Author: CB Smith-Dahl


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 […]


Announcing Together Pictures

Same great teams; new focus. When I started Community Bridge Video 15 years ago, I had a vision: to work closely with the communities we were capturing on camera to make sure we represented them accurately. I knew that meant hiring video crews and professionals that came from those same […]

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Labor Day and the Gig Economy

What does Labor Day Mean in 2018? I’m a freelance filmmaker. So are all the technicians we hire: camera people, editors, audio professionals, and more. What does Labor Day mean to freelancers? The day that Americans celebrate the achievements of workers? The history of this holiday is rooted in worker’s […]


Short Video is Finalist in Architecture Contest

For the past few years we’ve been working on a long form documentary about land use in West Oakland. Recently we submitted a short section from the doc about the work of Oakland Architects JRDV Urban to a contest. We’ve just been informed that our short has been selected as a […]