When to Cut, Music Videos and Finding the Story

When and why you should make that cut, simple music videos, finding the story, documentary tips and adding music for more depth.

When to Cut, Music Video Tips and Finding the Story

This week when and why you should make that cut, simple music videos, finding the story, documentary tips and adding music for more depth.

Boat Shoot! Filming with the NYS DEC

In this vlog, we give you a behind the scenes look as we film with the NYS DEC on the water. Some of us get injured. All of us survive.Subscribe, and Follow us on:http://facebook.com/lixistudioshttp:

2 Hour Film Challenge - with RANDOM cameras!

Today we do a film challenge where we have two hours to create a 30 second ad with a random plot, genre, and camera.Subscribe, and Follow us on:http://facebook.com/lixistudioshttp://twitter.com/lixis

Video in the Classroom: Free Downloadable Lessons

Are you a teacher?  Do you know a teacher?  Have you ever had a teacher?  If so, read on: It’s the beginning of a new school year.  Which means one more year of school projec

New Edition of the Book in Stores Now!

Workman Publishing has just released an updated and revised new edition of How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck! It’s available now wherever you buy your paper or pixel books. Look to

$2,000 Prime VS $2,000 Zoom Lens! (Zeiss ZF 35mm VS Canon 24-70mm)

Watch in 4k!$2,000 Prime VS $2,000 Zoom Lens! Is there really much of a quality difference? In this video, we find out.VLOG Camera: http://amzn.to/2uiVZxXCamera Lens: http://amzn.to/2uiCKV2Self Recor

Wedding Video Blues: 5 Tips for Better Wedding Videos

I’ve never used a video camera, however my daughter will be getting married this October and I will be filming for the VERY first time. I’m scared stiff ! ! ! Can you please advise me on t

How to Shoot Vacation Video that Won’t Bore People to Death

When I was a kid, the Armbrusters had a slide projector.  Which meant that after every vacation they took, we’d troop dutifully to their house for endless carousels of badly-shot Kodachrome

How to make a How-To Video, Part II: The Journey

In Part I of this post, we laid down the basics for How-To Video. Now lets go for mastery.  The key to which, as with so many other elements of video, is story. Think about your video as a r

Mothers Day Video Tips

Ah, Mothers Day!  Burnt toast and coffee made with hot tap water in bed (“We aren’t allowed to use the stove.”) .  Macaroni-art “I love You Mom” cards

Facebook KILLED the Video Star

Facebook is ruining online video, and we want to tell you why. The links to the available studies are below:VLOG Camera: http://amzn.to/2uiVZxXCamera Lens: http://amzn.to/2uiCKV2Self Recording Lav: h

Shooting a Boxing Match Three Ways

I’m new to video recording/ photography and just bought your book…ITS GREAT! How would you shoot a live amateur boxing event if there is only one videographer and his DSLR? I re

Surprise! The New Nintendo Switch!

Surprise! Sam didn't even see this coming! Watch as we surprise Sam and unbox the new Nintendo Switch!Subscribe, and Follow us on:http://facebook.com/lixistudioshttp://twitter.com/lixistudioshttp://i

SURVIVING Mornings! (Please consult a doctor before trying!!!!)

Do you suffer in the mornings? Does life seem grey and unappealing? WELL, with these EASY life hacks, you can now CONQUER every morning! EVER!Subscribe, and Follow us on:http://facebook.com/lixistudi

LIXI Studios Reel 2016

LIXI Studios Reel 2016Subscribe, and Follow us on:http://facebook.com/lixistudioshttp://twitter.com/lixistudioshttp://instagram.com/lixistudios

5 Things About The Film Industry We Wish We Knew

Watch as we sip some good ol Jim Beam bourbon and speak film wisdom to our younger selves.Subscribe, and Follow us on:http://facebook.com/lixistudioshttp://twitter.com/lixistudioshttp://instagram.com

80s Dating Video!

You think getting matches on dating apps is hard today?! Look at what it was like dating back in the 80s!Thank you to Rebecca Farina and LoudQuiet Vids for joining us in this video!! Check her out on

How to Make a How-To Video that Works: Part I

How do I create a series of online class videos that are How-to’s, but creative and interesting, while also teaching? My upholstery course videos are pretty wide shot/closeup. I know I can

Traveling With a Filmmaker Through the DESERTS of California

Whats it like traveling with a filmmaker? Watch as we make our way through the deserts of California.Subscribe, and Follow us on:http://facebook.com/lixistudioshttp://twitter.com/lixistudioshttp://in

Perfect Holiday Video in 10 Easy Steps

Ah, the Holidays! Chestnuts roasting, noses being nipped, and hours of incomprehensible video being shot of people you can’t see or hear all that well doing…I don’t know…some

Story Structure and “Arrival”

William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Princess Bride) wrote in his classic book Adventures in the Screen Trade that “screenplays are structure.&rdqu

Hollywood Scores & Soundtracks: What Do They Sound Like? Do They Sound Like Things?? Let's Find Out!

This is a supplementary video for THE MARVEL SYMPHONIC UNIVERSE, which you can watch here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vfqkvwW2fsAnd here’s a new Twitter account we made about temp music: https

The Marvel Symphonic Universe

Here's a second, supplementary video we made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEfQ_9DIItIAnd a new Twitter account about temp music we made: https://twitter.com/SoundsLikeTempWatch Dan Golding's grea

Joel & Ethan Coen - Shot | Reverse Shot

How do you film a conversation? Most likely, you’re going to block the actors, set up the camera, and do shot/reverse shot. But where do you put the camera? What lens do you use? And how do you cut

Memories of Murder (2003) - Ensemble Staging

How do you emphasize to the audience that something is important? Well, you could always cut to a close-up, but how about something subtler? Today I consider ensemble staging — a style of filmmakin

Buster Keaton - The Art of the Gag

Before Edgar Wright and Wes Anderson, before Chuck Jones and Jackie Chan, there was Buster Keaton, one of the founding fathers of visual comedy. And nearly 100 years after he first appeared onscreen,

Vancouver Never Plays Itself

Perhaps no other city has been as thoroughly hidden from modern filmmaking as Vancouver, my hometown. Today, it’s the third biggest film production city in North America, behind Los Angeles and New

Chuck Jones - The Evolution of an Artist

If you grew up watching Looney Tunes, then you know Chuck Jones, one of all-time masters of visual comedy. Normally I would talk about his ingenious framing and timing, but not today. Instead, I’d

In Praise of Chairs

One of the great things about detailed production design is that it pays off in unexpected ways. So today I explore the weird possibilities of that most common of objects: the chair.For educational p

Lynne Ramsay - The Poetry of Details

What can one detail tell us about a scene? If you’re Lynne Ramsay: absolutely everything. Today I consider the poetic possibilities of cinema and one of our finest contemporary filmmakers.For educa


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