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Improvisational Filmmaking with Vimeo Staff Pick Videographer Brandon Li

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In this B&H Event Space video, filmmaker Brandon Li shares his favorite techniques for creating a story out of purely improvised material. His strategy for creating a film is heavily dependent on the unexpected, and for using those unexpected elements to fuel creativity. Working without scripts or storyboards, it is part of his plan to have events go not according to plan. Li guides you through his filmmaking process, using clips from his many improvised films to underscore talking points. Topics discussed include: planning your shoot to accommodate the un-planned; bringing the right gear for run-and-gun filmmaking; creating beautiful shots out of (almost) any lighting; capturing candid footage of strangers; directing actors so they live in the moment; editing your footage to highlight exciting transitions and techniques; and learning the most important part of editing—pacing.

Additionally, Li offers a few words on how he gains exposure for his work, turning his dream of travel filmmaking into reality. After watching, you’ll be ready to use uncertainty to your advantage, and to harness your instincts to guide your technique in creating short films for a variety of end uses.

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