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POST-PRODUCTION TIPS: BREAKING INTO AR & VR

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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

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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 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…