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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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September 3, 2015 \ Emma Freter
Recycled Content

Recycled Content

Labor Day weekend is upon us, which means barbecues galore! And with barbecues means leftovers– yum! You would never let Grandma's baked beans go to waste, would you? Of course not! If you have leftover footage from your last video, would you let that go to waste? Many people do not realize the potential their existing content has to offer. Today Rachel discusses how to effectively use recycled...

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August 31, 2015 \ Emma Freter
Pets and Senior Citizens

Pets and Senior Citizens

Here is another installment in our Did You Know? series. For the fun of it, we have decided to create 15-second (or less) animations to illustrate facts that interest us. Check out this short to find out the influence pets have on their elderly owners.

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July 21, 2015 \ Emma Freter
Whaddya want? A vendor or a partner?

Whaddya want? A vendor or a partner?

"Vendor" isn't necessarily a bad word, but Rachel's not crazy about it. She explains why in this video. ___________________ Rachel: There are some words that make me cringe when I hear them. Phlegm is number one on that list but not too far down from that is the word, vendor. Vendor…blechhhh. I have a visceral reaction to hearing it, and unfortunately I hear it a lot. Here’s...

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June 18, 2015 \ Emma Freter
Video Technical Question and Answer with Rachel

Video Technical Question and Answer with Rachel

Lights. Camera. ACTION! Filming a video can be a lot of fun. However, there are a number of technical questions that may leave you scratching your head. Never fear! Reflection Films is here to help relieve some of that confusion. Today, we're providing a couple of tips to keep in mind if you are filming a video. We hope with this advice, it will make your video production experience much more...

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May 27, 2015 \ Rachel Jellinek
A question about working with a video producer

A question about working with a video producer

I had the pleasure of giving a presentation on video storytelling at Third Sector New England last week and thought I would share a snippet of Q&A from the event: Your relationship with your video producer One participant asked about how to strike a balance when working with a video producer.   When do you weigh in on what video content should be used?  When do you allow the producer to make...

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