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Various Types of Lighting Effects 1

Various Types of Lighting Effects 1

Lighting is the center point of how movies portray mood and perception.

Digital video looks different than film stock and also has different hues depending on the make or brand.

If you are wanting your digital video project to look like it is shot on film then you have to light it the same way you would when making a movie.

The look that is common in soap operas is high-key and flatly-lit and should be avoided unless it is a base aspect to the story.

Film lighting is different from video/theatrical/stage lighting although at times they do cross over.

Mood and Noir Lighting

One of the most popular techniques cinematographers use to create mood is to use a soft (diffuse) light source from the front and a strong directional light from the back, so that you...

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Golden Rules – Successful Film Projects 2

Golden Rules – Successful Film Projects 2

Continued…
I left off on the last posting on the subject of catering.
Always feed people and observe peoples special dietary needs making sure there is a list with your caterer. (This is where your ‘zero budget’ becomes a non zero budget).

The Reason –
You want to keep your team happy and staying put, not wandering off to buy food and possibly not coming back or even drinking alcohol (a big no-no) and coming back late and loaded! Of course this will delay your shoot and everyone left waiting for those individuals.

Time is money. A well-fed crew is a happy crew and if your people are not being paid, then at the very least you must feed them!

Always have plenty of meetings and ask your crew for input and suggestions – truly listen.
The Reason –
The s...

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Golden Rules – Successful Film Projects 1

Golden Rules – Successful Film Projects 1

This blog is all about the’Golden Rules’ successful Film Projects.

This blog is a ‘Must Do’ of film tips ‘n’ tricks to help you along with media-making projects.
Whether they be a ‘zero dollar’ to a ‘multi-million dollar’ budget, these rules still apply.

The first thing to understand and prioritize above all else are your ‘team’.

Happiness and clear communication – golden… not money is the key.

Respectfulness and listening to everyone from the get-go meaning the pre-production stage.
Keep everyone informed at all times – When I say everyone I mean EVERYONE including the cleaner, gaffer, caterer etc.
The Reason –
You never know who knows who and who has the knowledge or extra resources you might need along the way.
Say your lighting bulbs go missin...

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Work Behind Scenes – No Experience?

Work Behind Scenes - No Experience?

Work Behind Scenes – No Experience?

I had no experience whatsoever, but I had a strong passion to work behind the scenes doing challenging creative stuff.

After raising my family as a single parent and when my children were old enough for me to develop my career, I was too broke to pay for a university education.

I couldn’t even afford materials and equipment. I was at a loss on where to start, so first I hit the libraries and second hand book stores.

I needed materials, I went to recycling cooperatives, wholesale factory seconds sales bins and even rummaged around in the big skips behind shopping malls.

You name it, I did it, teaching myself everything from specialized props and special effects make-up to animatronics, animation, claymation, costuming, carpentry, script writing and develo...

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