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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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8 Commitments to Green

It’s been a few years since I made the commitment to run our company as green as possible. It might seem contradictory – a technology company can’t be environmentally conscious, can it? Here’s just some of what we do to increase responsibility and decrease footprint.

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5 Tips for Video Selfies

This post got us thinking about better ways you can videotape yourself…especially since most computers and phones now contain videocameras. Here’s our modified list: 5 Ways to Take Better Video of Yourself 1 – Find The Right Camera Distance Maybe it’s because youtubers first started blogging with webcams, but most people […]

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Lessons from TED Talks

For the past couple of years, the SEO trend has encouraged business owners to add a video or two to their website. It’s true that movies or motion graphics can add visual interest and also help to explain your product. But they can do much more. In 2016 we’re encouraging all of our […]