I may be the content strategist at Wicked Bird Media, but I’m also the set photographer (along with a couple other fun titles). I love experimenting with different cameras, be it a DSLR, my Diana F+, or even different apps for using my iPhone’s camera. I once photographed an entire event on a disposable black&white camera from CVS – and the photos actually came out pretty nifty! It’s all about using what you have to your advantage. In that frame of mind, here are five tips that will improve your photography, in no time… regardless of your tools. Continue reading
We continue our 48 Hour Film Project Boston Spotlight with tireless musician-filmmaker, Sophia Cacciola. For the 48 Hour Film Project, Cocciola created a mad sci-fi tale, El Loco Ojo (The Crazy Eye) with her husband Michael J. Epstein (not interviewed here). When they are not playing shows, inevitably they are concocting something fun and insane or creating eclectic music videos that get noticed. Continue reading →
Each year, tens of thousands of filmmakers all over the globe converge in various cities, all with one goal: to participate in the fun and the insanity that is the 48 Hour Film Project. And to make a new film within two full days, of course. For some, it’s all about the joy of creating something brand new and the rush that comes with that. Others are pure sadists. The luckiest of the bunch get their films shown in a 48 Hour Film Project showcase at Cannes. Continue reading →
So, you’re set to start filming your documentary – the subject is mic’d and lit! Equipment and crew are ready! But wait – where do you start? How do you make sure you get what you need? Where should you sit, stand, lean? Why are all these people staring at you?!
Okay, maybe it isn’t all that drastic – maybe you’re still in pre-production, wondering how to get that perfect interview; maybe you’re just trying to refresh yourself on best practices. Whether seeking a refresher or googling frantically from the set, here are five quick tips will get you started on capturing a great interview. Continue reading →
Be you a professional designer or a high school student just starting to consider art school, a portfolio site is a vital web component for you. Believe it or not, when people visit your site, they’ll will be looking for more than just pictures of your work; they’ll be looking at the overall design, structure and technological savviness of the site itself. Here are a few tips to help you get a slam-bang site that will score you ALL THE GIGS! Or at least some… Continue reading →
This weeks blog is brought to you by the letters W, B, the color green and… Earth Day! Trying to live green while working in media can be daunting. From banks of incandescent lights to the amount of electricity-eating equipment, the media industry can have a massive carbon footprint. But if we all make the move toward more green practices, we could see that footprint shrinking year by year.
For the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, we’ve pulled together a few tips and tools to make your production more eco-friendly. Continue reading →
Let me just say this, here and now, so we don’t have any mistakes: I’m a Worcester girl. Meet me on any day of the week and you wouldn’t know it. Get me in a room with a bunch of metalheads and hardcore fans, though, and all bets are off – R’s are dropped. Vowels are lengthened. I get a wee bit louder. Or is that louda? Whateva, swagga happens. Something in the freedom of the genre gets me this way, makes me remember an adolescence filled with moshing at the Palladium. Jealous yet?
Oh. Em. Geez. You. Guys. Here we are at the end of Wicked Bird Media’s quarter one, and we couldn’t feel luckier for your support. We’re so proud of what we’ve achieved in such a short time (and so excited to have made it successfully through our first quarter!). So, we thought we’d share a quick recap of the past three months:
I got your attention with that title, didn’t I? Today’s topic is an exciting one, especially in this digital age. It’s so easy to make an indie film these days, but without a cracker-jack promotional plan, it can be hard to get the recognition your oh-so-awesome indie film deserves. Lucky for you, we Wicked Birds have some experience in this area; luckier for you, we like you enough to share it!
I know how it is when you have a great idea; you want to get out there and start working on it. We have a saying around the Wicked Bird Studios – be a doer! – but a modicum of planning goes on a long way on video project. If you leap over the oh-so-key step of pre-production, script writing, you run the risk of finding yourself in the edit room without your key shot, missing a punchline, or worse yet, a story full of holes.