to look at other brands for best practices and inspiration, do not be derivative of another logo. Apply what makes their logo exciting to your own, fresh idea.
CATCH THE EYE – Find one strong element of attraction that will engage the viewer. Just one that makes them look a little longer and take it in. Too many competing elements will result in a jarring jumble of focal points.
EMBODY YOUR PERSONALITY – You don’t want people to just know your name, you want them to know what you are all about; how they should feel about you. For example, Dreamworks has a title card that shows they delive…

POST-PRODUCTION:10 TIPS FOR WRITING DOCUMENTARY NARRATION

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POST-PRODUCTION TIPS: 10 TIPS FOR WRITING DOCUMENTARY NARRATIONBy: Jessie Pickworth When images can’t tell the whole story, narration adds depth and completes the picture. If narration isn’t executed well, it can kill a documentary. Below are 10 tips from the 16:9 Post team for making sure your VO elevates your project instead of dragging it down.
1.Know how you plan to use narration before you shoot. Common uses include: introducing subjects or featured talent, imparting info that is not obvious to the viewer, bridging segments of the story, highlighting what is important, and summarizing key points.
2.Don’t let preconceived notions dictate your direction. Plan for how to use narration at the onset, but not what to say. Theories created during pre-production may get altered by the reality you shoot. Watch and listen to the edits to make sure you are narrating the truth of your project.
3.Know when NOT to narrate. If your scene says all that needs to be said, don’t ruin it by talking too…

Post-Production Tip: How To Pick An Editor

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POST-PRODUCTION TIP: HOW TO PICK AN EDITOR By: Roberto Cardenas

The right – or wrong – editor can make or break a project. 
Who is the right editor? Obviously, you need your editor to have working knowledge of the most current editing tools and techniques and to be able to execute any special editing skills your project requires. But, also, don’t ignore the creative, collaborative and personality elements that make some editors a success and others…well, not so much.
How do you find the right editor? Below is a list of interview questions that will help you suss out if an editor is good for your team and project. Before you start asking these questions, though, we impart the following advice: 
As you ask these questions, it is important to not just listen to their answers but to hear HOW the editor answers. How they answer can tell you a lot about their ability to communicate their opinions and logic, their attention to detail, and their concept of pacing and storytelling. When they tell…

POST PRODUCTION TIPS: Building Your Communication HUB

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POST PRODUCTION TIPS: Building Your Communication HUB By: Roberto Cardinas
When the director shouts “That’s a wrap!”, it’s only just the beginning for the post production team. Post has a ton of moving parts and deliverables that need to happen efficiently and on time, so it the project can stay on budget. The best way to make sure this happens is to have a solid communications plan and tracking method in place. Here’s a breakdown of the key ingredients of your hub:
Deliverables Schedule It’s a tedious job, but someone’s got to create a calendar of ALL of the tasks and deliverables for the project. Every scene, every sound mix, every visual effect, every graphic, every…you get the picture. Be meticulous, be all-encompassing, and be realistic about the timeframes needed to get each task accomplished.
Roles & Responsibilities Make sure to assign a team member to each task, so you know who is responsible for its forward progress. It is also a good idea to make sure everyone is aware of o…