How Do You Shoot Your Smartphone Video?

It’s a question as old as time. Well, not really. Mainly since smartphones have become a force in the field of video production.

Up and down or side to side? Vertical or horizontal? More technically speaking portrait or landscape

The portrait way, which is up and down so to speak, has its uses. If you are sending someone a video of yourself walking in your new suit, it may be the way to go. Or, if you enjoy producing lip-syncing music videos in various apps for Instagram and the like that’s fine too. Various social media sharing platforms encourage slightly different ratios at times and that is great. I guess.

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That’s right! Landscape is the way to do it!

However, for a traditional and some might say a real video, I prefer landscape or some version of 16×9. It’s a great fit for YouTube and websites. It’s also the format that resembles television and movies. Although movie ratios can vary, that’s why sometimes they still do not quite fit your TV screen even with the newer wide TV formats, I have yet to walk into a theater and find a vertically mounted screen as opposed to a horizontal one.

I’m pretty sure some version of portrait was  tried a while back for certain movies and the concept sank like an iron ore paddle boat down to the bitty bitty bottom of the sea of misguided and bad ideas.

Last year I participated in a Video LinkedIn challenge and shot a little video about the subject. How about you? How do you shoot your video?

 

HumorOutcasts Radio “I am So Sick of White Guys” by Jim Corbett and Tim Jones

I am So Sick of White Guys Cover ArtHow many of us need more white guys? Probably not many of us right? So here’s a podcast with three more white dudes for your listening pleasure.

On behalf of HumorOutcasts Radio and HumorOutcasts.com, I recently had the chance to interview Jim Corbett and Tim Jones who are the authors of, “I am So Sick of White Guys – The Coloring Book Experience” available on Amazon. And we don’t mean the good “sick” either, but rest assured the book and the podcast are definitely “cool sick.”

Naturally to enjoy the content of this satirical and adult coloring book it would help for the reader to be progressively minded. Therefore, how “good” you may feel that the book may happen to be is rooted heavily in subjectivity.  However, even though I may not agree with all of the concepts on every single page, I can put on an objective hat. I have no issue stating that for me this book was a creative and witty isometric exercise into a fusion of political satire, humor, and social commentary.

The book’s illustrations were created by Steve Hartley, who in my opinion did a great job maintaining the recognition of the caricatures yet portrayed expressions that match the essence of the scenes and situations depicted.

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Jim Corbett and Tim Jones

In this day and age it doesn’t take much to inflame a segment of the public. Jim and Tim have had their fair share of angry blowback from the right and from the land of social media. They sent me various links prior to the interview to show me this aspect of their experience and perhaps to give me fair warning of some of the grief that I could possibly catch as the interview migrates its way through the digital media cyberspace.

We touch on some of this negative feedback during the podcast but we really wanted to stay centered on the humorous aspects of this book as well as the societal messages conveyed in the content.

If you share an illustration with someone and it sparks a conversation, it has done its job.

During our pre-production meeting I suggested to Jim and Tim, that given the provocative title of the book, it may help to give the interview some depth if I threw them a few curve ball questions as opposed to producing what amounted to an audio infomercial.  They were very receptive to the idea and they both did a fantastic job making their points in this podcast which give it an intrinsic value of substantive content above what would otherwise be considered as just a digital media marketing tool.

I hope you enjoy the podcast. You can play the podcast from this site below or under Billy Dees on nearly all of the major podcasting platforms including iTunes Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio.