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Short mini podcast episodes featuring tips and advice from the field to help you tell better conservation stories. Host: Filmmaker Gregg McLachlan

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Short mini podcast episodes featuring tips and advice from the field to help you tell better conservation stories. Host: Filmmaker Gregg McLachlan

    Ep 108: Gimbals Need Not Apply

    Ep 108: Gimbals Need Not Apply

    The overuse and over-abuse of electronic gimbal stabilizers are rampant in the filmmaking world today. If you see buttery smooth footage, it's the result of gimbals being used by filmmakers. But gimbals have a downside. The organic feeling of a viewer being there in the moment with the 'stars' of a video is being lost. Life and work isn't buttery smooth. Especially in conservation work. There's rocky terrain. Stepping over logs. Quick responses. I'm not talking the extreme cinematic camera jitters used in Saving Private Ryan. In this episode I talk about why I've been leaving my gimbal stabilizer at the office when I am filming conservation projects. Hint: It's about my camera being more organically, realistic and in sync with the real life of my subjects, which are ecologists, biologists, field technicians, etc

    • 5 min
    Ep. 107: No Storyboard, No Script!

    Ep. 107: No Storyboard, No Script!

    Well, you could read this previous blog post about Being Real Is Better Than Perfect, or you could watch this video by WorkCabin Creative conservation videographer Gregg McLachlan and hear a real story about why filming in nature is not about everything being perfect in your videos. And why, it's more natural and real to forego storyboards and scripts in nature storytelling videos.

    Watch this example of a video that used no storyboards and scripts.

    NatureHood: Waters Of Life

    • 5 min
    Ep 106: Change Or Die. Advice for Creatives

    Ep 106: Change Or Die. Advice for Creatives

    Making money as a professional photographer is hard. Or at least, a lot harder than it used to be. Unfortunately, I still see too many photographers still posting rants on social media about organizations sourcing free photos from social media users, or via photo contests. These rants are almost always focused on these external factors that creatives have little control over. What we can control is our own actions, how we are changing in this new digital era, and how we are adapting. Everything from whom we target as potential clients, to what we create, and how we market ourselves has changed. It's not 1984 anymore. 

    • 7 min
    Ep 105: Five key tips for planning better conservation storytelling

    Ep 105: Five key tips for planning better conservation storytelling

    A great story is what separates memorable content from content that is forgettable. Obviously you want to be memorable because that gives your conservation organization a competitive advantage.

    But how do you create a great story? How do you tell it in a way that captivates your audience?

    There’s no secret formula for getting it perfect. If there was, every nature story would be the same. But there are ingredients that are essential and effective to creating a better story. These five tips are ones that WorkCabin Creative incorporates into its video work. They are essential if you want your story to stand out from the crowd.

    • 8 min
    Ep 104: It‘s Not All About You. Nature Talks Too

    Ep 104: It‘s Not All About You. Nature Talks Too

    Scenario: You have a one-minute video. You: "We need a one-minute voiceover!" 

    Stop. You might not. Leave some space and time for nature to do the talking.

    Creating an emotional reaction in a viewer is more likely to happen because we watch an inspiring clip of nature vs words spoken by you. So the next time you are creating a voiceover for a video, remember that balance is key. Know when to have talking, and when to let nature alone do the 'talking'. Together, you'll have a real partnership that is powerful. 

    • 4 min
    Ep 103: Are you starting your journey way above the heads of your audience?

    Ep 103: Are you starting your journey way above the heads of your audience?

    Knowing where your organization sits in its relationship -- or lack of relationship -- with audiences is key to where to start your video or podcast journey. If your audiences are continually asking "We don't know what you do?" and you skip answering that starting point, you risk failing to grow relationships, especially new ones.

    • 5 min

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