Although we are only a short way into 2019, it has been a busy year already. We’ve written up this short recap on what we have seen and learned so far.

BSC v BVE – Which show is the right one for you?

We recently attended two exhibitions – the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC) show at Battersea Park and then BVE at Excel. There’s no doubt in our mind that the BSC show is the most relevant one to us and our clients.

It is all about the filming: the cameras, lenses, grip, the studios (of course) and a multitude of other related film-making bits and pieces. BVE was much more concerned with post and technical solutions for getting the footage somewhere else and processing it. Arri only showed at BSC, as did many other kit and lighting suppliers. In our opinion, BSC is the show for filmmakers and we enjoyed meeting you all and showcasing our greenscreen studios and production services. See you there next year!

Monetising your B-Roll

Having slightly dissed BVE, I should probably mention an interesting talk I went to about monetising B roll content. Essentially, this is about shooting stock footage, uploading to a distributor website (e.g Getty Images, Pond 5, Shutterstock, Adobe and many others) in the hope that someone, somewhere will like that clip and buy it. It’s an intriguing proposition for videographers with its promise of passive ongoing revenue.

The talk was given by Mick Reed from Clippn who claims to have dealt with one of the thorny matters pivotal to a successful stock footage sales strategy: the descriptions and keywords that enable buyers to find your work. In short, if your work can’t be found, it can’t be bought.

Studio Life

Back at our greenscreen studios, we have seen the usual array of shoots: from the educational explainer videos and interviews in our soundproof studio 2, many music videos and Ads in both studios and increasingly this year, set-builds for content shoots.

Thanks to our very close physical proximity with Invisible Blue, we are able to supply simple sets to film standard. If you require a set-build, let us know when enquiring about/ making a booking and we can discuss the possibilities with you there and then.

Live Streaming

Most years at the studios show up new trends. 360 video filming was all the rage back in 2016, so much so that we wrote an series of informative articles for those who are interested. You can find them in the Related Articles below.

In 2017, we saw lots of YouTubers spreading their wings with higher production standards. Last year saw a lot Educational/Infomercial ‘How To’ type productions.

Our prediction for 2019 is live streaming production. We are currently putting together some more refined live streaming packages for our own studios, suitable for the small intimate one camera gathering to a full-on multi-camera solution.

Written by Andy Woodruff, Studio Manager

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