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The Other Side of Google Street View

Posted 9th April 2018
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Google Street View is a handy tool for anyone who is looking for a good way to look around and get the feel for either; an office, a school or nursery, exhibits, health care centres and many more. It’s also used widely for getting detections and looking for visual clues when scouting locations. There are many creative ways that Google Street View can be used. Such as, there is a dog at the moment travelling the world, so that you can see it from a dogs' perspective. 360 cameras are all the rage now, so you can make your own...
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Why Customers Should Visit the Edit!

Posted 30th January 2018
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Claire Stott of Orbit Developments tells us why visiting the edit benefited her and her film. Transcript: Hi, I'm Claire from Orbit Developments, we are a commercial property company based in South Manchester. The reason I've come in today is because we've been working on a video for Macclesfield Means Business. We're quite lucky because we are [Orbit] 6 or 7 miles away from the office and we could've just communicated to each other via email or on the phone but it does normally end up in email tennis where you're sending edits to each other constantly. So I've popped...
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Using a Teleprompter When Making Video!

Posted 23rd January 2018
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In this vlog, Carol tells us about how using a teleprompter when making video can be beneficial for all parties.   Transcript: Czesc, tutaj Carol z BellyflopTV or in English it’s Hello, it’s Carol here from BellyflopTV. Today I’d like to talk to you about using a teleprompter, which I'm doing right now, and its advantages for those of us who are bilingual. A teleprompter is a device that goes in front of the camera that shows a scrolling script which can be read whilst filming. It’s very similar to using cue cards but reduces eye movement. Just think of...
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Why Visiting the Edit is Beneficial for your Film!

Posted 16th January 2018
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In this vlog, Sammi, Senior Editor at Bellyflop TV talks about the advantages of customers visiting the edit. Claire Stott of Orbit Developments gives her testimonial about how visiting the edit helped her film get finished so much quicker! Transcript:  Hi, I'm Sammi. Here in the edit my job is to turn what's been filmed into an amazing video that is tailored to what a customer wants. This is usually identified from the filming guide filled in by the customer. Through the interviews and the visuals I get a feel or a vibe and I translate that into a film...
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Why an Apprenticeship at Bellyflop TV worked for me!

Posted 9th January 2018
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The team at Bellyflop TV have recently filmed themselves in blogs and each week we will be publishing them to give you an insight into our world! Here's our apprentice Josh and his story.   Transcript: Hey up everyone, Josh here from BellyflopTV! It’s been a year since I joined the team, so I’d like to talk to you about the experience and advantages of doing an apprenticeship. I found out about the apprenticeship at Bellyflop TV after calling into the Apprenticeship store in Stockport. I saw the job advertised by Learning Unlimited and I thought - you know what,...
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Using music in videos

Posted 12th December 2017
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Using commercial tracks on social media videos
Virtually every single film we make we have music of some description in the background. Music helps us in a number of ways; it keeps the film moving along, it adds to the atmosphere, and a change of music acts as a gear change such as going from slow-paced to energetic. Music could also make a film seem shorter because there are no silent gaps, which helps to keep the viewers and listeners engaged. The big question is of course what music track should we use? It’s not just the style and beat of the music, but whether we should...
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Photography for added value

Posted 17th November 2017
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On almost every film shoot we do, we also take photographs- of people, places, and products. We use photos in the video edit if we need a close-up static shot of an object for example, but we also do photography as an extra added value for customers. Quite often the filming location (such as an office or shop) has been tidied up for the video session, so it's a chance to catch it looking well presented on photography as well. Above: A typical example of a range of images sent o a customer after a film shoot. Also, as we...
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Are you too ugly for video?

Posted 13th November 2017
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Virtually every film we make features people - from call centre staff talking about their work, to the patients of healthcare professionals giving testimonials. On a film shoot we can usually tell who is willing to appear on video from their body language when they spot the camera in close proximity. Most people we approach agree, but if there is one reaction that happens far too often, it's people putting themselves down on their appearance and believing they are not 'good enough' to be in a film. The phrase 'the camera adds ten pounds' is rubbish... Firstly, the key reason...
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Social Media Vanity V Sanity

Posted 23rd October 2017
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Chocolate Coins
Just as turnover is vanity but profit is sanity, the same goes for your online presence. Doing lots of stuff online through social media and having many connections means nothing if it doesn't actually help your business in any way - in fact it could do the opposite if you have confusing messages. There is this misleading view that as you are always on Twitter or have lots of likes for a LinkedIn post it's good for business, but it actually may not be. You can feel you are working productively by being busy on social media, just like delivering...
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It’s How You Make People Feel.

Posted 9th October 2017
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Stockport Homes
People don't necessarily recall what you say, but certainly do remember how you made them feel when you said it. This belief I have comes from a quote by civil rights activist and poet Maya Angelou, which is 'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel'. Despite being a virtual one way communication, video can work really well in creating feelings about a person or business. When it comes to building trust the spoken word is important face to face, but without social senses...
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