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Our Favorite 8 Viral Videos From March 2014

April 2nd, 2014

With each passing month, online videos are getting more creative and fun to watch, which bodes well for our Spidvid members on our video production freelancing site. Below are 8 remarkable viral videos from March, 2014. There are likely dozens of others just as deserving as these, so if you have a favorite then I invite you to include the link in the comments below. And here are the top viral videos from February if you crave more viralness to watch.

Burger Ad With Hot Girl

1. Unbelievable Bus Shelter #LiveForNow - Pepsi Max surprises commuters with an ‘unbelievable’ augmented reality experience at a bus shelter on New Oxford Street in London. Watch their reactions as unbelievable scenarios unfold before their very eyes; from a giant robot crashing through the street to a passer by being abducted by flying saucers.

2. First Kiss – Twenty strangers were asked to kiss for the first time. As you might imagine there was some awkwardness and nervous excitement. THIS VIDEO HAS OVER 74 MILLION VIEWS SINCE MARCH 10TH!

3. Aussie Builders surprise public with loud empowering statementsSnickers paired up with Aussie condo builders to shout out empowering statements to unsuspecting members of the public.

4. Grizzly Bear Eats My GoPro Camera – A family enjoying a day frolicking on the river, just like any normal family would. Oh yeah, but they’re Alaskan Grizzlies, and the picnic is not what you’d expect.

5. If Women’s Roles In Ads Were Played By Men – More than a piece of meat. This video has over 3.3 million views since March 15th.

6. The Duel: Timo Boll vs. KUKA Robot - Man against machine. The unbelievably fast KUKA robot faces off against one of the best table tennis players of all time. Who has the best technique? Who will win the first ever table tennis duel of human versus robot? Watch this thrilling commercial of table tennis and robotics performed at the highest level. This video has over 4.5M views since March 10th.

7. Will it Crush? Arnold Schwarzenegger runs big objects over with a tank, the result is pretty amazing. This video has almost 10M views since March 12th!

8. BELIEF – What if hover boards were real?!!? This video shows what it would be like. This video has almost 13M views since March 3rd!

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31 Insightful Quotes About Filmmaking

March 28th, 2014

Martin Scorsese

I don’t know about you, but I love quotes that are inspirational, motivational, and helpful. I tracked down some incredible quotes on filmmaking, and shared them below. If you have a 32nd quote to add, then the comments are yours below.

1. If you want to be a great director, be a great screenwriter. – by Akira Kurosawa

2. The great appeal of film is its relatability. – by Akira Kurosawa

3. There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness. – Frank Capra

4. We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies. – Walt Disney

5. I was always a filmmaker before I was anything else. If I was always anything, I was a storyteller, and it never really made much of a difference to me what medium I worked in. – Nicholas Meyer

6. People have forgotten how to tell a story. Stories don’t have a middle or an end any more. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning. – Steven Spielberg

7. Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it’s probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it. – Banksy

8. In England, I’m a horror movie director. In Germany, I’m a filmmaker. In the US, I’m a bum. – John Carpenter

9. My three Ps: passion, patience, perseverance. You have to do this if you’ve got to be a filmmaker. – Robert Wise

10. There is no reason why challenging themes and engaging stories have to be mutually exclusive – in fact, each can fuel the other. As a filmmaker, I want to entertain people first and foremost. If out of that comes a greater awareness and understanding of a time or a circumstance, then the hope is that change can happen. – Edward Zwick

11. Pain is temporary, film is forever! – John Milius

12. My movie is born first in my head, dies on paper; is resuscitated by the living persons and real objects I use, which are killed on film but, placed in a certain order and projected on to a screen, come to life again like flowers in water. – Robert Bresson

13. Editing feels almost like sculpting or a form of continuing the writing process. – Sydney Pollack

14. Film is a battleground. – Sam Fuller

15. Nobody will ever notice that. Filmmaking is not about the tiny details. It’s about the big picture. – Ed Wood

16. Films are always pretentious. There’s nothing more pretentious than a filmmaker. – John Milius

17. If filmmaking was a beautiful woman, I would have trouble wooing her because she’s a needy jerk. – Justin Bundy

18. What I always tell people is… Unless you are so passionate about filmmaking that you would rather live out of your car than not do it, find something else to do as a career and do filmmaking as a hobby. This industry is one of the hardest to break into and be successful. It takes a lot of passion and dedication for it to get anywhere. – Ryan Connolly

19. The Biggest Mistake in Student Films is That They Are Usually Cast So Badly, With Friends and People the Directors Know. – Brian De Palma

20. If a Million People See My Movie, I Hope They See a Million Different Movies. – Quentin Tarantino

21. Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director. Everything after that you’re just negotiating your budget and your fee. – James Cameron

22. Casting is 65 percent of directing. – John Frankenheimer

23. Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out. – Martin Scorsese

24. Read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read…if you don’t read, you will never be a filmmaker. ― Werner Herzog

25. Collaborating on a film script involves two people sitting in a room separated by the silence of two minds working together. ― Darlene Craviotto

26. The filmmaking process taught me that I need to be authentic—in my scripts and in real life. ― John Grooters

27. Audience can live without a movie but a movie cannot live without an audience. ― Amit Kalantri

28. You have to want to make a film for other reasons – to say something, to tell a story, to show somebody’s fate – but you can’t want to make a film simply for the sake of it. ― Krzysztof Kieślowski

29. A lot of times you get credit for stuff in your movie that you didn’t intend to be there. – Spike Lee

The last two weren’t strictly said about filmmaking per say, but apply quite nicely to the art form.

30. If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good. – Bill Gates

31. The only safe thing is to take a chance. – Mike Nichols

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12 Incredible Tweeters That Post About Film Production

March 26th, 2014

There’s lots to like about Twitter! One reason is for information, and for us some of our favorite Twitter accounts that we follow and enjoy learning from with regards to film production are listed below. If you have a 13th to add to the list then the comment section is yours below, so feel free to post a Twitter profile link or two, or comment on the 12 that I list here.

Ted Hope

No Film School

Film School Rejects

Film Riot Twitter

Jason Brubaker

Seed and Spark Twitter

Indiewire Twitter

Raindance Film Fest

Filmmaker IQ Twitter

Peter D Marshall

Creative Cow Twitter

Roger Duck

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Spidvid Twitter

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14 Common Misconceptions About Video Projects

March 21st, 2014

Misconceptions in video projects

I have tapped my brain and came up with 14 common misconceptions about video projects. Feel free to add a 15th to the list with a comment below.

1. My video project will only take ___ hours to complete. Wrong! It will likely take at least 2x the amount of time you think it will take.

2. My video project will only cost $___ to complete. Wrong! It will likely take at least 2x the budget you initially plan for.

3. My video project will turn out just as I expected. Wrong! Your video won’t be nearly as cool as you thought it would be.

4. My video project will attract awesome creative talent to work on it. Wrong! You will likely have to do most of the things yourself, so get learning how to edit a kick ass video buck-0.

5. My video project will be easy to manage. Wrong! You will get a headache while writing the first page of your script, and it won’t get any easier as you work through development.

6. My video project will be shot in one weekend. Wrong! It will likely take you 2 weekends to shoot your video, and another weekend to do scene re-takes.

7. No matter what happens on the set, my video project can be fixed in post production. Wrong! While things can be fixed after the shoot, you likely don’t have the skill sets needed to get the project to where you envision it. You’ll settle for a much less than perfect outcome, and be somewhat embarrassed to release the video.

8. I may not be able to pay my cast and crew right away, but I’ll feed them while shooting. Wrong! You will likely shoot in areas where there are no good restaurants, and have to result to handing out bags of potato chips and/or stale pizza slices.

9. When the last day of shooting wraps up I’ll take my hard working cast and crew out for drinks. Wrong! You’ll be way over budget and be begging your team to take YOU out for drinks.

10. My video project will be very rewarding, and offer great work experience. Wrong! You will likely hate your project before you even shoot it, and key cast and crew will back out a day before production starts. At least you will enjoy the beers you consumed while doing 23 script rewrites.

11. My video will get a million views within a week of being released. Wrong! You will likely have 100 views one month after you release your video. And 31 one of them will be from you. Math rationalization: 1 view per day over a span of 31 days.

12. My video will get picked up (aka embedded) by all kinds of popular blogs and publications and go viral. Wrong! Your video will likely only get embedded on your crappy blog, and leave you rethinking what the term viral actually means.

13. My video will get views, love, and attention forever online. Wrong! Do you know how many YouTube videos get uploaded every minute of every day?! Your video will be buried after a month, and likely never see the light of day again.

14. My team members will love working with me, and will want to work with me again on future projects. Wrong! Let’s say everything works out great and an awesome video in fact comes to fruition, your team will be so busy with babies, meetings, sports, and life that you will likely never hear from them again. If you are Facebook friends with them, then you MIGHT get a “Happy birthday!” posted to your profile.

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A Short Rant On Video Projects

March 19th, 2014

Why do ambitious video projects often fail to meet our expectations? Why do productions and teams so often get frustrated and stuck?

During the magical early stages of a video project we envision not just perfect execution, but limitless possibilities and opportunities. At this stage, every video project needs a fearless leader who’s realistic and has battled in the trenches before.

I love this quote, and live by the wise words every day; “Everything takes more time than you thought, everything costs more money than you thought, and almost everything turns out not quite as cool as you expected.” Merlin Mann

As a video project gets developed, our instinct is to hide. Hide our roadblocks, our mistakes, our worries, and hide the fact that our doubters are watching on the sidelines and shaking their heads as non-believers. As we hide, we keep the rest of our team in the dark. As the darkness settles in, it’s easier than ever to find even more spots to hide, because to be visible now is risky and exposes us.

The “when’s the deadline” mindset might be a potential way to force yourself through the project resistance, but it has a huge cost and you will be put on a pedestal and judged. The onlookers will not judge you by how much work you did, and your blood, sweat, and tears invested into the project, but rather by how your team’s final video looks, sounds, and feels to viewers. That comes from polish, and polish can’t be rushed.

The release of a video isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning. It’s an opportunity to listen, learn, and potentially a framework to leverage to produce another video which builds on the story, and further engage a growing audience.

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