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2000fps with Twixtor & How I used it for Solvo Curso.

8 Jun

Slow motion (with the new Sony fs700) is likely to become the new shallow depth of field, we are probably going to be seeing it everywhere. I love slow motion and I used it in my own short film Solvo Curso just a couple of months ago so (after a lot of asking)  I though I would go through the entire workflow of how I achieved this, from the canon 550d shooting modes to the post production and how to best use Twixtor. It’s easier than you think and obviously you’re not going to be able to compete with real 2000fps but you’re definitely going to get that vital few seconds of super slow motion footage to create a really cool sequence. Here’s a nice example of what I mean: Continue reading

My Top 6 Film Making Tips!

31 May

SHOOT:  don’t do what almost every film maker does when there starting out and start obsessing over gear. ‘Oh I need this to shoot this and I can’t do that shot with out this e.t.c.’ This cycle will never end so its good to snap out of it quickly. If you cant get the gear FIND A WAY AROUND IT. If its your first film then it’s probably not going to look brilliant, get over it everybody starts like that. Take the experience as a practice for that one big film your working towards, the one that’s going to really show of your creativity. Shoot regardless of anything, get the practice and once you have shot, don’t stop. Go out and shoot something random, practice with your camera, you need to get to know it like the back of your hand. STAY PASSIONATE! Continue reading

Top Film making Apps- IOS

31 May

Filmmaking Apps

DSLR Slate

DSLR Slate is the perfect companion for the DSLR Filmmaker. As a Universal App, DSLR Slate runs natively on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Designed for all needs from student to hollywood, DSLR Slate will be just as useful as the traditional film slate, if not more. “Slating” shots has become standard practice on set and helps streamline shot logging and post production. Continue reading

The Exposure Triangle – A must know!

31 May

The Exposure Triangle is important to know like the back of your hand especially in regards to HDSLR  film-making where as the slightest change in sunlight can completely throw out your image. If like me you studied at University its likely you got into your THIRD year before lecturers even started going into this in detail, personally I find that to be a joke. Lucky enough for me my passion for film and the vast amount of online resources meant I learnt this a while ago, but if it wasnt for my intern and venture into HDSLR films I probably wouldn’t have. Anyway, this is a PHOTOGRAPHIC technique that you must know and understand so please read it, it WILL change how you Film forever.

The Exposure triangle is based on three methods of controlling your cameras image – ISO, SHUTTER SPEED, APERTURE which combined create a perfectly exposed picture.

  • ISO – the measure of a digital camera sensor’s SENSITIVITY to the light.
  • Aperture – the size of the opening inside the lens when a picture is taken, essentially how much light is lets in. This is the QUANTITY of light that is hitting the sensor.
  • Shutter Speed – the amount of time that the shutter is open per second, i.e 100/1sec, the will shutter open and close at a hundredth of a second. This is the DURATION of how long the light hits the sensor for. Continue reading

Colour Grading Tips (why it is important)

30 May

Colour grading is often overlooked by the amateur film makers but its something that can make or break the overall response of your film. A good story with good content is always key but time after time I find my self watching Vimeo films where someone has got their Canon 550D, shot a nice story with some good sympathy building around the characters and they totally skimp out on any kind of post production grading. For me its one of the strongest methods of pulling some one into the story your trying to tell. When you see a film at the Movies chances are its going to be heavily graded, especially a story that rely’s on some kind of fiction as its basis, i.e Terminator Salvation. This is a good example because its colour grading is very apocalyptic to suit when in time it is based, in fact, there’s only two real colours to the film, grey and green. Often people use simple 3 way colour correction methods to colour grade and try to pick out a natural skin tone colour. I feel you shouldnt hold back on changing people’s skin tones and effect the colour of the world the film is based. Start simple, level all the clips to match tonally and get all those skin-tones looking skin tone colour, then push your grade to suit the world your film is based within. A good colour grader will need know all of these tools:

  • Curves
  • Levels
  • Saturation
  • Lift, Gamma, Gain
  • Shadows, Mid-tones, Hi-lights
  • Blacks, Mid’s, whites
  • Masks(vignettes e.t.c)

Remember when your shooting video and you know your going to grade it after make sure you shoot as FLAT as possible. What do I mean by this, no in camera sharpening , less saturation and no noise reduction. check out this video for setting your flat picture profile’s, this video also goes through some other settings you will need: Continue reading