When do I stop paying my dues?

Odd Duck restaurant logo

Odd Duck Restaurant logo (Austin, TX)

I recently moved to Williamsburg, Virginia, where I was born. I spend significant time still in Washington and Baltimore, where I’ve spent 30 years in a satisfying career. These days, I don’t have to be “up north” every week or even every other week. (more…)

Video 101: Do you need a treatment before script?

Script

Script (Photo credit: sc63)

Yes, you need a treatment before script.

Begin with a preliminary treatment, a page or so of prose describing what your production will be about. I do this when a lot of ideas have been kicked around, or when the production is long and/or complex.

I don’t use a preliminary treatment when (more…)

Video 101: How to read a script

Teleprompter screen circa 1975-1980

Teleprompter screen circa 1975-1980

teleprompter

Teleprompter

When you ask for script samples from prospective writers, they will submit scripts to you presented in television format or in a screenplay format. As their names suggest, one has become traditional to television (and video) and the other to dramatic presentations. (more…)

Video 101: Why make a video?

English: Mark Schulze, Videographer and Direct...

A typical corporate production

Why make a video?

Video and television demand attention. People actually prefer watching video to watching the real thing. If you videotape a speaker and a place a video monitor nearby, eyes will gravitate to the monitor. The medium is the message.

Why do videotapes and film work? Most of us are visually oriented; that is, we rely on sight more than any other sense for at least 80% of our understanding of the world outside us. We keep photo albums, watch dozens of hours of television each week, typically remember what we see in our dreams rather than what we hear or smell or taste. We also enjoy a good story—a package with a beginning, middle, and end. (more…)

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