I have noticed a lot of people getting confused by the difference between color correction and color grading. This includes myself when I first started getting more and more involved in films and filmmaking. Once I understood the difference, I started really paying attention to a films color scheme and variations in the color as the film progressed.
To sum up the difference, color correction is the act of modifying the color of footage to make everything match up. Color Grading is the act of modifying the scenes to have a certain color tone to convey an emotion, show changes, or to signify something special in some way.
Color Correction: As mentioned, color correction is modifying the color of footage to make everything match. The reason for this is due to many various factors. Most importantly is because films are shot over a span of many days/nights. Even one scene could be shot over the span of multiple days. As you can imagine, each day could look slightly different and these variations would make it obvious the scene was not shot together and not look seamless. One
Lights, camera, action; the world of film seems so glamorous and exciting doesn’t it? From the enticing stories, the incredible acting (not to mention those good looking actors) to the special effects and incredible sets; an amazing amount of effort is put in to make some of the films we see today.
Whether an action movie, drama, romance or horror; making stories come to life requires a great deal of effort from a huge team, none more so than the design team. Whether here in the UK, or across the pond in the US; design companies everywhere play a crucial part in ensuring ideas and the images put on paper come to life in the best way possible.
From the barbershop where the lead actor gets his haircut, to the streets where the plot twist murder occurs to the creaky basement where the serial killer conducts his worst crimes; the right set can help bring everything together and make something seemingly ‘non-existent’ seem very real.
Wondering just what it takes to be a film set designer? Curious as
My first short movie was shot on VHS video, with no DP (director of photography) and no additional lighting or sound-tracking. The script was underdeveloped, I used friends instead of professional actors and halfway through the film the camera time-code is displayed. As a result the film was unshowable. I made sure the next time I made a film it would be something I would be proud of. It was and the following article shows how you too can achieve this.
As producer you are responsible for the cost of this project so make sure you choose your script with the budget in mind. This means minimal characters and minimal locations. Mine had only two characters and was set in one location for this very reason.
Depending how confident you are in your writing ability you can write it yourself which will help keep your budget down or you can get someone else to write it for you. I’d had a degree and masters degree both specializing in scriptwriting and had written a feature-length stage play before I’d written this one so was confident
As a college student life on a budget is my middle name. As a film major no-budget is my last name. I’ve learned quite a bit about what works and what does not work when you have limited funds. I’m going to discuss the basic equipment needed as well as what happens in the different phases of production. If you have an interest in making movies or maybe you’ve just embarked on your journey to film school, here are a few basics to starting your filmmaking journey.
First, you need a camera and depending on if you’re looking to make films professionally or home videos, they can be pretty pricey. Red Epics and Black Magic cinema cameras are great finds, for a pretty penny that is. DSLRs are perfect for beginner filmmakers because they’re inexpensive compared to the thousands of dollars spent on cinema cameras. You should choose a camera that shoots in 1080pi at 24 frames per second. For a cheap find I recommend the Canon Rebel EOS T3i with a basic lens kit. A basic lens kit usually consists of an 18-55mm lens. After you’ve purchased
Short scripts are a good way to cut your teeth in the world of scriptwriting and make good practise for writing future features. The principles of writing a short script are much the same as that of writing a feature length script. If anything writing a short can be much more challenging than writing a feature as you have less time to get a clear, concise idea over to your reader or audience in a way that’s entertaining.
However, with the advent of social media getting your film out there has become much easier and short films work well as potential ‘calling cards’. The following article is a guide to writing a short narrative-based screenplay.
The first thing you’re going to need is an idea or premise that you can develop into a story. Your idea may be a specific scene, a snippet of dialogue or a particular place for example. Whatever your idea it is this that has motivated you to write this script and from this idea you will need to develop it (through conflict and drama) into a fully realised story that
The making of a film is a collaborative process involving many people. The cinematographer or director of photography is responsible, with his gaffer for the visuals, lighting the set and creating the right atmosphere. Operating the camera is usually done by a camera operator but sometimes the director of photography (DP) will do both jobs. There is also a focus puller that keeps track of the focus, a very responsible job. Before sound came along cameras were hand cranked between sixteen and eighteen frames per second. When sound arrived the 35mm cameras had to be motorised and the film went through at 24 frames per second. In the early days cameras weren’t blimped (sound proofed) so the camera was placed in a glass booth, restricting the movement of the camera. Eventually the blimp arrived and filming became unrestricted. Because of very slow film stock a lot of light was required. Carbon arcs were used and were attended to by electricians. Cinematographer Oswald Morris told me that carbon dust was a problem and because of the heat generated, sets had to be air conditioned.
In the 1930s Technicolor arrived and
I know film makers are out there looking for the best Jib cranes you can get for the money. You want something that is quality and as high as you can go. Well my film company uses a 6 foot jib and a camera drone because when you have a drone, well there’s really no need to go higher than 4 or 6 feet. So here are the camera Jib cranes I recommend for Indy film makers.
First I would go with the Indy jib 12 feet camera crane deluxe production package w/ 1080 HDMI monitor. It comes with everything you need excluding the camera to get started. I like it because it goes high and it comes with an HD monitor so it’s quite easy to see your shots before you go to the editing stage of your project. It comes with the tripod and all, which is great considering that most jib cranes only come with the arm, which means that unless you know you have a sturdy tripod, you may end up buying one to support the weight of your new Jib.
As a freelancer in creative video production, your reputation is everything to you. Without it, your business would certainly fail. Luckily, your reputation is generally built on two things that are already within your control, the quality of work that you produce, and your ability to meet deadlines. If you have ever struggled with the latter component, then this post is for you. Here are five tips for achieving a tight turn around on your video production projects.
1. Stay Focused on The Deadline
The first step in making sure you meet your client’s deadlines is to simply care about your performance in completing work under deadline. Once your deadline is a priority, you will be more likely to make a serious effort to meet them. To make sure you meet your deadlines, consider missing one a cardinal sin. After you have established this habit, the rest is just a matter of logistics.
2. Keep a Running List of Projects & Deadlines
One way to make sure you never miss a stated project end date is to keep a list or spreadsheet of all your
The best Internet marketing videos can generate long-lasting and profitable traffic to your online store or website. On the other hand, a bad video could tarnish your reputation and alienate your target audience. No matter your reason for creating an Internet video production, in order to make a video that people actually want to watch, you need to have a baseline level of knowledge. Here are a few terms you should know in order to create the best Internet videos.
1. The 180-Degree Rule – This refers to a commonly accepted standard among camera technicians on film and television sets, and refers to keeping all camera angles on one side of an imaginary line running through the set, parallel to the backdrop. Crossing this line can cause confusion and discontinuity in a video.
2. Broadcast Quality – This term refers to standards set by the National Association of Broadcasters that determine the quality of audio and video that is put on the airwaves or Internet. It can also refer to a type of camera that is used to record
Making a film is really a dream for thousands. Millions of young-old-aged talents are still seeking the chance of getting into the Industry. Literally getting a chance as a filmmaker is really a BIG DEAL, so exploiting such drawn chances is the other big challenge of debut ones. Great Filmmakers have their own spectacular directorial Style; implementing such unique style in financing gives you a unique identity. Here is explaining some facts that lead you as a successful filmmaker.
Your Script: Scripts are considered as the backbone of Movies, so that is the reason why you needed to take a special attention while writing (or) choosing scripts. Choose a good story in according to the contemporary trends; this is a very important thing. Might you’ve some inspiring stories to tell or else you inspired from a book that you read sometimes in the past, whatever it may be, – always make sure that your story will not be an outdated one.
Casting: Casting is an important aspect that leads to the success of films; usually the casting process is handled
Unfortunately, many businesses rush into video production without thinking it through. But a rash decision without a clear plan or set goal will lead to disappointment, and waste your time and money.
How can you avoid this outcome and be happy with your next video project? These 9 strategies can help you produce an effective video without a lot of headaches.
1. Begin with the end in mind.
Don’t just make a video because it’s the trend right now. Instead, think about what you want your video to accomplish for your business. Is your goal to increase business? Educate your viewer? Train your employees? Determine your goal first, then work with a company that understands the scope of your needs and can consult with you to achieve your goals.
2. Cheap video comes at a premium.
Be wary when a production company offers its services at a rate that seems too good to be true the production team may just shoot from the back of the room on a tripod and call it a day. But it’s
My story starts about nine years ago, when I had come out of a `difficult` relationship and was enjoying life again. I was determined not to have wasted fifteen years of my life and so wrote a short story about my experiences. I can tell you that it didn`t make for an easy read, but I found the writing process kind of cathartic and when I`d finished, I put my story away and forgot about it.
Fast forward eight years and to an elderly friend who I had known for some time and who was just the sweetest lady.
When she started to forget names of people and places she had been to, her husband took her to the doctors and she was diagnosed with dementia.
Her deterioration was hard to witness and when her husband died suddenly, she went into a care home and then a nursing home. Eventually she recognised no one and completely lost touch with reality, although she seemed content and rocked a doll as though it were her child.
I had a lot of emotion that I needed to express
Insiders Secret #1. You must understand how to read and navigate a budget from the top sheet to detail page. The industry standard is movie magic budgeting. This is a program designed to enter in categories, budget for each category and create cost reports.
Insiders Secret #2. Break down a film script into elements within scenes that will cost money. Elements costing money include locations, cast, props, special equipment, etc.
Insiders Secret #3. Input the elements into a breakdown sheet by scene. The industry standard is movie magic scheduling. It has user-friendly pages for you to enter in elements and once everything has been input by scene, its time to make a schedule.
Insiders Secret #4. Now that you have your scenes broken down by locations, you can move them onto days and create a strip-board shooting schedule, so you can see how many scenes you need to shoot on a day to stay within your budget. You are paying for crew, equipment and locations daily so you will want to keep your days to a minimum.
Insiders Secret #5. In your movie magic budget,
There are many ways to look at saving money and sometimes you have to spend more in the beginning to save more in the end. This is true for the two top things that will tank your film overnight.
Mistake #1- FOOD. Have you ever been at work and starving? When you’re hungry its all you can think about. As a resourceful filmmaker you’ve probably made deals with people to work for very cheap, if not free, to help achieve your creative vision. After a couple 16-hour days people start losing steam. The one thing that keeps people going and also lets them know you care about their well-being is food. DON’T go cheap. Little bags of chips for snacks and pizza or subs for lunch every day is NOT cool! It sends a message that you want favors from people but you don’t care enough to feed them well. Take some of the money you saved on hiring cheap crew and allocate it to food. There are a million caterers and restaurants and if you take the time to plead with them for deal, most likely someone will come through with
I bet if you think of your favorite movie, you can hum the theme song or some of the music from that film. Music is an important part of a great movie- so important that Hollywood pays top composers huge amounts of money to create the perfect, catchy score.
If you’re needing music for your new movie, you can hire a composer to custom write music for each and every scene but that may strain your already tight budget. Don’t worry, you can find great, original music on the web and much of it is free or available for a very low price.
I’m talking about Royalty-free music. If you Google ‘royalty free alternative music’ for instance, you will find pages of websites that offer alternative rock music for free or for a small licensing fee. That’s the good news. The bad news is – you’re going to have to do a lot of digging to find the music that fits the mood of your movie.
The best way to start off is to create a rough list of the songs you will need. Perhaps you
Motion Infographic Videos refers to the graphical representation of information in a video format. They are a perfect blend of visual as well as auditory appeal, which makes them an ideal tool for advertisement or for the dissemination of any information to an audience. The graphics may be in 2D or 3D format and generally contains elements like stop-motion animation, digital video, film footage, pictures or different visual forms necessary to tell the story.
Not only do motion infographic videos have a longer lasting impact but also quicker dissemination of the intended information can be done in a more effective manner. A 3 minutes animated video can convey more information than an entire brochure as they are easily comprehensible. Many companies use these videos in their YouTube channels and other media sharing websites to reach out to their customers more effectively.
Here are some ways in which these infographic videos help in developing brand relationships.
Much better publicity
With the advent of video sharing websites, videos have become the most favoured means of publicizing products/brands. Videos being the
Coverage is a term that refers to camera placement in capturing the scene’s actions. It affords different perspectives of characters and their telling the story. More than any other aspect of filmmaking coverage defines the director’s touch, his vision of the story. In essence, coverage is what the camera sees, and feels. Used creatively, coverage is a decided factor in the success of a movie.
While it refers most to camera placement, angles, and composition, it also relates to the movement of the camera and the length of the shot. Other factors include camera lenses, filters and the rhythm, pace and variety of shots
Coverage is what makes up the elements that are later edited together to make the movie. It’s a selection of shots that the editor can splice together to complete the scene. Because shots are duplicated in a number of takes, these shots provide the editor with many options, ways to tell the story. And while the editor may assemble the shots into a scene, it is the director who has the final say how this
The Motion Picture Association of America regularly reports on the millions of dollars pumped into the New Mexico economy thanks to its robust film industry. Beyond cast and crew pay, the hospitality and tourism sectors see a direct infusion of industry money throughout the year. Local artists, support services and specialists are often tapped to meet very specific needs for productions filming around the state. Textile artist Wynema Chavez and Santa Fe actor Daniel Williams are just two of hundreds of locals who’ve found their niche in movies, television series and new media productions that set up shop or are created right here in New Mexico.
Chavez, who is from Santo Domingo (Kewa) Pueblo, got her start as a costume and wardrobe department staple when word of mouth about her talents as textile designer reached a movie set in need of someone capable of dyeing and distressing fabrics and objects. She was brought in to work on that production, and has worked in the local film industry full-time since 2010. Her credits include Wild Hogs, Terminator: Salvation, The Book of Eli, Breaking Bad, The Lone Ranger, Longmire, and
Modern movies are a glorious thing, but they are also rife with problems. Modern movies are falling into a set of weird choices, and odd habits that can make watching movies into a sort of nightmare. Since there are so many problems with movies I decided to tackle two of them here, and we will revisit this issue in another article.
The first problem I have is poor audio mixing. What do I mean by this? Let’s say you open up your mailbox and you have a couple movies from Netflix sitting there (I almost made this example driving to Blockbuster, but then I remembered it was 2016). You pop in the Blu-Ray/ DVD into your player of choice and you sit back and you have to turn the volume down because there a lot of explosions and such. Then people start talking and you have to find the remote because they might as well be whispering! Then another explosion and now you’re deaf because the damn thing was so ear piercingly loud. This can be annoying. Hell it’s one