Complex or Simple or Somewhere In Between

Here's two videos I seen today from opposite ends of the film making spectrum which are both worth a watch for different reasons.

The first is a Chase Jarvis RAW video about how he is using the RED One, DSLRs, cranes, dollies, etc. to get all sorts of interesting and creative shots.  I find this type of thing very inspiring…

The second is a quick interview/review with Claudio Von Planta (he of Long Way Round fame) shot by Jonathan Richards using a hand held iPhone, all in portrait for some reason.  You can't get much more basic than this but with a bit of creative editing the video really hangs together.  I find this as inspiring as the first video but for different reasons.  Mainly that anyone, if they have something interesting show or say, can make reasonably compelling videos with next to no equipment…

Claudio's Electric Motorcycle from Jonathan Richards on Vimeo.

Follow both Chase and Claudio on twitter: @chasejarvis @vonplanta

Does This Inspire You?

Lip syncing a song is a very easy idea that has been done to death on Youtube and sits a couple of notches lower than karaoke on the "talent needed" graph.
That us until it's done on a large scale with hundreds of high school students working together as a team to create something fun and inspiring:   

This video obviously took a fair bit of planning, a steadicam and, as I said before, teamwork, but there's no reason why you can't do something similar at you school or workplace. Try showing this video to you boss/teacher/manager and pitching it as a Friday afternoon team building, moral boosting low cost, high reward activity.

Remember, projects like this should never be used as a reward for good behaviour or increased productivity but to encourage it.