Episode 8: Selling My Indie Film

Episode 8: Selling My Indie Film

Three years after its premiere, Griffin’s documentary Sriracha is still making money. Nick helps dissect the actual revenue numbers and lessons learned. Plus your questions about shooting big commercials, avoiding background noise and green spill during green screen shoots.

See the revenue numbers here—5 Lessons Learned From My Profitable Indie Documentary (2017 Update)

Gear mentioned in the episode
This week’s episode was recorded at the YouTube Space NY, using two Sennheiser MD 421 II Studio Mics (not Audio Technica, as Griffin mistakenly said). Usually our episodes are recorded with Blue Baby Bottle studio mics or Griffin’s best shotgun mic—the Rode NTG-3.

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Episode 7: How to Produce Wedding Films

Episode 7: How to Produce Wedding Films

Happy Valentine’s Day! Nick and Griffin share their wedding film production techniques—from dealing with low light in dark receptions to copyrighted music. Plus your questions about DSLR recording limits, asking good interview questions, and what format to shoot commercials in.

Watch Griffin & Amy’s 5-minute wedding video, edited from only one good camera angle after Griffin screwed up Nick’s great close-up angle.

A sampling of wedding films produced by Nick Bodmer
A sampling of wedding films produced by Griffin Hammond

Nick mentioned finding collaborators on the /r/videography subreddit and /r/weddingvideography
Nick uses this “Precomposed Zip Kit” After Effects template for DVD menus.

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Next Wednesday, we’re updating this blog post: 5 Lessons Learned from my Profitable Indie Documentary

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Episode 6: Frugal Filmmaking Purchases under $20

Episode 6: Frugal Filmmaking Purchases under $20

Starting with their 2010 gear list, Griffin and Nick share their cheapest filmmaking purchases—many under $20. From great value to total crap. Plus, your questions about audio drift, neutral density filters, and which camera features actually matter.

The original budgeting spreadsheet that Nick and Griffin used to purchase their first high-definition video equipment in March 2010.

My current gear list is at http://griffinhammond.com/gear

Our most frugal purchases:

  • $20 Kopul XLR to ⅛” adapter—good for using my battery-powered shotgun mic directly into the camera

  • $19 Auray pop filter—the filter is fine, but the arm and clamp “are just garbage.”

  • $17 Pedco Ultra Clamp—by far my favorite camera accessory. I have three, and even made a whole video about it.

  • $30 Giottos M621 quick release—I bought a bunch of these to standardize camera mounts across my gear.

  • $27 Cowboy Studio shoulder mount—”total garbage,” according to Nick, but can you find a cheaper shoulder rig?

  • $129 Manfrotto leveling column—NOT FRUGAL, but wow has it saved me hours of leveling my camera! Worth it.

  • (found on eBay for $160) Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens—Lenses hold onto value well, so consider buying used, and selling later. You may get all your money back!

  • $400 education discount on Final Cut Pro X—students/teachers/staff (with school e-mail address) get FCPX, Compressor, Motion and Logic Pro for only $199. I paid $299 for FCPX in 2011—with all the free revision upgrades, it’s only cost me $4.50/month.

  • $149 Azden wireless lav mics—Even expensive wireless mics can run into interference issues, but I wouldn’t recommend wireless mics this cheap.

  • $6 Sensei step-up rings—Instead of buying neutral density filters for every lens size I own, I have several step-up ring adapters to use one ND filter across multiple lenses.

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Special thank you to Sam for sending me his Azden shock mount! Check out his YouTube channel, Sun Pixel Video, where he shares filmmaking techniques he’s learned.

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Episode 5: Ten Worst Video Mistakes I’ve Made

Episode 5: Ten Worst Video Mistakes I’ve Made

From breaking gear to offending William Shatner, Griffin shares 10 of his dumbest video mistakes with Nick—and how he recovered. Plus, your questions about about microphones, technical tips for documentary filmmaking, and if children need release forms to be on camera.

Today’s episode was inspired by Gretchen Rubin and her podcast Happier.

The videos that contained egregious errors:

Gear mentioned:

Gear I lost at Trump’s victory party on election night:

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Check out the Resident Tourist podcast, hosted by my friend Emily and my wife Amy—about two Midwestern women conquering New York City.

 

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Episode 4: I lost my job!

Episode 4: I lost my job!

Nick helps Griffin figure out his next career move, plus your questions about SD cards, shallow depth of field, and ethical boundaries between art and truth in documentary filmmaking.

Griffin— When I interviewed at Bloomberg Television in 2014, I shared three videos to give them a sense of my ability:

But it turned out my future boss Mark Halperin was impressed by a video I would’ve been too embarrassed to share: me rapping as Mitt Romney, just before the 2012 election.

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If you speak Farsi, you may be interested in Saman Shariati, and educational site Lenzak Photography.

Just before we recorded last week’s podcast, Max Yuryev interviewed Griffin about how he got started on YouTube.

 

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Episode 3: Video Editing Tricks

Episode 3: Video Editing Tricks

Griffin and Nick share their video editing secrets, like luma keyer and warp stabilizer, and answer your questions on 24fps judder, why 60p looks bad, and low light lenses for those on a tight budget.

Watch Griffin’s 5-minute documentary Hand-cut (2017), and his 33-minute documentary Sriracha (2013).

Griffin mentioned Andy’s Elastic Aspect, an editing plug-in for stretching 4x3 video to widescreen.

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Nick mentioned this f/0.7 lens NASA developed, which Stanley Kubrick used.

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Episode 2: Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

Episode 2: Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nick and Griffin get nerdy about camera stuff, learn about I-frames, and answer your questions about jump cuts, compositing, and if your computer can handle 4K editing.

Thank you to Sean Robinson and Matt Frazer from Panasonic, Steadicam Volt representative Katie, and Diane Carroll-Yacoby from Kodak Motion Picture Film.

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Watch Dave Knop’s great video, “You Won’t Learn This in FIlm School.”

Listen to Griffin talk self-distribution of Sriracha on the podcast "Making Movies is Hard!!!"

Special thank you to Saman Shariati, who posted the first iTunes review of our podcast! 

 

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Episode 1: I shot a film on the new Panasonic GH5

Episode 1: I shot a film on the new Panasonic GH5

Griffin and Nick have the just-launched Panasonic GH5 camera, answer your filmmaking questions about microphones and freelance work, and hear valuable podcasting advice for their inaugural episode.

Watch Griffin’s short documentary Hand-cut, shot on the Panasonic GH5 here.

Filmmaking gear mentioned in this week's episode:
New—Panasonic Lumix GH5 camera
Favorite documentary lens: Panasonic 12–35mm f/2.8
Shotgun mics: Azden SGM-1X or Rode NTG-2
Studio mics used: Blue Baby Bottle with Auray pop filter
Lillian Yang mentioned the iRig Mic Studio.
All of Griffin's filmmaking gear listed here.

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Thank you to all of these podcasters who shared their advice with us!

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Episode 0: Do I need a Metabones Speedbooster?

Episode 0: Do I need a Metabones Speedbooster?

Before the Jan 4, 2017 podcast premiere of “Hey Indie Filmmakers,” Griffin Hammond & Nick Bodmer answer a question about the Metabones Speedbooster, and tease Griffin’s forthcoming short documentary.

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