Filmmaking Tips & Tricks

Film Look – 5 easy steps

How to get the “film look” in 5 easy steps – with an average DSLR

Screenshot 2017-04-20 17.21.17These days achieving a “film look” is easier and cheaper than you expect. When someone is starting its own business money is one of the biggest concerns. Eskild Fors is a young cinematographer who is an independent Filmmaker and a YouTuber.

His major goal is to educate others on how to achieve quality short films without breaking your pocket. To launch yourself as a Filmmaker is not necessary to buy the most expensive camera, it is all about the technique. These techniques includes; camera setup, different angles, focal lengths and movements with the camera. Also taking in consideration the location (a good location gives you a more professional look), background (should contain depth and perspective, without being distracting).

Source: FotoFors

 


Step up your Filmmaking : The Importance Of B-Roll

The inclusion of B-Rolls can change the whole Storytelling perspective
By: Peter McKinnon

 

 


 

By RACHEL JELLINEK published OCTOBER 10, 2011

What Is B-Roll and Why Is It So Valuable?

B-roll is the extra footage captured to enrich the story you’re telling and to have greater flexibility when editing. Instead of featuring only talking heads on video, you want to have other images you can cut away to that will add dimension to your story. B-roll can include additional video footage, still photographs, animation or other graphic elements.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning your film shoot:

  1. Depending on the type of video you are creating, evenly divide filming between recording interviews and capturing b-roll. In our experience, having plenty of good b-roll makes a video more powerful.
  2. Because the times for capturing b-roll are often fixed (a certain activity only happens at a certain time), start by identifying the must-have footage and inserting that into your filming schedule.
  3. Fill in the rest of the schedule with interviews and nice-to-have b-roll. If you discover, due to limited timing, that you need to sacrifice either a must-have piece of b-roll or a nice-to-have interview, we often recommend sacrificing the interview. The value of b-roll should not be underestimated, not only because it can strengthen the impact of your current video project, but also because it can serve as key footage for additional video assets created down the road.

Get an inside look at the value of b-roll in this video by Rachel Jellinek. Rachel presents two alternatives of a single video–one with b-roll and the second without: http://dlvr.it/lCKjN.

Author: Rachel Jelline

Rachel Jellinek is a partner at Reflection Films. Located just outside of Boston, Reflection Films is a video production company with experience in marketing, fundraising and training videos. Reflection Film clients choose video to share success stories, distinguish themselves from competitors, increase brand awareness in their target market and communicate in a more personal way with their audiences.

 

Source:

Why B-Roll Is So Valuable. (2013, November 11). Retrieved May 12, 2017, from http://contentmarketinginstitute.com/2011/10/what-is-b-roll-and-why-is-it-so-valuable/

 

What I think About Movies

Baby Geniuses – Honest Movie Review

Scientist hold talking, super-intelligent babies captive, but things take a turn for the worse when a mix-up occurs between a baby genius and its twin.

MV5BZmRhMWVmOTQtNjUwMS00MzEwLWFkNWQtNWJlMTk3NDcyYzM1XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTA0MjU0Ng@@._V1_SX681_CR0,0,681,999_AL_Several factors work together in making Baby Geniuses a joyless viewing experience. Let’s start with the abuse of digital effects so that toddlers mouths and actions can mimic those of adults. The result: supposedly brilliant kids who spend their time parodying Saturday Night Fever and musing about “diaper gravy.” The humor seems to be aimed primarily at a young audience, and certain scenes are obviously inappropriate for them. After the genius Sly escapes by stowing away in a poopie bottoms diaper truck he roughs up a homeless man and takes his clothes, then hops in an unattended stroller and tells the infant girl inside, “Look, I got a problem. Take off your clothes.” “Okay, slick,” she says, “but at least you could take me to dinner first.” He exits the buggy a moment later in her clothes. “Call me,” she says. These scenes combined with the dialogue are really disgusting especially when the “protagonist” is a toddler.

On the other side I can say when the movie came out it was something very attractive to the audience to watch movie trailers, the movie previews were very exciting and promising. After the movie came out people were disappointed like myself, I was expecting something else. I am not going to lie, they make laugh but think at the same time that their jokes were too heavy and over exaggerated. The digital effects of the kids mouths and their movements were too much, and make you feel like if you were watching a video game animation. The storyline It was not that impressive and almost predictable.

2 Stars

Source: Baby Geniuses Movie Review – Rotten Tomatoes

What’s my Inspiration

Parker Walbeck- Full Time Filmmaker

The Filmmaker that traveled the World learning to be a better Cinematographer

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Parker Walbeck is one of the best inspirations for any Filmmaker on this world. His motivations to travel 15 different countries are practice and gain experience. Parker’s own testimony is that, if you practice and experience you acquire knowledge, that’s why he traveled so much. He got a degree in Communications from The Southern Utah University, as soon as he started his studies he quickly recognized the opportunities to discover his unique passions.

After traveling the world he decided to share all his acquired knowledge in a unique way, now he is offering a “crash course” anyone who is interested to learn fast and easy. Actually he had worked for recognized brands doing commercials, weddings videography and short films. His style as a cinematographer is unique and pleasant to the eye, he implements the usage of gravity and motorized camera stabilizers. The combination of time lapses, super slow motion and fast forward techniques are what separate him from other young Filmmakers.

Source:  THE ULTIMATE ONLINE FILM SCHOOL