I am an award winning film Director. I write, direct, shoot, and edit video. The film "The Farm," written by Rocky Karlage and made by Ghost Walk Productions is the film I directed, shot, and edited which won "Best Horror Short" at the 2012 Indie Gathering International Film Festival. It was also an Official Selection at 8 other festivals and is currently in distribution through Continuum Motion Pictures. I am currently shooting a documentary feature to be released in 2016 and developing my own documentary to be shot this winter, as well as a comedy feature to be shot in 2016.

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    Yesterday, 05:09 PM
    You did not grasp one thing I said. Steve
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    Yesterday, 05:06 PM
    With a dolly the camera is set up on a tripod or other mount, which is on the dolly, which is on the tracks, which is on the ground. Everything is a direct connection without any shock absorption since the track is supposed to give you smooth travel. Either there was an issue with the wheels, something on the track, or the track not stable on the ground. If...
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    Yesterday, 04:51 PM
    He is 100% correct. An actor friend of mine recently worked on a shoot here in Cleveland where Matthew McConaughey was on set. My friend was told you do not speak to the actors (though he is an actor himself, that's why he was on set) unless that actor speaks to him first. My friend ended up standing right next to McConaughey. McConaughey turned to him...
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    07-18-2017, 08:05 PM
    I painted a styrofoam manhole cover prop once. I did it by painting it dark brown with latex paint so that the paint would not soak into the styrofoam. Then I painted blotches on it with a spray can of primer that is a brick red type of color (I think the color was called "Red Oxide"). This on top of the very dark brown gave the surface an "iron" look. Then I...
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    07-18-2017, 07:55 PM
    As far as the camera goes that you use, whatever is the most logical for ease of use to you is best. Personally, I use a DSLR because it seems easier to me than a video camera, but that's just me. Everyone is different. With a video camera you likely will not have the shallow depth of field of a DSLR but for the type of videos you are looking to make I don't...
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    07-18-2017, 07:53 PM
    Basically, anything that you can put under yourself that would be soft (carpet, rug, blankets) will help to cut down the echo some. If you can hang up moving blankets or any other soft material anywhere that is not in the camera shot (so as not to detract from the scenic setting) that will also help cut down the echo, as well as excessive light. You can also...
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    07-16-2017, 07:26 AM
    The fact that your CEO slams that door shut with his cane indicates that he knows the "evidence" she is looking for can be found in that cabinet. He knows he is busted. The fact that your actor did that helps make that point. Had he not slammed it with his cane and made the facial expression he did then the audience might be a little confused. However, what...
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    07-16-2017, 07:11 AM
    That has a cool look. I love the title. Steve
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    07-15-2017, 05:01 PM
    I think you are doing better than you think you are. The footage walking backwards down the stairs is kind of shaky, and stabilizing it may still reveal motion blur, but otherwise it is coming along. If you have a reverse angle of the old man talking when he meets the girl investigating him it would help to intercut that to help that scene. I don't think...
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    07-15-2017, 04:39 PM
    Pick up a wheel chair from your local Volunteers of America or Goodwill. You do need a relatively smooth surface for that (asphalt, concrete, finished floor) or I have also seen people use inline skates or a skateboard. This doesn't work well over ground unless you have some boards and a short run to shoot. What other methods do they teach you at film school to...
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    07-14-2017, 01:13 PM
    " I was wondering, since you are able to take on multiple jobs, how do you move the camera while booming at the same time" It's not to say it is at the same time. I set up the lights on the set. I set up the sound recording; set the length of the boom, angle of the mic. the settings on the recorder, and assure it will not cast shadows, where to stand. I...
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    07-13-2017, 03:41 PM
    On projects I direct I am often also the director of photography, the gaffer, the sound guy, the cameraman, and PA moving equipment. It is the nature of the Indie Filmmaker as we work our way to bigger and more staffed projects. "I am willing to learn a camera stabilizer cause if it's a good price, but I'm not sure if they are. I can ask..." Don't rely on...
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    07-13-2017, 03:28 PM
    Any time you knock a quality XLR microphone down to a 3.5mm (1/8") jack it is going to sound like crap. It's like putting the exahaust from your Ford Focus on a 7 second drag car. It's going to kill it. Ebay is our friend. You can get a digital recorder with XLR connections used for about $100 - $150. A Zoom H4n or a Tascam of some model. The NTG-1...
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    07-13-2017, 03:13 PM
    With the hard surface of the dome you will get echo. The sound will just keep bouncing off that and any other hard surfaces you have in there. What else is under the dome (concrete floor?) and what type of filming do you want to do? Steve
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    07-13-2017, 02:57 PM
    If it were easy everyone would be doing it. If you don't choose one and work with it you will never get good with it. Questinator
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    07-12-2017, 04:57 PM
    The shot at 4:57 where the camera follows behind the guy who is running was done with a camera stabilizer, not a dolly nor a jib. That shot cannot be done with a jib without there being an obvious circular movement. It can only be done with a dolly if the camera is low to the tracks aiming upward so that the tracks cannot be seen. I have run along side a...
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    07-10-2017, 06:01 PM
    OK, you don't seem to have understood my message. Shoot your video in 1920x1080 (16:9) and let the projectionist worry about fitting it on the screen. I am sure they don't only project custom aspect ratio sized videos; likely, no such custom videos at all. Steve
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    07-10-2017, 05:55 PM
    Do your instructors at the school not help you with this???? Steve
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    07-08-2017, 08:11 PM
    I think the way you went about showing his compulsion to watch this video over and over was well done. How he justified it to himself, and then just got caught up in watching it over and over without realizing it. I really liked the shot where he begins to lie down on the couch and then we see him lay his head on his pillow in his bed. That is a clever...
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    07-08-2017, 07:32 PM
    If the distance from the projector to the screen is not fixed then the projector can be moved closer so that the top and bottom edge of the film is within the screen dimensions and let the left and right side of the image fall where it may. It is not your fault that they have sized their screen in a manner that is inconsistent with industry standards for such a...
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    07-08-2017, 07:12 PM
    To remedy our short comings we must first be able to identify them. Steve
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