Tag Archives: Cinematography

Production meetings at the Gottesman Video Collective

Production meetings are central to our video-making process at GVC. Without them, many of us we wouldn’t know half as much about video production as we do! These Monday morning meetings are a time to talk about the videos published the previous week, discuss what worked and what didn’t, share tips on how to do better next time, help each other solve problems, and discuss what work needs to be done in the coming week.

Through this process, we learn from each other. Some people started at the lab with more experience than others, and frequently they share their technical expertise. But each of us has learned a little bit simply by working on production, and that also contributes to the group’s shared knowledge. Nick, our equipment manager, performed a number of tests with the cameras which generated some knowledge about how to use them to their best effect. We also periodically work through tutorials on Lynda.com or even on YouTube (which is where we picked up some tips about greenscreening and puppet construction), and bring that information back to the group. Frequently, we find that our high school and college interns teach us as much as we teach each other! Intern Corinne, for example, taught us a lot about color correction, and Reynaldo worked out some neat rotoscoping tricks using AfterEffects.
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Learning Video Production – Introduction

Few people would disagree that learning video production requires a great deal of hands-on experience and time spent learning the craft from more experienced producers. It may not be the only thing a person needs to know to make video, but there’s a reason why internships and PA work have long been a part of video production curricula. With technology changing rapidly, it is unlikely that students today will be able to learn everything they need to about video production while in a classroom anyway. What is more important is cultivating their ability to learn from and work with peers and co-workers as they work on a range of productions, in a range of roles.

The Media Show was born at what was once known as AfterEd TV (now the Gottesman Video Collective) at Teachers College, Columbia University — an environment that thrives on a culture of peer learning. The show has been one of a rotating smorgasbord of short video series, produced by graduate assistants, undergraduate interns, and part-time staff. These producers all come together at a weekly meeting to critique each others’ work, share tips on how to improve production quality, solve problems with equipment, experiment with new techniques, and plan for future series.
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Lesson Resources – Near and Far

This episode discusses DEEP FOCUS. Orson Welles was a master of deep focus, and you can learn a little more about how he used it in Citizen Kane from this great viewer’s companion written by film critic Roger Ebert.
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Puppet design: Giving Weena and Erna makeovers

You may have noticed that Weena and Erna look different between the House Party episode and the Greenwashing episode — between the summer and fall 2009 seasons. We gave them makeovers! This wasn’t just to make them prettier, though; there were some practical reasons why we did it.
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