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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

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