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Jun 22 2017

Why It’s Such an Ordeal to Find Quality Video Crew and What We’re Doing About It

When you find crew that you like, you tend to try to work with them as much as possible. Partly because you learn to trust your crew to operate autonomously, partly because it is useful to have people that understand your creative intentions, and partly because it can be an absolute nightmare to find someone else you want to work with. The difficulty of finding new crew that fits well into the ensemble isn't something we have to live with, though. We dissect the problems with creative recruitment and how...

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Jun 14 2017

4 Incentives other than Money to get High Quality Creatives on Your Project

If you've ever uttered the word 'exposure' or 'it will be good for your portfolio' to an experienced creative pro, you've probably been thoroughly choked. And with good reason. Those are the things people say when they want you to do something for free, which is pretty much never OK for experienced creatives. But, if you've got a budget and are looking for a way to boost the allure of a project and entice the best talent to take part, there are a few incentives you can offer: 1) Working with Other...

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Jun 07 2017

To Buy Gear or Not to Buy Gear?

Film students are perpetually asking what the best production gear is to get at any given price point. Yet almost none of them stop to question whether or not they should be buying gear at all. Gear isn't automatically a good investment for anyone at any stage of their career; like computers, production gear typically depreciates in value rather quickly, frequently giving you between 2-5 years to make a return. Often renting makes much more sense but is significantly underutilized. We've listed out the pros and cons of buying gear for...

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May 31 2017

Why Reality TV Stinks and How to Fix It

I usually call it documentary-style TV because 'reality tv' can leave such a bad taste in peoples mouths. And it shouldn't. There isn't anything wrong with reality as a format. Sure, there is a good deal of trashy TV in reality, but that's not the fault of the format; there is some level of trash in every format that exists.  And hell, science and nature shows fall into doc-style TV- the only difference between those and other reality programming is that they're about concepts and wildlife rather than people. But that's not to say...

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May 24 2017

Stegela Success Talks

The EP of Black Chip Studios on Stegela's podcast, 'Success Talks': [audio m4a="http://blackchipcollective.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Daveon2017-04-26at16.52—Edit—Mono.m4a"][/audio] Find more industry news, tips, and tricks by following us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn...

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May 17 2017

Pretty Much Every Totally Free Piece of Stock Footage and Motion Asset You Could Ever Want

Stock footage gives editors the opportunity to say "Hey cinematographers, we don't need you! Take your expensive toys and your sunlight and get lost!" But more likely you just need to fill in a few holes or to get some extra assets for effects. And stock footage can easily put a big ol' hurtin on the wallet. We've collected 43 sources for totally free stock footage to give you options when the budget's gone dry. Before we begin, let's talk about licenses. Public Domain and Creative Commons 0 licenses mean that the images...

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