Results from a 30-Day Cell Phone Cinematography Project

In trying to learn more about cinematography on a smart phone, I devised a project: Create 60 seconds of motion footage each day for 30 days. To keep the bar low, I set no restrictions on numbers of shots, their durations, or their content — just one minute for 30 days. The Plan The basic…

Unboxing a Vuze XR Camera

In further exploring new gear, I purchased a Vuze XR camera. The camera does both 360-degree video and 180-degree 3D video. I was particularly curious how this camera might handle footage for an Oculus Go or other VR headset. The Vuze XR looks quite different from other 360-degree video cameras. Two cameras sit atop a…

Seven Final Lessons in 360-Degree Video

I finally finished the 360-degree video short course. The first weeks offered an overview of virtual reality and 360-degree video and the following weeks moved into pre-production and gear. The final weeks covered editing and other considerations. I found this module the least helpful of the three as it relied on external videos and offered…

11 More Lessons in 360-Degree Video

I am continuing my way through a 360-degree video short course. While the first lessons offered more of an overview about virtual reality and 360-degree video, these more recent lessons moved into pre-production and gear possibilities (which is the best part, right?). Here are 11 more takeaways from the recent lessons. 1. The audience must…

On the Scent of a New Virtual Reality Experience

Some creative innovations have attempted to lure audiences away from their televisions and into movie theaters over the decades. Many of these innovations related to image. Widescreen was a big one (pun intended) as it expanded the image well beyond the 4:3 Academy ratio of early televisions and older films, bringing the view into people’s…

11 Early Lessons in 360-Degree Video

I recently started taking a short course on 360-degree video and how that kind of video fits within virtual reality production. While some argue that the two don’t belong in the same conversation, it’s better to think of them and other interactive experiences as degrees on a spectrum. The following post brings together 11 takeaways…

Unboxing a DJI Osmo Mobile 2

The fun of exploring new equipment continues. The most recent mission was a gimbal for a smart phone. I originally had ordered a FlowMotion ONE in August 2018, but after six months of shipping delays on the manufacturing side, I needed to cancel the order and seek alternatives. Many gimbals are available. The Zhiyun-Tech brand…

11 Lessons from an Editing Workshop in Adobe Premiere

In January 2019, I attended a beginner’s workshop in Adobe Premiere presented by Beth Perloff at Film North in St. Paul, Minnesota. The following post brings together 11 takeaways from that two-day workshop.

Unboxing an Insta360 ONE X Camera

Part of the fun in learning about creating new media is exploring new equipment options. I opted for an Insta360 ONE X camera bundle. The camera offers some options I want to check out, had some good reviews, and fit the price range.