Filmmaking and video production blog

Preparing for video editing. A screen grab of an Avid time-line featuring 11 vision tracks and 17 audio tracks

Preparing for video editing

Preparing for video editing helps ensure your edit will run smoothly, makes the most of the time you are paying for and helps your editor create what you want. I have written a list of the main elements that I regularly use in an edit…

Creative feedback showing Julian filming the highly coloured reflections from a mirror ball in the shade

How to give creative feedback

Creative feedback can helpful if balanced and constructive. I’ve written a short guide on some key points to consider when offering creative feedback. A perspective on recent developments in video production There have been many changes to the digital creative industries and in particular video production in recent years….

Quality video production. Photo of GH3 camera with Varavon loupe, variable ND filter and Sennheiser on-camera microphone during filming in Ibiza. Pictured next to a green G-clamp.

Quality video production

With the knowledge gained from my many filming gigs I recently wrote a guide to writing a pre-production brief. Following on from that this post looks at how to improve the quality of your video production. Aspects to consider for high-quality video production Recent technology…

Fixing a RAID 5. Grab of the DiskWarrior error message

Fixing a RAID 5 by deleting fsck_hfs file

I would not normally expect to be fixing a RAID 5 drive array but when my workflow got suddenly got interrupted I needed to resolve the problem. I post this account of how the problem was resolved in case it might help anyone resolve their…

Editing sync sound. Graphical representation of a editing timeline adter some structural work

Editing sync sound

Editing sync sound to build the essence of any kind or storyline is an essential craft skill for all film and video editors. In the case study, I explain the process for a short documentary I filmed and edited. Editing together the structure of a…

Freelance video producer Julian Langham outside Basel airport

Freelance video producer

Working as a freelance video producer I film across the UK and Europe working on my own. In this article, I explain how I managed all my kit when filming at Baselworld which is the world’s leading Swiss watch and jewellery show based in Basel….

Shoulder rig for DSLR showing shoulder mounted camera support rig

Shoulder rig for DSLR

I needed a shoulder rig for my DSLR, so looked at building one to explore how it felt when filming. It was an interesting exercise which I enjoyed bringing together. This shoulder rig for DSLR can be adapted for many different types of cameras and…

Writing a production brief. Two different DVD covers of films from Koestler exhibitions

Writing a production brief

Writing a production brief is an essential way to communicate the creative vision and any set requirements to other people who will be working on the film or video project. Preparing for video production As a filmmaker, I’m always getting asked for tips and ideas…