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Expert Advice for Working in Motion by Paul Stanek

Paul Stanek is the photography director at Wonderful Machine. He’s also an experienced motion picture editor. Recently, Paul got in touch with me about a wonderful music video project that he’s just finished for Chris Kasper‘s song, “Walking on Water”. This was so good that I thoroughly enjoyed watching it multiple times and have shared it with many friends and colleagues (including all of you out there!). Paul says, “It’s heavily animation-based, but at its core was shot on a 5D Mark II in front of a “makeshift greenscreen” seamless background and lit with a couple of hotlights. I’m excited to demonstrate a rather extreme example of the potential uses of HDSLRs to help foster/inspire the large surge of photographers moving into motion work.”

Paul has also recently written a new article sharing his expert advice for working in motion. He says, “I’ve got an “Expert Advice” article coming out in this month’s [Wonderful Machine] newsletter which provides some advice for photographers getting started with video.”

Paul was nice enough to share a sneak peak of the article with me. Here are some quotes from it –

“At their roots, the still and the moving picture are intrinsically linked. They always have been, they always will be. In the most literal sense, they shared the same primary medium for decades: strips of emulsion-coated plastic. In a more conceptual sense, photos can convey movement and narrative that spans beyond the frame, and film and video can be used to creatively extend and study a single fleeting moment in time.”

“Since the advent of the HDSLR, I’ve watched (and participated) with much excitement as legions of photographers have made forays into video using the expanded capabilities of a tool that they’re already proficient in. There’s been enough promising work stemming from these explorations that a new, hybrid genre of “motion photography” has exploded into the industry. “

“Practice storyboarding. A storyboard is an illustrated and sequenced shot list. Each panel should contain as many details as possible about scene content, lighting schematics, and camera operation direction (often shown in the form of poorly drawn, yet effective arrows).”