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Filmmaker Ryan Staake isn't satisfied with shooting from just one angle at a time. In his latest music video he used a technique that allowed him to view a scene from all angles, all at once. Read on to see how he and his team at Pier Pictures achieved this epic 360° video effect.

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Category:
Behind The Scenes
Difficulty:
beginner

Hey there, my observational optimists,

I'm the kind of person who's so hyper-vigilant that there's a chance I'll catch the thing that was falling from your desk before it hits the ground because I've been watching it teeter for a few minutes. But you know, that's me. There are healthier ways to be aware of your surroundings, and that's what this weekend is about!

Your Challenge is to be an active noticer. To notice things, actively. You get what I'm trying to say. Keeping your eyes peeled and your wits about you is just as important a skill as smooth camerawork when it comes to capturing small aspects of everyday life.

There's so much happening in NYC that plenty of things go unnoticed until they are documented, like this single stair at Dean Peterson's Subway station:

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Category:
Shooting
Difficulty:
beginner

Hey there, mobile meanderers,

This spring tease of warm weather in NYC has awoken a sedentary population. Feet are hitting the pavement with more enthusiasm than in previous months, and it seems like the world is more kinetic than before. I'm no longer the lone dancer on the train — everyone's got a little pep in their step!

My challenge to you this weekend is to create a video that focuses on human movement, at any scale. A crowd flowing across the street, a dancer's controlled movements, a baby venturing into the walking world — there's movement everywhere!

Let's take a look at a few examples of videos that focus on movement, be it dance, play, or the shuffle of daily life. First up, check out one of my favorite videos on Vimeo, which is Mathy & Fran's video for Russ Chimes. It focuses on small movements in quick succession, using jump cuts to create collages of choreography:

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Category:
Editing
Shooting
Difficulty:
beginner

Hey there, my metaphor-making multitudes,

How about a little lesson before I triple dog dare ya? I thought we might talk about Match Cuts.

Match cuts are used for to create continuity between two dissimilar scenes, as they are less jarring than a jump cut. Often, they are chosen because they suggest a relationship between two different objects (cutting from one person's shoes to another's might mean a meeting is imminent), or they create a visual metaphor.

The most frequent use of a match cut is for "matching on action" — cutting from one shot to another view that matches the action in the first shot. This trick helps distract the viewer from noticing a cut, because our eyes and brains care more about the continued action than the jump from one point of view to another.

For a real slick example of match cutting on motion, check out this video by Vimean predatory bird:

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Category:
Editing
Shooting
Difficulty:
beginner

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