Chris is a Senior Creative Producer and contributor to the Pond5 Blog. He has an extensive background in screenwriting and television production, and has worked on projects for clients including HBO, Discovery, ESPN, PBS, National Geographic, the National Gallery of Art, and Comcast, among others.
Stop-Motion Animation 101: How to Create the Illusion of Movement
While making stop-motion films can be tedious and time-consuming, the process is so straightforward that you can also create your own simple animation with a smartphone in less than five minutes.
Education, Pro Tips
Screenwriting 101: 7 Basic Steps to Writing a Screenplay
Writing a screenplay is an extremely rewarding process, but it’s not an easy task. It takes a serious amount of time and dedication to develop a good screenplay, and a first draft is only the beginning.
A-Roll and B-Roll: The Two Types of Footage You Need to Tell a Great Story
A-Roll and B-Roll are terms from the old days of linear film editing, when editors would use two rolls of identical footage. The terms are still used today, but they’ve taken on different meanings.
Inspiration, Pro Tips
Lighting for a Mood: Making the Most of Key, Color, and Contrast
An experienced cinematographer can walk onto a set and create a mood just by turning on lights. Developing a motivated lighting strategy is one of the most powerful ways to build the atmosphere of your scene.
Perfecting Exposure: How and When to Use a Light Meter
If you’re using a camera that was made this century, then it likely has a built-in reflective light meter. That means there’s no need for a handheld light meter, right? Not quite.
Storytelling 101: The 6 Elements of Every Complete Narrative
Regardless of genre or style, all good stories have six common elements. When developing your next narrative work, make sure you’re paying careful attention these to ensure maximum impact.