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Honing the Pitch of Pitchcraft
, Events

Honing the Pitch of Pitchcraft

March 18th will mark the first rendition of Pitchcraft, a series of Lookout events tailored to the the art of the pitch. The inaugural Pitchcraft will focus on social impact, so a selection of local non-profits working for the greater good in the D.C. area will be given an opportunity to “pitch” the story of their work and demonstrate to the panel of judges how a professionally produced video will elevate their mission.

Victorious – Building Trust While Building a Documentary
, Film Production, Inspiration

Victorious – Building Trust While Building a Documentary

There are myriad issues to consider when putting together a documentary. Is the story relatable? Is there an audience? If there is an audience, how do I reach them? How am I going to possibly fund this endeavor? Depending on the subject and nature of the piece, these considerations are in their own ways crucially important to creating a successful documentary but sometimes the most important element can turn out to be the most elusive: trust between subject and the person capturing their story.

Funding the Unfunded
, Art, Film Production, News

Funding the Unfunded

​Dave Moss, with a voice for radio and a keen mind towards improving the funding process, has just launched the Unfunded List, his latest effort to improve the grant proposal process. Anyone who has worked in the grant proposal process knows that applications can be a sort of blind rubik’s cube of planning, writing, guestimating and hoping for the best without a clear system of feedback or clarification once the proposal has been submitted. Grant applicants devote countless hours of their time to applications that get sent down the pike with two main results; acceptance or denial, with denial being delivered quietly and without an opportunity for clarification or explanation.

Mastering Time Lapse
, Art, Film Production, Photography

Mastering Time Lapse

Time lapse photography has the unique ability to compress hours of time into just a few moments. It allows us to see patterns and motion that we never see in real time. Capturing a successful timelapse takes technical skill, creativity and a lot of patience. Lookout member, Justin Dent has all of these traits. On a recent trip to Oregon, Justin shot an amazing timelapse video, “Hood to Coast: A Brief Lapse in Time” that captures the beauty of one of the most biodiverse states in the country. We see rainforests, mountain glaciers and beaches from sunrise to sunset.

Enter the Rainmaker
, Events, News

Enter the Rainmaker

What do you do when a client asks you to make it rain? You can either run to the bank or make a deal or two (straight cash!) or, if you’re Ryder Haske of Peoples Television, you call up your cohorts at The Lookout to build a bespoke Rainmaker and get the shot done.

DCShorts Interviews Ian Fay & Rob Shore
, Interview, Press

DCShorts Interviews Ian Fay & Rob Shore

The Lookout's origins are ubiquitously associated with the film, The Garden Of Steven.  Check out Alexander Laird's interview with two Lookout Founders.

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