How I shoot B-roll – My Techniques and Tricks


Let’s talk filmmaking tips and tricks. Here’s what I use to get B-roll. For those who are new to filmmaking, your A-roll is the footage of your subject speaking while your B-roll is the footage you cut away to. you can usually hear the subject’s voice over in the A-roll while you see something different on the screen.

Usually the B-roll is related to whatever is being discussed in the A-roll. B-roll is super important as we typically use it to spice things up visually. Check out the video to see my techniques for getting B-roll.

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How To Write A Short Film: Part 5 – 1 Minute Films

Most people have a knee-jerk reaction to the idea of making a one minute short film. While it is extremely challenging to tell a stroy in one minute, it is very possible. Here are tips for writing a script for you Micro films. We cover the Mentos model of storytelling and breakdown 4 examples from commercials.

Examples used
Fresh Paint Mentos commercial

Mall Mentos Commercial

Sling Shot Baby Commercial

Dog Collar Doritos Commercial

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How To Write A Short Film: Part 4 – Punchline Films

What is a punchline film? Tips for writing your short film script. We cover joke structure for short films and breakdown the film “I’ll wait for the next one”.

Shorts referenced
I’ll wait for the next one short film

Horribly slow murder by extremely inefficient weapon

cannon ball ice dude – jump into frozen pool 

Top 15 Mistakes Beginner Filmmakers Make!

Tips for beginner filmmakers. When you’re starting out as a filmmaker you’ve gotta make some good mistakes inorder to progress. It’s all apart of the process. We cover the top 15 most common filmmaking mistakes beginners make from story, to lighting to editing, composition and more.

Short film mentioned Seafood Tester short

Here’s a written list of all 15 common mistakes from the video:

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Tips and Advice for Young Aspiring Filmmakers

I’ve gotten a lot of requests for this video. There aren’t many tips videos geared towards the youth. At this level the biggest priority should be learning the basic elements of story. Resources are usually a big issue at this level but your understanding of story and learned and honed at any level. We cover this and much more.

Video mentioned
principals of drama

My first short film

How to Brainstorm Ideas for a short film

Everyone has their own methods for brainstorming ideas but there are a few methods and techniques for brainstorming that are well worth exploring. One of the most effective methods is to establish a routine. As they say “inspiration tends to catch you while you’re working”. We cover this technique and more in the discussion.

Why Filmmakers Should Study Bad Movies

Storytelling is a muscle and just like any other muscle it must be worked. Breaking down other films is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to work that storytelling muscle.

If you’re new to filmmaking and screenwriting, you should breakdown as many movies as you can. Every film is a text book. Even the “bad” ones.

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How To Write a Screenplay – Do you need Structure?

If you’re learning how to write a script you may have asked yourself. “Do you really need Story Structure?” There seem to be two main arguments. One side screams: Screenplay structure leads to formulaic stories. Don’t waste time learning structure. While the other side screams: Poor screenplay structure leads to slack paceing and stories that lack focus. Let’s discuss the pros and Cons of using structure in your script.

How to Find A Theme

Many people find the notion of a theme confusing and even abstract. Let’s start off with the generally accepted definition of what a theme is and work our way up from there. We discuss examples of themes,the difference between a theme and a subject, and ways to find a theme.

Themes can also be an extremely helpful tool in the writing process once you understand how to use them.