In Monday’s blog I spotlighted the work of Casey Neistat and why he’s such an influential figure in the world of YouTube. In this blog, I’m going to break down some of his techniques and show why he’s such a successful filmmaker.
Just like with grammar in our languages, video also has its own grammar. Without it, video just doesn’t look right or feel right to the audience. The rule of thirds is a super easy way to make sure your shot has the correct frame composition to make it appealing to look at for the audience using this visual grammar.
One very simple way to improve the quality of your videos is to make sure you have great lightning. One of the easiest ways to spot amateur video is a poorly lit scene. That goes for all kinds of film-making as well, not just fictional pieces but documentaries and news pieces too! Thankfully, there’s a technique commonly called three-point lighting that can be to make your film subjects really pop. Let’s look at how it’s done.
One of the issues a lot of people first starting off with editing come across is what software to use. The likes of Premiere Pro, Final Cut, and Avid, and even Sony Vegas are all pretty well known but they can be quite costly and when you’re just starting out you might not have the funds to spring for equipment and video editing software. So where does that leave you? You want to learn the basics but you also want something that will deliver a professional editing experience and give you the file format and export options you need.
I’ve been addicted to Casey Neistat’s YouTube vlogs over the last 100+ days. They give a really fascinating insight into his creative process and there are a lot of things filmmakers can take from watching the way he works and the way he sees the world around him (note: it’s ALL about the story you are trying to tell, not using the most up to date gear!).
Have you ever wanted to get started making your own videos but have been scared or put off by the prices or the amount of options out there? Well, I’ve just put together a small, inexpensive kit to get you started. Read on to find out what I recommend!