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Why Taking On PA Jobs Can Be Good For Your Mental Health And Get You Future Work

Why Taking On PA Jobs Can Be Good For Your Mental Health And Get You Future Work

A month ago I flew to North Carolina and was the Director of a 5 person crew for a week-long video shoot at a multi-million dollar corporate facility. Then just last week, I spent 4 days in Albuquerque as a Production Assistant, shooting behind the scenes images and getting lunch for the crew. My ego almost stopped me from taking that gig, but I’m glad it didn't. Here’s why.

New LitePanels Bi-Color LED Light "Astra," Four Times Brighter Than The Original 1x1

New LitePanels Bi-Color LED Light "Astra," Four Times Brighter Than The Original 1x1

The LitePanels 1x1 has arguably been the industry standard for LED lighting in many news and documentary productions. At the recent CineGear show, LitePanels demoed their latest product, an update to the award winning 1x1. The new "Astra" light claims to have an output 4x greater than the original 1x1. Nate Weber from Newsshooter.com shares the first look in this video.

Using Photography To Recreate Crisis Moments For An AARP Magazine Article

Using Photography To Recreate Crisis Moments For An AARP Magazine Article

In this behind the scenes video, photographer Brent Humphreys is tasked with creating images of emergency situations. These included animal attacks, driving a car off a bridge, and more. With a resourceful crew working to pull all of the elements together, you can see how they were able to safely reenact these events, and add subtle touches to increase the level of drama for the final images.

"RagLite" Is A Flexible, Waterproof, And Portable LED Lighting Concept

"RagLite" Is A Flexible, Waterproof, And Portable LED Lighting Concept

The RagLite LED systems are a product seeking backing on Kickstarter to do a production run of what appear to be LED strips on fabric that can be rolled up, powered by battery, are waterproof, and claim a CRI of 95. With several rewards being offered, including various sizes of their light, they seek to raise about $25,000. Read on for their video and more information on these unique lights.

Ray Demski Captures Ice Climbers Under The Northern Lights

Ray Demski Captures Ice Climbers Under The Northern Lights

Capturing a high action activity like ice climbing can be tricky enough, but photographer Ray Demski took it one step further– to include the aurora borealis, and to do it in a single image (no compositing). In this behind the scenes video, see the challenges Ray faced when having to deal with capturing a long exposure of the scene, while dangling on the side of an ice cliff himself.

The New Edelkrone "Action Module" Simplifies Timelapse And Motion Control For DSLRs

The New Edelkrone "Action Module" Simplifies Timelapse And Motion Control For DSLRs

Edelkrone raised a few interested eyebrows with their unique slider design a while back, but with their recent add-on items, the latest of which is the " Action Module ," both filmmakers and manufacturers alike are taking a long look at these innovate products. The Action Module not only brings timelapse and repeatable moves, it does so in a simple, intuitive way.

Beautifully Shot Profile Video Of Wildlife Photographer Asgeir Helgestad

Beautifully Shot Profile Video Of Wildlife Photographer Asgeir Helgestad

"It is not about getting as close as possible, but to capture the feeling of being there. I don't want to just look into their world, I want to be a part of it." Asgeir Helgestad is a photographer from Norway whose wildlife imagery seems to step inside the world of the animal. In this short video, Asegir explains why he chose this pursuit, and what he hopes to convey with his work. Worth the watch in HD and fullscreen.

Truth In Advertising? "This Is A Generic Brand Video" Is Equally Parts Scary And Funny

Truth In Advertising? "This Is A Generic Brand Video" Is Equally Parts Scary And Funny

Creative writer Kendra Eash wrote a painfully accurate article for Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendencies that put into perspective what most brand and corporation videos look and sound like. Taking it to the next level, stock clip site Dissolve realized it was indeed generic, and pulled together their own stock clips cut to Kendra's writing, resulting in a hilarious edit.

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