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Posted on: May 10th, 2016 by Tom McDonald

Fireside Production is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year.  It has been an amazing ride, and we have been privileged to partner with so many wonderful organizations in this video production journey.  After a decade of producing video content, our team is continually striving to keep things fresh and innovative in both our look and…

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Changing Video Production Technology

Posted on: March 9th, 2016 by Tom McDonald

  Celebrating our 10th anniversary at Fireside Production not only gets us excited about the next ten years but also provides a chance to reflect on the past.  What strikes me from a production standpoint is just how much things have changed – and yes, improved.  Any company that is reliant on technology can attest to…

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Video Tip: The Power of the Opening Shot

Posted on: January 19th, 2016 by Tom McDonald

I was reminded recently by someone I highly respect (my wife) on the importance of the opening shot in a video.  An opening shot is the very first scene you see in the piece.  Not only is it a chance to display creativity but in today’s world, it’s essential to enticing your viewer to watch…

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The Videographer’s Toolbox

Posted on: August 11th, 2015 by Tom McDonald

There’s always a great deal of excitement when you’re getting ready for a video shoot.  A successful shoot starts before you leave the door – with solid preparation.  There is always some luck involved with a great shoot – the elements falling perfectly into place – but having a few tools in place is helpful as well. …

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Hidden Video Production Ingredients

Posted on: April 7th, 2015 by Tom McDonald

At Fireside Production, delivering videos that captivate and inspire is something we take great pride in.  However, there are other ingredients to a successful project that we also strive to meet with each and every video. The first is low impact.  One of our early Clients marveled that we showed up to our first shoot…

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Building a Championship Team

Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 by Tom McDonald

Yes… I am an NFL fan!  This is the time of year when many coaching changes happen in the NFL and this year, my favorite team – the mighty Denver Broncos – made a change as well.  Thankfully, this is not a yearly occurrence but when it happens, there’s always cause for concern for a die-hard fan…

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Video Editing with Music

Posted on: December 16th, 2014 by Tom McDonald

Throughout my news career, I always cherished those rare opportunities to edit a news story to music.  These were rare instances for sure but now and then, a feature story would come up that allowed a little musical soundtrack.  Today, in my professional video production life, nearly every piece we do is edited to music.  Through nearly…

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Tips to Overcome the Edit Block

Posted on: October 28th, 2014 by Tom McDonald

Thankfully, there are times here at Fireside Production when we are loaded to bear with projects.  This is a great problem to have but can also create the equivalent of writers block in the edit process.  Each video we produce must be as good as it can be.  So, how do you push through when…

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Tom’s Tips – Video Mistakes & Solutions

Posted on: August 19th, 2014 by Tom McDonald

In my last blog, I wrote about just how valuable video tips are today and the generosity of those who produce and post them online.  I’ve always enjoyed creating Tom’s Video Tips for our quarterly newsletter, The Creative Kindling – and would like to share one of my favorites with you.  Here are my quick Dos and Don’ts for…

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