Performing Arts

2 Reel Guys - The Art of Visual Story-telling

Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan

Episodes

Episode 32: Crafting Storytelling into Wedding Videos
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Episode 32: Crafting Storytelling into Wedding Videos

Episode 32: Crafting Storytelling into Wedding Videos

John Goolsby is legendary in the wedding video industry for the quality and story-telling in his wedding videos. Yet, he follows the same rules as any other story-teller who wants the audience care about their characters and story.

In this episode, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan talk with John about what makes a successful wedding video. During the discussion John shows segments from some of his recent video shoots,.

Wedding videos are a huge opportunity for all ranges of filmmakers to work with characters, locations and emotions to craft compelling stories.

“How Editing Enhances the Script” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 12:36

Episode 31: How Editing Enhances the Script
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Episode 31: How Editing Enhances the Script

Episode 31: How Editing Enhances the Script

In Episode 30, we discussed how to find the emotional “turn” of a scene and how to shoot it. In this episode, we take the same scene and show how editing can build on what the cameras captured and enhance the performance of the actors.

This 2-part series looks at how to stage and shoot a scene, then take it into post-production to develop the “first cut.” Join hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan as they discuss that the first cut is the editor’s opportunity to put together their version of the story. It sets the framework for the rest of the editing that will follow.

“How Editing Enhances the Script” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 13:32

Episode 30: Changing Emotion is the Key to Good Storytelling
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Episode 30: Changing Emotion is the Key to Good Storytelling

Episode 30 – Changing Emotion is the Key to Good Storytelling

Drama, by defintion, is emotion. The key is to figure out which character is the emotional core of each scene, then find ways to enhance the audience’s response to the emotional change that character is going through.

Emotion doesn’t always mean yelling, or tears, or fights. Sometimes emotions are subtle; just a lifitng of an eyebrow. But every story-teller needs to find the emotional ‘hook” in a scene and make sure the actors bring it out so the audience can feel it.

This is the first of two episodes looking at how to take a scene from staging to shooting to post. Watch as hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan work with the 2 Reel Players to find the emotional “turn” of a scene, figure out how to make it work and determine the best way to shoot it. This series concludes with Episode 31.

“Changing Emotion is the Key to Good Storytelling” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 11:25

Episode 29: Lighting Techniques
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Episode 29: Lighting Techniques

Episode 29 – Lighting Techniques

In episode 12 we looked at how to use color to tell stories. In this episode, we look at how lighting enhances a multiple character dialog.

In this episode, our two actors find themselves at a restaurant. How does the lighting change depending upon which actor is the center of the scene? Join hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan as they look at the power lighting has to tell stores; especially when multiple actors are involved.

The 2 Reel Stage has never looked this good.

“Lighting Techniques” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 9:11

Episode 28: Secrets from a Casting Director
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Episode 28: Secrets from a Casting Director

Episode 28: Secrets from a Casting Director

Jane Jenkins is a legendary casting director – Apollo 13, When Harry Met Sally, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Jurassic Park and the Princess Bride, to name only a few of the hundreds of films she has cast.

Jane joins hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan to discuss the process of casting, what she looks for in an actor and casting session, then runs Andrew and Patrick through a sample casting session.

Casting is about 80% of any movie; and the job of a casting director is to get the best people possible. Watch as Jane describes what you need to know.

“Secrets from a Casting Director” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 10:52

Episode 27: Staging a Fight Scene
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Episode 27: Staging a Fight Scene

Episode 27: Staging a Fight Scene

Fight scenes are as tightly choreographed as any dance number – and much more likely to break a jaw if an actor isn’t paying attention.

Join hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan as they disect a fight scene with the help of the “2 Reel Players.” Discover what makes a fight work, how to place cameras to shoot a fight and how editing can enhance the actor’s performances. The goal of any fight scene is to enthrall the audience without anyone on the cast getting hurt. This session shows how to start.

(This was one of Larry’s favorite episodes. See if you can spot when and how the fight director disagrees with the director.)

“Staging a Fight Scene” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 10:32

Episode 26: How Locations Can Help Advance Your Story
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Episode 26: How Locations Can Help Advance Your Story

Episode 26: How Locations Can Help Advance Your Story

Location – Location – Location. Its not just for retail anymore. Finding the right location can enhance your story, the wrong location can completely confuse your audience.

Watch as hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the power of locations for story-telling. Along the way, they’ll describe how the script can make finding the right location easy, or hard. How the audience is wired to create stories from what they see – even if it isn’t what you planned. And how letting locations evolve during the story can subliminally enhance story points without a word needing to be said.

Oh! And keep your head down as the jet lands.

“How Locations Can Help Advance Your Story” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 12:21

Episode 25: Good Characters
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Episode 25: Good Characters

Episode 25: Good Characters

A character is more than a costume, or a prop. In fact, the costume reflects the character, it doesn’t create it. In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the difference between costume and character.

In fact, and this may not come as a surprise, Norman feels that characters are actually based on the story. Weird, but true. Watch as Norman and Larry try to separate the characters from their costumes. Um, wait a minute… that didn’t come out right.

“What Makes a Good Character” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 11:22

Episode 24: Music Video
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Episode 24: Music Video

Episode 24: Music Video

TRT: 8:09

Title: Music Videos Are Still About Story

Music videos are just as much about story as any drama; its just that all the characters are singing. This means that all the techniques you’ve learned about story-telling for drama are just as relevant as story-telling for a music video.

In spite of what you may think, music videos are not about hand-held cameras and half-naked dancers. In this episode, watch as co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan walk you through the process of creating a music video. Watch as the process evolves from something that makes no sense whatsoever, into a tight performance package that is fun to watch.

Discover the magic of story-telling with music, in this episode of the 2 Reel Guys.

Episode 23: Communication
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Episode 23: Communication

“What’s the worst time you’ve ever spent in an editing room?” Sometimes, those times are easier to count than the good times. Why? Because the team creating the program don’t know how to talk to each other.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan share techniques learned from years of editing video and feature film projects. Larry shares his experience of editing video under the pressure of live and nearly-live deadlines, while Norman explains how he gets inside the head of the director to figure out EXACTLY what the scene is supposed to be about.

Creating film is all about collaboration and this episode shows you how. “Improving Communication in the Editing Room” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 10:58

Episode 22: Directing Actors
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Episode 22: Directing Actors

How do you direct actors for the camera? It isn’t rocket science, but it isn’t as easy as you may think, either. In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the challenges of directing actors.

Unlike traditional theater, film and video has the ability to really get inside an actor’s performance. What can a director do to help them feel more secure, so they can give the best performance? How do you balance wide shots with tight shots, geography with emotion? What should you say as soon as a take is completed and who should you say it to? These questions and more are covered in this episode of the 2 Reel Guys.

“Directing Actors for the Camera” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 11:17

Episode 21: Creating Funny
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Episode 21: Creating Funny

“Everyone knows what’s funny, right?” With those words, co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan explore the process of creating comedy on video. Along the way, the 2 Reel Players risk life and limb to showcase techniques that make a joke work.

Discover the values of timing, setting up and thwarting expectations, and how to bury a joke until the audience has forgotten about it, only to spring it on them when they least expect it.

“Creating Funny: How to Setup, Build, and Pay-off a Joke” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 10:23

Episode 20: Working with Crew
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Episode 20: Working with Crew

Filmmaking is a collaborative craft. Yes, you can do everything yourself, but the best movies involve a team of creative people. Actors, producers, directors…. and crew. But what’s the best way to work with your crew?

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss why harnessing the creative ideas of your crew is so important, how to speak to them and how to balance between providing direction and micro-managing. Along the way, they’ll share their experiences of working with crews on large projects.

Episode 19: Sound Design
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Episode 19: Sound Design

Sound design is more than just sound effects. It is the entire aural environment of your movie. Sometimes, sound design can be simple — just one person talking. However, most of the time, it is layers of sound all carefully mixed together to provide a greater sense of reality to your images.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss what sound design is and, using the same scene, provide four different examples of how the “feel” of a scene is influenced as the environment of sounds it contains changes. Then, they discuss some techniques you can use to improve your own sound design.

Episode 18: Documentaries and Reality
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Episode 18: Documentaries and Reality

Unlike feature films, most documentaries (or reality shows) are unscripted. In many cases, they start shooting with only an outline and the script is developed as the material is shot and edited.

However, just because a documentary is unscripted does not mean it is disorganized, or that it can ignore the basic tenets of storytelling. In fact, just the opposite. As hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan explain, story-telling is just as important as scripted projects. And in this episode, they give you some tips you can use to improve your own unscripted projects.

Episode 17: Telling Stories with Music
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Episode 17: Telling Stories with Music

Music, in whatever project you are creating, suggests the emotional response your audience should be having at that moment. But how do you use music, and how does your story impact the type and placement of the music you use?

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan examine the impact music has on a project, using several specific examples of the difference in emotional content and meaning that occur when you use the same music, but put it in a different place.

Episode 16: Editing Secrets
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Episode 16: Editing Secrets

Editing is story-telling. While we can all agree with that, that sentence isn’t particularly helpful. What editing is actually doing is telling your story by juxtaposing different shots so that your audience sees, hears, and feels what you want them to feel.

This sounds so easy… but the choices are virtually endless.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan examine how the process of editing can enhance your story. Along the way, Norman deconstructs a scene and shows how changing the placement of shots, the addition of close-ups, and altering the timing can completely change the emotional focus of a scene.

Episode 15: Solving Production Problems
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Episode 15: Solving Production Problems

Shooting your film is a time of constant problem-solving. But how do you decide how to solve a particular production problem? Back in Episode 4 we discussed how to adjust resources based on People – Facilities – Time – and Money. Is that the best criteria to use?

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Larry Jordan and Norman Hollyn look at how problems can be solved by looking at them from the perspective of the story you are telling. Plus, they supplement this with a few stories of their own.

Episode 14: Dancers
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Episode 14: Dancers

In Episode 6 we acknowledged that many filmmakers are afraid to work with actors. And we learned that this is often because they don’t know how to talk with them. The same is even more true when you’re working with dancers. Yet a good set of dancers, working with a good choreographer, can have just as much impact on your story as actors.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Larry Jordan and Norman Hollyn look at how different stories can demand different discussions with your dancers — and help you to see that working with dancers is no different than working with any other collaborator. It all tracks back to your story.

Episode 13: Camera Angles
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Episode 13: Camera Angles

There’s an expression that there is only one correct camera position for a shot. We don’t actually believe that, but what IS true is that an understanding of what different camera angles, positions, and the blocking of the actors within the frame, can help bring your story to a deeper level.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Larry Jordan and Norman Hollyn look at the implications on your story of your choices of where to place your camera when you shoot.

Episode 12: Color
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Episode 12: Color

Color may not tell your story, but it certainly reinforces it. Color tells the audience what to expect in a scene before the first word of dialog is even spoken. And, as you might expect, different colors have different meanings.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan look at the impact of color in a scene.

Episode 11: Costume Design
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Episode 11: Costume Design

The first time a director really gets to see a character is when they first walk on the set. What that character looks like is, more often than not, the responsibility of the costume designer. How does a costume designer decide what an actor should look like? In this episode, we find out.

Hope Hanafin, vice president of the Costume Designers Guild, joins hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan for this episode of the 2 Reel Guys. In it, we discuss the process of costuming; and what caught our attention is that it doesn’t really start with clothes!

Episode 10: What Not to Shoot
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Episode 10: What Not to Shoot

Real-life shooting issues like tight schedules, actor and camera problems, tightening budgets, and natural catastrophes, all conspire to limit the number and variety of shots that we are able to shoot for a scene, despite our best plans. (These shots are what we call “coverage.”); When push comes to shove, how do you decide which shots you absolutely MUST have?

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan show how to use a storyboard to convey what you want to shoot, then illustrate a great technique to help you determine those shots that are critical for your scene.

Episode 9: Production Audio
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Episode 9: Production Audio

Every year, hundreds of films that are well shot, well directed, well finished and well acted fall by the distribution wayside because their poor audio makes it impossible for an audience to understand and enjoy them. Poor microphone choices, combined with poor techniques, create large roadblocks which prevent the audience from watching your story.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the basics of sound recording, including helping you to make good choices in microphones, in order to capture the emotions and content that are conveyed through well-recorded audio performances.

Episode 8: Telling Stories with Editing
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Episode 8: Telling Stories with Editing

The heart of editing isn’t technology; not even the software you use to edit your masterpiece. Instead, the essential part of editing is storytelling. A good editor combines all the different audio and video elements so deftly that the audience is captivated by the story, totally oblivious to the technology and craft involved.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the basics of editing, including deconstructing a short scene from a student film to illustrate how the editing decisions help the audience understand what is going on in the character’s mind.

Episode 7: Lighting
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Episode 7: Lighting

Lighting does more than illuminate your actors, it illuminates your story. Properly used, lighting can start telling your story before your actors speak a word. However, far too many beginning filmmakers are willing to accept the light as it is, rather than adjust the lighting for their benefit.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the basics of lighting, and provide some examples of how a simple change in lighting can have a dramatic effect on the viewer’s emotions.

Episode 6: Working with Actors
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Episode 6: Working with Actors

Actors can be frightening, especially to new filmmakers. This is because actors live in a world of emotions — experiencing them, then projecting these emotions through their characters into a film. Because of this, many directors don’t know how to work with them. But they’re really not so scary when you realize that they are trying to do the same thing that everyone else on your project is doing — tell the story through the most effective use of their tools.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss how to work with actors and provide some simple techniques you can use to solve, or avoid, problems.

Episode 5: Collaboration
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Episode 5: Collaboration

Collaboration is at the heart of film-making, but how do you balance collaboration with leadership? In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss collaboration — what works and what doesn’t. Discover why collaboration is not the same as “making a movie by committee,” and that leadership does not mean “having all the answers.”

Episode 4: Pre-production and Organization
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Episode 4: Pre-production and Organization

It is fun to grab a camera and start shooting. But, without spending some time planning beforehand, what you shoot may not be what you want.

In this episode, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the process of pre-production. Who is responsible for doing the work? How do you balance between what you want and what you can afford? And some simple techniques that can keep the process of organization from becoming overwhelming. Organization may not be “creative,” but good planning is the foundation upon which all creativity rests.

Episode 3: Actor Complaints
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Episode 3: Actor Complaints

What do directors do that drive actors crazy? What can you do to avoid these problems? In this series on visual story-telling, digital media experts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan illustrate typical actor complaints and provide simple things directors can do to minimize problems on set.

Episode 2: Attraction
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Episode 2: Attraction

Controlling where the eye looks in a film is an essential skill of the story-teller’s craft.

In this series on visual story-telling, digital media experts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan illustrate what attracts the eye and how to use that knowledge to control how the audience experiences your film.

Episode 1: Story
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Episode 1: Story

When creating video, it’s easy to be seduced by the technology. But, if you don’t have a good story, no one is going to watch.

In this series on creativity, digital media experts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the importance of story in the creative process of visual story telling.

Episode 32: Crafting Storytelling into Wedding Videos
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Episode 32: Crafting Storytelling into Wedding Videos

Episode 32: Crafting Storytelling into Wedding Videos

John Goolsby is legendary in the wedding video industry for the quality and story-telling in his wedding videos. Yet, he follows the same rules as any other story-teller who wants the audience care about their characters and story.

In this episode, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan talk with John about what makes a successful wedding video. During the discussion John shows segments from some of his recent video shoots,.

Wedding videos are a huge opportunity for all ranges of filmmakers to work with characters, locations and emotions to craft compelling stories.

“How Editing Enhances the Script” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 12:36

Episode 31: How Editing Enhances the Script
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Episode 31: How Editing Enhances the Script

Episode 31: How Editing Enhances the Script

In Episode 30, we discussed how to find the emotional “turn” of a scene and how to shoot it. In this episode, we take the same scene and show how editing can build on what the cameras captured and enhance the performance of the actors.

This 2-part series looks at how to stage and shoot a scene, then take it into post-production to develop the “first cut.” Join hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan as they discuss that the first cut is the editor’s opportunity to put together their version of the story. It sets the framework for the rest of the editing that will follow.

“How Editing Enhances the Script” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 13:32

Episode 30: Changing Emotion is the Key to Good Storytelling
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Episode 30: Changing Emotion is the Key to Good Storytelling

Episode 30 – Changing Emotion is the Key to Good Storytelling

Drama, by defintion, is emotion. The key is to figure out which character is the emotional core of each scene, then find ways to enhance the audience’s response to the emotional change that character is going through.

Emotion doesn’t always mean yelling, or tears, or fights. Sometimes emotions are subtle; just a lifitng of an eyebrow. But every story-teller needs to find the emotional ‘hook” in a scene and make sure the actors bring it out so the audience can feel it.

This is the first of two episodes looking at how to take a scene from staging to shooting to post. Watch as hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan work with the 2 Reel Players to find the emotional “turn” of a scene, figure out how to make it work and determine the best way to shoot it. This series concludes with Episode 31.

“Changing Emotion is the Key to Good Storytelling” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 11:25

Episode 29: Lighting Techniques
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Episode 29: Lighting Techniques

Episode 29 – Lighting Techniques

In episode 12 we looked at how to use color to tell stories. In this episode, we look at how lighting enhances a multiple character dialog.

In this episode, our two actors find themselves at a restaurant. How does the lighting change depending upon which actor is the center of the scene? Join hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan as they look at the power lighting has to tell stores; especially when multiple actors are involved.

The 2 Reel Stage has never looked this good.

“Lighting Techniques” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 9:11

Episode 28: Secrets from a Casting Director
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Episode 28: Secrets from a Casting Director

Episode 28: Secrets from a Casting Director

Jane Jenkins is a legendary casting director – Apollo 13, When Harry Met Sally, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Jurassic Park and the Princess Bride, to name only a few of the hundreds of films she has cast.

Jane joins hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan to discuss the process of casting, what she looks for in an actor and casting session, then runs Andrew and Patrick through a sample casting session.

Casting is about 80% of any movie; and the job of a casting director is to get the best people possible. Watch as Jane describes what you need to know.

“Secrets from a Casting Director” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 10:52

Episode 27: Staging a Fight Scene
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Episode 27: Staging a Fight Scene

Episode 27: Staging a Fight Scene

Fight scenes are as tightly choreographed as any dance number – and much more likely to break a jaw if an actor isn’t paying attention.

Join hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan as they disect a fight scene with the help of the “2 Reel Players.” Discover what makes a fight work, how to place cameras to shoot a fight and how editing can enhance the actor’s performances. The goal of any fight scene is to enthrall the audience without anyone on the cast getting hurt. This session shows how to start.

(This was one of Larry’s favorite episodes. See if you can spot when and how the fight director disagrees with the director.)

“Staging a Fight Scene” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 10:32

Episode 26: How Locations Can Help Advance Your Story
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Episode 26: How Locations Can Help Advance Your Story

Episode 26: How Locations Can Help Advance Your Story

Location – Location – Location. Its not just for retail anymore. Finding the right location can enhance your story, the wrong location can completely confuse your audience.

Watch as hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the power of locations for story-telling. Along the way, they’ll describe how the script can make finding the right location easy, or hard. How the audience is wired to create stories from what they see – even if it isn’t what you planned. And how letting locations evolve during the story can subliminally enhance story points without a word needing to be said.

Oh! And keep your head down as the jet lands.

“How Locations Can Help Advance Your Story” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 12:21

Episode 25: Good Characters
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Episode 25: Good Characters

Episode 25: Good Characters

A character is more than a costume, or a prop. In fact, the costume reflects the character, it doesn’t create it. In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the difference between costume and character.

In fact, and this may not come as a surprise, Norman feels that characters are actually based on the story. Weird, but true. Watch as Norman and Larry try to separate the characters from their costumes. Um, wait a minute… that didn’t come out right.

“What Makes a Good Character” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 11:22

Episode 24: Music Video
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Episode 24: Music Video

Episode 24: Music Video

TRT: 8:09

Title: Music Videos Are Still About Story

Music videos are just as much about story as any drama; its just that all the characters are singing. This means that all the techniques you’ve learned about story-telling for drama are just as relevant as story-telling for a music video.

In spite of what you may think, music videos are not about hand-held cameras and half-naked dancers. In this episode, watch as co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan walk you through the process of creating a music video. Watch as the process evolves from something that makes no sense whatsoever, into a tight performance package that is fun to watch.

Discover the magic of story-telling with music, in this episode of the 2 Reel Guys.

Episode 23: Communication
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Episode 23: Communication

“What’s the worst time you’ve ever spent in an editing room?” Sometimes, those times are easier to count than the good times. Why? Because the team creating the program don’t know how to talk to each other.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan share techniques learned from years of editing video and feature film projects. Larry shares his experience of editing video under the pressure of live and nearly-live deadlines, while Norman explains how he gets inside the head of the director to figure out EXACTLY what the scene is supposed to be about.

Creating film is all about collaboration and this episode shows you how. “Improving Communication in the Editing Room” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 10:58

Episode 22: Directing Actors
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Episode 22: Directing Actors

How do you direct actors for the camera? It isn’t rocket science, but it isn’t as easy as you may think, either. In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the challenges of directing actors.

Unlike traditional theater, film and video has the ability to really get inside an actor’s performance. What can a director do to help them feel more secure, so they can give the best performance? How do you balance wide shots with tight shots, geography with emotion? What should you say as soon as a take is completed and who should you say it to? These questions and more are covered in this episode of the 2 Reel Guys.

“Directing Actors for the Camera” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 11:17

Episode 21: Creating Funny
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Episode 21: Creating Funny

“Everyone knows what’s funny, right?” With those words, co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan explore the process of creating comedy on video. Along the way, the 2 Reel Players risk life and limb to showcase techniques that make a joke work.

Discover the values of timing, setting up and thwarting expectations, and how to bury a joke until the audience has forgotten about it, only to spring it on them when they least expect it.

“Creating Funny: How to Setup, Build, and Pay-off a Joke” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 10:23

Episode 20: Working with Crew
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Episode 20: Working with Crew

Filmmaking is a collaborative craft. Yes, you can do everything yourself, but the best movies involve a team of creative people. Actors, producers, directors…. and crew. But what’s the best way to work with your crew?

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss why harnessing the creative ideas of your crew is so important, how to speak to them and how to balance between providing direction and micro-managing. Along the way, they’ll share their experiences of working with crews on large projects.

Episode 19: Sound Design
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Episode 19: Sound Design

Sound design is more than just sound effects. It is the entire aural environment of your movie. Sometimes, sound design can be simple — just one person talking. However, most of the time, it is layers of sound all carefully mixed together to provide a greater sense of reality to your images.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss what sound design is and, using the same scene, provide four different examples of how the “feel” of a scene is influenced as the environment of sounds it contains changes. Then, they discuss some techniques you can use to improve your own sound design.

Episode 18: Documentaries and Reality
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Episode 18: Documentaries and Reality

Unlike feature films, most documentaries (or reality shows) are unscripted. In many cases, they start shooting with only an outline and the script is developed as the material is shot and edited.

However, just because a documentary is unscripted does not mean it is disorganized, or that it can ignore the basic tenets of storytelling. In fact, just the opposite. As hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan explain, story-telling is just as important as scripted projects. And in this episode, they give you some tips you can use to improve your own unscripted projects.

Episode 17: Telling Stories with Music
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Episode 17: Telling Stories with Music

Music, in whatever project you are creating, suggests the emotional response your audience should be having at that moment. But how do you use music, and how does your story impact the type and placement of the music you use?

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan examine the impact music has on a project, using several specific examples of the difference in emotional content and meaning that occur when you use the same music, but put it in a different place.

Episode 16: Editing Secrets
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Episode 16: Editing Secrets

Editing is story-telling. While we can all agree with that, that sentence isn’t particularly helpful. What editing is actually doing is telling your story by juxtaposing different shots so that your audience sees, hears, and feels what you want them to feel.

This sounds so easy… but the choices are virtually endless.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan examine how the process of editing can enhance your story. Along the way, Norman deconstructs a scene and shows how changing the placement of shots, the addition of close-ups, and altering the timing can completely change the emotional focus of a scene.

Episode 15: Solving Production Problems
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Episode 15: Solving Production Problems

Shooting your film is a time of constant problem-solving. But how do you decide how to solve a particular production problem? Back in Episode 4 we discussed how to adjust resources based on People – Facilities – Time – and Money. Is that the best criteria to use?

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Larry Jordan and Norman Hollyn look at how problems can be solved by looking at them from the perspective of the story you are telling. Plus, they supplement this with a few stories of their own.

Episode 14: Dancers
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Episode 14: Dancers

In Episode 6 we acknowledged that many filmmakers are afraid to work with actors. And we learned that this is often because they don’t know how to talk with them. The same is even more true when you’re working with dancers. Yet a good set of dancers, working with a good choreographer, can have just as much impact on your story as actors.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Larry Jordan and Norman Hollyn look at how different stories can demand different discussions with your dancers — and help you to see that working with dancers is no different than working with any other collaborator. It all tracks back to your story.

Episode 13: Camera Angles
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Episode 13: Camera Angles

There’s an expression that there is only one correct camera position for a shot. We don’t actually believe that, but what IS true is that an understanding of what different camera angles, positions, and the blocking of the actors within the frame, can help bring your story to a deeper level.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Larry Jordan and Norman Hollyn look at the implications on your story of your choices of where to place your camera when you shoot.

Episode 12: Color
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Episode 12: Color

Color may not tell your story, but it certainly reinforces it. Color tells the audience what to expect in a scene before the first word of dialog is even spoken. And, as you might expect, different colors have different meanings.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan look at the impact of color in a scene.

Episode 11: Costume Design
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Episode 11: Costume Design

The first time a director really gets to see a character is when they first walk on the set. What that character looks like is, more often than not, the responsibility of the costume designer. How does a costume designer decide what an actor should look like? In this episode, we find out.

Hope Hanafin, vice president of the Costume Designers Guild, joins hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan for this episode of the 2 Reel Guys. In it, we discuss the process of costuming; and what caught our attention is that it doesn’t really start with clothes!

Episode 10: What Not to Shoot
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Episode 10: What Not to Shoot

Real-life shooting issues like tight schedules, actor and camera problems, tightening budgets, and natural catastrophes, all conspire to limit the number and variety of shots that we are able to shoot for a scene, despite our best plans. (These shots are what we call “coverage.”); When push comes to shove, how do you decide which shots you absolutely MUST have?

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan show how to use a storyboard to convey what you want to shoot, then illustrate a great technique to help you determine those shots that are critical for your scene.

Episode 9: Production Audio
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Episode 9: Production Audio

Every year, hundreds of films that are well shot, well directed, well finished and well acted fall by the distribution wayside because their poor audio makes it impossible for an audience to understand and enjoy them. Poor microphone choices, combined with poor techniques, create large roadblocks which prevent the audience from watching your story.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the basics of sound recording, including helping you to make good choices in microphones, in order to capture the emotions and content that are conveyed through well-recorded audio performances.

Episode 8: Telling Stories with Editing
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Episode 8: Telling Stories with Editing

The heart of editing isn’t technology; not even the software you use to edit your masterpiece. Instead, the essential part of editing is storytelling. A good editor combines all the different audio and video elements so deftly that the audience is captivated by the story, totally oblivious to the technology and craft involved.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the basics of editing, including deconstructing a short scene from a student film to illustrate how the editing decisions help the audience understand what is going on in the character’s mind.

Episode 7: Lighting
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Episode 7: Lighting

Lighting does more than illuminate your actors, it illuminates your story. Properly used, lighting can start telling your story before your actors speak a word. However, far too many beginning filmmakers are willing to accept the light as it is, rather than adjust the lighting for their benefit.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the basics of lighting, and provide some examples of how a simple change in lighting can have a dramatic effect on the viewer’s emotions.

Episode 6: Working with Actors
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Episode 6: Working with Actors

Actors can be frightening, especially to new filmmakers. This is because actors live in a world of emotions — experiencing them, then projecting these emotions through their characters into a film. Because of this, many directors don’t know how to work with them. But they’re really not so scary when you realize that they are trying to do the same thing that everyone else on your project is doing — tell the story through the most effective use of their tools.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss how to work with actors and provide some simple techniques you can use to solve, or avoid, problems.

Episode 5: Collaboration
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Episode 5: Collaboration

Collaboration is at the heart of film-making, but how do you balance collaboration with leadership? In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss collaboration — what works and what doesn’t. Discover why collaboration is not the same as “making a movie by committee,” and that leadership does not mean “having all the answers.”

Episode 4: Pre-production and Organization
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Episode 4: Pre-production and Organization

It is fun to grab a camera and start shooting. But, without spending some time planning beforehand, what you shoot may not be what you want.

In this episode, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the process of pre-production. Who is responsible for doing the work? How do you balance between what you want and what you can afford? And some simple techniques that can keep the process of organization from becoming overwhelming. Organization may not be “creative,” but good planning is the foundation upon which all creativity rests.

Episode 3: Actor Complaints
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Episode 3: Actor Complaints

What do directors do that drive actors crazy? What can you do to avoid these problems? In this series on visual story-telling, digital media experts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan illustrate typical actor complaints and provide simple things directors can do to minimize problems on set.

Episode 2: Attraction
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Episode 2: Attraction

Controlling where the eye looks in a film is an essential skill of the story-teller’s craft.

In this series on visual story-telling, digital media experts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan illustrate what attracts the eye and how to use that knowledge to control how the audience experiences your film.

Episode 1: Story
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Episode 1: Story

When creating video, it’s easy to be seduced by the technology. But, if you don’t have a good story, no one is going to watch.

In this series on creativity, digital media experts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the importance of story in the creative process of visual story telling.

Episode 32: Crafting Storytelling into Wedding Videos
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Episode 32: Crafting Storytelling into Wedding Videos

Episode 32: Crafting Storytelling into Wedding Videos

John Goolsby is legendary in the wedding video industry for the quality and story-telling in his wedding videos. Yet, he follows the same rules as any other story-teller who wants the audience care about their characters and story.

In this episode, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan talk with John about what makes a successful wedding video. During the discussion John shows segments from some of his recent video shoots,.

Wedding videos are a huge opportunity for all ranges of filmmakers to work with characters, locations and emotions to craft compelling stories.

“How Editing Enhances the Script” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

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Episode 31: How Editing Enhances the Script
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Episode 31: How Editing Enhances the Script

Episode 31: How Editing Enhances the Script

In Episode 30, we discussed how to find the emotional “turn” of a scene and how to shoot it. In this episode, we take the same scene and show how editing can build on what the cameras captured and enhance the performance of the actors.

This 2-part series looks at how to stage and shoot a scene, then take it into post-production to develop the “first cut.” Join hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan as they discuss that the first cut is the editor’s opportunity to put together their version of the story. It sets the framework for the rest of the editing that will follow.

“How Editing Enhances the Script” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 13:32

Episode 30: Changing Emotion is the Key to Good Storytelling
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Episode 30: Changing Emotion is the Key to Good Storytelling

Episode 30 – Changing Emotion is the Key to Good Storytelling

Drama, by defintion, is emotion. The key is to figure out which character is the emotional core of each scene, then find ways to enhance the audience’s response to the emotional change that character is going through.

Emotion doesn’t always mean yelling, or tears, or fights. Sometimes emotions are subtle; just a lifitng of an eyebrow. But every story-teller needs to find the emotional ‘hook” in a scene and make sure the actors bring it out so the audience can feel it.

This is the first of two episodes looking at how to take a scene from staging to shooting to post. Watch as hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan work with the 2 Reel Players to find the emotional “turn” of a scene, figure out how to make it work and determine the best way to shoot it. This series concludes with Episode 31.

“Changing Emotion is the Key to Good Storytelling” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 11:25

Episode 29: Lighting Techniques
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Episode 29: Lighting Techniques

Episode 29 – Lighting Techniques

In episode 12 we looked at how to use color to tell stories. In this episode, we look at how lighting enhances a multiple character dialog.

In this episode, our two actors find themselves at a restaurant. How does the lighting change depending upon which actor is the center of the scene? Join hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan as they look at the power lighting has to tell stores; especially when multiple actors are involved.

The 2 Reel Stage has never looked this good.

“Lighting Techniques” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 9:11

Episode 28: Secrets from a Casting Director
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Episode 28: Secrets from a Casting Director

Episode 28: Secrets from a Casting Director

Jane Jenkins is a legendary casting director – Apollo 13, When Harry Met Sally, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Jurassic Park and the Princess Bride, to name only a few of the hundreds of films she has cast.

Jane joins hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan to discuss the process of casting, what she looks for in an actor and casting session, then runs Andrew and Patrick through a sample casting session.

Casting is about 80% of any movie; and the job of a casting director is to get the best people possible. Watch as Jane describes what you need to know.

“Secrets from a Casting Director” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 10:52

Episode 27: Staging a Fight Scene
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Episode 27: Staging a Fight Scene

Episode 27: Staging a Fight Scene

Fight scenes are as tightly choreographed as any dance number – and much more likely to break a jaw if an actor isn’t paying attention.

Join hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan as they disect a fight scene with the help of the “2 Reel Players.” Discover what makes a fight work, how to place cameras to shoot a fight and how editing can enhance the actor’s performances. The goal of any fight scene is to enthrall the audience without anyone on the cast getting hurt. This session shows how to start.

(This was one of Larry’s favorite episodes. See if you can spot when and how the fight director disagrees with the director.)

“Staging a Fight Scene” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 10:32

Episode 26: How Locations Can Help Advance Your Story
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Episode 26: How Locations Can Help Advance Your Story

Episode 26: How Locations Can Help Advance Your Story

Location – Location – Location. Its not just for retail anymore. Finding the right location can enhance your story, the wrong location can completely confuse your audience.

Watch as hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the power of locations for story-telling. Along the way, they’ll describe how the script can make finding the right location easy, or hard. How the audience is wired to create stories from what they see – even if it isn’t what you planned. And how letting locations evolve during the story can subliminally enhance story points without a word needing to be said.

Oh! And keep your head down as the jet lands.

“How Locations Can Help Advance Your Story” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 12:21

Episode 25: Good Characters
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Episode 25: Good Characters

Episode 25: Good Characters

A character is more than a costume, or a prop. In fact, the costume reflects the character, it doesn’t create it. In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the difference between costume and character.

In fact, and this may not come as a surprise, Norman feels that characters are actually based on the story. Weird, but true. Watch as Norman and Larry try to separate the characters from their costumes. Um, wait a minute… that didn’t come out right.

“What Makes a Good Character” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 11:22

Episode 24: Music Video
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Episode 24: Music Video

Episode 24: Music Video

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Title: Music Videos Are Still About Story

Music videos are just as much about story as any drama; its just that all the characters are singing. This means that all the techniques you’ve learned about story-telling for drama are just as relevant as story-telling for a music video.

In spite of what you may think, music videos are not about hand-held cameras and half-naked dancers. In this episode, watch as co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan walk you through the process of creating a music video. Watch as the process evolves from something that makes no sense whatsoever, into a tight performance package that is fun to watch.

Discover the magic of story-telling with music, in this episode of the 2 Reel Guys.

Episode 23: Communication
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Episode 23: Communication

“What’s the worst time you’ve ever spent in an editing room?” Sometimes, those times are easier to count than the good times. Why? Because the team creating the program don’t know how to talk to each other.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan share techniques learned from years of editing video and feature film projects. Larry shares his experience of editing video under the pressure of live and nearly-live deadlines, while Norman explains how he gets inside the head of the director to figure out EXACTLY what the scene is supposed to be about.

Creating film is all about collaboration and this episode shows you how. “Improving Communication in the Editing Room” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 10:58

Episode 22: Directing Actors
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Episode 22: Directing Actors

How do you direct actors for the camera? It isn’t rocket science, but it isn’t as easy as you may think, either. In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the challenges of directing actors.

Unlike traditional theater, film and video has the ability to really get inside an actor’s performance. What can a director do to help them feel more secure, so they can give the best performance? How do you balance wide shots with tight shots, geography with emotion? What should you say as soon as a take is completed and who should you say it to? These questions and more are covered in this episode of the 2 Reel Guys.

“Directing Actors for the Camera” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 11:17

Episode 21: Creating Funny
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Episode 21: Creating Funny

“Everyone knows what’s funny, right?” With those words, co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan explore the process of creating comedy on video. Along the way, the 2 Reel Players risk life and limb to showcase techniques that make a joke work.

Discover the values of timing, setting up and thwarting expectations, and how to bury a joke until the audience has forgotten about it, only to spring it on them when they least expect it.

“Creating Funny: How to Setup, Build, and Pay-off a Joke” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 10:23

Episode 20: Working with Crew
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Episode 20: Working with Crew

Filmmaking is a collaborative craft. Yes, you can do everything yourself, but the best movies involve a team of creative people. Actors, producers, directors…. and crew. But what’s the best way to work with your crew?

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss why harnessing the creative ideas of your crew is so important, how to speak to them and how to balance between providing direction and micro-managing. Along the way, they’ll share their experiences of working with crews on large projects.

Episode 19: Sound Design
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Episode 19: Sound Design

Sound design is more than just sound effects. It is the entire aural environment of your movie. Sometimes, sound design can be simple — just one person talking. However, most of the time, it is layers of sound all carefully mixed together to provide a greater sense of reality to your images.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss what sound design is and, using the same scene, provide four different examples of how the “feel” of a scene is influenced as the environment of sounds it contains changes. Then, they discuss some techniques you can use to improve your own sound design.

Episode 18: Documentaries and Reality
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Episode 18: Documentaries and Reality

Unlike feature films, most documentaries (or reality shows) are unscripted. In many cases, they start shooting with only an outline and the script is developed as the material is shot and edited.

However, just because a documentary is unscripted does not mean it is disorganized, or that it can ignore the basic tenets of storytelling. In fact, just the opposite. As hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan explain, story-telling is just as important as scripted projects. And in this episode, they give you some tips you can use to improve your own unscripted projects.

Episode 17: Telling Stories with Music
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Episode 17: Telling Stories with Music

Music, in whatever project you are creating, suggests the emotional response your audience should be having at that moment. But how do you use music, and how does your story impact the type and placement of the music you use?

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan examine the impact music has on a project, using several specific examples of the difference in emotional content and meaning that occur when you use the same music, but put it in a different place.

Episode 16: Editing Secrets
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Episode 16: Editing Secrets

Editing is story-telling. While we can all agree with that, that sentence isn’t particularly helpful. What editing is actually doing is telling your story by juxtaposing different shots so that your audience sees, hears, and feels what you want them to feel.

This sounds so easy… but the choices are virtually endless.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan examine how the process of editing can enhance your story. Along the way, Norman deconstructs a scene and shows how changing the placement of shots, the addition of close-ups, and altering the timing can completely change the emotional focus of a scene.

Episode 15: Solving Production Problems
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Episode 15: Solving Production Problems

Shooting your film is a time of constant problem-solving. But how do you decide how to solve a particular production problem? Back in Episode 4 we discussed how to adjust resources based on People – Facilities – Time – and Money. Is that the best criteria to use?

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Larry Jordan and Norman Hollyn look at how problems can be solved by looking at them from the perspective of the story you are telling. Plus, they supplement this with a few stories of their own.

Episode 14: Dancers
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Episode 14: Dancers

In Episode 6 we acknowledged that many filmmakers are afraid to work with actors. And we learned that this is often because they don’t know how to talk with them. The same is even more true when you’re working with dancers. Yet a good set of dancers, working with a good choreographer, can have just as much impact on your story as actors.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Larry Jordan and Norman Hollyn look at how different stories can demand different discussions with your dancers — and help you to see that working with dancers is no different than working with any other collaborator. It all tracks back to your story.

Episode 13: Camera Angles
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Episode 13: Camera Angles

There’s an expression that there is only one correct camera position for a shot. We don’t actually believe that, but what IS true is that an understanding of what different camera angles, positions, and the blocking of the actors within the frame, can help bring your story to a deeper level.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Larry Jordan and Norman Hollyn look at the implications on your story of your choices of where to place your camera when you shoot.

Episode 12: Color
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Episode 12: Color

Color may not tell your story, but it certainly reinforces it. Color tells the audience what to expect in a scene before the first word of dialog is even spoken. And, as you might expect, different colors have different meanings.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan look at the impact of color in a scene.

Episode 11: Costume Design
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Episode 11: Costume Design

The first time a director really gets to see a character is when they first walk on the set. What that character looks like is, more often than not, the responsibility of the costume designer. How does a costume designer decide what an actor should look like? In this episode, we find out.

Hope Hanafin, vice president of the Costume Designers Guild, joins hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan for this episode of the 2 Reel Guys. In it, we discuss the process of costuming; and what caught our attention is that it doesn’t really start with clothes!

Episode 10: What Not to Shoot
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Episode 10: What Not to Shoot

Real-life shooting issues like tight schedules, actor and camera problems, tightening budgets, and natural catastrophes, all conspire to limit the number and variety of shots that we are able to shoot for a scene, despite our best plans. (These shots are what we call “coverage.”); When push comes to shove, how do you decide which shots you absolutely MUST have?

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan show how to use a storyboard to convey what you want to shoot, then illustrate a great technique to help you determine those shots that are critical for your scene.

Episode 9: Production Audio
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Episode 9: Production Audio

Every year, hundreds of films that are well shot, well directed, well finished and well acted fall by the distribution wayside because their poor audio makes it impossible for an audience to understand and enjoy them. Poor microphone choices, combined with poor techniques, create large roadblocks which prevent the audience from watching your story.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the basics of sound recording, including helping you to make good choices in microphones, in order to capture the emotions and content that are conveyed through well-recorded audio performances.

Episode 8: Telling Stories with Editing
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Episode 8: Telling Stories with Editing

The heart of editing isn’t technology; not even the software you use to edit your masterpiece. Instead, the essential part of editing is storytelling. A good editor combines all the different audio and video elements so deftly that the audience is captivated by the story, totally oblivious to the technology and craft involved.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the basics of editing, including deconstructing a short scene from a student film to illustrate how the editing decisions help the audience understand what is going on in the character’s mind.

Episode 7: Lighting
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Episode 7: Lighting

Lighting does more than illuminate your actors, it illuminates your story. Properly used, lighting can start telling your story before your actors speak a word. However, far too many beginning filmmakers are willing to accept the light as it is, rather than adjust the lighting for their benefit.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the basics of lighting, and provide some examples of how a simple change in lighting can have a dramatic effect on the viewer’s emotions.

Episode 6: Working with Actors
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Episode 6: Working with Actors

Actors can be frightening, especially to new filmmakers. This is because actors live in a world of emotions — experiencing them, then projecting these emotions through their characters into a film. Because of this, many directors don’t know how to work with them. But they’re really not so scary when you realize that they are trying to do the same thing that everyone else on your project is doing — tell the story through the most effective use of their tools.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss how to work with actors and provide some simple techniques you can use to solve, or avoid, problems.

Episode 5: Collaboration
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Episode 5: Collaboration

Collaboration is at the heart of film-making, but how do you balance collaboration with leadership? In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss collaboration — what works and what doesn’t. Discover why collaboration is not the same as “making a movie by committee,” and that leadership does not mean “having all the answers.”

Episode 4: Pre-production and Organization
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Episode 4: Pre-production and Organization

It is fun to grab a camera and start shooting. But, without spending some time planning beforehand, what you shoot may not be what you want.

In this episode, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the process of pre-production. Who is responsible for doing the work? How do you balance between what you want and what you can afford? And some simple techniques that can keep the process of organization from becoming overwhelming. Organization may not be “creative,” but good planning is the foundation upon which all creativity rests.

Episode 3: Actor Complaints
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Episode 3: Actor Complaints

What do directors do that drive actors crazy? What can you do to avoid these problems? In this series on visual story-telling, digital media experts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan illustrate typical actor complaints and provide simple things directors can do to minimize problems on set.

Episode 2: Attraction
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Episode 2: Attraction

Controlling where the eye looks in a film is an essential skill of the story-teller’s craft.

In this series on visual story-telling, digital media experts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan illustrate what attracts the eye and how to use that knowledge to control how the audience experiences your film.

Episode 1: Story
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Episode 1: Story

When creating video, it’s easy to be seduced by the technology. But, if you don’t have a good story, no one is going to watch.

In this series on creativity, digital media experts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the importance of story in the creative process of visual story telling.

Episode 32: Crafting Storytelling into Wedding Videos
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Episode 32: Crafting Storytelling into Wedding Videos

Episode 32: Crafting Storytelling into Wedding Videos

John Goolsby is legendary in the wedding video industry for the quality and story-telling in his wedding videos. Yet, he follows the same rules as any other story-teller who wants the audience care about their characters and story.

In this episode, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan talk with John about what makes a successful wedding video. During the discussion John shows segments from some of his recent video shoots,.

Wedding videos are a huge opportunity for all ranges of filmmakers to work with characters, locations and emotions to craft compelling stories.

“How Editing Enhances the Script” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 12:36

Episode 31: How Editing Enhances the Script
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Episode 31: How Editing Enhances the Script

Episode 31: How Editing Enhances the Script

In Episode 30, we discussed how to find the emotional “turn” of a scene and how to shoot it. In this episode, we take the same scene and show how editing can build on what the cameras captured and enhance the performance of the actors.

This 2-part series looks at how to stage and shoot a scene, then take it into post-production to develop the “first cut.” Join hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan as they discuss that the first cut is the editor’s opportunity to put together their version of the story. It sets the framework for the rest of the editing that will follow.

“How Editing Enhances the Script” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 13:32

Episode 30: Changing Emotion is the Key to Good Storytelling
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Episode 30: Changing Emotion is the Key to Good Storytelling

Episode 30 – Changing Emotion is the Key to Good Storytelling

Drama, by defintion, is emotion. The key is to figure out which character is the emotional core of each scene, then find ways to enhance the audience’s response to the emotional change that character is going through.

Emotion doesn’t always mean yelling, or tears, or fights. Sometimes emotions are subtle; just a lifitng of an eyebrow. But every story-teller needs to find the emotional ‘hook” in a scene and make sure the actors bring it out so the audience can feel it.

This is the first of two episodes looking at how to take a scene from staging to shooting to post. Watch as hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan work with the 2 Reel Players to find the emotional “turn” of a scene, figure out how to make it work and determine the best way to shoot it. This series concludes with Episode 31.

“Changing Emotion is the Key to Good Storytelling” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 11:25

Episode 29: Lighting Techniques
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Episode 29: Lighting Techniques

Episode 29 – Lighting Techniques

In episode 12 we looked at how to use color to tell stories. In this episode, we look at how lighting enhances a multiple character dialog.

In this episode, our two actors find themselves at a restaurant. How does the lighting change depending upon which actor is the center of the scene? Join hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan as they look at the power lighting has to tell stores; especially when multiple actors are involved.

The 2 Reel Stage has never looked this good.

“Lighting Techniques” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 9:11

Episode 28: Secrets from a Casting Director
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Episode 28: Secrets from a Casting Director

Episode 28: Secrets from a Casting Director

Jane Jenkins is a legendary casting director – Apollo 13, When Harry Met Sally, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Jurassic Park and the Princess Bride, to name only a few of the hundreds of films she has cast.

Jane joins hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan to discuss the process of casting, what she looks for in an actor and casting session, then runs Andrew and Patrick through a sample casting session.

Casting is about 80% of any movie; and the job of a casting director is to get the best people possible. Watch as Jane describes what you need to know.

“Secrets from a Casting Director” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 10:52

Episode 27: Staging a Fight Scene
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Episode 27: Staging a Fight Scene

Episode 27: Staging a Fight Scene

Fight scenes are as tightly choreographed as any dance number – and much more likely to break a jaw if an actor isn’t paying attention.

Join hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan as they disect a fight scene with the help of the “2 Reel Players.” Discover what makes a fight work, how to place cameras to shoot a fight and how editing can enhance the actor’s performances. The goal of any fight scene is to enthrall the audience without anyone on the cast getting hurt. This session shows how to start.

(This was one of Larry’s favorite episodes. See if you can spot when and how the fight director disagrees with the director.)

“Staging a Fight Scene” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 10:32

Episode 26: How Locations Can Help Advance Your Story
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Episode 26: How Locations Can Help Advance Your Story

Episode 26: How Locations Can Help Advance Your Story

Location – Location – Location. Its not just for retail anymore. Finding the right location can enhance your story, the wrong location can completely confuse your audience.

Watch as hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the power of locations for story-telling. Along the way, they’ll describe how the script can make finding the right location easy, or hard. How the audience is wired to create stories from what they see – even if it isn’t what you planned. And how letting locations evolve during the story can subliminally enhance story points without a word needing to be said.

Oh! And keep your head down as the jet lands.

“How Locations Can Help Advance Your Story” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 12:21

Episode 25: Good Characters
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Episode 25: Good Characters

Episode 25: Good Characters

A character is more than a costume, or a prop. In fact, the costume reflects the character, it doesn’t create it. In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the difference between costume and character.

In fact, and this may not come as a surprise, Norman feels that characters are actually based on the story. Weird, but true. Watch as Norman and Larry try to separate the characters from their costumes. Um, wait a minute… that didn’t come out right.

“What Makes a Good Character” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 11:22

Episode 24: Music Video
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Episode 24: Music Video

Episode 24: Music Video

TRT: 8:09

Title: Music Videos Are Still About Story

Music videos are just as much about story as any drama; its just that all the characters are singing. This means that all the techniques you’ve learned about story-telling for drama are just as relevant as story-telling for a music video.

In spite of what you may think, music videos are not about hand-held cameras and half-naked dancers. In this episode, watch as co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan walk you through the process of creating a music video. Watch as the process evolves from something that makes no sense whatsoever, into a tight performance package that is fun to watch.

Discover the magic of story-telling with music, in this episode of the 2 Reel Guys.

Episode 23: Communication
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Episode 23: Communication

“What’s the worst time you’ve ever spent in an editing room?” Sometimes, those times are easier to count than the good times. Why? Because the team creating the program don’t know how to talk to each other.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan share techniques learned from years of editing video and feature film projects. Larry shares his experience of editing video under the pressure of live and nearly-live deadlines, while Norman explains how he gets inside the head of the director to figure out EXACTLY what the scene is supposed to be about.

Creating film is all about collaboration and this episode shows you how. “Improving Communication in the Editing Room” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 10:58

Episode 22: Directing Actors
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Episode 22: Directing Actors

How do you direct actors for the camera? It isn’t rocket science, but it isn’t as easy as you may think, either. In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the challenges of directing actors.

Unlike traditional theater, film and video has the ability to really get inside an actor’s performance. What can a director do to help them feel more secure, so they can give the best performance? How do you balance wide shots with tight shots, geography with emotion? What should you say as soon as a take is completed and who should you say it to? These questions and more are covered in this episode of the 2 Reel Guys.

“Directing Actors for the Camera” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 11:17

Episode 21: Creating Funny
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Episode 21: Creating Funny

“Everyone knows what’s funny, right?” With those words, co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan explore the process of creating comedy on video. Along the way, the 2 Reel Players risk life and limb to showcase techniques that make a joke work.

Discover the values of timing, setting up and thwarting expectations, and how to bury a joke until the audience has forgotten about it, only to spring it on them when they least expect it.

“Creating Funny: How to Setup, Build, and Pay-off a Joke” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 10:23

Episode 20: Working with Crew
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Episode 20: Working with Crew

Filmmaking is a collaborative craft. Yes, you can do everything yourself, but the best movies involve a team of creative people. Actors, producers, directors…. and crew. But what’s the best way to work with your crew?

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss why harnessing the creative ideas of your crew is so important, how to speak to them and how to balance between providing direction and micro-managing. Along the way, they’ll share their experiences of working with crews on large projects.

Episode 19: Sound Design
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Episode 19: Sound Design

Sound design is more than just sound effects. It is the entire aural environment of your movie. Sometimes, sound design can be simple — just one person talking. However, most of the time, it is layers of sound all carefully mixed together to provide a greater sense of reality to your images.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss what sound design is and, using the same scene, provide four different examples of how the “feel” of a scene is influenced as the environment of sounds it contains changes. Then, they discuss some techniques you can use to improve your own sound design.

Episode 18: Documentaries and Reality
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Episode 18: Documentaries and Reality

Unlike feature films, most documentaries (or reality shows) are unscripted. In many cases, they start shooting with only an outline and the script is developed as the material is shot and edited.

However, just because a documentary is unscripted does not mean it is disorganized, or that it can ignore the basic tenets of storytelling. In fact, just the opposite. As hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan explain, story-telling is just as important as scripted projects. And in this episode, they give you some tips you can use to improve your own unscripted projects.

Episode 17: Telling Stories with Music
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Episode 17: Telling Stories with Music

Music, in whatever project you are creating, suggests the emotional response your audience should be having at that moment. But how do you use music, and how does your story impact the type and placement of the music you use?

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan examine the impact music has on a project, using several specific examples of the difference in emotional content and meaning that occur when you use the same music, but put it in a different place.

Episode 16: Editing Secrets
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Episode 16: Editing Secrets

Editing is story-telling. While we can all agree with that, that sentence isn’t particularly helpful. What editing is actually doing is telling your story by juxtaposing different shots so that your audience sees, hears, and feels what you want them to feel.

This sounds so easy… but the choices are virtually endless.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan examine how the process of editing can enhance your story. Along the way, Norman deconstructs a scene and shows how changing the placement of shots, the addition of close-ups, and altering the timing can completely change the emotional focus of a scene.

Episode 15: Solving Production Problems
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Episode 15: Solving Production Problems

Shooting your film is a time of constant problem-solving. But how do you decide how to solve a particular production problem? Back in Episode 4 we discussed how to adjust resources based on People – Facilities – Time – and Money. Is that the best criteria to use?

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Larry Jordan and Norman Hollyn look at how problems can be solved by looking at them from the perspective of the story you are telling. Plus, they supplement this with a few stories of their own.

Episode 14: Dancers
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Episode 14: Dancers

In Episode 6 we acknowledged that many filmmakers are afraid to work with actors. And we learned that this is often because they don’t know how to talk with them. The same is even more true when you’re working with dancers. Yet a good set of dancers, working with a good choreographer, can have just as much impact on your story as actors.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Larry Jordan and Norman Hollyn look at how different stories can demand different discussions with your dancers — and help you to see that working with dancers is no different than working with any other collaborator. It all tracks back to your story.

Episode 13: Camera Angles
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Episode 13: Camera Angles

There’s an expression that there is only one correct camera position for a shot. We don’t actually believe that, but what IS true is that an understanding of what different camera angles, positions, and the blocking of the actors within the frame, can help bring your story to a deeper level.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Larry Jordan and Norman Hollyn look at the implications on your story of your choices of where to place your camera when you shoot.

Episode 12: Color
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Episode 12: Color

Color may not tell your story, but it certainly reinforces it. Color tells the audience what to expect in a scene before the first word of dialog is even spoken. And, as you might expect, different colors have different meanings.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan look at the impact of color in a scene.

Episode 11: Costume Design
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Episode 11: Costume Design

The first time a director really gets to see a character is when they first walk on the set. What that character looks like is, more often than not, the responsibility of the costume designer. How does a costume designer decide what an actor should look like? In this episode, we find out.

Hope Hanafin, vice president of the Costume Designers Guild, joins hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan for this episode of the 2 Reel Guys. In it, we discuss the process of costuming; and what caught our attention is that it doesn’t really start with clothes!

Episode 10: What Not to Shoot
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Episode 10: What Not to Shoot

Real-life shooting issues like tight schedules, actor and camera problems, tightening budgets, and natural catastrophes, all conspire to limit the number and variety of shots that we are able to shoot for a scene, despite our best plans. (These shots are what we call “coverage.”); When push comes to shove, how do you decide which shots you absolutely MUST have?

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan show how to use a storyboard to convey what you want to shoot, then illustrate a great technique to help you determine those shots that are critical for your scene.

Episode 9: Production Audio
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Episode 9: Production Audio

Every year, hundreds of films that are well shot, well directed, well finished and well acted fall by the distribution wayside because their poor audio makes it impossible for an audience to understand and enjoy them. Poor microphone choices, combined with poor techniques, create large roadblocks which prevent the audience from watching your story.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the basics of sound recording, including helping you to make good choices in microphones, in order to capture the emotions and content that are conveyed through well-recorded audio performances.

Episode 8: Telling Stories with Editing
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Episode 8: Telling Stories with Editing

The heart of editing isn’t technology; not even the software you use to edit your masterpiece. Instead, the essential part of editing is storytelling. A good editor combines all the different audio and video elements so deftly that the audience is captivated by the story, totally oblivious to the technology and craft involved.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the basics of editing, including deconstructing a short scene from a student film to illustrate how the editing decisions help the audience understand what is going on in the character’s mind.

Episode 7: Lighting
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Episode 7: Lighting

Lighting does more than illuminate your actors, it illuminates your story. Properly used, lighting can start telling your story before your actors speak a word. However, far too many beginning filmmakers are willing to accept the light as it is, rather than adjust the lighting for their benefit.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the basics of lighting, and provide some examples of how a simple change in lighting can have a dramatic effect on the viewer’s emotions.

Episode 6: Working with Actors
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Episode 6: Working with Actors

Actors can be frightening, especially to new filmmakers. This is because actors live in a world of emotions — experiencing them, then projecting these emotions through their characters into a film. Because of this, many directors don’t know how to work with them. But they’re really not so scary when you realize that they are trying to do the same thing that everyone else on your project is doing — tell the story through the most effective use of their tools.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss how to work with actors and provide some simple techniques you can use to solve, or avoid, problems.

Episode 5: Collaboration
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Episode 5: Collaboration

Collaboration is at the heart of film-making, but how do you balance collaboration with leadership? In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss collaboration — what works and what doesn’t. Discover why collaboration is not the same as “making a movie by committee,” and that leadership does not mean “having all the answers.”

Episode 4: Pre-production and Organization
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Episode 4: Pre-production and Organization

It is fun to grab a camera and start shooting. But, without spending some time planning beforehand, what you shoot may not be what you want.

In this episode, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the process of pre-production. Who is responsible for doing the work? How do you balance between what you want and what you can afford? And some simple techniques that can keep the process of organization from becoming overwhelming. Organization may not be “creative,” but good planning is the foundation upon which all creativity rests.

Episode 3: Actor Complaints
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Episode 3: Actor Complaints

What do directors do that drive actors crazy? What can you do to avoid these problems? In this series on visual story-telling, digital media experts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan illustrate typical actor complaints and provide simple things directors can do to minimize problems on set.

Episode 2: Attraction
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Episode 2: Attraction

Controlling where the eye looks in a film is an essential skill of the story-teller’s craft.

In this series on visual story-telling, digital media experts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan illustrate what attracts the eye and how to use that knowledge to control how the audience experiences your film.

Episode 1: Story
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Episode 1: Story

When creating video, it’s easy to be seduced by the technology. But, if you don’t have a good story, no one is going to watch.

In this series on creativity, digital media experts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the importance of story in the creative process of visual story telling.

Episode 32: Crafting Storytelling into Wedding Videos
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Episode 32: Crafting Storytelling into Wedding Videos

Episode 32: Crafting Storytelling into Wedding Videos

John Goolsby is legendary in the wedding video industry for the quality and story-telling in his wedding videos. Yet, he follows the same rules as any other story-teller who wants the audience care about their characters and story.

In this episode, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan talk with John about what makes a successful wedding video. During the discussion John shows segments from some of his recent video shoots,.

Wedding videos are a huge opportunity for all ranges of filmmakers to work with characters, locations and emotions to craft compelling stories.

“How Editing Enhances the Script” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 12:36

Episode 31: How Editing Enhances the Script
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Episode 31: How Editing Enhances the Script

Episode 31: How Editing Enhances the Script

In Episode 30, we discussed how to find the emotional “turn” of a scene and how to shoot it. In this episode, we take the same scene and show how editing can build on what the cameras captured and enhance the performance of the actors.

This 2-part series looks at how to stage and shoot a scene, then take it into post-production to develop the “first cut.” Join hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan as they discuss that the first cut is the editor’s opportunity to put together their version of the story. It sets the framework for the rest of the editing that will follow.

“How Editing Enhances the Script” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 13:32

Episode 30: Changing Emotion is the Key to Good Storytelling
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Episode 30: Changing Emotion is the Key to Good Storytelling

Episode 30 – Changing Emotion is the Key to Good Storytelling

Drama, by defintion, is emotion. The key is to figure out which character is the emotional core of each scene, then find ways to enhance the audience’s response to the emotional change that character is going through.

Emotion doesn’t always mean yelling, or tears, or fights. Sometimes emotions are subtle; just a lifitng of an eyebrow. But every story-teller needs to find the emotional ‘hook” in a scene and make sure the actors bring it out so the audience can feel it.

This is the first of two episodes looking at how to take a scene from staging to shooting to post. Watch as hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan work with the 2 Reel Players to find the emotional “turn” of a scene, figure out how to make it work and determine the best way to shoot it. This series concludes with Episode 31.

“Changing Emotion is the Key to Good Storytelling” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 11:25

Episode 29: Lighting Techniques
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Episode 29: Lighting Techniques

Episode 29 – Lighting Techniques

In episode 12 we looked at how to use color to tell stories. In this episode, we look at how lighting enhances a multiple character dialog.

In this episode, our two actors find themselves at a restaurant. How does the lighting change depending upon which actor is the center of the scene? Join hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan as they look at the power lighting has to tell stores; especially when multiple actors are involved.

The 2 Reel Stage has never looked this good.

“Lighting Techniques” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 9:11

Episode 28: Secrets from a Casting Director
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Episode 28: Secrets from a Casting Director

Episode 28: Secrets from a Casting Director

Jane Jenkins is a legendary casting director – Apollo 13, When Harry Met Sally, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Jurassic Park and the Princess Bride, to name only a few of the hundreds of films she has cast.

Jane joins hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan to discuss the process of casting, what she looks for in an actor and casting session, then runs Andrew and Patrick through a sample casting session.

Casting is about 80% of any movie; and the job of a casting director is to get the best people possible. Watch as Jane describes what you need to know.

“Secrets from a Casting Director” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 10:52

Episode 27: Staging a Fight Scene
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Episode 27: Staging a Fight Scene

Episode 27: Staging a Fight Scene

Fight scenes are as tightly choreographed as any dance number – and much more likely to break a jaw if an actor isn’t paying attention.

Join hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan as they disect a fight scene with the help of the “2 Reel Players.” Discover what makes a fight work, how to place cameras to shoot a fight and how editing can enhance the actor’s performances. The goal of any fight scene is to enthrall the audience without anyone on the cast getting hurt. This session shows how to start.

(This was one of Larry’s favorite episodes. See if you can spot when and how the fight director disagrees with the director.)

“Staging a Fight Scene” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 10:32

Episode 26: How Locations Can Help Advance Your Story
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Episode 26: How Locations Can Help Advance Your Story

Episode 26: How Locations Can Help Advance Your Story

Location – Location – Location. Its not just for retail anymore. Finding the right location can enhance your story, the wrong location can completely confuse your audience.

Watch as hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the power of locations for story-telling. Along the way, they’ll describe how the script can make finding the right location easy, or hard. How the audience is wired to create stories from what they see – even if it isn’t what you planned. And how letting locations evolve during the story can subliminally enhance story points without a word needing to be said.

Oh! And keep your head down as the jet lands.

“How Locations Can Help Advance Your Story” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

TRT: 12:21

Episode 25: Good Characters
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Episode 25: Good Characters

Episode 25: Good Characters

A character is more than a costume, or a prop. In fact, the costume reflects the character, it doesn’t create it. In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the difference between costume and character.

In fact, and this may not come as a surprise, Norman feels that characters are actually based on the story. Weird, but true. Watch as Norman and Larry try to separate the characters from their costumes. Um, wait a minute… that didn’t come out right.

“What Makes a Good Character” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

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Episode 24: Music Video
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Episode 24: Music Video

Episode 24: Music Video

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Title: Music Videos Are Still About Story

Music videos are just as much about story as any drama; its just that all the characters are singing. This means that all the techniques you’ve learned about story-telling for drama are just as relevant as story-telling for a music video.

In spite of what you may think, music videos are not about hand-held cameras and half-naked dancers. In this episode, watch as co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan walk you through the process of creating a music video. Watch as the process evolves from something that makes no sense whatsoever, into a tight performance package that is fun to watch.

Discover the magic of story-telling with music, in this episode of the 2 Reel Guys.

Episode 23: Communication
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Episode 23: Communication

“What’s the worst time you’ve ever spent in an editing room?” Sometimes, those times are easier to count than the good times. Why? Because the team creating the program don’t know how to talk to each other.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan share techniques learned from years of editing video and feature film projects. Larry shares his experience of editing video under the pressure of live and nearly-live deadlines, while Norman explains how he gets inside the head of the director to figure out EXACTLY what the scene is supposed to be about.

Creating film is all about collaboration and this episode shows you how. “Improving Communication in the Editing Room” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

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Episode 22: Directing Actors
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Episode 22: Directing Actors

How do you direct actors for the camera? It isn’t rocket science, but it isn’t as easy as you may think, either. In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the challenges of directing actors.

Unlike traditional theater, film and video has the ability to really get inside an actor’s performance. What can a director do to help them feel more secure, so they can give the best performance? How do you balance wide shots with tight shots, geography with emotion? What should you say as soon as a take is completed and who should you say it to? These questions and more are covered in this episode of the 2 Reel Guys.

“Directing Actors for the Camera” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

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Episode 21: Creating Funny
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Episode 21: Creating Funny

“Everyone knows what’s funny, right?” With those words, co-hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan explore the process of creating comedy on video. Along the way, the 2 Reel Players risk life and limb to showcase techniques that make a joke work.

Discover the values of timing, setting up and thwarting expectations, and how to bury a joke until the audience has forgotten about it, only to spring it on them when they least expect it.

“Creating Funny: How to Setup, Build, and Pay-off a Joke” – this week, on the 2 Reel Guys.

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Episode 20: Working with Crew
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Episode 20: Working with Crew

Filmmaking is a collaborative craft. Yes, you can do everything yourself, but the best movies involve a team of creative people. Actors, producers, directors…. and crew. But what’s the best way to work with your crew?

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss why harnessing the creative ideas of your crew is so important, how to speak to them and how to balance between providing direction and micro-managing. Along the way, they’ll share their experiences of working with crews on large projects.

Episode 19: Sound Design
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Episode 19: Sound Design

Sound design is more than just sound effects. It is the entire aural environment of your movie. Sometimes, sound design can be simple — just one person talking. However, most of the time, it is layers of sound all carefully mixed together to provide a greater sense of reality to your images.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss what sound design is and, using the same scene, provide four different examples of how the “feel” of a scene is influenced as the environment of sounds it contains changes. Then, they discuss some techniques you can use to improve your own sound design.

Episode 18: Documentaries and Reality
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Episode 18: Documentaries and Reality

Unlike feature films, most documentaries (or reality shows) are unscripted. In many cases, they start shooting with only an outline and the script is developed as the material is shot and edited.

However, just because a documentary is unscripted does not mean it is disorganized, or that it can ignore the basic tenets of storytelling. In fact, just the opposite. As hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan explain, story-telling is just as important as scripted projects. And in this episode, they give you some tips you can use to improve your own unscripted projects.

Episode 17: Telling Stories with Music
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Episode 17: Telling Stories with Music

Music, in whatever project you are creating, suggests the emotional response your audience should be having at that moment. But how do you use music, and how does your story impact the type and placement of the music you use?

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan examine the impact music has on a project, using several specific examples of the difference in emotional content and meaning that occur when you use the same music, but put it in a different place.

Episode 16: Editing Secrets
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Episode 16: Editing Secrets

Editing is story-telling. While we can all agree with that, that sentence isn’t particularly helpful. What editing is actually doing is telling your story by juxtaposing different shots so that your audience sees, hears, and feels what you want them to feel.

This sounds so easy… but the choices are virtually endless.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan examine how the process of editing can enhance your story. Along the way, Norman deconstructs a scene and shows how changing the placement of shots, the addition of close-ups, and altering the timing can completely change the emotional focus of a scene.

Episode 15: Solving Production Problems
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Episode 15: Solving Production Problems

Shooting your film is a time of constant problem-solving. But how do you decide how to solve a particular production problem? Back in Episode 4 we discussed how to adjust resources based on People – Facilities – Time – and Money. Is that the best criteria to use?

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Larry Jordan and Norman Hollyn look at how problems can be solved by looking at them from the perspective of the story you are telling. Plus, they supplement this with a few stories of their own.

Episode 14: Dancers
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Episode 14: Dancers

In Episode 6 we acknowledged that many filmmakers are afraid to work with actors. And we learned that this is often because they don’t know how to talk with them. The same is even more true when you’re working with dancers. Yet a good set of dancers, working with a good choreographer, can have just as much impact on your story as actors.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Larry Jordan and Norman Hollyn look at how different stories can demand different discussions with your dancers — and help you to see that working with dancers is no different than working with any other collaborator. It all tracks back to your story.

Episode 13: Camera Angles
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Episode 13: Camera Angles

There’s an expression that there is only one correct camera position for a shot. We don’t actually believe that, but what IS true is that an understanding of what different camera angles, positions, and the blocking of the actors within the frame, can help bring your story to a deeper level.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Larry Jordan and Norman Hollyn look at the implications on your story of your choices of where to place your camera when you shoot.

Episode 12: Color
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Episode 12: Color

Color may not tell your story, but it certainly reinforces it. Color tells the audience what to expect in a scene before the first word of dialog is even spoken. And, as you might expect, different colors have different meanings.

In this episode of the 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan look at the impact of color in a scene.

Episode 11: Costume Design
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Episode 11: Costume Design

The first time a director really gets to see a character is when they first walk on the set. What that character looks like is, more often than not, the responsibility of the costume designer. How does a costume designer decide what an actor should look like? In this episode, we find out.

Hope Hanafin, vice president of the Costume Designers Guild, joins hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan for this episode of the 2 Reel Guys. In it, we discuss the process of costuming; and what caught our attention is that it doesn’t really start with clothes!

Episode 10: What Not to Shoot
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Episode 10: What Not to Shoot

Real-life shooting issues like tight schedules, actor and camera problems, tightening budgets, and natural catastrophes, all conspire to limit the number and variety of shots that we are able to shoot for a scene, despite our best plans. (These shots are what we call “coverage.”); When push comes to shove, how do you decide which shots you absolutely MUST have?

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan show how to use a storyboard to convey what you want to shoot, then illustrate a great technique to help you determine those shots that are critical for your scene.

Episode 9: Production Audio
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Episode 9: Production Audio

Every year, hundreds of films that are well shot, well directed, well finished and well acted fall by the distribution wayside because their poor audio makes it impossible for an audience to understand and enjoy them. Poor microphone choices, combined with poor techniques, create large roadblocks which prevent the audience from watching your story.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the basics of sound recording, including helping you to make good choices in microphones, in order to capture the emotions and content that are conveyed through well-recorded audio performances.

Episode 8: Telling Stories with Editing
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Episode 8: Telling Stories with Editing

The heart of editing isn’t technology; not even the software you use to edit your masterpiece. Instead, the essential part of editing is storytelling. A good editor combines all the different audio and video elements so deftly that the audience is captivated by the story, totally oblivious to the technology and craft involved.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the basics of editing, including deconstructing a short scene from a student film to illustrate how the editing decisions help the audience understand what is going on in the character’s mind.

Episode 7: Lighting
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Episode 7: Lighting

Lighting does more than illuminate your actors, it illuminates your story. Properly used, lighting can start telling your story before your actors speak a word. However, far too many beginning filmmakers are willing to accept the light as it is, rather than adjust the lighting for their benefit.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the basics of lighting, and provide some examples of how a simple change in lighting can have a dramatic effect on the viewer’s emotions.

Episode 6: Working with Actors
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Episode 6: Working with Actors

Actors can be frightening, especially to new filmmakers. This is because actors live in a world of emotions — experiencing them, then projecting these emotions through their characters into a film. Because of this, many directors don’t know how to work with them. But they’re really not so scary when you realize that they are trying to do the same thing that everyone else on your project is doing — tell the story through the most effective use of their tools.

In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss how to work with actors and provide some simple techniques you can use to solve, or avoid, problems.

Episode 5: Collaboration
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Episode 5: Collaboration

Collaboration is at the heart of film-making, but how do you balance collaboration with leadership? In this episode of 2 Reel Guys, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss collaboration — what works and what doesn’t. Discover why collaboration is not the same as “making a movie by committee,” and that leadership does not mean “having all the answers.”

Episode 4: Pre-production and Organization
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Episode 4: Pre-production and Organization

It is fun to grab a camera and start shooting. But, without spending some time planning beforehand, what you shoot may not be what you want.

In this episode, hosts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the process of pre-production. Who is responsible for doing the work? How do you balance between what you want and what you can afford? And some simple techniques that can keep the process of organization from becoming overwhelming. Organization may not be “creative,” but good planning is the foundation upon which all creativity rests.

Episode 3: Actor Complaints
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Episode 3: Actor Complaints

What do directors do that drive actors crazy? What can you do to avoid these problems? In this series on visual story-telling, digital media experts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan illustrate typical actor complaints and provide simple things directors can do to minimize problems on set.

Episode 2: Attraction
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Episode 2: Attraction

Controlling where the eye looks in a film is an essential skill of the story-teller’s craft.

In this series on visual story-telling, digital media experts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan illustrate what attracts the eye and how to use that knowledge to control how the audience experiences your film.

Episode 1: Story
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Episode 1: Story

When creating video, it’s easy to be seduced by the technology. But, if you don’t have a good story, no one is going to watch.

In this series on creativity, digital media experts Norman Hollyn and Larry Jordan discuss the importance of story in the creative process of visual story telling.