Kids see a drone for the first time.

This was taken a few years ago when drones just hit the market and I was working on a documentary in a small village named Anuk Lang. There is no electricity, no TV, no internet, and no real connection to the modern world there, so when I brought out this little drone the kids went absolutely bonkers. They never had seen a cell phone let alone a flying quad copter. The look on their faces are priceless, and reflect the pure beauty this extraordinary country offers.

This is by far my most popular drone film, the (longer) original version
Vimeo https://vimeo.com/82292117 – but we wanted to share this rare view of Cambodia’s lush back country with you today, which we find absolutely stunning. You can read more about it on this Huffington Post article

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/drone-documentary-cambodia_n_4957251

If you want some tips on best settings and color correcting drone footage check this out:

https://cineclast.com/2015/01/04/best-settings-for-perfect-drone-footage-me-thinks/

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Much love,

TC

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How to become YouTube Famous. (In 13 steps)

It’s time to become YouTube famous. I feel like I’m the last person on Earth who isn’t.

How do you become YouTube famous? Well, there are A LOT of ways people suggest to do it, so I went through the top 20 most popular articles and combined them ALL in one place, like a cheat sheet, mainly because there are A LOT of steps, and I’m lazy.

So here we go, the ultimate guide to becoming YouTube famous (in 13 steps).

  1. Keywords: Hop over to Google’s Keyword planner tool and Google Trends and KeywordTool.io and TubeBuddy to see what keywords are hot, and stay clear of long-tail keywords.
  2. Transcript: Uploading a transcript of your video will give Google more context to index your video, driving more search power to you.
  3. Share: share your video 3 times A WEEK on social media (and aggregators like Reddit and Scoop.it), and after 1 week, write a blog post about your video and then share that post.
  4. Call to action: add CTA buttons to the end of your videos that link to a playlist instead of a single video. Just add &list=”youtube playlist ID”  For example: your normal video URL looks like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkxeqomggF4 You need to modify it and add the playlist ID like so: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkxeqomggF4&list=PL3Ikn3SKdJHh3ydUUZpusjBVgt3PTPmeH
  5. Subscribe Watermark: Instead of uploading a watermark of your logo, upload a subscribe icon as your watermark so it’s on the screen, discreetly, all the time.  Located in Creator Studio > Channel > Branding
  6. Check your stats: Each week check your video stats to see where viewers are leaving your videos. Add a YouTube card at that time code inviting viewers to watch different content on your channel to help retain viewers.
  7. Branding: Brand your content and channel consistently. Use branded thumbnails. Here are some tools to help you.
  8. Add featured channels: parter with other YouTube Content creators. Click Modules > Other channels > Save changes – Then add a few like-minded channels and save.
  9. Keep “related channels” on: this will keep you in the YouTube recommended network of channels.
  10. Link your website: go to Creator Studio, then hit the channel settings link to add your blog or website URL, and hit link your associated website.
  11. Interact: Ask questions for your audience, like other videos, leave comments.
  12. Sub Confirmation: when linking to your YouTube Channel add “?sub_confirmation=1” to the end of your URL. This will prompt the viewer to subscribe immediately upon clicking the link.
  13. Consistency: Post once a week, Thursday, at 2pm, for a year, at a time when your demographic of viewers typically consume your type of video (check other similar channels to see when this is) – check your analytics monthly, and adjust your release time to 3 hours before your peak time.

I’m not going to mention you have to make good content, or how to make good content, or any of that business because that’s like telling someone in order to learn how to swim you have to get wet.

I hope this helps you guys… as I attempt to build an audience for my new Travel Channel venture The Travel Agency, it was interesting boiling down all these different articles into a concise list of “how to get YouTube famous”. Good luck and see you online!

 

 

Google and the ADA

I had the profound opportunity to travel around the U.S. last month interviewing some of the pioneers and champions of those with disabilities. Google and the ADA really opened my eyes to the changes that we’ve made in this country, and all the changes yet to happen. I thank everyone at Google and 72andSunny for making this project a reality, and really hope it’s impact is as potent for others as it was for me.

The trip was a rigorous one; all in all we shot in 10 different cities in only 9 days, most of the time flying into one city, setting up, interviewing, then back to the airport to fly to the next. So from a production standpoint it was important to travel light, but not have us short on gear in any one location.

One thing we had to take into consideration was that each location was going to be wildly different. We would be in people’s homes one day, then an office another, then a hotel conference room the next. Since we couldn’t rely on any two sets having the same lighting/power conditions, we needed to be flexible and extremely efficient with our gear. So what did we take?

Lighting:

Well, we wanted light, cool, and not breakable as we’ll be traveling a lot. I chose the Fiilex Flexjet kit because we could have an easy three point lighting setup, with softbox, and not pop any circuits. I’m not a huge fan of LEDs, I still feel that tungsten lights give you a warmer more natural look, but I have to say these little guys really made it easy, and gave us great flexibility.

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Camera:

2 good ol’ 5DIII – sure I like to rock a C300 or F7, but you really can’t get over the 5D if you want something light, easy, and can take fantastic stills at the same time. I was in charge of not only interviewing, but also capturing still thats they were going to use in a live campaign, so this was a no brainer. Throw in a few Zeiss CP2s and you have a low light monster that keeps things sharp.

Sound:

Those that know, know that sound is the most important element to filmmaking, and certainly to good interviews. Considering that we were going to be in unsecured, highly trafficked areas I wanted to make sure we had multiple sources of sound so that any artifacts can be avoided. So, we had on camera Rode mics, Sony lavs, and a Rode boom all going into a Zoom H6n. This way we had 3 distinct separate audio tracks that can be used in post which would hopefully guarantee a clean interview.

Location:

I love challenges, I really do. Coming from the digital revolution school and being used to pushing boundaries and possibilities with production is just something I crave on set. That’s why not knowing the shooting locations ahead of time is such a rush. Walking into an office, living room or conference room and having to build a set with available items is a fantastic puzzle. Trying to keep your lighting setup consistent across multiple locations is even more of a challenge. If you care to know the method, I first start with the window, if there is one (if there isn’t one I try to recreate it with a light and softbox). I let that be our pivot point, and build the lighting setup around that. Diffused sunlight is a fantastic ally on a small set, and as long as you have consistent weather conditions, you can count on it adding beautiful light. From there I like to shoot at an angle to the wall, never straight on. This gives a bit of depth and dimention. Finally… a fern. Or a tree. Or a plant. give me a bit of color, or texture and stop everything down to a f 3.5; shallow enough to get some nice cinematic DOF but still giving you a few inches of sharpness so the subjects head doesn’t go in and out of focus.

Cant underestimate the fern y’all.

In the end, the range of voices we covered was outstanding, from senators to athletes, from the west coast to the east. Not a day has gone by since that I haven’t looked at the world in a different way, that each step I take I am not considering the rest of the world and how they take them.  As a filmmaker working in advertising there can definitely be a disconnect between reality and the machine. Sometimes we loose touch of what the conversation is and get too focused on the minutia of the moment. It’s projects like these that are the most valuable at least to me, not because of exposure or pay, but because of perspective. When you are able to meet great individuals like these and just hear them talk so passionately about life, well, there is no substitute for that sort of inspiration.

Rs