You know how beer commercials instantly make you wanna crack open a cold one? If you’re into commercial video and photography, Justin Jones and Ted Sim of Indy Mogul will show you how to create your own. In this video, they share nine steps to shooting a beer commercial on a budget, yet making it look epic.
I just love low-budget ideas that still get you great results. Partly because my gear budget is low, and partly because I simply enjoy experimenting. If you’re anything like me, you’ll love this video from Justin Jones and Ted Sim of Indy Mogul. They share seven tips for shooting a commercial like a boss, even if money’s tight.
Light is something that all photographers and filmmakers need to master if they want to become good at their craft. The problem is, our eyes don’t see light the same way that our cameras do. Infrared is outside of the human spectrum of vision, but it’s not necessarily outside of your camera’s, and it can cause all kinds of problems with the colour of your footage.
HBO’s series Chernobyl took the world by the storm shortly after it was first aired, and if you ask me, it’s no surprise. With the eerie atmosphere and sound effects, moving true stories, marvelous cinematography and directing – this is a series that leaves no one indifferent. Indy Mogul’s Ted Sim had a chat with Chernobyl’s cinematographer Jakob Ihre. In this fantastic video, they take you behind the scenes of this marvelous TV series and break down some of the iconic scenes.
I believe we’ve all heard that “gear doesn’t matter” so many times before. And indeed, you don’t need super-fancy gear for filmmaking. However, there is some gear you actually need and can’t go without. So, in this video, Ted Sim teamed up with Caleb Pike to tell you more about it. They list nine things you actually need if you’re gonna be a filmmaker, and give you some tips how to get them without spending a fortune.
If you want a lightweight, telescopic professional boom pole, it’s not exactly cheap. But is it really worth paying hundreds of dollars for this particular piece of gear? In this video, Griffin Hammond of Indy Mogul compares a $589 K-Tek K-102CCR boom pole with a $10 “broom pole” he made himself, you guessed it: from a broom handle. So, how does a $10 DIY boom pole stack up against the pricey pro version? Let’s check it out.
Other than being the greatest toy ever, LEGO bricks have been proven useful in photography and filmmaking. Some creatives use them as subjects, and some make sliders or stabilizers out of them. In this video, Jacob Kassnoff of Indy Mogul demonstrates how he made a DIY follow focus rig using LEGO bricks and a single 3D-printed piece. So if your stash of LEGO is gathering dust somewhere in the attic, here’s a chance to play with it again in this super-geeky project.
Boomed shotgun mics are my preferred method of recording audio. Lav mics are great, but for interviews and talky pieces to camera, they really don’t have that richness of a shotgun mic. Rode’s VideoMic and VideoMic Pro are two extremely popular microphones that sit in a DSLR hotshoe, but it is possible to get them off-camera.
In this video from Indy Mogul, shows a simple way to get the mic off the camera, and boomed wirelessly using the Saramonic UwMic9 (review). But, it should work with almost any wireless microphone set, including Rode’s own FilmMaker Kit. And you don’t have to use just those two microphones mentioned above, either. It’ll work with the VideoMicro, and just about any other mic that doesn’t require phantom power.