A vaping review that is a great example of fantastic editing and camera zoom use

Shaky camera and delirious rapid fire zooms destroy good stories. It also detracts from bad ones.

Here is an example of how to make a movie that is enjoyable where the proper use of zoom is used.


Notice how the zooms work with the music thus it has meaning. The zoom helps one to see closer the build and it entertains.

Here we have an inanimate object that is being “built” and thus the object has “life” and it’s expression changes. Zooming in to people to try to convey their expression better is the most horrible use of the zoom feature in moving image recorders, which we can now name as MIR’s.

Too often even in widely broadcast filming do they not do zooms properly but rather they try and fail to use this technique to try to emphasize the subject’s expression when it is entirely not necessary and makes viewing the subject worse. It’s like how a home movie looks when your uncle is holding the camera and falls and tries to quickly get back up.

The producer may also want to give that “home movie” look but like 99.12345% of the time WHY ON EARTH WHY?

Vope on a rope

Vaping on a rope is called voping. I just created that term. The product could be called VOPE or a Vope Rope.

USPTO says the term “vope” is trademarked for driver training, only one record has that term #85538107.

In this film Zophie typically does her movie making in a home studio with a camera set in place. That works well for almost all of her movies. In this one though she is presenting a small portable vape device that can be and should be placed on a rope/necklace for convenience.

It’s staged in the car. She goes through a drive-thru for food. She goes out to a club and shares her vape with others while it’s on her neck. Great way to meet people – one person asks “Can I share your vape?”

She rambles a bit but this presentation is good because it’s showing how in daily life how convenient this product is to have and use. It would be much better if the camera didn’t shake though.

Neutralize camera shake!

Side view flipping is flippin annoying

There are times that this style of video editing fits, not here in this vaping review for the Vaporesso Polar 220w starter kit. What it does is take the focus away from the product and instead put it more on the reviewer. Another thing that this technique does is add an element of distrust. Why are we looking from the side? This technique often can effectively be used to portray oh so subtly that there is someone (or the viewer even) critiquing, questioning, analyzing, and flat out not trusting of the person, it gives an impression, again subtly, that there is a hidden camera catching someone or trying to catch someone in a lie. It’s used way too often in the wrong way.

I also think this guy goes a bit overboard in his sales pitchy thingy. He reminds me of a car salesman. Why do that on what is supposed to be an honest review.

Another problem is his set, notice all the light bulbs in the background. When he vapes and blows the vapor at the camera we see these spots, like as if we are seeing spots in our eyes after being knocked out. It also looks like the vapor just hit the camera and caused droplets to form on it. Although we can see clear enough that it did not, movies should not present to the viewer anything that causes the mind to have to start analyzing even for a split second the set unless it is used for a purpose on purpose.

I had to vote this guy down on his production because of all this along with the main reason of voting him down, he never showed in detail how the screen functioned.


 Geostorm (2017) on IMDb

I thought this was a great movie but it did not get high, only middle ratings, last I checked a 5.2 on IMDb.

I felt the direction and composition was very well done. Camera shake was NOT THERE when it should not have been. It was used when it can effectively be used.

It brought us into another world like movies should do.

The concept is that the US Government and world governments created a main satellite control station in space with a network of satellites enveloping the globe that controlled weather. It’s systems became hijacked as can be expected in all good vs. evil movies, and the thrill of watching the players try to save earth from catastrophic weather systems CAUSED by the satellite weather control systems allowed for a lot of major destruction to occur while they worked feverishly to reboot the system.

A quick note, this movie was over the top at times with unbelievable scenes, yet in comparing this to San Andreas I felt that these were just a stretch into the creative view. In San Andreas so much of the destruction due to a major earthquake was 100% unbelievable because such damage is just impossible, as was the boat breezing through the debris fields effortlessly.

Here we are in space controlling the weather and when the evil doer recodes the system to cause catastropic weather it’s believable because we see cyclones and tidal waves that could happen.

Sure the instant freezing is a bit over the top, yet it’s actually possible if there were to be such a system as the temperature of space is negative 450 degrees below zero.

I call this a must see movie for a family or friends that can enjoy catastrophe movies to watch together and just have fun with it.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

The good guys try to beat Thanos before he puts an end to the universe.

 Avengers: Infinity War (2018) on IMDb

Security camera loses ability to capture the scene

People in business, government, and all areas where decision to buy security cameras are involved, should be required to watch this video. It shows how poorly a security camera captures footage when there is a fire or other high power light source overwhelming it. Notice at the start of this footage found on Live Leak (full story here) that everything in the waiting/reception area of the hospital is seen well lit. The man comes in and douses gasoline over the counter, lights a match, and then nothing but the flames can be seen. This is a real problem.

Sounding like characters you know

Shelly Long sounded just like the character named Carla who she worked alongside in Cheers when she was voicing a part she played in her 1987 film Outrageous Fortune as she was discussing her career on Johnny Carson. When she gets into character fully she says “gonna squeegee your brains off the wall” and it’s just like hearing Carla talk on Cheers, I mean not just like the accent was right, you could swear you were hearing the voice of Carla. This can happen when you know a voice well, it’s like you absorb the voice. What’s also interesting to watch in this segment at about 4:50 she voices a fast paced record playing, I have never heard anyone do this so well. It’s also interesting to learn that she worked with Natalie Wood as stated in Wikipedia, “Her first notable role came in the 1979 television movie The Cracker Factory as a psychiatric inmate; the movie starred Natalie Wood.”