Short films are interesting due to which they enjoy a lot of popularity among the viewers. What the viewers don’t realize is that short films are as difficult to make as the other films. A lot of thought process is required while making them. It is challenging for the film maker to make an interesting film of short duration, cast good actors and use better equipments.
It is important that you come up with unique ideas when making a short film. Following are some instructions for the new comers:
Step 1: Write a small script and film it. If you don’t have a personal camcorder, don’t buy a new camcorder for the first film. Borrow a friend’s cam. You should start investing in equipments once you are sure that your film is a success.
Step 2: Edit and improve the footage, watch it more than once and find try to improve it in every possible manner.
Step 3: Once your film is ready, its better that you upload the footage on a social network or YouTube. Learn from the viewers comments. Improve the film where required, accept your mistakes and always leave a room for improvements.
Step 4: Once you are confident that your film is a success, move to bigger projects. Keep on upgrading and improving your skills.
The advantage of creating a short film is that it helps you to save time and money. It also gives you the experience to make bigger films in the future. Obviously it is better to learn through short films rather than making a huge film with a big budget and then facing failure.
Film making standards have risen a lot and the audience something new, creative and innovative every time which makes things even more difficult but that’s what PWMP team is coming up with their unending efforts.
Filmmaking is a tough process; you need to be very careful and well trained for better filmmaking.
Step 1: Check the Equipments that you need for the Filmmaking
You need to be very careful in selecting the equipments. Equipments are very expensive and difficult to buy. It is better that you ask around and see if any friends or family have some of the equipment and see if you can borrow or rent it, otherwise you will have to pay a lot more money just to arrange the equipments.
Step 2: Learn the following features of your camera
- Focus ring
- White balance
Step 3: Rehearse the short film
Once you plan your short film, rehearse your idea again and again. If you want to avoid getting many takes in your film, make sure your actors practice the lines and actions. This will save your time and money.
Step 4: Complete the photography
Step 5: Edit the film
Make sure you edit your film. With the right skills, a free program that came with the computer can make stunning films.
Step 6: Show the film to friends and family and post it to YouTube
If you really want to make your career in film-making submit it to film festivals and send it to film agencies. Remember, the more publicity you get, the better short films you will be able to make in the future.
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Step No. 1: Determine the type of film
There are numerous categories in short film;
First of all decide which sort of film you want to make. Try to make a wise choice, do some research before finalizing the type.
Step No. 2: Write a Script
Write a script for your short film. Try to write each and every detail so that you can work on it accordingly. Important things which should be mentioned in your script include; character development, plot development, inciting incident, Character arc etc.
Step No. 3: Be specific, Make a story board for each and every shot
Take care of each and every specific detail. Make a story board of every scene. Don’t forget to mention about each shot of the movie. There are different types of shots:
- Wide shot
- Tracking shot
- Close up
- Medium wide shot
- Dolly shot
Step No. 4: Make a breakdown Sheet
Make a list of all the equipments and dresses which you need for every scene. Also determine the props, make-up and costumes.
Step No. 5: Start casting
Find the most appropriate actors for you film.
Although the film industry seems glamorous, rich and well established but there are many problems which are taking birth in the film industry these problems will eventually minimize the success of the film industry.
Most problems are being faced by the short film producers because the government does not consider the short films important enough to be given grants. These days short filmmakers are facing greater problems than the big productions. PWMP is tying its best to excel in short film category.
The misconception about the 3-dimensional movies is that they are exclusive to big theatres and major Hollywood blockbusters. It is a total misconception, you as a film-maker can create impressive three dimensional videos as well.
Which software to use to get a 3-D effect?
Three Dimensional movies are made by layering two videos on top of each other. The method of making a normal film 3-D is that one video is tinted red and the other video is tinted cyan. The popular softwares that can duplicate the tinted videos are Final Cut Pro, Adobe’s Premiere, Cyberlink, Corel and Magix.
Steps to Make your footage 3-Dimensional
Step 1: Once you have made the movie, Import your footage
There are different softwares, each software has its own protocol of importing video. Upload the video you are attempting to three-dimensionalize.
Step 2: Work on duplicating the footage
Make sure you select the software which allows you to duplicate the footage because not all the softwares give this option. Manage your layers and be sure you can go back and forth between videos easily.
Step 3: Start adjusting the appearance of the footage, Tint your footage
Select one of your layers and adjust the color so that the color is red. Then select the other layer and color it cyan. When doing this you won’t instantly see the 3D effect.
Step 4: Work on the transparency of the footage
To make your footage 2 dimensional you need to play with the transparency of the videos. Set the opacity of top layer to 50%. This will create blend of colors.
Step 5: Work on the Positioning of videos
Position your footage appropriately so that a 3-d effect is created.
PWMP have a team of talented individuals who create best videos with unique idea which the audience enjoys.
Video shooting requires a set of skills and expertise. Not everyone can start video shooting. You need to lean the techniques and understand the different methods before starting to shoot. Within the video shooting domain, outdoor shooting is a bit tougher than the indoor shooting.
Difference between the indoor and outdoor shooting
The basic rules for indoor and outdoor shooting are the same. The indoor shoots are easier than the outdoor shoots. You don’t have to face the sudden rainstorm, clouds or wind. You can shoot according to the plan and on time. While in outdoor shoots you face a lot of delays, a burst of wind can destroy well-planned audio. A quick change in temperature can trigger the camcorder’s dew-protection system, leaving your camcorder unusable.
Pack a Survival Kit
Take a camera kit with you for the outdoor shoots. The hard case that comes with the camcorder, no matter how much protection it offers for the camera itself, has some problem associated with it such a quick access problem and not enough space for the accessories. Hence a soft bag is recommended, a bag to accommodate your camera in the central part, to give maximum protection, from where quick access of the camera is ensured so that you don’t miss your surprise shot. In some cases professionals utilize the Styrofoam molding from the camcorder box to make a jig to hold the camera in the center of the bag.
When outdoor shooters find a critical cable missing, there is no running into the next room to pick it up. Know what you need–and what you might need ahead of time and bring it with you. You can integrate your outdoor survival kit into your camera bag by reserving separate sections of the bag for the camcorder, audio accessories, video accessories and power accessories.
When you are out in the nature and you find out that a critical cable is missing, that is a disaster beyond repair. So pre plan your trip, know what you need, even know what you may need and take it along. By using the survival kit, you can allot separate space in your bag for such accessories to avoid any operational adversity.
Last but not the least, a pair of head phones is must for an outdoor shooter as music will not only be your companion but also will help you focus best.
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Pacific West Motion Pictures has a team of talented people who have the expertise of outdoor shooting.
Shooting outdoors is preferred by many videographers because they can take advantage of many sceneries, sunlight, surroundings etc. But shooting outdoors brings many problems with it. The videographer has to manage the sunlight, the changing environment conditions, the unpredictable winds and many other unforeseen events. Maintaining control over your shooting environment is the key to making outdoor shooting a success. As a videographer, the one element that will cause you the most grief is ambient light. Following are some problems a videographer has to deal with while shooting outdoor:
Achieving the right light balance
It is a misperception that all the white light is the same. Brightness is different from the light color. White light is actually a mixture of light of many different colors, is actually tinted to a degree by the mixture of those colors. Video graphers have to manage the lighting differences by adjusting the camcorder’s white balance.
How much sunlight is appropriate?
The quantity of the light is not a issue while shooting. Sometimes abundance of light, can pose problems for the videographer. Sometimes too much brightness can make for an ugly combination of hot spots and pronounced shadows. A videographer has to deal with a high contrast shot like this in a number of ways. Either you can wait for another day and let the weather become appropriate for you or create an artificial diffuser by creatively using a white bedsheet, or some other translucent white material, to soften the sun’s light.
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Pacific West Motion Pictures has a team of talented people who have the expertise of outdoor shooting.
If you are new to filmmaking business you need to develop networks and contact to get famous. Following are the tips for the new filmmaker:
Contact your Regional Film Office
Regional Film offices are present to help new filmmakers grow. They provide assistance by helping filmmakers find what and who they need, from filming locations to camera cranes to production assistants. They help new filmmaker to network to the existing productions that are happening in the area.
Attend Film Festivals
These are another way of developing networks and contacts. Film festivals are happening in all regions of New York. Some are big festivals while others are small-scale festivals. These festivals great networking opportunity. Festivals need interns and volunteers, by working as an intern or a volunteer for a festival or another industry event can bring you into contact with established, experienced industry players and, at the same time, expose you to creative work from other filmmakers from all over the state, the country, and even the world.
Learn about the state tax credits for Productions
When you start a new production house it is important that you are aware of all the tax credits available for production, post production, commercial production and the sales tax exemptions for most production-related expenses. These are highly effective, targeted incentive programs that can make your projects more affordable and accessible.
If you want to shoot a video with your DSLR, you need few accessories which can help you in shooting an immensely great video from your DSLR. It is simple to shoot a video from DSLR, simply switch to video mode and start filming. Here are few accessories which can make your video look more professional:
A tripod with a pen head
Tripod is very necessary while shooting. If you will shoot without the tripod, the camera will shake and the quality of the video will be affected. When you fix the camera on a tripod, you can easily move it around and your film will be made in a better way. A tripod should be light weight, but strong. You can choose a carbon fiber tripod, but it is not necessary to buy it. When choosing a tripod, you must be aware that stability and portability are important.
This is important because it prevents glare in the shooting, especially when you are shooting in sunlight. You need 100% of your composing and focusing using the screen on the back of your camera. If you want to focus manually, using only the screen as your focus, screen loupe will help you to get better focus. Loops available with an eye-piece let you shoot with the camera held-up to your eye, just like you would with a still camera.
Audio recorder or microphone
It is a very important accessory. No doubt DSLRs capture a beautiful video and high-quality images but the audio quality is not really good. It is important that you buy audio recorder or microphone. The built-in microphones do not have the ability to produce high-quality audio.
Over last five-year, all industries have faced many changes in their processes due to improvement in technology and increase use of the internet. Similarly, film industry has also gone through many changes in last five years, let’s discuss few:
- Decrease in cost of equipment of filmmaking; the costs of equipment for making the film have come down and that enables many people who would not previously have been able to afford to make films now able to make them.
- Increase in a number of suppliers; Number of outlets which are distributing film has increased in previous years; this increase in supply has led to decrease in the price of films.
- Change in the preferences of people; People now prefer watching films online by streaming or downloading rather than going out in the market and buying DVDs
- More emphasis is required on marketing; the oversupply of the film has led to a lot of noise in the market; the film makers of today have a lot of difficulty in gaining the attention of the viewers. They need to spend a lot of money and time in marketing their production. Filmmakers have to spend a lot more time and attention on making an incredibly strong film for a much-targeted audience and grabbing and keeping their attention over and over again.
Documentaries are the strongest way of communicating social messages to the audience. They help the producer to give a certain message to the society.
Documentaries help to promote culture
Documentaries are a way through which young people can learn about the cultural and social aspects of different countries. Watching documentaries about other cultures and nations can generate interest in various subjects like languages and culture of a nation.
Documentaries help to break the ice
Documentaries can be an ice breaker in families or between friends, because documentaries highlight sensitive tropics and social problems such as sexual harassment, HIV and AIDS. When families or friends view these documentaries together they can discuss these sensitive topics with each other. This gives confidence to children that they can discuss any issue with their parents.
Watching Documentaries also develops reading habit
Once the child is able to develop an interest in documentaries, the interest can be further extended to reading. After watching some interesting films about wildlife, space or a foreign culture, it is easier for kids to get interested into reading in detail about them.
Documentaries allow you to analyze and learn about new cultures
Documentaries highlight many sensitive topics of the world; this allows us to critically analyze the cultural and social problems of many different countries. Watching documentaries about a certain country or region in the world educate people about new places, this is advantageous for those people who have an interest in knowing about other cultures but cannot afford to travel.