Post-Production Tips: Keeping the Workflow Flowing Despite COVID

Post-Production Tips: Keeping the Workflow Flowing Despite COVID By Michael French
With so many health and safety limitations on production these days, a lot of the onus to bring a project to life falls on the post-production staff. Making something out of almost nothing is not an easy task, but we need to find a creative way to do so if we want to be working these days. With this in mind, we have outlined 8 tips to help you keep the lights on and your output at top notch.
1.You still need high quality equipment, so you have two options if your team doesn’t already own a workstation at home: One, find a post house that takes the COVID situation seriously and allows your team to come in to a safe, distanced space (ahem…we have that covered at 16:9 Post); Two, rent high-quality, customized workstations (we have that covered too).
2.Map out team communication protocols with regular team calls/video conferences and set up communication platforms for group collaboration and tracking progress.…

High Impact Social Justice Through Film

High Impact Social Justice Through Film By Jessie Pickworth

2020 has become a year of change – whether we like it or not. Change does open the door for more change, though, so this is good news for people seeking social change. With the world primed for movement, a strong way for your voice to be heard is through documentary film. But many documentaries fall through the cracks – for various reasons. If you want your documentary seen, here are some things to consider.
Bigger Budgets Allow for Better Access Unless you are telling your personal story in your own backyard, you will need resources to get to your subject, help finding and following the facts, time in an edit bay, and so on. There are only so many favors you can ask, so the more money you have to spend, the stronger your project will be. Luckily, there are more than one way to skin this cat. If you have connections – anywhere – use them. Know a production company that might want to partner? Have a friend that got into a tech com…


POST-PRODUCTION TIPS: BREAKING INTO AR & VR By Michael FrenchAR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) and, the newest form of altered reality have had an obvious place in the gaming industry for a while now and is slowly making its way into the entertainment industry as better and better (and more affordable) user technology is developed. But, what you may not realize is the broader use of AR/VR in industries like healthcare, retail, marketing, education, military, travel/tourism, music, fashion, manufacturing and more. In short, entertainment-folk, learn AR and VR and you have amazing growth potential whether the entertainment business is flourishing or not!
Let’s say that now you are intrigued. What’s next? You know nothing about AR and VR…
Start with the basics:
Augmented Reality is the addition of digital element overlays to a live view of reality, such as filters that give you cat ears in social platforms or being able to catch a Pokemon 2 feet in front of you through you…

15 Tips for Negotiating Job Terms

15 TIPS FOR NEGOTIATING JOB TERMS By Roberto CardenasA good deal of entertainment industry folk will be nailing down new jobs in the near future, as we come out of this pandemic-enforced hiatus. Not all of us have agents to do the heavy lifting of negotiating terms. For those of you that are on your own, here are some tips, coming from our team members with experience on both sides of the table.
Understand the person across the table. Do your research to know the personality you are dealing with, what matters to him, and the most successful tone to set for the discussion.
Know what is common. Research terms for similar employees at the company for perspective, then go with terms at the TOP of that range. Employers will either say “yes” or negotiate down…they will never negotiate up. 
Focus on your future, not your past. It is expected that you will periodically get a bump in salary, title and terms of employment as your experience and knowledge grow. So, play your hand based on your valu…


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

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…


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…