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Top 10 Articles of 2015

Wipster Weekly has been delivering tailored video production news to your inbox for over a year now. We aim to educate, investigate and titillate with articles that are from all parts of the industry - and it’s been an astounding success. Our subscriber count is now edging towards 15,000 valued readers and we couldn’t have done it without you.

As we head into what will be a very big 2016 for Wipster, we take a quick look back at our top 10 most popular Wipster Weekly articles - as voted by our subscribers with their clicks. They’re still as valuable as ever, so if you missed them the first time around be sure to catch them now.

1. An experienced freelancer's guide to finding clients

When you decide to pursue freelance work, you might not have a clue how to actually find clients. But if you start with research and ask businesses what they look for in freelancers, as well as ask your peers for advice, your network will begin to grow.

2. Attention video producers: don't make these 5 mistakes

Having shot professionally for the better part of a decade, Russ Fairly has screwed up a lot. Maybe more than most. He shares his biggest mistakes made on shoots and how to prevent them from happening again.

3. How to record natural sounds

Natural sounds is one of the best ways to add depth and realism to your films. Here are some great tips and advice on how you can record and use sound in your films to connect to your audience.

4. Getting your clients to commit

Get your clients to spend money on corporate video... and have them feel good about it. Without learning how to sell video (and yourself), your technical talents will be wasted as you'll have no clients to do work for. Here are 4 proven steps for a getting a client to commit to a corporate video project.

5. 12 incredibly useful software tools for video pros

Freelance video production is an amazing job but today’s freelancer needs to be a production manager, editor, motion graphic designer, client relationship manager, and more. Fortunately, the tools available for pros have never been better, or more affordable. Let’s take a look at a few of our picks.

6. Free call sheet for film and video projects (and 3 other free templates)

Help to organize your next video production with this free template, including a call sheet, storyboarding, audition sign-in sheet and talent release form.

7. Your quick guide to 360 degree video on YouTube

With YouTube's recent launch of 360 degree video ads, it's time you realized the ins-and-outs of this exciting new technology, and that they're probably easier to create than you think…

8. 12 pieces of gear that are total lifesavers on set

Story and Heart spoke to filmmakers and Academy educators about the gear that goes with them on every shoot, allowing them to creatively solve just about any problem they encounter.

9. Top 10 tips and tools for video projects

From pre-production through post – here are 10 tips and tools that will get your next video project running smoother, cheaper, and most of all, smarter.

10. The best video production products of 2015

Having the best gear on set can make or break a shoot. Videomaker lists the newest, latest, and greatest cameras, gadgets, software, plugins and hardware for video production in 2015.

There it is, the top 10 Wipster Weekly articles of 2015. As always, a special thanks to our contributors: PremiumbeatVideomakerVimeoStoryandHeartLifehacker.comReelSEO and the many others that have been featured over the past year. It’s been a huge year for video and a real pleasure reading and sharing all these amazing blogs and articles.

What do you want to see in Wipster Weekly for 2016? What do you want to see more of and what you do hope will never show up again? Let us know in the comments below.

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