Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thank You For Everything! 3.8 Million Minutes Watched!

     I don't usually camp on, review, or worry about my channel stats.

     Not saying you shouldn't, but I don't.

     I created this channel thinking maybe a handful of people starting out might be interested in some filmmaking advice and knowledge. I was overjoyed and shocked when I had one hundred people watching.

     Then it was 500, then 1000, then 5000, 10,000, 20,000 and now 30,000, over 1 million views, and over 3.7 million minutes of video watched. That's over 62,000 hours. And that's over 2,500 days, which is someone watching 24 hours a day for 7 years.


     I'm sure I am doing something right - maybe weekly video postings, promoting the channel, answering every single question, comment and email (now over 13,000 as of this date), and keeping this channel simple (basic) for those that are interested in filmmaking.

     Sure, that's part of it.

     But the biggest impact of all has been the people themselves.

     Somehow, by the grace of whatever...

  • I have a what I consider the largest collection of kind subscribers and viewers anywhere. You know who you are.
  • Then another handful of helpful and supportive YouTube creators I've had the pleasure to associate with. I cannot possibly list them all, and don't want to, as I'd be embarrassed if I forgot someone. You know who you are.
  • And YouTube itself and the people who work there. You know who you are.
  • And other filmmaking websites and filmmaking professionals who have helped. You know who you are.
  • And many, many friends I've made during the couple of years since starting this channel. You know who you are.

     That's why I think it has grown at what I would consider a monster rate.


     I can't thank everyone enough for welcoming me and what I am trying to do for the basic filmmakers out there.

     It warms my heart that there are that many people willing to support someone who loves helping others.

     And that's the real reason I'll just keep doing it

     Thank you!

                         My Best,

                         The Basic Filmmaker

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Write My Episode! Basic Filmmaker Ep 156

     I've always wanted to do something like this.

     Over 2 years ago, I flew out to see an young lad who was a beginning filmmaker, and let him create an episode.

     It was so much fun, and he was so very appreciative.

     Here's the video in case you're interested.

     It recently occurred to me that it would also be a lot of fun to give some people the quick and dirty on creating one of these episodes on my channel, and I would make it.

     I have no idea if I'll have any takers or not, but I know if I was just starting out, I would love the opportunity to see something I created, well, created.

     Stay tuned, and I'll let you know if I have any takers.

     And this is why I created one week a month called, "Whatever the %$#^ I want to do week."

     I get to do neat stuff that might not fit into my other scheduling.

                         My Best,

                         The Basic Filmmaker

Thursday, October 15, 2015

No Film School Features Filmmaker Mistakes Video

     I was again honored to have No Film School highlight one of my videos, the Top One (1) Beginning Filmmaker Mistake(s)

     Check out their post and write up here.

     And WOW! I just checked it out and after one day and it has over 26,000 views!

     I don't submit my videos to people or sites to try and entice them to post these. They are, well, just kind enough to do so.

     I'm not even sure if it's legit to submit videos to sites like this in an effort to get them to post it. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but it seems, I don't know, not right.

     Anyway, as I said, I feel honored to have them pick one of my videos up and post it on their site.

     And my thanks go to V RenĂ©e, the Managing Editor over at

                         My Best,

                         The Basic Filmmaker

Spoiler! Episode 156

  Spoiler.  Episode 156 Coming Next Week.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Manual and Remote Focus Plus Four (4) Additional Videos - Basic Filmmaker Ep 155

     There is so much to getting good focus.

     Yet, it's very simple when you're doing the talking head thing like I show in this video.

     I wanted to present two options to filmmakers who have some sort of flip out screen, and those that don't.

     Obviously, if you watched the video above, you get it.

     So what's next?

     Well, that's where I mentioned my series on focus in the video.

     Dated? Yes, about 3 years old, but all the concepts and drills still hold up.

     Although I hate watching my older videos (I still intend to remake them all up to my current standards), here's each video that covers a bevy (my latest overused word) of tips, techniques and drills that will turn you into a focus ninja.

     Let me know if you think I missed something and if these helped you in anyway.

                         My Best,

                         The Basic Filmmaker

Sunday, October 4, 2015

What The Hell Are Flippy Cards? Basic Filmmaker Ep 154

     What the hell are "Flippy Cards"?

     Well, there's all sorts of names for them, but I'm not a real technical jargon kind of guy. In fact, I'd prefer to lose the technical jargon altogether. But that's just my opinion.

     Some people wondered about those cards I use in my videos that flip around, so I thought I'd show how to make them.

     It's not a hard thing to do, and once you've created one, they're really easy to clone inside the editor and make more.

     They're also a good way to cover up jump cuts.

     A million and one uses...

     You can use them them for product placement (like my amazon SD card example shown in the video), section examples when switching from one subject to another, and for Q&A videos to show the question the person asked.

     I know I said a million uses. Use your imagination for the other 999,997.

     The idea is that you come up with your own "flippy card" with your own type of look and feel.


     Remember, editing is the final step before rendering and releasing your video to the world.

     Every time I've had to short cut the video in editing because of time, I was forever saddled with a posted video that I thought could be better, knowing that I cheaped out on the video.

     This is usually not taking the time to use cards, b-roll, give more visual examples, or even insert some stupid photo of something I'm talking about.

     These "flippy cards" a least give you something more interesting to look at than my mouth moving, and I hope they are helpful to you too.

                         My Best,

                         The Basic Filmmaker

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