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June 15, 2018 \ Geoff Birmingham
Filming Children

Filming Children

 The mission of Reach Out and Read (ROR) is to incorporate books into pediatric care and encourage families to read together. For our first project with ROR a year ago, we filmed a series of videos with families that had children of different ages, from infants to toddlers. In our most recent project, ROR wanted to do another series but with children with different disabilities, including hearing...

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April 13, 2018 \ Geoff Birmingham
Green screens and faking reality

Green screens and faking reality

A few months back, we had a client who wanted several training videos. The only location they had available to them was in their rather uninspiring conference room, and so no one was particularly enthusiastic about how that was going to look. Their previous videos had been filmed against one of the room's white walls, which had worked reasonably well, but I thought we could give ourselves a little...

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March 29, 2018 \ Geoff Birmingham
Case Study: the importance of trust during production

Case Study: the importance of trust during production

The mission of Music & Memory is to bring personalized music into the lives of the elderly and infirm. "Personalized music" is the key element. Plenty of research exists on the general health benefits of music, but Music & Memory focuses on helping this population access music from their past that has personal importance to them. Many individuals suffering from dementia show little engagement...

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March 16, 2018 \ Geoff Birmingham
Video production: more than meets the eye

Video production: more than meets the eye

We were filming at Floating Children's Hospital last weekend, and when we came through the door with all of our gear, one of the doctors said, in so many words, "Holy cow! That's a lot of equipment." Relatively speaking, it actually wasn't all that much, but her response is a common one among folks who haven't experienced video production before.  Throughout the weekend, she also commented...

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February 27, 2018 \ Geoff Birmingham
Case Study: 100 Years of Harvard’s Jewish History

Case Study: 100 Years of Harvard’s Jewish History

Harvard Hillel recently embarked on a major campaign to raise money for several initiatives related to programming and capital improvements. The campaign included an event to celebrate the 90th birthday of Henry Rososvky, who served Harvard for many years as a professor, dean and even twice as acting president. The event was also used as an opportunity to re-publish a catalogue that accompanied a 1986...

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June 8, 2016 \ Geoff Birmingham
Lighting for video

Lighting for video

A little while back (3 and 1/2 years, actually!), I mentioned that for folks who are capturing their own video, I'm of the opinion that bad picture won't ruin a video as readily as bad audio. And, with that in mind, it makes sense to spend a few dollars to purchase a simple microphone. The videos we produce here at Reflection Films have always fallen into one of two categories: 1) client video...

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December 17, 2015 \ Emma Freter
The Secret Sauce for Success

The Secret Sauce for Success

You can watch this video for one of two reasons: 1) to hear Rachel muse about how organizations differentiate themselves; or 2) answer the question Why the heck is she dressed up like Julia Child? Rachel: We’ve entered the holiday zone and I’m just whipping up some of my famous Indian pudding for the office party. This is also the time to reflect on the past year. We here at Reflection...

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November 23, 2015 \ Geoff Birmingham
Location, Part 2: Tips for Filming Indoors

Location, Part 2: Tips for Filming Indoors

This is a short sequel to our Tips for Filming Outdoors post from last month. http://reflectionfilms.wistia.com/medias/dpc4ehflda?embedType=iframe&videoWidth=640 Rachel: Last time, I talked about filming interviews outdoors. One of the most important things to consider when selecting an indoor location is the size of the space. A bigger space gives a better sense of location. Generally,...

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October 15, 2015 \ Emma Freter
Location, Part 1: Tips for Filming Outdoors

Location, Part 1: Tips for Filming Outdoors

We tend to receive many question regarding whether or not to film outdoors or indoors. So we decided to make a few videos around on this topic to provide some tips for your convenience! Here is Part 1 of 2 videos in our Location Series. Rachel: When filming a video with interviews, one of your biggest decisions you have to make is where to film: outside or inside. Being outdoors is great:...

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September 18, 2015 \ Geoff Birmingham
Producing a TED (like) Talk – Do you have an audience?

Producing a TED (like) Talk – Do you have an audience?

Not long ago, we were asked to produce a series of TED-like talks for an information services company, recording presentations delivered by several of their employees. Since then, we received another inquiry from a company that was interested in something similar. I thought I would share a few thoughts based on the work we did with our client. TED Talks come in different flavors, ranging from...

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