3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Shooting a Web Video

Will Instagram video kill Twitter’s Vine app? Will short form video be the way of the future? Is there a need for YouTube anymore? These are all things I’ve heard people buzzing about since Instagram made the announcement that it was adding the ability to record and post 15 second videos to its service last […]

How Are You Framing Your Video Content?

You don’t have to look too far to know that I love content – I share tons of it on Twitter and Facebook, I create it on this blog, and I spend the majority of my time at work building content strategies (and actual content) for my clients. Several times a month, I get phone […]

Tips for Creating Better DIY Web Video

You’ve probably seen plenty of articles touting the marvels of online video. Video can be an extremely effective way to connect and share online. Just look at the success of Gary Vaynerchuk. He used his daily video show, WineLibraryTV to attract hundreds of thousands of fans and grow his wine business from $4 million to […]

Camera Shy? You Don’t Have to Be.

It’s funny, you know…there was a time that I can remember (because I’m sort of old), when one didn’t have to ever worry about appearing in front of a video camera if they didn’t want to. It was easy to be camera shy, because not that many people had cameras to stick in your face. […]

Why You Should Care About Who Shot J.R.

First things first. For those of you who weren’t old enough to watch prime time TV dramas in the 80s, go read up on “Who Shot J.R.”, then come back. For the rest of us, November 21st was the 30th anniversary of the airing of that now famous episode of Dallas. At that time, it […]

Why Today's Students are Primed For the Conceptual Age

I’m reading Daniel H. Pink’s book “A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future”. In it, Pink presents some really compelling reasons why we are moving out of the Information Age of the last half of the 20th century and into the Conceptual Age, where success is going to be less based on […]

Techniques for Giving a Good Interview

This is a great article from mediacollege.com containing tips and techniques on how to interview people well. A good resource for anyone doing interviews for podcasts, documentaries or other media projects. If there’s anything I’ve learned after 18 years of producing media in various forms, it’s that a good interview can make or break a […]

First Kick At the Cat Productions

My brother, Mike has been making amateur videos for quite some time and uploading them to the Internet. He’s into antique restoration and has done a series on restoring an antique radio, and has also done some fun stuff using his two boys as subjects. They are pretty good little actors, too! You can check […]

Making a Brand for Yourself

Here’s a guy that totally gets it. Gary Vaynerchuk, of winelibrary.tv didn’t just throw up a little web site with a few videos on it and then sit back and wait for it to go viral. He didn’t think – “gosh, nobody else is talking about wine on the Web”, because he KNEW that lots […]

Give Choices to your Users

I am trying to sign up for a LinkedIn account and I’m already frustrated. I hate it when you try to sign up for something, and they ask you about your business, what you do, and then give you a pre-populated list of jobs or industries to choose from, and the thing you do is […]