Who Makes Accent Clothing’s Fashion Videos?

Ever wondered who creates those cool fashion videos that Accent Clothing post on social media?

It’s a guy called Vlad who works there as a videographer and editor. He is also known as VD Productions (@vd.shoots on Instagram), has a diverse video work history and is available for hire!

Here are some of VD Productions’ favourite Accent Clothing videos:

Why you don’t need a car to work as a freelance videographer?

Are you looking to start a video production business or become a self-employed videographer but feel disadvantaged for not having a car? Let me share my thoughts and experience on why although having access to a vehicle may be beneficial, it’s certainly not essential to having a successful job as a videographer.

Working as a videographer will inevitably require you to travel a lot, but a car isn’t the only way to get to places. Here are a few alternative to driving.

Walk

If you live in a small town, why not walk to the filming location? I’d consider anything at up to 35 minutes of walking distance reachable on foot. Walking has many health benefits too. If you aren’t familiar with the location you are required to film at, there’s no need to rely on a taxi. Use your smart phone’s free Google Maps navigation!

Bus & Train

Travelling by bus or train is my most frequent means of getting to jobs. If you live in a developed city, I’d recommend taking advantage of public transport. During rush hours, a bus may be even quicker to take you to your destination than a car. If you need to go to a different city, travel by train or coach. Remember to book cheaper tickets online. For UK residents, I recommend the Trainline’s mobile train app or National Express coaches. If you are a Yorkshire-based videographer, check out Metro’s First Bus m-Tickets app.

Taxi

Getting a taxi to work is my least desired option but sometimes there is no other way to make it to a given location. For instance, if I’m to film very early or late at night and buses aren’t available or the location is simply not accessible by bus or train, I’ll have no choice but to book an Uber taxi. Uber provides a convenient way to travel by taxi, and currently gives me better deals than regular taxi companies in my city.

In my opinion having a car is a luxury that’s not imperative to being able to work as a videographer. Driving to jobs will certainly save you time but incur additional expenses such as petrol as well as insurance and maintenance costs which isn’t ideal if you aren’t getting regular work as a videographer. In fact, you’ve probably invested all your savings into production equipment and now it’s time to get some money back into your bank account until owning a car becomes affordable.

If you are concerned you have too much equipment to carry around on public transport or walk to places, I suggest you always find out in advance what the client expects you to do, and pack the required gear in a wheeled suitcase. Some clients will appreciate you taking little space to do your job, especially if the venue is small.

Cycling or riding a motorbike is another possible way of commuting, but it doesn’t allow you much room for equipment unless you are bringing camera and lenses only. Cycling with heavy gear on your back can be very tiring and unsafe too.

Personally, I’ve being working as a videographer for more than 3 years without having access to a car and relying on the above means of transportation.

Pet and Animal Videographer in Leeds

Looking for creative videographer to capture the beauty of your pet?

I’m a Leeds-based video maker keen on filming positive interactions between pets and their owners to produce sweet animal videos.

Equipped with a sharp quality video camera and eyes highly attentive to detail, I can bring the best out of your relationship with your pet in crisp HD or 4K video.

Show the beauty and awesomeness of your pet with a creative video like this!

See my prices, ask a question or contact me for bookings.

What’s The Point of a Showreel These Days?

A showreel is a short video containing examples of a professional’s work for showing to potential employers. It appears a valuable marketing tool but my personal experience of working as a videographer has made me question its necessity?

Clients who require wedding videography, for example, would ask not for my showreel but for my best wedding film ever.

Video production companies would ask you for both your showreel and complete portfolio of work because a showreel on its own could be misleading. It could contain examples of work that don’t belong to you. In addition, employers will always ask you to clarify your role and exact responsibilities in each project.

So why bother spending hours building or updating your showreel when you could direct potential clients or employers straight to a few of your full-length videos that are most relevant to the skills needed?

There is indeed a good point of having a showreel as an aspiring media professional (videographer, actor, director, cinematographer, voice-over artist or else). A showreel is like a window. It provides a glimpse into your professional abilities. It teases the viewer to come inside and experience your work in its entirety, and eventually hire your services.

 

Just film it! The Conditions Will Never Be Perfect. Act now.

In this post I’d like to remind all aspiring film-makers that there’s no better day and time to make a film or online video than the now, the present moment. I’m aware that film-making, especially film-making on location, requires careful planning but no matter how good that’s done, there will always be challenges on set. Depending on how obstacles are dealt with during production, you can either elevate your project or let it suffer, as it happened in my recent experience of filming an online video outdoors.

At the beginning of February, I met with a friend to get some footage of him walk around Leeds city centre and Leeds Dock, and eventually create a cinematic video for his personal love poem. We were to shoot on a rainy day and I considered a reschedule. Instead, however, I decided to stick to the plan feeling confident in my ability to deal with any issues that arise. Plus, me and my friend have been trying to arrange a shoot date since September 2015. Luckily, the challenging conditions added value to my production.

Since it was raining, for example, the overcast sky provided for soft natural lighting. Atmospheric sound of rain was audible on the location sound recordings of the poem, which added extra emotion to the voice-over (although I ended up using an interior recording of the voice-over obtained in a “studio” environment without any background sounds or noise). Further, I got really excited when my lens got a little wet because of the drizzle (well initially I was scared of the water damaging my equipment!) and I pointed my camera at the actor, who was backlit by lights in the distance, and I noticed a lot of interesting scar-looking reflections (which fit perfectly with the last few lines of the poem from 01:15 to 01:18 seconds):

Have you ever been in a situation when unexpected challenges took your project on a higher level? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Why You Shouldn’t Watch Movie Trailers (If Possible)

Movie trailers are crucial to marketing feature films successfully. They can either get you more excited about watching a film, or totally disinterest you. Below are few things to consider about trailers that will hopefully improve your overall experience of going to the cinema.

Movie trailers often reveal too much information about what happens in the film. Recently, I watched the trailer for The Danish Girl (2015) which revealed so much details about the story that at the end I felt like I had already seen the film and that there wasn’t anything else left to surprise me.

On the other hand, movie trailers are sometimes edited so well that they misrepresent the quality of a film. I know whether a film is good or bad isn’t easy to answer but I’m talking about trailers like the one for Paranormal Activity (2007). It made the movie appear intensely horrifying which mislead me and my friend’s hunt for an interesting scary film to watch that night.

Part of me still wants to go see The Danish Girl because it looked beautifully shot. In fact, it was the first half of the trailer that got me interested in seeing the whole film; initially, I wasn’t attracted by the film biography at all. Therefore, I don’t think hiding from trailers is a good choice. So I came up with a strategy next time I watch new movie trailers. I will switch the sound off and press stop half way through the trailer, before I get teased too much you see. That way I am less likely to spoil the later experience of watching the movie in the theatre because of learning too much information about the story.

So if you are a person who also cares about having good cinema-going experience, I recommend watching trailers halfway through, on silent.

Here are 10 epic trailers for disappointing movies, according to Screenrant. Or Unreality Magazine’s post on 8 awful trailers for good films.

9 Important Things I Learnt Shooting My First Wedding Film

I shot my first wedding film in October and recently edited the footage into a complete video product which was greatly appreciated by the newly married couple. It was a long day of filming which I mostly enjoyed but there were a few challenging situations which I’d like to talk about, and also provide general advice on filming a wedding.

  1. Have an assistant. It’s difficult to shoot a wedding on your own. Not impossible though, I did it all by myself. All you need is really good story telling skills while editing the video in post production and perhaps compact and lightweight equipment to use on the wedding day. I would recommend working with a partner who could provide additional coverage for your wedding film. For example, I didn’t get a chance to film the guests arriving at the ceremony venue, or even get shots of the wedding rings and general views of the ceremony hall itself because I was busy filming the bride and bridesmaids who were late getting ready, and I really wanted to get a shot of the bride putting the wedding dress on as well as the bridesmaids receiving gifts from the bride. Furthermore, an assistant could have filmed from a different angle which would have given me more creative choices when editing the video, for example, regarding the bride walking down the aisle accompanied by her dad.
  2. Record quality sound of the speeches. Try to record the highest quality sound possible by positioning your camera and mic close to the couple yet staying on the side of the audience. Using radio microphones would be ideal for the ceremony and readings but this isn’t always possible.  Unluckily, I ended up in one of the corners of the hall, opposite to where the couple stood and behind two people who gave readings. The sound I got from a shotgun microphone mounted on the GH4 was alright. It was quiet but not too bad presumably because of the acoustics in the hall.
  3. Cooperate with the wedding photographer. Every wedding has a photographer, and wedding photography is often more popular than wedding films I believe. Therefore, it’s the wedding photographer that usually directs the couple’s poses and actions during picture-taking which you can use to your advantage. I also suggest you discuss ideas with the wedding photographer, know each others intentions and stay out of each others way whenever possible.
  4. Avoid showing the wedding photographer in your film. If you intend on telling a magical story about all the amazing moments that occurred during the special wedding day of two people in love, then I would suggest excluding the wedding photographer and your assistants from any shots that you decide to use in your wedding film. External figures may distract viewers of the wedding film from the emotion it’s trying to convey.
  5. Stay around the bride. If you have now idea what’s about to happen in any given moment during the day, stay around the bride. She’s the star of the day and anything that happens away from her is generally not that important.
  6. Carry light-weight and compact equipment. As an advocate of minimalist video production, I advise you to use as little equipment as possible that is light and compact and that you can easily carry around. I also recommend shooting hand-held or with a basic easy-to-set-up camera stabilizer instead of a tripod in order to stay mobile and never miss capturing brief emotive moments.
  7. Don’t film people eat. After the wedding ceremony, everyone will go have a meal of several courses. I don’t think there is any valuable information in shots of people eating so would recommend you go have your break especially if the speeches are over.
  8. Don’t show drunken behaviour. When the bride and the groom have their first dance, the party will begin. Some people on the dance floor may be drunk already, others a little merry. To preserve the message of the film, I advise you to avoid filming any ridiculous drunk behaviour, such as people finding it hard to stay up on their feet or dance with an intoxicated facial expression. Instead, include everyone’s best dance moves, possibly in slow motion.
  9. Identify best parts of speeches. While editing the wedding film in post, listen to the speeches a few times and select the best parts to use as voice-over. The best parts are usually a few sentences that conclude a speaker’s point, and can make sense on their own. The bride is very likely to remember the speeches and expect you to feature her favourite sections.

Weddings ceremonies vary in different cultures and religions. I basically spend the day following the bride and capturing the nearby occurring moments. I brought a suitcase with me containing Panasonic GH4 with Samyang 12mm F/2.0 lens and Lumix 42.5mm F/1.7 lens, basic glide camera stabiliser, and a tripod (which I didn’t use a single time). I will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Here’s a link to my cinematic wedding film – https://vimeo.com/149617469