Category Technical Stuff

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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Funny Bloopers – Star Wars

 

Funny Bloopers – YouTube

Watching these bloopers (thanks to YouTube) often show the background set incorporates green and blue screen as mentioned in my previous blog ‘CGI-Blue vs. Green Screen‘, however, here are some funny posts to bring in your New Year with a laugh! Enjoy!

And even more funnies made from technical stuff (usual term is prop failure) backstage.

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CGI – Blue vs. Green Screen Chroma Keying

CGI – Blue vs. Green Screen

Chroma key compositing, or chroma keying, is a special effects / post-production technique for compositing (layering) two images or video streams together.

Almost all studios nowadays use green screens, however there was a time when blue chroma key screens were the main stay.

One of the things the general public are unaware of is whichever colour is used, has to be avoided in any of the set pieces, props and costumes/clothing of the person being filmed because the colour will pick up and show any background overlay (such as a mountain scene) – a big no-no.

Green chroma key screens became the ultimate universal ‘CGI canvas’ because with the blue chroma key there was more ‘bleeding’ around the actors and set items making the foreground images a little blurry with...

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Film Abbreviations Arghhh!

Film Abbreviations Arghhh!

For most of you this is a very very Very boring blog!

It is about understanding the lingo when reading scripts and other parts of the tech sav stuff for the aspiring film maker, actor or other aspiring creative crew members on set.

Ever wonder what DP or Ext, and loc means? Well this listing covers some of the abbreviated language that is a good mind bending start to your introduction into understanding and deciphering what the heck you are reading when you start your studies.

The following samples have been supplied compliments of the ‘IEC’ – Online Encyclopedia Of Cinematographers  and I will only present you with ‘A-D’ otherwise this blog will take you until next year to read.

In the meantime, here is something else to entertain the rest of you:

‘The Cine...

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Fun Filming Effects Using Camera

Fun Filming Effects Using Camera

Some cheap cool fun filming tricks by using your camera that show some of the awesome effects used in The Lord Of The Rings

The Lord of The Rings - Fun Filming Effects Using Camera

………..Fun Filming Effects Using Camera………..

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Filming – Avoiding Mistakes

Filming – Avoiding Mistakes

Here is a link to some filming tips for avoiding 5 mistakes that I found on YouTube.

Link to some great filming tips for avoiding mistakes found on YouTube.

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Olden Day Filming – Trivia

Olden Day Filming – Trivia

For Those Who Enjoy Everything In The Film Industry

History, technical, special effects and behind the scenes.

Those of you that are from the ‘baby boomer and earlier’ eras probably already know today’s trivia. This is still an interesting comparison of the wonderful development of technologies that’s made the visual form of storytelling easier to create today.
Olden Day Filming – More Trivia

Before the digital age, after a day’s shoot, the runner had to get the days film stock to the developer and rush the developed film footage back to the director/DOP to view.

This was to check in case they needed to re-shoot or include anything else i.e...
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