Have you ever attended a Korfball match?
This past week LVP worked with England Korfball Inspired to spread the word about the sport Korfball and how to gain accreditation for your local club. We talked to a few Korfball players and representatives from England Korfball Inspired, and found that those playing the sport are extremely passionate about it – you may even meet your future spouse!
What is Korfball?
Similar to netball and basketball, Korfball is a ball sport with two teams of eight. The players on each team can be either all female or split four men and four women. There is a mixed-gender league and a women’s league, but no men’s league. To score a teammate must throw the ball into a bottomless basket mounted to the end of a pole. This makes for a fast-paced game with lots of scoring and defending from each player. Originated in the Netherlands, Korfball is currently played in over 60 different countries, with two alternating national tournaments.
Check out Korfball at: http://www.englandkorfball.co.uk/
Everyone at LVP learned a lot about Korfball this week. In fact, we may even start our own club…
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.
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?
Here are a few useful tips for shooting better video. Hopefully this will be helpful for any beginners/hobbyists.
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!
Calling all musicians…
As neighbours to the Independent Label Market, London Video Productions would like to support and celebrate this year’s Christmas ILM by offering a free music video shoot to take place on a Shoreditch roof-top location in January 2016.
See link below for more information on how to enter…
The other day we had the wonderful opportunity of recording the actor Tom Graham for a voiceover session.
Tom is most famous for his roll in the world’s longest running soap ‘The Archers’ on Radio 4.
For 17 years he played the character Tom Archer but in November 2014 quite suddenly got written out of the programme when a new editor was brought in. This was to the dismay of avid ‘Archers’ followers and the great British public were in an uproar which led to a twitter and media frenzy!
Anyway, all that aside, Tom was a lovely guy who was a true pro and delivered the goods with time to spare for a chat and a cuppa!
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!
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?