Author: CB Smith-Dahl


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 […]

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Internship 2017-2018

Caption This

Thursday March 22nd was the day me and Thomas were returning back to our internships but we didn’t have a shoot that day so I was a little disappointed. So the assignment was to create captions for this Port of Oakland video called “Growth with Care”. The assignment was interesting […]

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Internship 2017-2018

Reflector of Light

Recently at Community Bridge Video my mentor gave me an assignment to do for the shoot we were going to. My assignment was using a hand-held reflector and I all had to do was reflect the light onto the person we were filming. Part of my job was to stay […]

Internship 2017-2018

Social Responsibility in Our Community

The process for making video Social Responsibility in Our Community- 2017  was very simple. The main parts I worked on was camera and sound. It was difficult at times to get the correct lighting that would not interfere with the camera. It also didn’t help that the sun was also […]

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Internship 2017-2018

The Process of Film Making #1 Characters

The first process of FilmMaking are your characters are the main protagonist , the antagonist and the side character(s). The main protagonist is the person that matters throughout the whole film to get to a certain goal. Along with getting to the goal the side character(s) are there to help […]


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 […]


Why 3 little videos are better than 1 big one

Probably one of the most common mistakes we see clients make is when they get attached to that one big video idea. Sometimes it’s that they want to document a big event. Other times it’s because they think that it’s better to pool all their money into one special video […]


Diversity as a Value

I’m a member of the so-called USC mafia, and was mentored and prepped for the kind of success that leads to an Oscar. In addition to working my way up in “the industry” for 12 years as a grip, electric, camera assistant, camera operator, writer, director, producer and more; I […]