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13 May Wednesday 7:30pm "Focus Night" Programme

Always check the club website for latest up dates to the programme.

Zoom meeting open from 7pm to test your connection and say "Hi". BYO refreshments. LOL

Isolation Home Video

Group discussion on how to create a home based video focusing on (1) Concept, (2) Story Essentials. and (3) Foley & Shots.

And it's all on ZOOM from the comfort of your own living room. Make a cup of tea, sit back and enjoy!

Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm (Zoom session opens at 7pm)

Did you miss out on our last meeting? Here is the recording with Brendan Donoghue (1st AD) and Jonathan Nyquist (Director) talking about the ins and outs of professional video production. Enjoy...

Tips & Tricks

Shooting at home is an opportunity not a handicap. It usually means that you are completely in control, so no worries about arguing with your crew or the talents <grin>. So be inspired and think of something that you can do either in the home or while out for a walk. We shall be discussing ideas on Wednesday, but here are a few thoughts to get your creative juices flowing, in no particular order:
  • Involve your spouse or any family member in the household, and by that I am including your pets too!
  • Try your hand at an Animation video. When I searched on "Animation" in the Apple App Store for iPads/iPhones, I got a heap of choices, many are free. Check with your usual software provider website or service. Search using "Animation" and "Stop Motion".
  • You can include exercising as location, such as parks or street
  • Go through some of your earlier footage and extract some clips and be creative
  • Pay closer attention to Sound Design. Look for royalty free sound bites downloads, or your own software library (GarageBand for instance, includes over 2,500 free audio loops!)
  • Make your own Foley recordings
  • Use your Smartphone or action camera like a GoPro, to capture shots from unusual angles
  • Experiment on camera movements, using your tripod or monopod, or even just sliding the camera on the tabletop sitting on top of a towel, which you can move gently by hand.
  • Learn something new to do either on your computer or with your existing gear
  • And lastly, if you are suffering from GAS (=Gear Acquisition Syndrome), then mail order something new and then do a simple review and send it to me for publication
For recording Foley, you can use practically any microphone as long as you have a way to capture the sound recording, either on an audio recorder, camera or even your Smartphone.

Below are 4 YouTube clips of under 2 minutes each(!) from my favourite mic maker, RØDE demonstrating different ways to use the VideoMic NTG - one of the most versatile in ingenious microphones to come onto the market recently.

RØDE Videos

By the way I buy my RØDE items from Videocraft in Artramon. (Ed.)
Want to use your VideoMic NTG as part of a podcast setup? In this clip, Heen and Jules takes us through this process.
Use it directly into your computer via USB for Voice Over
Jules gives us some tips to cut the wire while using the VideoMic NTG. Featuring the Wireless GO!
A camera top "Selfie" mode? What the...?
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