Reel Talk 

Welcome to Reel Talk, a resource for young and aspiring filmmakers. This is where you'll learn about the world of film as well as find tips and tricks for working on your own projects.

I'll be discussing the best equipment to buy on a limited budget, how to shoot, what to watch and much more. I'll also be answering your questions and posting 'how to' videos.

Check back each week to see what's new. *****

with Walker Dowd-Whipple
About Walker Dowd-Whipple

Walker is a recent graduate of Ithaca College's Radio and Television program. A past film teacher at Box Of Light, he lives in Los Angeles where he is seeking his fortune as a script writer.

Students' first task? Setting up the camera.

Before shooting, even before building their set, your students should decide whether to shoot with the camera (or iPad) facing down or across. The deciding factor? Gravity. If the characters need to fly, swim or jump over a building, shooting down is preferable. Gravity holds your character to the background and you don't need to fuss with wires, string or fishing line. (All of which are visible and hard to control.) If your characters need to simply walk around, shooting across is a simple thing to do. Take a look at what I mean in this video. And, if you want to build your own iPad stand for shooting down, the clip on the right will show you how.5

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