Relish your go-to gear.
While you should be comfortable with all your gear, make sure to have a go-to camera you know like the back of your hand.
Get good with what you’ve got.
When you first start planning your video, everything is intimidating. Then you do your homework, practice and get comfortable with what you’ve got. But then, you start noticing all the shiny new toys out there: a new mirrorless camera, drone, gimbal or whatever. The doubts creep in: “Do I have the right camera? Should I spend more?” Hold on.
That old phone collecting dust on your shelf? It’s now your second camera and audio recorder.
Unless your old phone is one of those flip phones favored by grandparents everywhere, it’s good enough to be a second or third camera, or a digital recording device.
Be ready to innovate, improvise and kill the babies.
That perfect shot you wanted? You may not be able to get it for some reason: the light is wrong, too much ambient noise, actor/interviewee can’t pull it off, or whatever.
We all know where the devil is ... in the details. @dgchichester explains how adding detail to your writing brings it to life. The details are how you paint a picture with your words, how you fight past tropes, and how you bring your own style to your writing. Dan then quotes a writer with his own powerful style (as well as a flawless hook shot), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. And @markbellusci reads from a beautiful rejection letter (yep, a contradiction in terms). Hear it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play or at
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Like a finely tuned Tesla, your writing speed should vary based on your project. Sometimes you want to zoom through a segment, and sometimes you want to slow down and enjoy the view of your words. Mark Bellusci discusses varying your writing speeds. Dan Chichester is jealous of an interactive role-playing, decision-making game that showcases well developed characters. And Dan discusses ramping up his writing speed for a video scripting assignment. Listen at Apple Podcasts, Spotify or at the link below.
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