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February 28, 2017

Every story has its own twists and turns, but every successful story typically follows a formula - a recipe - that guides how it unfolds.  These 11 questions should be burned into your brain as you construct your story in pre-production and guide you again and again du...

January 24, 2017

Making my first documentary made me realize the full power of the medium to transform my life through the experience of making it, but also the lives of those who would see it, talk about it, and alter their behavior as a result.  Today, all of us carry with us the too...

January 19, 2017

Part of my job at NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is to cut together footage sent by staff members and volunteers throughout the 14-site sanctuary system. On any given day scientists could be surveying the bottom of the Pacific Ocean with a remotely op...

January 16, 2017

Every filmmaker has their go-to equipment.  For some folks it changes up every project. Some argue against owning anything but expendables.  A good DP might own their own lenses. When you have to pick up your gear at a moment's notice or if you're producing con...

January 15, 2017

In filmmaking, we often hear the term "walk-and-talk", which refers to a group or person being followed by the camera as they talk to the camera or each other.  It was made popular by the HBO Series Entourage and was used again and again as a method to keep t...

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