This is the month each year we create our demo reels - our very favorite 1-5 clips from each month, saved throughout the year and compiled in December. The other option, for those who joined sometime during the year and didn't have a year's worth of clips to draw from could create a holiday highlight reel where they could include up to 3 holiday events. I limited people to 3 so they wouldn't be completely overwhelmed. This is a lightweight, fun month, so we could all enjoy the holidays! I look forward to what the year ahead brings.Read More
This month, our theme was "On the Inside." Participants in the theme interpreted this in creative ways - some literally, and some showing us the inside of their homes and hearts. Sarah Krieg was brave and open enough to share with us all the ups and downs of her beautiful, challenging, and surprising journey with IVF. It's so well done, and she is amazing. I'll let her film do the talking from here...Read More
This month, the idea was to document daily life and pull together the clips that happened in beautiful light. Documentary photography and film can be tricky because authentic, once-in-a-lifetime moments don't always happen in perfect light, but they're worth shooting anyway (of course)!Read More
This month, our technical challenge was simple: quality audio capture and expression. And what better way to learn that than with a simple interview?
We brought in guest expert, filmmaker Nora McCormack from S/P Films. Nora knows how to handle interviews and audio challenges, so I asked her:
What are your 3 best tips for interviews?Read More
This month, participants were asked to choose one area they wanted to improve on, learn more about it, and work on it. There was quite the variety in the videos, and so a theme wasn't readily apparent among the submissions. Which is cool; everyone's working on something different right now. So, this time, I just chose a video that spoke to me, and that was Janet Crouch's video of the birth of her new grandbaby! Enjoy!Read More
This month, participants were asked to create a video making the best use of dramatic light to emphasize emotion.Read More
This month, participants were asked to create a Day in the Life where they themselves got IN the frame for a significant portion of the film. Carlee Kettell shined at this challenge, and I want to share her film with you here.Read More
This month, we invited a special guest judge to select the Top 3 best uses of slow motion in a mini-film all shot and edited during the month of May.Read More
This month, the challenge was to think more about composition and lighting as we created in black & white. I was looking for films where being black & white helped us focus on what is important.Read More
This month, our only instructions were: fill the frame with ONLY what you need to in order to communicate what you want to say. We had lots of films that contained beautiful detail shots, but these were the best examples, for me, of films that featured detail shots and made details the primary player in the film's meaning, whether audio details like Melanie's film or visual details like Juanita's film.
This month, we decided to try a skill builder instead of focusing on a content-based theme. The challenge was to pair video clips with audio that didn't come from the video clip. The objective was to evoke emotion using the juxtaposition of non-matching audio with related visuals. We had some very original self-portrait interpretations of the challenge as well, and I'm pleased to announce the winners of this month's family film fest!
This month I left the theme very basic with just the word "family." I wanted to see how people documented and communicated their interpretations of their experiences. As always, I was looking for how well the filmmakers communicated emotion through the medium of video, with their own experience as the subject.Read More