Monday, October 11, 2010

CRASH THE SUPERBOWL with your own commercial spot!

Imagine producing a spot for Doritos, Pepsi Max, and possibly the Super Bowl.

Full Students, here is your chance:

Excellent Example of a Current TV VCAM Produced Commercial

This was created by independent producers I know right here in Central Florida. This is what Full Sail students should shoot for when producing their client projects.

Go to Current TV and get started on your own VCAM now:

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Wrong Way To Pitch In A Meeting

Believe it or not, many Full Sail students actually pitch like this in prospectus. Don't do it. Be calm, breathe, and tell us a great story in a conversational manner remembering the CHARACTERS, SETTING, and PLOT (in at least a 3-act structure) and you're going to be golden.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


It's the first ever user-generated HD Video Contest where photographers become filmmakers, and we all see beyond the still. Last month Jeff Turick was chosen as the winner of Chapter 4 for his film "Allison," based on his interpretation of a still photograph left at the end of the previous winning chapter. Jeff Turick's film was the fourth chapter of seven, ending with a still photograph of its own for the Vimeo community to once again interpret. After a wave of entries, Ryan Booth's "Miracle" was chosen as the winner for Chapter 5, and now, once again the question is posed to you, what do you see beyond this still?


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Top Sites For Video Contests

Baby Maker - Hilarious!

Some of my Full Sail students pitched this idea and then made it happen. That's what being a film maker is all about. You just don't create!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

What's The Real Deal On Film and TV Student Reels

What Makes A Strong Reel?

a. The reel tells a narrative that is thematic and makes sense. Many students spread out their material in pieces to make it seem like they've done more. This is counterproductive. For example, if a student had shot a commercial, a short film, and a music video, then that student should group together these different projects instead of breaking them apart and spreading them through out the reel.

b. Reels should be no longer than 3 minutes.

c. The reel should be bookended at the front and the back with the Name, Title, Phone Number, e-Mail, and Website of the student and these "title cards" should be read at least 5 times at a normal pace b/f the video of the reel begins. You're basically giving a viewer time to read, digest, and write down your info.

d. If a student is pitching him or herself as a producer, director, director of photography, and/or editor, then the student should indicate what he or she did on each segment in the reel. He or she should also "lower third" the camera used (this goes for DPs).

e. If a student is showcasing an editor's reel, then he or she must re-cut material to music in a rhythmic and paced manner. Simply plugging in chunks of previously edited sequences to music isn't enough. Editors should re-edit to music.

f. Editors must also demonstrate their ability to color correct. This is done by showing before and after video that has been color corrected. Editors should know what this means.

g. Students should put their best - and only their best work - on a reel. Less is more. 1:30 of excellent work is better than 3:00 of mediocre work.

Here are some sites to post reels:

Here are examples of good reels:


So you want to be a writer?


A great resource for any writer who has questions about syntax, grammar, acceptable language, and incorrect use of language. William Goldman said "Screenplays are structure." So are poems, short stories, novellas, novels, and treatments. Therefore I say, great writing is structure. Learn the traditional rules and then break them after developing your own voice.