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Hey there, mobile mavericks,

This weekend, we're celebrating our slick new integration with Cameo! If you don't already know, Cameo is an amazing iOS app that helps you and your iPhone's camera create fantastic videos. There's an easy-to-search library of free licensed tracks to choose from, a simple interface to keep editing easy, and stunning themes that give your mobile videos a little pizzazz.

Check out this Cameo-created adventure video by William Lü:

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Hey there, cool cats,

This weekend, we want to tap into a talent that every person has inherently, deep in the core of your being—documenting your pet. The subject matter is the easy part, but how you choose to film them is up to you. Think about the unique qualities of your animal of choice, and let that influence your style.

Take these two videos by Matt Wiebe; in the first, the sleepy pugs are captured with still shots from multiple angles so that we may bask in their stillness:

But in THIS video, the dog-level camera alongside the same pups makes for an exciting portrait that features their playful spirits:

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Hello there, my wonderful wordsmiths,

Words are crazy, right!? There's a lot wrapped up in the way we express ourselves through language. I've been feeling particularly inspired by John Koenig's film "Sonder", which is the product of his project The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows:

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Editing
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Hello there, my golden guys and gals,

It's Independence Day weekend in America, and we're all feeling the summer vibes (although it's raining in NY), and what says summer better than the sun? This weekend, your mission is to capture some cinematographic magic. How? By shooting footage during the "magic hour" (sometimes called the "golden hour") — that elusive period of time where the world looks especially beautiful.

The magic hour happens twice every day -- the first and last hour of sunlight. Because the sun is near or just below the horizon, the natural light is soft, diffused, and full of warm tones. Midday, the sun is directly overhead, creating intense light and harsh shadows, but during the magic hour(s), you don't have to worry too much about overexposing highlights or losing images to shadows. You can capture an entire scene in gorgeous detail by simply pressing the record button.

Check out our pal Charlie's beautiful, simple bit of magic hour magic:

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Shooting
Difficulty:
beginner

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