What’s in a (good) producer’s kit bag?

Producer's kit bag

You may need more than one producer’s kit bag.

Video producers have very different needs than videographers, grips, electricians, and other crew, who also have kit bags.

Producers are devoted to organization and economy. The better organized a producer is, the better he or she can keep a production within budget. If you’re a producer, you need a producer’s kit bag. Or several.

Also, I have found that even the best crew needs some support. That’s why you’ll find everything from work gloves to batteries in the list below. If I don’t need them, perhaps someone on your set will. And the faster a need is met … the less time and money you’ve spent. (more…)

Free video clips can come in handy

free video clipsOver the past year or two, sites for free video clips have cropped up all over the web.

Most of these aren’t usable in actual film projects (unless you need the random shot of a beachfront, fireworks, or a cute dog). And some are just plain odd (like the :10 clip of a cat’s nose). Yet short stock video clips are kind of fun to use as full-sized web site backgrounds. (more…)

Film and video glossary

Film and video glossaryOver the years, I’ve found that many of my clients and young co-workers want to know what a film or video term means. The catch — they’re too embarrassed to ask. So here is a film and video glossary I’ve put together over the years.

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Film and video light bulb jokes

Film and video jokesFilm and video light bulb jokes

Why are light bulb jokes so popular and who told the first light bulb joke? Let me know.

Q: How many actors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Nine: one to screw it in and the other eight to hold the mirror.

Q: How many grips does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Two: One to hold it, one to hammer it in.

Q: How many grips does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: That’s electric’s job. (more…)

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