Monday, December 15, 2014

One Hundred Years of Special Effects

Here's a video I found on Youtube briefly showing how far we have come in movies as far as special effects go. It's amazing to see the original innovations and leaps and bounds that filmmakers have made to impress the audience on the screen.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Film Making Tips Day 19: Lost in La Mancha

What can go wrong while making a movie? Actually a lot! But there are very few instances of productions where absolutely everything goes wrong. The documentary Lost in La Mancha is about the making of the Terry Gilliam film that was never completed. The movie was going to be a take on the classic story Don Quixote, starring Johnny Depp. This documentary is a great look at all the elements that go into making a film and how those elements can ruin a production. A great watch for anyone who wants an inside look at the making of a movie (even though that movie is a disaster).

As an added bonus, this movie is on Netflix!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Film Making Tips Day 18: 180 Degree Rule

The 180 degree rule is a concept used in cinematography to keep the audience oriented to the space of a scene. The basic idea is to draw an imaginary line in down the center of two subjects that are talking to each other and keep the camera on one side of that line. This helps avoid confusion on where the characters are in the scene and which way they are facing.


This video highlights the 180 degree rule:


This rule is more like a guideline for newer filmmakers, but can be broken:

Monday, December 8, 2014

Film Making Tips Day 17: Rule of Thirds

The basis of shot composition in either film or photography is the rule of thirds. This splits up your shot into several sections and making is easier to find the best place in the frame for your subject.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Film Making Tips Day 16: Source Filmmaker

Sometimes as a filmmaker, I lack actors. Though in this case I generally use animals, but another great solution would be to use animation. But if you are anything like me, you don’t have much of a talent for this. That’s where Source filmmaker comes in!

You don’t have to know anything about animation, you just play video games and record it. The possibilities are endless when making a movie on this software, and the best part is it’s free!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Film Making Tips Day 15: Rebel Without a Crew

Robert Rodriguez is the writer and director of such films as Sin City, Desperado, and Spy Kids. He has become one of the most influential people for young filmmakers because of how he got his start by making his first film, El Mariachi, for just seven thousand dollars. The whole process of making this film is described in his book Rebel Without a Crew.

The book is written as a personal journal and details how he raised money through medical testing, the production process, and how he ended up selling it and becoming the filmmaker that he is today. This is a definite read for anyone who thinks that the lack of money gets in the way of making their first movie.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Film Making Tips Day 14: Recording Sound

Good quality sound can go further in making your movie look professional than good quality visuals. I've talked about some of the tools before. At Filmmakeriq, they made a very in depth video on how to capture good sound, and it is so detailed, I can’t summarize it here. So you should just watch it!