I’ve always tried to keep up with current events. Yet, I’ve also held a lifelong fascination with journalism, especially broadcast news. Of course, current events, and the seemingly overhyped coverage of those stories by network and cable news, has been an endless source of comedic material for both actors and writers (late night talk shows, Saturday Night Live, etc.) That’s what inspired me to create my web series, The Late, Late News.
Here is my process for both conceiving, writing and rewriting a typical episode, plus some valuable tips on how you can further enhance the rewriting process on your script. …Continue Reading Learn to Perfect Your Script Rewrites – Guest Blogger Chris Hadley, creator of The Late, Late News
Being involved with VidCon was an eye-opening experience. When you first enter, it mostly seems like teenage fans flocking to their favorite YouTube star. However there is more to VidCon than just the adoring fans and the YouTube sensations. It’s about engaging in this exciting and different community. There are people from all walks of life that go for the amazing workshops VidCon has to offer. One of these panels was the Creating Awesome Content. …Continue Reading My VidCon Experience: Seeing Through the Crowds
Unless you just won the lottery or are born into extreme wealth, producing video content on a tight budget may feel frustrating. There are a lot of factors to consider when prepping production, like preparing equipment to casting actors who fit into your script. But, fear not – there is always a solution, and you can end up making a standout show on a shoestring budget. …Continue Reading Making A Standout Show on a Shoestring Budget
Sci-Fi isn’t just limited to movies and books, a sci-fi web series is completely justifiable. The genre of science-fiction is unique because it features a whole new world straight from an author’s imagination. Yet, we the audience somehow still magically perceive that world as a new reality. For instance, we don’t have any difficulties accepting the world of machines when we watch the Terminator series. But this magical perceiving process is not done by accident. To be writing a sci-fi web series like a pro, you’ll need to write with concrete details and have a solid logic behind the story. …Continue Reading Writing a Sci-Fi Web Series Like a Pro
At first glance, VidCon 2015 looks like a lot of teenagers running around filming selfies of pranks and other things. But when we heard about religious protestors harassing attendees telling them they were evil – that’s when I noticed something much deeper going on that is central to the future of American democracy. …Continue Reading Why YouTubers Are Essential to the Future of American Democracy
Often, creativity goes unrecognized in a classroom setting. However, when creative talents are rewarded, student can feel encouraged to go above and beyond. CreatorUp has a unique system for recognizing the talents and accomplishments of students: badges. Virtual badges are awarded through Credly and have specific criteria that must be met in order to earn badges. “CreatorUp badges are measures of progress and experience in digital storytelling and video content creation. They serve as a stamp of approval for completing courses and tasks in order to showcase progress to outsiders. Badges are used to make our student’s work feel meaningful for themselves as well as potential employers” (via Corie Bain). …Continue Reading Awarding Creativity by Lizz Marshall
This week, our students for our Summer Accelerator Program were given a challenge: to make a six-second video that summed up their project. This proved more difficult than it looks for the students, some have never even heard of what a Vine was until that night! Luckily, they learned how to make Vines like a director. …Continue Reading How to Make Vines Like a Director
So you want to obtain viewers for your channel. Isn’t that the point of YouTube? To make content, then have it watched? Some make videos for themselves or their friends or family. But some creators want more. You want to go above and beyond. You have made something that they feel needs to be seen by a wide-range of people. Only problem is, you don’t know 10,000 people. However social media can be used in raising that first 10,000 views, and perhaps more. …Continue Reading Raising That First 10,000 Views
Being a director of anything can be extremely frightening, and digital commercials are no exception. To become a director of digital commercials, you have to be adept at overseeing your team, have a clear idea of your goals, and good time management. It is vital to have a clear idea of the path forward in order to enjoy the success of a well-done project. …Continue Reading Become a Director of Digital Commercials
The latest GoPro Studio is missing Tools folder and StereoModeStatus software (CineForm Status Viewer) to effectively work with Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. So both GoPro Studio 2.5.5 and 2.5.6 will not have Stereo Mode Status. Watch the video below to see why you need Stereo Mode Status turn on to integrate with Premiere. With Stereo Mode Status, you can leverage GoPro CineForm format and pass the Active Meta into Premiere. So any lens correction and color correction done in GoPro Studio will reflect in your Premiere in real time – like a plugin.
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CreatorUp’s Summer Accelerator Program has officially kicked off! What does this program entail? Fast-paced pre-production, production, post production instruction, supplemented by weekly workshops with industry professionals. This includes strategic and hands-on planning for an indie or commercial project, as well as lessons from the CreatorUp course library and awesome field trips. …Continue Reading Kicking Off the Summer Accelerator Program by Lizz Marshall
Since it first started, Vine has been an interesting outlet for creators: create something with only six seconds. The result has produced some amazing content like, most notably, comedy. Comedians such as Bo Burnham, Will Sasso, and Chris D’Elia have all utilized Vine at one point. The app has come and go in terms of popularity, but if anything, Vine contains a vault of hidden treasures. The quick-format has challenged creators to be original and stand-out. Creators can tell a joke just by having a conversation…with themselves. Instead of an expensive camera, gathering friends as actors, and a written script, people are simply using their phones and themselves. One Vine features a customer asking the waiter to send his compliments to the chef, only having the waiter give the chef a literal compliment. With one guy playing three characters (and we only know he’s the chef when he puts a towel on his head and holds a spatula), he’s generated close to 5 million loops on that one Vine alone. Meet stand-up comedian Victor Pope Jr. His perfectly-timed punch lines, his deadpan characters, and his popular “Taco Bell Employee” meetings have put him on the Vine radar with 317.3K followers, and he’s even been recognized on Buzzfeed. The Texas-based comedian was super cool enough to let me interview him to find out how he’s managed to become one of the funniest Vine comedians out there right now, and the secrets as to why his simply made Vines produce a not-so-simply sized audience. …Continue Reading What if Taco Bell Sold TVs? An Interview with Vine Comedian Victor Pope Jr.
I recently had the chance to attend the Digital Media Learning Conference 2015, and it was just as powerful and exciting as I had hoped it would be. The core theme, equity, underlined the necessity for digital media integration into educational experiences to create learning connections, ranging across areas including digital storytelling, coding and storytelling, and digital badging. …Continue Reading 3 Digital Media Elements Driving Learning Connections
CreatorUp has helped take teachers and students to the next level with video making skills.
Testimonials & Case Studies: Read why teachers and students love CreatorUp! …Continue Reading Your School + CreatorUp = Video Ready
All of us love to hear the phrase, low risk, high reward, especially when referring to a business plan. New ideas can be exciting yet frightening because of the potential for rejection or failure. It is important to test whether or not an idea will spark interest in the market. If you use Kickstarter correctly, you can reap the benefits of a low risk, high reward launching process. …Continue Reading How Kickstarting Can Connect with Customers – by Corie Bain
Branding is important. Like, really important. Like, more important than anyone realizes important, but what is it exactly? Take a look at the FedEx logo. Notice the outline of an arrow between the E and the X? That is branding. That is FedEx telling their customers what they do. They get things from one place to another. Another great example of good branding is the Amazon logo. Notice how Amazon has an arrow in their logo pointing from the A to the Z. This is a very subtle cue where Amazon is stating that they have, “everything from A to Z.” Color and shape are also key facets of good branding. You want the colors to match the feel you are going for with your brand and you want the shape of your branding to be very simple while still being interesting.
…Continue Reading Branding Yourself 101 By Nathaniel Bear
Ok. Congratulations, you’ve now finished editing your video. You have some great transition and catchy sound effects. You are incredibly proud of this project, but now you are stuck. How do you distribute your creation? Youtube and Vimeo are great places to upload (and possibly monetize) your videos. In order to upload your videos to these sorts of video streaming sites, the specifications of your video export are incredibly important. You want to be sure that anyone who watches your video is watching the best quality of your video. If you do not export your video with specific specs, your video may load painfully slow or the aspect ratio may be slightly off. The most important specs for exporting your final content are: frame size, frame rate, codec, container, and bitrate.
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Let’s face it, editing a video is an incredibly daunting task. Shooting the video can be as easy as setting up a camera and a couple of lights, but editing the video is a much more technical process. This is why you will need to become or hire a great editor and we can help you learn all the qualities of a great editor. You will need to learn how to properly utilize a non-linear editing (NLE) program to tell your story in the most succinct and sensible manner. The biggest NLE softwares in use today are Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer. Even with student pricing, these programs can be very expensive, but poor college students rejoice! There are free editing softwares you can utilize, and they are easy to use! …Continue Reading Qualities of a Great Editor By Nathaniel Bear
Congrats! You now have that audience you wanted! You’ve got all these views, and now you’re realizing…wait…I’m doing all the filming, editing, writing, basically everything. I’m putting so much effort into this, why am I not making money? Well money is not going to magically come to you through the computer screen. If you can do everything for your YouTube channel, then you can sell your channel yourself too. It’s time to become a Youtube tastemaker.
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