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Our Apprentice Gets Creative with a Camera

Posted 21st August 2017
by BellyFlop

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Although video production is the majority of our work, we do photography too, including Google Street View virtual tours. With photography in mind we have given Josh our apprentice camera operator a weekly task of creating a gallery of photos based on just one word, such as 'reflections', 'wheels', or 'sky'. The reason for the task is to build Josh's ability to tell a story just by pictures. So each gallery of images needs to be a different situation, all of the photos need to be visually engaging, and each image must stay with the given theme. The photos are...
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What is the ‘Automated Economy’?

Posted 7th August 2017
by BellyFlop

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My job prior to Bellyflop was a Producer / Director making broadcast TV. Mainly entertainment, reality, and lifestyle programmes. I had a theory that by around now all television would be on demand and we would not have TV schedules. I suspected the kind of shows I was making would not be in demand and we would just select what we wanted to watch like we do on Netflix, and I would potentially struggle for work. So, it's not yet the case, but I believe we are not far away from television all being on demand (it's started already with...
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What’s so special about Love Island?

Posted 21st July 2017
by BellyFlop

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As Love Island is coming to an end of it’s 3rd series, it’s time to answer the question what’s so special about Love Island that it kept us hooked up for so many weeks, including Liam Gallagher and Stormzy? The show is a reboot of Celebrity Love Island which aired in 2005 and 2006. Few years ago producers got a brilliant idea of refreshing the format by replacing celebs with real people and introducing Caroline Flack as a new host. For past 7 weeks Flack and the squad were entertaining us, making us laugh and cry and sometimes almost giving...
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It takes video to show heart and soul.

Posted 15th June 2017
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Only video can show off the heart and soul of a business. Take away your logo, brand guidelines, corporate colour scheme, and your catchy three word brand statement. Forget the branding on the side of your office, cleverly written blog posts with the key keywords, your vital SEO statistics that keep you at the top of Google. Behind the scenes of a good company are people that have heart and soul in what they believe, positive attitude, sincerity and passion.  If there's one thing that could show this off to the world it's video.  A film that features the people behind...
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Drones: The Film Industry’s game changer?

Posted 1st June 2017
by BellyFlop

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Hello, it's Josh here and I'm the apprentice at Bellyflop TV. Whenever there's a new piece of kit on the market, we're researching it to keep up to date, after all, we want to give our clients the best. Drones are the newest trend in the video industry and it seems they are worth every penny. There are multiple videos on YouTube showcasing the astonishing visuals you can get through these cameras. We are moving into a new chapter of film tech and it's only going up from here. You can really tell why they are an upcoming trend; they...
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Will a website video pay for itself?

Posted 24th May 2017
by BellyFlop

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Depending on the nature of your business and products or services you sell, a website video could add value to your business and cover its costs fairly quickly. It's like many investments you make for your company. If you have a hole on your website where a planned video will go, and this is your main reason for requiring a film, then it's only really filling a gap rather than a brief. But when you have a message or value you need to communicate, then that's where a video can really pay for itself. We help with video ideas! More is explained in this...
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Professional Voiceover with Alison Shore

Posted 18th May 2017
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As part of our video package, we offer professional voiceover – but is it effective at getting potential customers to watch your video? We talked to Alison Shore, a professional voiceover artist about hers work with us and how getting a voiceover recorded works.   This is Alison, you can follow her on Twitter here. (Photo: Alison Shore) Q. How did you get into this kind of work? Almost by chance! I was searching the net looking for franchise opportunities when I came across someone called Gary Terrza, a continuity announcer for Channel 4 and well established and respected Voice Artist.  I...
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Young film makers are often exploited

Posted 18th April 2017
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I witness a common pattern of events amongst younger film makers. They are so keen to make videos that actually being paid a fair amount for their efforts (or at all) becomes an afterthought. Before they know it they have a reputation for putting a huge amount of effort in their work for little financial award. Eventually either two things happen - they burn out and give up once they realise they are frequently being exploited, or they change career path once they get offered regular work. Some would say it's a lesson they need to learn to survive in business - well, I'm...
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5 ways your website video can work for you.

Posted 10th April 2017
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A video on your company website or social media still seems a novelty to some, rather than providing a practical purpose. Even having social media accounts can appear to be an ineffective use of staff time to some company owners. So just in case you are trying to convince someone further up the management structure, or maybe the business owner themselves, that video is a good idea, we wanted to give you some ideas how video can work for you. Communicate quickly and clearly. Just imagine you had the ability to go back in time and edit yourself from speaking at an event, or...
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Are you ready for the Video Boom?

Posted 4th April 2017
by BellyFlop

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As a video production company that has made nearly 2,000 online videos, we know that internet traffic for video is huge - it was a colossal 64% in 2014! (CISCO). But how will it fair for years to come? According to CISCO, by 2019 80% of all online traffic will be video. This is due to streaming services, an increase in people connected to the internet - 3.9 million people globally will be able to access the internet - and an increase in the number of devices that are connected. The above photo is from when Bellyflop.tv attended the YouTube Creator Day...
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