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The idea of sitting down at a desk, hunching forward in front of a computer for eight or nine hours doesn’t sound appealing – so why do we do it?
There have been many studies in the previous years about the negative mental and physical affects sitting down can have on someone working at a desk all day. The website for Get Britain Standing (http://www.getbritainstanding.org/) explains it further by saying it can lead to increased blood pressure levels, backache, depression, and various other health risks.
According to the research, standing while working can help employees become more focused, more productive, and less stressed.
So what do we recommend?
With our typical work day, it might be difficult to stand while completing everything that we need to get done. That’s why we have tried to do something active at least every hour. Even something as simple as standing up and stretching – or even having a meeting or taking a call while standing up – can make all the difference. Just getting up out of the chair and onto your feet can help you feel more awake and ready to tackle your next task.

 

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Above is what we have tried at London Video Productions, what would it look like in your office?
Maybe if you’re an editor you can take the advice we heard from famous editor and sound designer, Walter Murch, at a Jam Session with Cinema Jam a couple weeks ago. Through his many years of experience and research, he’s found that he gets the best results and feels the best when he edits while standing.
No matter what type of work you’re doing, how will you find a way to get out of your chair and onto your feet?

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Here are a few useful tips for shooting better video. Hopefully this will be helpful for any beginners/hobbyists.

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Helpful Tips for Shooting Great Video:

• Auto settings can be useful but if you want to be creative set your camcorder to manual & read up about the manual settings in advance of your shoot
• Video cameras need to be told what the colour white is! They are then able to set other colours in relation to this. So set the white balance at every location. Carrying out manual white balance is always better than pre-sets
• When shooting outdoors always consider the position of the sun – the perfect key light!
• Always plan your shoot – It’s more cost-effective to make your initial shooting decisions in advance rather than make those decisions on location while the cast and crew wait for you to make up your mind – try to do a location recce whenever possible – it will save time and money!
• Keep audio in mind when carrying out the location recce – are you on a flight path? Will that construction crew be drilling adjacent to where you are filming that crucial interview with the CEO?
• Use a tripod or other image stabilising device or use the IS function – Image stabilizing – if handheld.
• Shoot to edit bearing in mind that your average shot length will be between 4 and 10 seconds but try to give yourself at least 5 seconds run up before a shot becomes useable and 5 seconds after it has reached its ideal end so you have flexibility in the edit suite.
• Be as inconspicuous as possible to capture realistic behaviour
• Don’t allow your subject to sink to the bottom of the video frame by positioning their eyes at the top 1/3 of the screen
• Always keep looking at foreground and background as you shoot to make sure nothing distracting enters the shot.
• Only pan occasionally and don’t overuse on-screen zoom – looks amateurish and you don’t want to give your audience motion sickness!
• Always look for interesting angles rather than keeping in one spot and placing every subject in the centre of your frame.
• Don’t shoot everything from standing eye-level
• In general make sure your subject is well lit rather than too much light falling on the background, unless going for a specific ‘look’.
• Have fun!

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We originally shot this video – https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=DHWyN1wk5oM
for Lewisham Hospital Choir in December 2013 and the song got to number 14 in the Indie charts.

Now, with a heavier campaign behind it, the track has been re-released and is tipped to be No1 this Christmas!!

Support our great NHS system by sharing, liking and spreading the word!!

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Our very own Director/Writer Ros Gihan-Wiliams met with actors Julia Florimo and Mark Hayden at the British Urban Film Festival (BUFF) for the screening of Leap.

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BUFF was established in 2005 and initially was formed to showcase urban independent cinema activity in the UK. Over the years the festival has gained momentum and is now supported by a board of actors, journalists, film critics and filmmakers.

BUFF Founder and Director, Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe, describes the festival as “A great shop window for filmmakers to showcase their talent and their personalities as producers and directors. It’s a great opening also for actors, actresses, cinematographers, writers, musicians and other key crew to showcase their talents and personalities to an appreciative audience”.

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BUFF 2015 was supported by Channel 4 and London Live. The 6 day event featured 27 screenings and 4 UK Premieres.

We were proud to be part of it!!!

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With the never-ending launch of high-end handsets the video boom is well underway.

By 2018, apparently up to 80 – 90% of global consumer Internet traffic will be through video. On Facebook alone video has become the leader of content and has left the good old-fashioned photograph behind.

Marketing professionals’ state that video content generates the best ROI with 93% of them currently using video for online marketing, sales and communication. Businesses are being encouraged to use video to help deliver a two-way interaction, making their brand more personable.

But what about quality I hear you say?
If there’s a good story to tell, it doesn’t necessarily have to be super quality. However, a badly produced video can actually damage a business/brand. A good video should be well shot and edited with clear sound and well thought out messages. High quality does make an impact. The last thing you want is your viewers’ struggling to hear what is being said or remembering the badly lit room/set!

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Video isn’t thought of as a time consuming activity, can simplify and transfer complex information and is far less strenuous than reading. In this age of the short attention span, a dynamic and exciting video will fully engage with viewers converting them neatly into potential clients.

The revolution will be televised…online. Can you afford not to be a part of it?

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Today, Tuesday 30 June, a leap second will pause clocks at midnight as the entire planet gains a second.

This leap second is designed to allow the Earth’s rotation (which is gradually slowing) to catch up with atomic clocks. The Earth’s rotation fluctuates daily and is slowing down due to a phenomenon known as “moon drag”. Without correction, civil time would slowly drift and in approximately 800 years from now the sun would be at it’s highest point at 1pm rather than midday.

To acknowledge this fascinating event we have put together 24 frames of working at London Video Productions. Each time you view Our Leap Second at LVP a different image will leap out.