October 31, 2014
Tim Jackson joined the staff of 2 Minute Films in September 2014, bringing his professional experiences in producing, directing, cinematography, editing and sound mixing. Originally from central Illinois, Tim worked as a sports and editorial photographer for 16 years based out of Boulder, Colorado and Nashville, TN. He recently graduated from Ohio University with a MFA degree in Film. While in Athens, OH, he worked in different roles on numerous film crews and in post-production capacities, including directing and shooting his own award winning, feature-length documentary film, “Wrestling With Iowa.”
“When I looked at the options available coming out of college for a second time, I realized that most of my life-long friends were in Colorado and it was an easy decision to move back,” Tim said recently. He added, “The work that 2 Minute Films is doing in the field of business videos is top notch. I knew it was going to be a challenge, but it’s also going to be a place where I can use my entire range of skills in creating short films and helping businesses tell their stories on the internet.”
Tim’s primary roles at 2 Minute Films will include editing, motion graphics, sound mixing and cinematography.
August 11, 2014
We have been asked twice in recent weeks to provide still photos from an event that we had only shot video on. Finding suitable single images took a bit of a search but we found them. For newsletters, websites or small publications it’s a reasonably valid approach. After all you can cut still photos out of video but creating video from still photos is almost an impossible task. A colleague of mine from way back in my sports photography days published this article describing the technical details in an eloquent manner. Regardless of which brand of tool (camera) you use the process is the same. The use of video in our world is exploding! Just look at how much video you see on Facebook compared to just 6 months ago. Thanks to Patrick Murphy-Racey for this article.
These images were all shot on a Sony A99V with a Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 lens. They were all from video interviews that I shot in various locations in and around downtown Chicago. This was all part of a video project that I worked on for John Marshall Law School’s Restorative Justice Program.
A few months ago, they called me looking for still photos of some of their students. I had only shot video. They asked if it was possible to capture still frames from the footage that I had shot. I was doubtful. They were desperate. So I started hunting and was surprised:
The original footage was all shot at 24P at 1920x1080P. I used a variable ND filter to pull off shooting the lens wide open in bright sunlight. At 24 FPS, it was often difficult to find a perfect single frame of video because the frame rate was so slow; this causes the frames to often blur together, making it difficult to find one with a good expression, and stopped enough to get a good still from. If I had shot these at 60FPS instead, it would have been almost 3x easier to find more usable frames. 60P also allows you to shoot at higher shutter speeds which further stop the action, again, making it easier to get still frames off of the take.
Now, if you’re still with me, lets continue this thought into 4K resolution. The original Canon 1D camera had a 4.48 MP chip in it which gave you a 2464 x 1648 image when you opened it up in Photoshop. That’s really close to 1920 x 1080. The new 4K resolution is 3840 x 2160. The newest edition to the Sony A series lineup is capable of shooting 4K with an external recorder and… it can shoot at 60P at that resolution. This would allow you to capture video using a shutter speed of 1/250th & 1/500th and grab 60 frames every second while grabbing 3840 pixel wide still frames… (lots of them).
My point in all this? As the web takes over everything, and as we view media more and more on our phones and tablets and less and less on a large screen, I believe it will soon be possible for a newspaper photographer to shoot sporting events with a video camera and then simply grab the still frames from the take after the fact, or even right there on the field, and send them to an editor. I’m assuming people will continue to want to view a still image but it’s quite possible that video will be demanded instead across the board. As bandwidth increases, and as the internet becomes faster and faster, people are going to want to see things instantly, better, and with higher resolution.
If the folks at John Marshall pulled off their brochure with my slow images pulled from 1080P footage, just imagine what these would look like if they had been shot in 4K at 120 FPS… Yeah, seriously… it could be curtains for still photography as we know it…
If you are a working pro like me, you can either get depressed about this, continue your own denial of how fast things are changing, or you can be a part of that change and save your job and continue to work into the future. It’s that simple.
In my world, as I contemplate the future, I want to partner with a camera company that is out front in all things dealing with new technologies, that are developing products ahead of the other manufacturers, and are coming up with features that I don’t even know I need ahead of when I need them. I have one word for you… SONY.
Thanks to Patrick Murphy-Racey for this article.
May 16, 2014
One of the unknown aspects of our video production service is the amount of stock footage we use. While we are shooting for our clients we are also gathering footage of Northern Colorado scenery and activities. During the “brown season” from November through April we are limited to filming sunsets, clouds and snow scenes. However when May and the colorful foliage returns we jump out and start filming our beautiful state again. Regardless of who we are working for these scenery or active lifestyle clips find a home in their videos.
July 20, 2013
We recently produced a series of 60 second videos for the Ducti Bag Co. in Denver. They wanted to show the features of their fall line of bags and videos are simply the best tool for that. The videos are being distributed to their marketing partners for use on numerous social networks and e-commerce websites. We are starting to obtain more Sarasota video production work and it’s been fun to take on different kinds of projects. Here’s a quick time lapse of our setup and a few of their messenger bags. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5igbHaO72M
July 14, 2013
We recently finished a promo for the Sound of Music show currently running at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown, Colorado. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqInclN7wcg
At any given time we have numerous projects in various stages of completion at our Florida Video Production service. Currently we have corporate videos in house for Remax realty, a local Area Chamber of Commerce and RB+B Architects. It’s turning out to be a busy summer !
June 25, 2013
We are excited to have received some attention for our recent video production work in Northern Colorado. The business section of the Ft. Collins Coloradoan has a short feature about 2MinuteFilms in today’s edition. Read the article here… http://www.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013306190049
May 24, 2013
2minuteFilms.com Expands Service to Include Professional Scriptwriting
Bill Sallaz and Sherri Barber, owners of 2MinuteFilms.com, welcome script writer, Helen Taylor, to their video-production team. 2minuteFilms produces short, high-end videos for a discerning clientele. The company has seen rapid growth, as more businesses see the value in video marketing and the format becomes one of the most popular forms of online content.
Taylor brings to the group more than 15 years of professional experience as a journalist, marketing and communications specialist, and professional screenwriter. As owner of Taylor Pro Script, a Fort Collins-based copywriting business, she produces copy, content and scripting for businesses and organizations throughout Northern Colorado.
Sallaz, who started 2MinuteFilms in 2010, recognized good scripting as an essential component of a successful video. After a doing few projects with Taylor, he asked her to join the team so he could offer the service as part of every project.
“The first step in any video is identifying the message and developing the script”
Taylor is pleased to be part of a growing industry and a talented team. “When I saw the quality of the videos Bill and Sherri produce, I was excited to come on board,” she says. “Video, when it’s done well, is such a powerful medium. In two minutes or less you can engage an audience, tell a good story, and promote your product or service in a really entertaining way.”
2MinuteFilms is located in Sarasota FL and serves clients across the Florida gulf coast. To learn more about the company and see samples, please visit www.2MinuteFilms.com.
October 23, 2012
After much deliberation we have changed the video branch of our business to www.2minutefilms.com
We felt it more accurately described what we do and was easier to remember. Please change your bookmarks to our new address. Thanks, Bill & Sherri
May 2, 2012
As if Sherri & I weren’t busy enough… we have begun to produce short business videos. We have both produced slide shows and still imagery for decades. Producing film/videos has been a natural transition. The state of the art Nikon cameras allow us to shoot HD Video using the same lenses. We are excited about this new aspect of our craft. Thanks for stopping by, Bill
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