Brendan Shick | Freelance Film, Broadcast, & Digital Media

4 Must Watch Director’s Commentaries – Even if You’re Not a Film Geek

4 Must Watch Director's Commentaries - Even if You're Not a Film Geek

4 Director's Commentaries for any sensibility or taste! At least one of these will appeal to you...
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Learning the Pitfalls of HFR

Learn the Pitfalls of HFR

Don't make the mistake of paying more for a lower quality theater experience. Here's a look at what HFR really does to your image straight from a cinematographer's mouth...errr...pen...err...whatever.
Baseball Broadcasts: Behind the Scenes

Broadcasting Baseball

Ever wonder how the game gets from the field to your television set? We're sharing a behind-the-scenes look.

The Road to the Big Leagues: Players, Broadcasters, and the Stories They Share Editor's Pick

The Road to the Big Leagues: Players, Broadcasters, and the Stories They Share

37 days until Opening Day and my return to work in the ever exciting sports broadcast industry. I figure this means I should acknowledge the start of Spring Training last Saturday.

Working in MiLB certainly has unique perks, but one rewarding part is seeing a player get his first call-up to the show – and while a Spring Training invitation doesn’t technically count as an MLB call-up it’s still a big deal for the players.

5 Ways to Watch More Quality Films Editor's Pick

5 Ways to Watch More Quality Films

Earlier in the week, I shared why I don’t make time to watch or re-watch as many high-quality films or as much high-quality media as I would like, opting instead for lesser fare. It’s a problem far too common among people today. I’d like to help solve that problem, as I’m sure others would like to kick the habit as much as I do. So, here are five suggested ways to fix the problem.

Double-Edged Sword of High Quality Television and Film Editor's Pick

Double-Edged Sword of High Quality Television and Film

To be sure I’m 100% clear, nothing in this article should be taken as encouragement to decrease the quality of one’s content creation – but rather as an encouragement to change one’s viewing habits.

I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but, despite being the solid long-term approach, having the best content may actually hurt your viewership numbers in the short-term.

Quick Followup on HFR and The Hobbit Editor's Pick

Quick Followup on HFR and The Hobbit

My commentary on the use of HFR in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) was posted last week, several hours before the public release of the film. Naturally, there were no audience reactions to include at the time.

Since the official US release last Friday most of the audience reaction I’ve heard has consisted of one of two things…

Watch the Third Party Presidential Debate – 9pm Tonight Editor's Pick

Watch the Third Party Presidential Debate – 9pm Tonight

I don’t like getting into politics anymore than the next guy, but unfortunately broadcasting and politics mix once every four years in the form of …drumroll…Presidential debates.

The three Presidential debates between Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney were naturally heavily publicized and viewed by a huge number of potential voters. However, President Obama actually has around 150 challengers if you include third party candidates and recognized write-in candidates. They have once again received considerably less press.

Finding the Right Freelancer: 3 Points of Consideration When Hiring Editor's Pick

Finding the Right Freelancer: 3 Points of Consideration When Hiring

QUALITY, SPEED, PRICE – PICK TWO

Let’s use freelance video editing as a starting point. If you want to find the right person to tackle your project, you need to prioritize. You would like to have a quality product delivered on a short timeline at a low price, but the first step is learning to accept that you will likely only get two out of three.

It is important to realize this before making any decisions. Too often clients have a set budget and a set timeline. They hire the freelancer who promises quick results at a low price, only to find that the results are of such low quality that they can’t be used. That investment is now wasted.

Working under the assumption that quality work is important to any client, there are two paths of foresight that can prevent these disasters from happening. Here’s how to attract that freelancer who will give you a quality project you can actually use…

APRIL RECAP: Things to Add to the Resume Editor's Pick

APRIL RECAP: Things to Add to the Resume

This April has certainly been quite the busy and eventful month. As alluded to in previous posts, it was not only the start of baseball season (and thus sports broadcasting), but was also the month in which I was heavily involved in principle photography for To Turn Back Time, a 40-minute independent film for which I was the DP. Amazingly, I was able to do both without any significant conflict in shooting schedules, but it also left me with only about 4 days off during the entire month.

And that makes the whole ordeal sound rather easy. As can be typical on lower budget independent films, some of our shooting days on To Turn Back Time ran upwards of 16 hours. That doesn’t include time spent afterwards planning out the next day (or sleeping, eating, etc.). When you do the math, I’ve worked at least 80 hours every single week since mid-March just on these two projects alone.

Anyway, here are the details:

Yesterday’s Quick Updates Editor's Pick

Yesterday’s Quick Updates

As hinted at in Wednesday’s blog post, the first post of my soon-to-be regular guest post series on toturnbacktime.com’s Project Updates feed is live. Check it out…

As a sports broadcaster, yesterday marked an important date in the world of baseball, as it was Opening Day across both MLB and MiLB…

Around the Web: “Lens Theives Ruin the Day” Editor's Pick

Around the Web: “Lens Theives Ruin the Day”

I’m usually pretty careful about keeping track of my equipment. Professional gear can be pretty expensive stuff and if you lose it you’re out a pretty nice chuck of change and your work suffers accordingly.

I stumbled across an interesting link at pixiq.com a while back that I’ve meant to share. It’s definitely worth reading if you’re a DSLR shooter.

What I Didn’t Like About Project 365 Editor's Pick

What I Didn’t Like About Project 365

At the start of the new year, I’ve not surprisingly noticed a lot of buzz about Project 365 around the web. The idea behind the Project 365 initiative is that participants take a single photo everyday for a year.

In theory, this gets photographers and even would-be-photographers out and moving. It gives them a reason to get out, practice, and hone their craft even on days where they don’t have a particular subject worth photographing right in front of them.

However, I tried Project 365 three years ago, and I didn’t like it.

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