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  • The Latest Camera*

    This is a topic that excites a lot of people. Cameras, well we don't blame them. The cameras are cool. There more brands than 10 years ago. We are pushing things to the limit. We have many tools to pick from. But we must remember these are just tools. They make images but not a story or communicate a feeling. My Story My first cameras a Canon 10D, which was back in 2003. It was 6 million pixels. When the iPhone came out, my thought was. This is garbage. My phone can take better pictures. So my phone was my main medium. The way technology evolves is by getting smaller, cheaper and more practical. Look at the evolution of the phone. Using a heavy camera all the time can be annoying. Having full manual controls sometimes takes you from actually creating. Having a phone, you can take shots anywhere. Makes life easier and the experience more pleasurable. Switch years ahead and now iPhones have the ability to capture high res images that rival the SLR. Yet, I still use my video camera. It's amazing how tech has changed our lives. We used to the arcade, go to restaurants and carry music on a separate device. Now the restaurants come to you, games can be played anywhere. We hold all this power in our pocket. We have ultimate power. We must not forget that, at the end of the day. These are tools, they will get smaller and affordable. They are tools that we have to work with. Tools that we learn the quirks off. Before you start talking about cameras, you need to remember, the story first. Throughout history, we keep forgetting there are so many other things that go into making a movie. Conclusion We can have all the fancy graphics at the end of the day. Yet I still play NHL 95 and listen to cassettes. We can own a vast amount of digital content, but we usually go for what we liked from the past. Never forget story first, tools later. These are just tools, you would think the industry would learn. We can access 1,000s and millions of songs on the internet. Yet we are seeing a surge in old mediums. We have sharper lenses, yet people want the old fashioned look. Don't buy the narrative the latest is the best, find what works with you and what you need to do. Not everyone is shooting 4k. Nor do you need it. Do you. Visual Smugglers is a Toronto based Video agency that creates social media content for Brands and Business. You can view our reel at https://www.visualsmugglers.com

  • The Process of making Youtube Content

    We see the end result and think that it just happened. Well working with (Artist) Adom On Acid We did the Cinematography. The Beginning When you start a project, you got to think about where it's going to end up. At first, we thought about creating a Youtube video formated for 16:9 We thought the audience would view this on their TV and laptops. So this motivates how you frame your subject. 16:9 Format for Youtube Video We love this softbox, it's small but packs a bite. Also easy to set up. The power was at 40%. Shot on a small square desk from Ikea. We also kept these videos for over 1 minute. We also shot this as RAW, 4K. The Middle We kept trying, limited by space, the problem was how do you get different looks with limited space. First lesson, when you're doing a daily vlog. Don't shoot 4k. We also wanted to test. Youtube Shorts. Ended up shooting 1080p, ProRes, LT. So here we got a little more ambitious. We had one Gel with a Magenta Gel. The process is always evolving. The overhead shot was too flat for me. So at the end. You learn to control this, you use neg fill and your light ratios. Light spreads everywhere. It interferes with other light. So you have to control where it hits. Snoots, neg fill and spot lights are great attachments to do this. The End We moved to a loft, so now space wasn't the issue. We had a great wooden table so started to use that as a prop. While shooting through the day in a studio. You don't want to wait for mother nature to till you when it's AM or PM. So we blocked off all the daylight. Neon image brake down So here, you start to sculpt in your image. Using a negative fill. You are blocking the light hitting frame left. There was too much spill, the light I'm using is super powerful and had it at 4% and it still overpowered all my other lights. When you get into lighting. It's all about ratios. To keep ratios and contrast, you need to add a negative fill. Light spills everywhere, so you have to contain it. Using an MC, point right at the subject, you also are creating contrast. Colours also add depth to your Image. An Aputure Spotlight with a 19 Degree Beam angle. Allows you to get very specific with your light. It focuses the light and then you have built-in cutters to help shape the light. We just wanted to light the top of the frame. It's like having a built-in negative fill. You can really shape your light and have it hit a specific point. For many years, snoots were my best friends. Conclusion Through the whole process, you learn, which is the best format. Most things get better over time, the more you shoot something, the more you hone into your vision. Limit yourself to one location, one prop, one desk, one set. Then keep adding layers to it. It takes time to find the look of something. Challenge yourself also to find multiple looks in the same room. Overhead are great to practice your creativity. Normally you use see flat lighting, but try lighting object on the desk. Add props that add to the story. Visual Smugglers is a Toronto based Video Production Company. We create video content and animation for Brands, Influencers and Business. To view our portfolio and get in touch https://www.visualsmugglers.com

  • Free Websites Directories To Push Your Site To The Limits

    You started a new Business! *Happy Dance* 🕺 You are thinking about what next? *Sad Face* 😔 You see the scene in Scarface playing in your mind 🤑 🎶 Push it to the limit (Limit) No one left to stand in your way You might get careless, but you'll never be safe While you're still in it 🎶 Register Your Business for FREE Now the hard work begins, so let's get to it. You heard of it, "Google" well time to register a google my business accountant. Download "Google My Business App" for Andriod Download "Google My Business App" for iPhone It's free to Register to Google, it takes a few days to get the approval letter which will come with a code, so get on that. Websites to list your Business Create a Google My Business Page https://support.google.com/business/answer/6337431?hl=en Create a Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/create List your space with Apple Maps https://mapsconnect.apple.com/ List of 35 Free Directory to register your business, https://whitespark.ca/top-local-citation-sources-by-country/canada/ WARNING: You're going to get a lot of phone calls like for example Yelp will try to upsell you and get you to pay money for their ad service, DON'T DO IT! JUST DON'T. Expect a lot of spam phone calls! Also use the same address, phone number and email for each website. Pro Tips Do your research, google a competitor and see what sites they have added their business to. They might be on Yelp e.t.c. Also expect a lot of spam phone calls! Now your number is online your going to get random phone calls. Pro Tip: Make Sure you use the exact. Studio Based Directory If you have a physical studio or space and want to rent it out. I would register it with the following This Open Space > https://thisopenspace.com/host Set Scouter - https://www.setscouter.com/ (You could possibly rent your space for film work) Music Studio Directory - https://www.studiotime.io/ Also bouns, if you need inspiration for your design or need to find a creative agency for hire. Do check out https://www.bestdesigns.co/ Also if you're looking for a video production company, check out https://www.designrush.com/agency/video-production Visual Smugglers is a Toronto based video production company that creates social media ads for Brands and Business. We help Smuggle Your Message To The Masses, visit our website for our Demo Reel And a Free Quote https://www.visualsmugglers.com

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  • Creative Direction - Visual Smugglers

    TOP OF PAGE STORYBOARD FINAL VIDEO STORYBOARD SERVICES STORYBOARDING Storyboarding allows you to us to be on the same page. The more prepared you are before the shoot, the better the outcome. ​ We have are in house story board artist that can help visualize your project, before it goes to production. ​ For this production, we shot the campaign in 3 hours. By having a plan, we could be more effective in what we got done in the day. ​ ​ ​ Final Video ​ Final Video for clothing e-brand Follow Your Shadow ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

  • Creative Direction - Visual Smugglers

    TOP OF PAGE STORYBOARD FINAL VIDEO VIDEO EDITING SERVICES STORYBOARDING Storyboarding allows you to us to be on the same page. The more prepared you are before the shoot, the better the outcome. ​ We have are in house story board artist that can help visualize your project, before it goes to production. ​ For this production, we shot the campaign in 3 hours. By having a plan, we could be more effective in what we got done in the day. ​ ​ ​ Final Video ​ Final Video for clothing e-brand Follow Your Shadow ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

  • About | Visual Smugglers | Toronto

    Established in 2017 , the " Visual Smugglers " are a Toronto Video Production Company . W e are V ersatile Content Creators creating promotional video content that is Eye-Catching and is Story-Driven . Visual Smugglers is a collective group of Toronto videographers, photographers, video e ditors and producers. We believe in collaboration with our clients to develop their ideas into a story, and we make sure we are on the same page before we start S hooting . .......WE WRITE, SHOOT AND EDIT ​ We I nvolve You in the process so that we both can be on the S ame Page . We have worked with Sick Kids , P&G and countless other Brands and Business as well as Creative Agencies and Restaurants to help them promote their services and events. Visual Smugglers is the in-betweener of your Business and your Story; we're the Storyteller , telling Branded Stories and smuggling your Message To The Masses . GET IN TOUCH ABOUT US (PDF) PROCESS

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