A Motion Source Movember Recap

A Motion Source Movember Recap

By Michelle Maslanka • Producer

We did it! 30 days of mustaches in the name of men's health. You may have seen our posts throughout the month, but if not, some of the Motion Source crew proudly participated in Movember 2017 and raised $1,522 for the Movember Foundation (exceeding our $1,200 team goal!) To recap, each team member shared their motivation for participating and thoughts on the Movember experience.

Lessons Learned from Timed Film Competitions

Lessons Learned from Timed Film Competitions

By Michelle Maslanka • Producer

Film competitions are increasingly popular, especially in the independent filmmaking community. These online contests allow for indie filmmakers around the world to create and showcase their works in the company of their global creative peers. Subcategories have splintered out, including timed film competitions: the premise that, within a given timeframe (48 hours being the most popular), a team will write, shoot, and edit a short film. A few members of the Motion Source team recently participated in a 77-hour film competition and came away with not only a completed short film, "The Golden Lion," but with lessons that can be applied to future productions.

Motion Source Wins Four Vega Digital Awards!

Motion Source Wins Four Vega Digital Awards!

By Michelle Maslanka • Producer

Another #WeekOfWinners in the books! Over the last four days, we have revealed our four Vega Digital Award-winning videos. Now, to round out the week, we want to give you some background information on this year’s competition, introduce you to the key players behind these projects, and share with you their insight and reaction to winning these awards.

Motion Source Takes on Movember!

Motion Source Takes on Movember!

By Michelle Maslanka • Producer

Have you ever heard the terms “No Shave November” or “Movember” before? Their popularity has increased rapidly over the years- and for good reason! These annual campaigns take place over the month of November to raise awareness of (and funds for) men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide...all through the power of a moustache! This November, Motion Source is joining the movement by putting down the razors and standing up for men’s health.

How To: Select the Best Interview Setup for Your Video

How To: Select the Best Interview Setup for Your Video

By Michelle Maslanka • Producer

One of the most common ways to deliver information in a video is through interviews. Once you have decided on an interview-based video, you'll want to think about the type of interview style that works best for your message and location. Here are four different interview setups to consider for your next project.

Explanation of The Color Grading Process

Explanation of The Color Grading Process

By Michelle Maslanka • Producer

The color of a video is an integral part of telling your story. It can affect the mood, tone, and feeling of a piece. We wrote an article on how to use color to tell your story earlier this year that touches on some ways to incorporate color into your project. What we didn’t address yet, however, are the technicalities of the color grading process. 

Location Logistics You Don’t Want to Overlook

Location Logistics You Don’t Want to Overlook

By Michelle Maslanka • Producer

Ask anyone in the production industry, and they will tell you that thinking on your feet is crucial during a production day, and that’s not necessarily due to bad planning. There are simply items that land out of the client and crew’s hands causing day-of changes. With that being said, there are certainly logistics that should be coordinated and in place before the production day to keep surprises to a minimum. Each on-location production presents a unique set of challenges, but here is a list of just a few simple, yet occasionally overlooked logistics. Address these items before production, and it will set your day up for success.

Industry Insights: Dog Training with Julie Nelson

Industry Insights: Dog Training with Julie Nelson

By Michelle Maslanka • Producer

Welcome back to our blog series “Industry Insights”, where we interview members of the production world that we have had the opportunity to collaborate with! This week, we are stretching the realm of production to include a Chicagoland dog trainer we recently teamed up with for a project. Working with animals on set can be "ruff", but not with this dynamic duo. Meet Julie Nelson (and Wyatt)!

Not-So-Rotten Tomatoes: Movie Reviews Rotten Tomatoes Got Wrong

Not-So-Rotten Tomatoes: Movie Reviews Rotten Tomatoes Got Wrong

By Michelle Maslanka • Producer

Have you ever read a negative review about a movie that you actually really enjoyed? It can certainly incite some confusion, annoyance, and even outrage. But with so many differing opinions out there, it is bound to happen. We decided to conduct an experiment, and took it upon ourselves to actively search for movies we like that received low ratings on the website Rotten Tomatoes. To our surprise, we found A LOT more than we thought we would. Take a look at the “rotten” movies we chose to defend and our own positive reviews of them.

The Vlog Blog: History of Vlogging

The Vlog Blog: History of Vlogging

By Michelle Maslanka • Producer

Video production is a broad term used to refer to the process of creating a video by capturing moving images. Productions range in size and shape, from commercials to business marketing to music videos to films. But what about homegrown personally-produced videos? They may not hold as much weight in terms of production value, but with the increase in consumer cameras, GoPros, smartphones, and laptops, this subcategory has boomed, allowing for a new type of video production: video blogs, or vlogs.