My tips and pieces of advice for finding & running successful airbnb rental & investment properties! I have and have maintained 2 very successful Airbnb properties and investments over the last 3 years and am now looking into a third... so I thought I would share this information with you guys and hopefully help you guys develop or think about developing a more rounded portfolio to help secure your financial future!
Go into 2019 with a new attitude! Just create...don't make excuses about your gear. Tell great stories and master your content and stories with the gear you have at your disposal!It’s about the person behind the piece of gear not the gear itself! - Jakob Owens
Recently, I decided to make a “Prequel Short Film” to one of my favorite horror movies ever…The Strangers. It’s been getting a lot of good reactions from OG Strangers fans and I couldn’t be happier with how it came together! Watch the film below!
“The 7-minute short pitch perfectly taps into the vibe of Bryan Bertino’s The Strangers, centered on a young woman who’s being stalked by “The Man in the Mask”… - BloodyDisgusting
Check out this article about the film by BLOODY DISGUSTING: https://bloody-disgusting.com/videos/3539523/video-7-minute-short-strangers-origins-one-years-best-fan-films/?fbclid=IwAR2fpVS38AeVj1LvExlBT9cDLkpydaKGDUHryNncMhsuBr5lgBqg2aCX-ro
Out of demand for needing a solution to mount a prism in front of our lenses my business partner and I searched the web for something, but to no avail... It was then that we sat down and developed something to solve this problem for not just us, but the tons of other filmmakers and photographers with a similar issue. After several months of R&D www.prismlensfx.com was brought to life! We're pumped that so many of ya'll are just as excited for this new product and company as we are! We have so many more ideas and creative solutions for filmmakers and photographers and can't wait to continue to develop them and find new and creative ways to help people create and tell their stories. Pre-order our new PrismLensFX bundles before January 1st 2019 and save 25% off the final cost! https://www.prismlensfx.com
So the other day I had an idea for a fun filmmaking exercise...the idea was to create a unique scene within the confines of my house using only 1 light! A few years back I remember seeing something from Brandon Li that was done in a similar way, and this recent memory gave me the spark to create a new filmmaking challenge/exercise for filmmakers out there! So the challenge is as such....Pick a room in your house (a boring one) and create the most cinematic visuals you can within that space using only 1 single light. It can be any light, but only 1! Once you've created your visuals post the 1-2 minute video to your youtube and or Instagram with the same title #BoringRoom1LightChallenge. Then post a series of your 3 favorite stills that best exemplifies the cinematography from the challenge to Instagram in a layout format and use the hashtag #BoringRoom1LightChallenge. In any craft you should always be working on honing your skills, practicing, working towards trying new things and developing your style as a creative. I hope this exercise challenges a lot of you guys and you find some fun in it! Jakob Owens
2018 was another great year! It was full of fun, exciting, and new projects, many of which I couldn’t share in this new reel as they haven’t been released yet, but here is my updated 2018 Directors/Editors Reel!
Below is a video where I discuss all the ways to properly write a music video treatment to land your next big music video job or client! Make sure to check out all the music video treatment templates below the video as well. Easily plug and play your own pictures or text into these fully customizable documents and templates!
►TREATMENT TEMPLATES: https://bit.ly/2LvvMlF
►TREATMENT TEMPLATES: https://bit.ly/2LvvMlF
DIY Film Light Diffusion Tricks with everyday objects from home! There's so many ways to be creative when it comes to lighting a scene and how you can control and modify that light! What's the most creative thing you've done!?
Just be cautious to use these tricks on lights that are LED based. I don’t want you burning your house down! -Jakob Owens
What's up guys! Today I want to talk about one of my favorite film studios on the east coast! Occasionally I'll find myself in Florida for a shoot, and when I'm there there's one place I really recommend...... SoFlo Studio. A video may often require an indoor scene as well as various outdoor scenes. Depending on the type of scene, it may even require permits or prior authorization from an owner or company to use a location to shoot video. Permits are usually expensive, a hassle, and authorization to use a shoot location from an owner or company may require thousands of dollars to make up for their lost profits of the space for that day.
The police departments in Miami and Fort Lauderdale refuse to allow anyone to use their interrogation rooms for just any video shoot. According to the city of Miami Film Office a production project must have liability insurance covering at least $1,000,000 per any occurrence. There's an application fee of $120 non-refundable whether approved or denied a permit; an inspection fee of $25, and $0.20 to $0.35 per square foot used depending if traffic needs to be blocked the application for the permit can be found here if interested. A location rental could cost thousands of dollars to shoot at a real police station, not to mention that according to seattle.gov, any usage of real or fake weapons on public property requires your production to hire uniformed officers to be at your film shoot for public safety. In all trying to shoot in public locations are just way to much of a hassle so......
An easy affordable solution to the high costs of renting a film location is renting a standing set instead. Standing sets do not require film permits, police officers, or any sort of waiting around for the government to get back to you about a permit. You can basically get started on your project asap. This makes your client(s) happy as well as your bank account.
Going back to my post So You Want to Shoot Music Videos? I am going to add that standing sets are perfect to affordably make music videos look great without requiring an expensive upfront cost that most freelance filmmakers and production companies can't afford. If you're ever in or by the south Florida region and need an interrogation room, police station, or even a classroom, SoFlo Studio has these standing sets and more already built, ready for your shoot at such an affordable rates. Lastly, If you don't have production gear, SoFlo Studio also has everything you need to shoot your video and get production underway! - Jakob Owens
SoFlo Studio: http://www.soflostudio.com
Don’t forget about all the props SoFlo Studio has to offer!
Filmmakers and creatives alike often keep their secrets to themselves. Rarely do they ever share information with other creatives, whether it be a trick, hack, location, insight etc. I've always been an open book and carried that philosophy over into my company @tropic.colour! I'm constantly asked questions about finding locations for a shoot, whether its a location from one of my videos or something else. With those questions in mind we built out the ultimate "LA Location Guide" Over our years of experience shooting commercials, films, music videos, in and around LA, we've compiled some of our favorite and also most secretive locations. Locations you can't get to with a single google search. We did the work for you, so you don't have too! Descriptive, pin drops, map overviews, pictures etc. Cheat codes for finding great LA locations right at your fingertips. Our favorite and most secret spots..... are now yours!
LA LOCATIONS GUIDE: https://www.tropiccolour.com/new-products-1/los-angeles-location-guide
Editing music videos is different then most other types of post production jobs. Theres a lot of freedom to create many stylistic editing effects and choices, it's not as straight forward as cutting together commercial, corporate, or native work. With that in mind I made this video based around my years of experience editing music videos and how to best create a music video! - Jakob Owens
Music Video Editing Tutorial: https://bit.ly/2LFqe70
When it comes to editing "Travel Films" theres a lot people tend to leave out r just not even think about! Travel films are so much more than an EDM track and pretty people doing backflips! Check out this video as I break down how a "Travel Film" should be! - Jakob Owens
►"TRAVEL FILMS" EDIT TUTORIAL: https://bit.ly/2ugdGgk
When it comes to starting or building a successful business there are a few things you need to consider! I've started and built several successful companies in my time and now I want to share some of my best pieces of advice when it comes to building a new business for yourself! - Best, Jakob Owens
I'm often asked not only how I got my start shooting/directing music videos but how I can assist and direct others to following the proper steps needed for them to do the same. As a result, I've created this new youtube video breaking down my story as well as the much needed steps to making this dream a reality! -Jakob OWens
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF:
Carve your own path and believe in yourself! A film professor in college once told me I'd never go anywhere in my career with music videos or YouTube. In fact he was so sure, he even went as far as calling me into an out of class office hours meeting where he said... "I could show your stuff to 5 directors I know right now and they would all say it sucks..." and that I needed to follow his plan or he could fail me from his course. True story, I swear. Needless to say I didn't let his words affect me, if anything it fueled me. I went against the grain and carved my own path. To this day he's contacted me several times asking me to come back to ASU to speak to his Directing class. Yea....the one that once almost "failed" me out because I wouldn't follow his course curriculum and make a film instead of doing my no good music/youtube videos. Moral of the story: Believe in yourself, don't listen to the people saying you won't or can't and follow that path of passion relentlessly. - Jakob Owens
Recently I took a trip to Maui Hawaii and naturally my camera didn't leave my side! Here is a video from everything I saw and captured while spending a few days on the stunning island! Jakob Owens
Sound effects used in the video were captured by me and can be purchased below:
►TROPICAL SOUND EFFECTS: https://bit.ly/2JHDeYY
Explore online classes where you can literally learn any skill you want from people & creators like me all over the world. This is easily the best resource to learn high level talents, skills, and information from professionals in the industry! Give it a moment and take a look at what you can learn and create with SKILLSHARE! - Jakob Owens
SKILLSHARE LINK: http://skillshare.evyy.net/c/1228725/298081/4650
When it comes to making and selling your own photo and presets it's pretty simple and straightforward. It's also another great avenue for yourself as a photographer or videographer to make some extra income off of your craft and following with very little to no effort involved. Watch this video below as I explain how I make and sell my own presets! - Jakob Owens
After the initial release of the 6D Mark II there was a lot of hate and angry consumer opinions directed towards this camera. Canon recently sent me the camera to test out under my own circumstances, and I found this camera to be quite the opposite of what people were saying about it! Check out my review and options of the Canon 6D Mark II here. - Jakob Owens