Author: CB Smith-Dahl


Diversity is More Than Interns and Affinity Groups

Recently I heard the same exact story from two young women of color in two completely different fields of work. Both had been hired in entry level positions that they were slightly overqualified for. Both were told that after a few months of work they’d be promoted, because of those […]

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Contactless Filmmaking

One of the things I really love about filmmaking is it’s ‘can do’ attitude. Our field has a culture of making a way where there is no way. So even though we still sometimes send a camera crew to capture video on location with Covid-19 safety protocols in place, we’ve […]


What the Future Holds

As we close the chapter on the first half of 2020, there is so much to reflect on. Coronavirus/Covid-19 hasn’t just changed the way we make movies, it’s also encouraged us to think deeply about our values. For several months I found myself frequently sad and overwhelmed with all the […]


More Thoughts on Covid-19 Videos

This week marks one month of the California Shelter in Place order. During that week, I wrote this article detailing a couple of ways that companies could make videos while keeping each other safe from Coronavirus. A lot can happen in a month, and it seems I wasn’t the only […]


Creative Video During Coronavirus

I thought it might be helpful to show a couple of different ways to create video content during social isolation and shelter in place directives. Using Smartphone/Streaming Videos In addition to celebrities streaming uplifting live content like music, the entertainment industry wants us to feel supported. Here’s what CBS did […]


Video Services During Coronavirus

As we all adjust to the new “normal” in the Bay Area and throughout the United States, it got us to thinking how we could help clients as they telecommute more and conference less. We’ve come up with a few services, some new and some old, that we’ll be offering […]

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About Those Buzzwords in Your Video

Visual trends provide great inspiration for videos, but you should avoid trendy words, also known as buzzwords. Why? Well, there are a couple of reasons. For one, they date your video. Today’s hot phrase becomes tomorrow’s stale language. If you want to get the most out of the time, money, […]

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AB-5 and the $6 Bagel

In the Bay Area, it seems everyone is complaining about the price of something – like a $6 bagel. What I think people forget is that prices reflect more than just products – they also reflect how the people behind the products are treated. I’ve spent the last few weeks […]


Should I look at the camera?

It’s a question I get every interview, and it’s a good one. Here are some of the things I think about before answering. When the person talking in the video looks into the camera, it actually translates into them looking directly into the eyes of the audience. This can have […]