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Paul Rodriguez
Jan 18, 2022
In Acting
What is the moment before? The moment before is the getting ready before acting. This moment requires techniques both mentally and physically in order to perform with confidence. Watch this video from professional actor and acting coach, Mark St. Cyr talking about tips to improve your acting technique! This video will give you an assignment to work on your acting skills. Enjoy!
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Paul Rodriguez
Oct 12, 2021
In Phone & Tablets
So the cell phone wars have really heated up recently. With the new iPhone13, the upcoming Pixel 6, and Samsung Galaxy phones, we have quite a few phones that have taken video to another level. One of those is the new iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. These phones now have the awesome ability to record in ProRes. If you're unfamiliar with ProRes, ProRes is a high-quality, lossy video compression format developed by Apple Inc. for use in post-production that supports video resolution up to 8K. This video is an exclusive look at the new ProRes feature in the iPhone 13 Pro Max with Michael Tobin. Enjoy and tell me what your thoughts are!
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Paul Rodriguez
Sep 28, 2021
In Marketing & Business
Recently I have been looking into scaling my business and came across this video that was very insightful. The key to a prosperous business is systems. Check out this video from Patrick Bet-David from Valuetainment and learn a quick lesson on how to scale your business.
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Paul Rodriguez
Sep 22, 2021
In Computers
When it comes to thinking ahead for power, performance, and architecture, Apple seems to be ahead of the game! It's up to others to keep up with them. Check out this video Max Tech talk about how Apple has been planning the new M1 chip for over a decade. Enjoy!
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Paul Rodriguez
Sep 16, 2021
In Filmmaking
My mentor Eric Thayne talks about how to charge high prices for your videos. It’s not what you think it is. Creativity and skill are awesome, but the real deal is to know business language. Enjoy this video!
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Paul Rodriguez
Sep 08, 2021
In Scriptwriting
This is a cool video to check out! Vanity Fair challenged screenwriter Emily Carmichael to write a scene on camera, in seven minutes. Emily talks through her process and takes us into the mind of a screenwriter. She had only seven minutes to write the first draft, five minutes to write the second draft, and three minutes to write the third draft--see what she ended up with.
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Paul Rodriguez
Sep 07, 2021
In Filmmaking
This is a good read from Premium Beat blog posts. This guy goes into why he decided to leave Adobe Premiere Pro for Davinci Resolve. I too have been playing around and learning Davinci. Eventually, I would like to move all the way to Davinci Resolve. But is it worth it for you? Check out this article and get inspired: Click HERE
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Paul Rodriguez
Jul 22, 2021
In Filmmaking
I hear a lot about how Davinci Resolve is a great editing app and has aggressively advanced in its suite of tools. Davinci Resolve has always been the industry standard when it comes to color grading. A lot of Hollywood movies have been made using Davinci Resolve color-grade tools. However, this app has made its way up to one of the most popular NLE's. I've used Adobe Premiere Pro for 10 years now, and I have to say that testing out Davinci Resolve Studio 17 has been a delight. It's real easy to catch on and the color grade tools are definitely awesome! It's well worth the look and test if you're into making a switch. Plus, it's free for the standard version. I'm liking it so far. Check out this article by Premium Beat to know more: Click HERE.
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Paul Rodriguez
May 04, 2021
In Filmmaking
This video is a great start-up to begin editing like a professional in Adobe Premiere Pro. This really highlights the power of Adobe's Lumetri color tools. A great video for those looking to improve your videos and give it that film look using Adobe Premiere Pro.
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Paul Rodriguez
Mar 31, 2021
In Journalism
If you like movies and journalism then here is a great list of movies you might want to check out. Good storytelling about storytelling. Grab some popcorn and enjoy! Click HERE.
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Paul Rodriguez
Mar 15, 2021
In Journalism
Journalist documenting events of the Ukrainian Revolution at Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine, on February 18, 2014. (Photo by Mstyslav Chernov / CC BY 3.0) I once read a question from the World Press Institute that read, What do you think are the most dangerous jobs in the world? This is a random question I asked people on the streets of New York City. And guess what the answers were: “Police, Military, bodyguards…” Well, we may think of these and even more like firefighters, astronauts, or perhaps fishermen, but few of us would believe that journalists face greater dangers for reporting the news. According to the United Nations, “Journalism is one of the most dangerous professions in the world.” So as I think about some of the dangers Journalists go through, I wonder would you risk it if it were your story to tell? I mean, how else do we hear of what's happening in the world if journalists aren't taking the risk of bringing us news. Hats off to you guys. You are the real MVPs! Check out this old article by the International Labour Organization to learn a little about the risks journalists take, especially in times of war. Click HERE.
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Paul Rodriguez
Mar 04, 2021
In Filmmaking
Want to know how to correctly expose your image? Then I highly recommend watching these short videos on explaining the exposure triangle which is the Iris/aperture, shutter, and ISO. Join Todd Blankenship with Shutterstock to overview each of these parts of the exposure triangle. Enjoy!! Iris/Aperture Shutter ISO
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Paul Rodriguez
Feb 27, 2021
In Live Production
Live streaming has been around for a while now but never since 2020 has the service of live streaming been more prominent and essential than now. I first used live streaming at my local church several years back and it was a neat additional feature that we can share with people that were unable to attend live. Some churches, corporate businesses, live events, had used this additional feature to get people involved virtually. It is an experience to chat with others while seeing and hearing the live event and it was somewhat utilized. 2020 changed all that as the coronavirus pandemic spread around the globe and put a stand-still to many live events. Live productions of every size had to seize the opportunity to go all virtual with live events. This means having to get the gear to do this. However, the pandemic also crippled the manufacturers of live streaming equipment and they couldn't keep up with the demand. It seemed everywhere I looked every piece of technical gear was gone and cleaned out at the stores. I mean, you couldn't even find a computer camera anywhere. People who never used this technology like many churches were all of a sudden forced to learn and learn it quickly. The use of this technology was anywhere from using a cell phone to broadcast from Facebook Live all the way to sophisticated equipment like a multi-cam studio setup. I was thankful I was able to use my skills in AV installations to help a few local churches set up new live streaming equipment to keep them communicating to their audiences. Especially when no one could meet in public or travel. With my business, many of my wedding gigs now use this feature and it is helpful not only for people who cannot attend publicly but for many families out of state or country to experience a special day live. Another thing I had the opportunity to try was the ability to do a full three-day virtual conference using the powerful tools of Zoom. Zoom really surprised me on how well developed the app is and how you can utilize it to its full potential as a real conference experience, only virtual. Zoom is a really great tool! We now live in a world where everything is communicated with video. It is definitely the age of video and live-stream. So if you haven't tried live streaming your events and meetings, you should try it. It's wonderful to still have an audience even when they are not there in person. Tell me, what experiences have you had with live streaming?
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Paul Rodriguez
Feb 25, 2021
In Filmmaking
This is a great article on the best choices and how to use microphones for video production. I personally use the Tascam DR-10L for interviews or on-the-field recording. Sometimes I use the Sennheiser EW 100 G4 wireless lavalier systems for my live stream production. For more filmmaking, vlogs, or interviews, I use a RODE NTG 4+ shotgun microphone which is the best bang for your buck when it comes to getting the best sound quality and I attach it to a ZOOM H4nPro field recorder. For run and gun situations, I use the RODE Videomic Pro+ which is outstanding and shuts on and off when your camera does. So what works best for you? Check out this article and video by Premium Beat to learn more. Click here.
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Paul Rodriguez
Feb 13, 2021
In Marketing & Business
Customer Relationship Management systems or better known as CRMs are an essential part of small businesses to large corporations. It helps keep track of your customers/clients, your staff, projects, communication, financials, and even receive payments. It is a system to make your workflow effective. For more info on what a CRM is please click here for an in-depth guide to CRM. For about a year now, I have researched so many CRMs for my business of video production. Usually, most of them have trials so you can test run it. What I found was many have great features that I can use but also many have flaws that just aren't the right fit for me. Of course, you have to weigh in the costs of CRMs as well as the learning curve. From what I found out is, if you're not tech-savvy, many CRMs are really difficult to learn. For me what I needed was a system that can communicate with my clients all in one place, integrate with my email and calendar, take payments, write up contracts with an online signing feature, automation features, and pretty much show me the projection of all my projects. I started out by using a simple app that creates contracts to sign and pay online. However, all the rest of the data collection, communication, and organization have been by other separate apps that can be susceptible to errors. Especially if you happen to miss something like say a gig. That would be disastrous. However, using a system that doesn't make it more to do but is able to help you is essential to running a business. After researching and trying several CRMs, I find the best one that suits me is called Studio Ninja. This is a CRM specifically for photographers built by photographers. At first, it seemed immature in some features but they have definitely been updating as fast as they can with new features and is so far the perfect solution for me. So depending on your workflow I would try several CRMs until you find the one that works for your type of business. It can be a Godsend but it can also be a pain. Especially if you have to spend so much time trying to figure it out. By then, one will just give up on using it. For those that are on the search for the best CRM for your needs, you can start here. For video and photogenic services check here. Hope this helps! -Paul Rodriguez
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Paul Rodriguez
Feb 09, 2021
In Journalism
Check out these very informative yet simple steps to good journalism. These simple steps will take you far whether you're a freelance writer or work for a major publishing house. Great read from Freelance Writing. Click here.
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Paul Rodriguez
Feb 02, 2021
In Acting
Here's a great article for the aspiring director that wants to know what it takes to direct on-screen actors. Enjoy this read by Peter Biesterfeld of Videomaker. Click here.
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Paul Rodriguez
Jul 12, 2020
In Filmmaking
Movavi is a suite of apps for the regular consumer wanting to create a fun yet easy to use creative content. Movavi offers creative tools for video editing, screen capture, media conversion, and photo editing. In this article, we will be talking about the Movavi Video Editor. Now when I first looked at this application, it reminded me of my beginning years of filmmaking. When I would film stuff around the house, like outside in my yard, pets, family, etc. I thought I was the next Steven Spielberg shooting with my Mini DV camera and editing using Pinnacle Studio. It was great because apps like these are fun. They make it fun to jump into a field that can inspire people to get into filmmaking more seriously. That's what happened to me and that's what I see Movavi is like. It's a fun app to make fun videos and to learn the art of video editing. If you're new to video editing but would like to have an affordable yet cool looking user interface video editor that can do many things like cool intros and effects, then take a look at Movavi Video Editor. Here's a thorough review from Softwarehow to know more about this app. Enjoy!
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Paul Rodriguez
Feb 25, 2020
In Music
Arcade is a loop synthesizer plugin that allows you to make use of an extensive library of carefully curated content from Output that is stored in the cloud. The Arcade in-app browser contains an extensive streamable and downloadable library of loops. And, because all the loops are auditioned and downloaded directly within Arcade, it means there’s no fussing around with an internet browser. This unique plugin allows you to apply extreme audio manipulation to the loops you download, and it also provides a number of tools that will allow you to mix these loops. Check out this cool promo video.
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Paul Rodriguez
Feb 25, 2020
In Graphic Design
Black is one of my business branding colors and in this article by Shutterstock, you'll be exposed to some pretty neat ideas on how to create a design out of the color black. Click here.
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