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 for their home page. No matter what your business is, you have more than one story to tell, so why limit yourself?

Fixing #OscarsSoWhite

Twitter and Instagram are full of posts about this year’s Academy Award Nominees. In some ways, I feel far away from Hollywood and its traditions, but not completely. 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 also worked as a red carpet videographer watching people get famous and win awards. I’ve seen more friends and colleagues than I can count rise and fall in fame and failure.

I could say the same as some others: The awards are for an elite club, they are a popularity contest, ___ filmmakers of color don’t make quality work, it takes time to make change, or that old white men don’t vote for women and people of color. But all of those are excuses. (And several of them untrue.)

Here’s the truth:  

8 Commitments to Green

It’s been a few years since I made the commitment to run Community Bridge Video 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.

Sumularity Demo

This is a video we completed for Simularity. It’s a product demo and shows how “Simularity: Artificial Intelligence For Event Prediction and Anomaly Detection” can be used to check air quality and air pollution.
More information available at simularity.com

Enchanted Book

​Bridget McGraw is a woman with a vision. She wants to combine art and technology to create a very special book. This video details her process and the prototype of The Enchanted Book – a smart book that will let users record video messages. Ms. McGraw is using this video to create buzz among funders. This ‘internet of things’ concept will eventually replace the traditional ​signature-only ​guest book.

link: https://vimeo.com/143818726/settings

BUILD Bay Area Job Fair

BUILD Bay Area hosted a job fair in San Francisco’s Western Addition. Local & long-time residents were invited to bring resumes and seek construction positions that would help them to participate in the development boom the city is now experiencing. Year round, BUILD Bay Area connects Bay Area employers and unions to qualified diversity canditates at events like this.

link: https://vimeo.com/141206208

Jack London Square Comes Alive

​Did you know that the Port of Oakland doesn’t just manage maritime services? Beyond the ships and docks is Jack London Square. This video lets Oakland residents, business owners, and tourists know about all of the fun activities that are bringing “JLS” alive. This promo piece also highlights some recent developments – like ​the relocation of Sunset Magazine to the area.

link: https://vimeo.com/133528818/settings

Oak Luck Media/Video Support Group Recap

Community Bridge Video founder CB Smith-Dahl runs a “Video Support Group” in Oakland on the second Friday of each month. This group, formerly known as Oak Luck Media/the Oakland Potluck for Media Makers, allows local professionals opportunities to network and broaden the depth of their craft. Here’s a recap of a recent meetup – and all that was shared there.

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 put the camera too close and too high. Use a tripod (even an inexpensive one like this) and set the camera lens at the right level.