ECG PRODUCTIONS BLOG

  1. 10 MISTAKES INEXPERIENCED VIDEO PRODUCERS MAKE

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    It goes without saying that the best professionals make their craft look easy.  When most people watch movies, TV shows, or commercials, they automatically think they can easily produce content of the same caliber. However, executing high quality video content involves assembling the right team with years of work experience (and, sometimes, school training) that should not be underestimated.   Living in LA for nearly a decade now, I have met countless aspiring writers, directors, and producers who think that their first film or video will win an Oscar just because they put their heart and soul into it.  And… I have seen them fail in disappointment.  Here are the top 10 mistakes I’ve seen video producers make, and how you can avoid them to...
  2. VICTORIA STILWELL VISITS ECG PRODUCTIONS

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    Victoria Stilwell, of It’s Me Or The Dog fame, visited our studio to be interviewed for our Dr. Good: A Pet Rescue Mission documentary. With over 20 years of experience in training and rescuing animals, Victoria was able to provide great insight into the issues facing homeless pets in America. Victoria’s passion for animals is boundless and her solutions for identifying and eradicating the hardships surrounding the issues are pragmatic. She supports Dr. Good’s mission because it attempts to solve problems at their roots, which involves changing peoples’ mindsets and behaviors when it comes to pet ownership. We cannot thank Victoria enough for volunteering her time to be involved in our documentary project. She understands that a documentary is a great way to spread a positive message...
  3. 5 REASONS YOUR SCREENPLAY OR PILOT SCRIPT NEEDS COVERAGE & NOTES

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    5 Reasons You Need Script Coverage Script coverage is useful. Flat out, no doubt. If you have a screenplay, spec TV pilot, teleplay, radio play…whatever, you need coverage, and probably notes too. Pros have people that read their script for them, and now you do too. Here’s why you need it. 1) Your screenplay is bad. I’m sorry, but it is. Nobody’s first draft is good. Nobody’s second, third and fourth drafts are that good either. And the biggest problem is that you don’t know it yet. You need someone to tell you. Someone that knows what’s good and what isn’t. Someone who gets paid purely to tell you if your screenplay is good or not. A professional reader can do that for you. 2)...
  4. BMPC 4K Firmware Update 1.9 FPN Test Results

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    Blackmagic released the new Camera Utility 1.9 which updates the firmware for the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K in the following ways: Add histogram, time remaining and audio level indicators Includes improved sensor calibration processing The histogram, audio levels, and time remaining calculations are a welcome addition to the firmware for the BMPC 4K. The improved sensor calibration processing is designed to improve the FPN (fixed pattern noise) that has plagued this camera from the onset. This new sensor calibration is what gets me most excited about this update because it could potentially mean being able to record clean shadows and a generally more pleasing image. In my experience, the BMPC 4K looks great as long as everything is exposed above 20 IRE (which can be difficult to accomplish...
  5. ECG PRODUCTIONS HOMELESS PETS CLUB

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    At ECG Productions, we’re in the business of telling stories through video. This time around, we’re trying to get a wonderful dog named Benito adopted. Why you ask? Because we fell in love with this dog while working on our latest documentary Dr. Good: A Pet Rescue Mission. Watch our mini-documentary about Benito to learn about his story and discover what a sweet dog he is. Dr. Good: A Pet Rescue Mission follows Dr. Good on his mission to put an end to the euthanasia of healthy animals. Dr. Good is an experienced veterinarian who envisions a world where animal shelters are empty and every home has a loving pet in it. Dr. Good believes that if people are responsible with spaying, neutering, breeding, and caring for their pets, then there would be no need...
  6. DRAMATIC HOW TO: BUILDING A 16TB RAID ARRAY FOR $45 PER TB

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    Here are links to the components I used to make the HDD Array in the video above: Amazon: Seagate 4TB HDD ST4000DM000 Mediasonic HF2-SU3S2 ProBox 4 Bay Hard Drive Enclosure Newegg: Seagate 4TB HDD ST4000DM000 Mediasonic HF2-SU3S2 ProBox 4 Bay Hard Drive Enclosure Today’s camera technology has advanced to the point where we can shoot 16 bit RAW video at 6K resolution and beyond. While the video quality achieved by these modern digital cinema cameras is impressive, the files they create are massive. In the early days of shooting digital video, 1TB could provide dozens of hours worth of footage. Now days, 1TB can be gobbled up in an hour of shooting or less. In order to manage all of these large files, you need...
  7. VIDEO PRODUCTION MEAL – ASIAN KALE & CHICKEN SALAD RECIPE

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    Last week I was at the grocery store the day before a big reality television shoot I was directing. Those of you out there who’ve spent a sixteen hour day dealing with divas and drama, you know how exhausting it can be. As I trounced through the aisles with my three year old and three week old in tow, I decided that I would create the ultimate pre-production meal. A meal that would feed my body with nutrients, taste great and not weigh me down when I need to be on my game. Lately, I’ve really been into kale, so I decided to make an Asian Kale and Chicken Salad. The last thing you want to do before a shoot is eat heavy, non-nutritious food....
  8. GETTING YOUR FOOT IN THE DOOR: AN OPEN LETTER LOOKBACK

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    Having moved to Atlanta barely over a year ago, and recently celebrating my 26th birthday, I decided to take some time to look back and see how I’ve been doing. They say getting your foot in the door is one of the hardest parts of starting your career, and it’s totally true. I remember it all vividly, and when I look back at where I was then compared to where I am now, it seems insane. I have a great job with people I love hanging out with. I’m no longer scouring craigslist for half (or non) paying gigs. I know a lot of people are still trying to find that sweet spot and I thought about what advice I would give myself in hindsight....
  9. DRAMATIC TUTORIAL – BUILDING A RUN & GUN RIG FOR THE BMPC 4K

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    Let’s face it, the BMPC 4K is not a good run and gun camera. For that matter, neither is any DSLR or RED camera. Cameras with a modular form factor (such as the BMPC 4K) need rig support in order to maximize their potential. Therefore, with the proper rig, the BMPC 4K can function as a pretty nice run and gun camera (as long as you’re not shooting in low light). The key to building a good rig is to make sure that there is no dead weight. Essentially, every component of the rig should function to compensate for a feature that the camera is lacking natively. Otherwise, you will just be lugging around a big, heavy, useless rig and hating yourself for building it. Watch...
  10. 5 THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT WRITING STORIES FROM IMPROV

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    I already know what you’re thinking.  “I don’t want to write comedy. Improv isn’t relevant to me.” Well, you’re wrong. Flat wrong. Improv will help you, in more ways than one. And if you’re a writer, it will not only make your writing better, but it will make it easier too. The improv scene in Atlanta is alive and kicking. After taking many, many classes, and watching many, many shows, here are five big takeaways I’ve gleaned: 1) Say Yes This is the number one rule in improv. If you say no, you’re blocking. Not only is it not fair to your scene partner(s) but you’re holding up action. Saying yes is what allows the story to move forward. Apply this to your screenplay. Saying yes...

 

ECG PRODUCTIONS | 2014 DEMO

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