Printable Storyboards

This is a resource that you definitely need. Storyboards are an amazing tool to visualize how a scene will turn out before adding dialogue and music. It allows you to be able to find potential problems before a scene is filmed. I can’t really draw much, but I still use them for planning out shots.

This resource is a site that has printable storyboards in a variety of formats. You can choose 3:4 or 16:9 aspect ratios, and have anywhere from 1 to 9 frames per sheet. And best of all, it is completely free.

Go to http://www.printablepaper.net/category/storyboard to get this great resource.

Business Video Ideas: Parody Video

This is one of the most fun videos that you will create. A parody video is a video that takes something from pop culture, and recreates it popularizing your company and brand. Your source could be a movie, tv show, or even another YouTube video. Take a look at the shameless promotion video I worked on:

This was definitely a fun video to shoot. We twisted the words of Gangnam Style to fit our Condom PSA. It received plenty of views, and had a good reception.

There is a catch about making a parody video. Some things in pop culture last longer than others. Quote Pulp Fiction, and people will get it and understand where it is from. Mention a fleeting fad like twerking, and it will sound dated before your video is even posted.

Want to have fun and create a parody video? Contact me and I’ll make it with you.

Always Create Content

This is something that is for the other Business filmmakers in the crowd.

Sometimes, you may be recording content that is…less than interesting. Maybe a deposition isn’t something that grabs attention. Or you may create a training video that has to be kept private, and you won’t be putting it on your reel. No matter what: ALWAYS CREATE CONTENT.

As filmmakers, it is our job to create art and make interesting images. If you are at an event, take an artistic photo of the craft services table. Use your artistic eye, and look around at your environment and find something that grabs you. Look at the architecture. Play with depth of field. Take a close-up. Find the image in reality that is visually striking. For example, the image of the flower I used is something I captured during an event I was filming.

In Neil Gaiman’s words, Make Good Art”.

I’m back

So, after a year and a half hiatus, I’m back blogging.

So, what’s new? What’s changed? Lots really.

Video advertising has completely exploded, even more than I had expected. On the internet, it is now extremely common for you to see some form of video popup, an ad in the sidebar, and in front of YouTube videos. There’s even more real-life popups, at the register in Walmart and at gas stations. There are also many more professionals using videos to showcase their skills. Also increasing is people who are making video blogs. YouTube has changed around a bit to be more friendly to these people who are creating content for themselves, via their video editor.Extremely short videos are now shared through Vine and Instagram, although I haven’t seen many business uses for it; although Rick and Morty released an episode via Instagram.

Colorado passed a bill that gave incentives to companies that create productions in the state. It’s been very successful, and they even increased the amount of money allotted for it, allowing even more films to be made locally here in Colorado.

For myself, I’ve been involved with many exciting productions. I helped create two trailers last year in Breckenridge, and this year I was the editor on a local cooking show. I’ve also been very active with the business community, creating several speaker videos, training programs, and commercials for friends and clients. It’s been very exciting.

Also, I’m writing a book.

So, stay tuned, and I’ll keep you up-to date with guidance on awesome video content.

Trevor Munson

Alamo Drafthouse Denver, and what it means to the colorado film industry

What is The Alamo Drafthouse?

The Alamo Drafthouse is a movie theater chain that originated in Austin, TX. Since they first opened in 1997, they have raised the bar for the moviegoing experience.

Why is the Alamo Drafthouse awesome?

They care about the experience. They have set up policies limiting the amount of people entering late, so you don’t miss the key opening scenes. They also limit toddlers and babies from screenings to keep the audience from being distracted. There is also a zero-tolerence poilcy against texting and using your phone during the screening. Overall, they ensure a distraction-free experience.

The Alamo Drafthouse also has higher-quality concessions. Their seating with tables allows you to have anything from popcorn, to wings, to pizza, giving you a great dining experience rather than bland theater food. Best of all, they have 32 taps of locally-brewed beer that you can drink in the theater.

The content of the movies is a unique hybrid. They do show the latest Hollywood blockbuster releases. They also have limited releases for indie and arthouse films that are limited release. Alamo also has special movie nights where you can see favorites from previous decades. Ever wanted to see Ghostbusters on the big screen, but you were born too late? This is the place to do that.

Proof: 

What will this mean for the film industry in Colorado?

Alamo Drafthouse will become a place where regualr moviegoers can evolve into sophisticates that put more value on the movies they watch. This location is also expected to be a place for premieres of local and blockbuster movies, further enticing more big-name production houses to come to Colorado and create movies. Lastly, The Alamo Drafthouse will urge other theaters to also increase their services, and begin showing a more varied set of films.

Links:

Alamo Drafthouse

Trevor Munson – JawDrop Films

Promoting your project: When to start

Whether you’re making a commercial, or a feature-length movie, you have a chance to tell people about it before your release. I’ve seen many different methods, but the most effective is creating buzz by giving out teasers of information before the release. Some producers give out lots of information, some don’t give any.

One school of thought is keeping a lid on your project until it is complete. This keeps any imitators at bay from trying to copy your ideas. Also, if something happens and you can’t finish your film, you don’t have to give the appearance of being a noncompletionist.

The other school of thought is what you will typically see in a large-scale production. Most productions like this will start issuing press releases as soon as they have a script or cast. Then issue more press releases with each new development. Yes, there may be copycats, but people will start talking about the project, and it will get people talking and generate buzz.

The best course of action I suggest is a compromise between the two. Don’t try to keep anyone from talking about your film or posting pictures about it. However, don’t tell the entire story of your film before you release it. Keep this balance and you’ll be able to promote your film without going overboard.

Dead-on Acting

Sorry, I can’t refuse a pun.

One of my friends happens to be an amazing filmmaker, and had posted a joke yesterday about a class teaching how to act dead. I thought it was a riot.

Apparently, acting dead isn’t such a bad gig, so says the Wall Street Journal.

So I guess if you’re looking for any role, and nobody’s looking for actors, you can always play a dead body. Even get SAG-certified through it. Plus it’s fun to do gore makeup.

JawDrop Films on the radio!

Wednesday 4/4/12 at 11am I will be on MileHi Radio. I’ll be talking mostly about how I started my business, what I’m doing with it, how I’m trying to help people, and how video can help your business.

Listen online at Milehiradio.com. I’ll post the link to the audio once we’re done.

Link to listen online: HERE.

Film Tip #5

Arrange your crew early!

This is a problem I had while shooting Revolution. The movie was for one of my classes, due about a week before graduation. I had it written, cast, and even had a decent location. And then I went to Vegas.

I was spending a week in Vegas courtesy of HBO and a documentary called Bailout 2011, and in doing so, I had neglected to obtain crew for any assistance with camera work or even holding the boom mic. Thankfully, I was able to con my father and my girlfriend into helping. I ended up directing, shooting, and editing the entire movie in one weekend. I guess my practice doing film racing paid off. At least I didn’t have to act too.

When you’re assembling your cast, make sure you get your crew too. Or be understaffed.