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Allen Bronstein

Allen Bronstein

A do-it-yourself mobile slider.

How to make a smartphone slider

No matter what kind of movie you’re making, camera movement can add energy and interest to a shot. Examples include: panning (pivoting the camera to the left or to the right), tilting (aiming the camera up or down), and coming closer to—or pulling away from—the subject. However, to be effective, a moving-camera shot must satisfy two criteria. First, there should be a…

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Editing an Interview in iMovie

Editing an Interview in iMovie

This video demonstrates how to edit an interview. Its purpose is to illustrate how to approach the interview editing process, and not how to edit in iMovie.  The subject of our interview is Lee Foster, author of “Travels in an American Imagination, The Spiritual Geography of Our Time”. The interview was shot on a iPhone…

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Smartphone Beauty Lenses: how to take great pictures

A Revolution in Mobile Moviemaking

A shaky image is  the hallmark of inferior moviemaking. That’s why Hyperlapse—a free app!—is a cinematic game changer for mobile moviemakers. While this software developed by Instagram is promoted as a time-lapse solution, more exciting is the fact that the app allows you to get professionally smooth handheld shots. You don’t need a steadycam. You don’t need…

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Use a dolly for smooth, professional-looking shots

Use a dolly for smooth, professional-looking shots

A jiggly image is guaranteed to annoy viewers. Luckily, there’s an easy to avoid this pitfall. When you’re shooting a tracking shot–that is, moving along with your subject– simply place you camera on a dolly. A dolly is a wheeled device that holds your camera and enables you to take smooth ovine shots. This assumes a location with…

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Take the bird’s-eye view

Take the bird’s-eye view

  Here’s an easy way to add visual delight to your videos. Instead of keeping the camera at eye-level,  try shooting down on your subject (high angle shot). This technique can be effective in just about any kind of moviemaking, for example, in a thriller, in a documentary, or in a music video. Angling down may require using…

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