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How to Create A Corporate Video Production That Meets Business Goals

  • January 7, 2017
Best Corporate Video Production Tool Is Ears

  What’s the most important peice of equipment you can have for creating a corporate video that meets the business goals of your client?   Not a camera.   Not lights.   Not editing software.   It’s those high-tech appendages attached to the side of your head—ears.   Achieving business goals through video starts with listening. This was our first step with Conserve LandCare, a landscape maintenance company that engaged us to make a video for their newly redesigned website.   Based in Palm Springs, California, Conserve LandCare provides comprehensive landscape services for property managers, homeowner associations, and public agencies throughout the Coachella Valley and San Bernardino county.   We quickly learned that Conserve was starting at essentially zero. Despite impressive growth, they had yet…

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Documentary Filmmaker Arrested on Baseless Charges

  • October 14, 2016
Documentary Filmmaker Arrested

The Huffington Post is reporting that documentary filmmaker Deia Scholsberg was arrested in North Dakota while filming protests against tar sands oil pipelines. She has been charged with three felony charges, including conspiracy to commit theft of property. Her footage and documentary film gear was confiscated. She faces up to 45 years in prison. As documentary filmmakers ourselves and well, as citizens of the United States, this comes as a shock and we are outraged at the treatment of Scholsberg. Schlosberg was acting and operating as a journalist, not a participant. This is a violation of her rights, the freedom of the press, and the first amendment. According to Josh Fox, director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary film "Gasland" the director of the film for which Schlosberg was…

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New Partnership for Commercial Real Estate Video Production

  • October 14, 2016
Drone And UAS And UAV Flying Company For Commercial Real Estate

We are pleased to announce that we have just entered a partnership with Uplift Data Partners to be their exclusive provider of high-end commercial real estate video production. Z-Channel Films will provide drone video production locally in Colorado and also serve as the post-production team for any commercial real estate videos shot outside our region. Uplift Date Partners, based in Chicago, is an exciting entry into the drone/UAS industry. They were founded in part by a worldwide construction and real estate development company that was looking for a solution to drone flying and all the safety and legal requirements that come with it. Borne out of that need is Uplift, whose mission is to help other organizations with flying drones safely. They aim to strengthen the relationship…

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Finished Your Documentary Film? Forget About the Distributor

  • September 27, 2016
Digital Documentary Film Platforms ITunes, Amazon, And Netflix

I hate clutter in my email inbox so I am extremely selective about what I might subscribe to. "Nofilmschool" is one of those weekly emails that have made my cut. They consistently provide high quality articles and news relevant to the filmmaking industry, whether documentaries, feature films, or commercials. One of the most intriguing articles they have produced arrived in my inbox this week. It is titled, "How We Made $1.5 Million Self-Distributing: The 6-Step Playbook." Mind you, this was for a documentary film, not a dramatic feature film. In today's documentary film climate, unless you are Michael Moore or Davis Guggenheim, this is absolutely unheard of. Nearly every documentary film loses money. How do I know this? I've produced documentary films. I have many, many…

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The New FAA Part 107 Drone/UAS/UAV RULE — What Changed?

  • September 14, 2016
Dji Inspire 1 Drone Tav For Commercial Real Estate Videography

In August, the FAA adjusted their rules and regulations for UAV operators operating their drones for commercial purposes (see our discussion of those rules here). Many have thought the FAA's existing rules for professional aerial videography were confusing and excessive, specifically the requirement than a drone operator was a certified Part 61 pilot, as in for airplanes. It seems the FAA has recognized the immense interest in and application of UAVs, so kudos to them for making some changes. In fact, CNN recently reported that they are in the works with manufactures to create a drone suitable for live new broadcasting. Between that news and Amazon's well-known interest in using drones as a delivery services, the opportunities for commercial drone operation are bound to only increase.…

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The FAA UAV/Drone Rules and Regulations Explained

  • May 2, 2016
Jonathan Gruber Of Elite Air Productions

In January 2013, the Chinese company DJI released an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or drone) they called the Phantom 1 that was equipped with a GoPro camera and along with it launched a movement: For the first time filmmakers had the ability to capture aerial video for an affordable price. The production value aerial video can add to a production is massive so it is no surprise that inexpensive unmanned aerial vehicles like the Phantom series have become all the rage in the last few years. Here at Z-Channel Films we have used aerial videography is a few of our productions. For the documentary feature film we produced for DirecTV, “Jobs for G.I.s,” we integrated aerial video of Los Angeles captured with a DJI Phantom…

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