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How digital filmmaking differs from shooting with celluloid

Digital filmmaking offers a variety of options for accessible and practical workflows. You don't need to buy expensive rolls of film that would typically cost hundreds of dollars. You don't need to go to a film laboratory to produce the footage from the exposed negatives. The digital format allows you to shoot the scene, then edit it using any amateur or professional video-editing program. Yet, film stock is still widely used in many professional productions. This clearly shows how valuable this

Filmmaking Guide: How to properly focus your shots

There are many ways to avoid shooting a blurred or out-of-focus video. Producing quality footage may simply require familiarity with the basics of videography, especially when using a consumer camera or mobile phone, or it may require thorough knowledge of filmmaking, especially when filming with a prosumer or professional camera. There are also some general tips that can apply to shooting any video regardless of the kind of camera. Autofocus vs. Manual Focus Focusing is a basic requirement in videography work.

Old-school Film Editing Machines: Moviola and Steenbeck

Before there was film-editing software, there was old-school film editing using the Moviola and the Steenbeck. Before the dawn of non-linear editing suites where filmmakers started using computer software such as Avid, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, and Sony Vegas, editors used the Moviola or the Steenbeck, now referred to as "old school film editing machines." During their times, the use of these editing machines was required for any film shot in 8mm, 16mm, or 35mm film. Prior to the actual

Filmmaking Guide: How to get an animated movie made

An animated movie requires frames drawn and played in sequence. Unlike a live-action movie, an animated movie uses a specific kind of animation process or a combination of processes to produce moving images. The animation can be fully drawn, painted or photographed frame by frame. Computer technology also paved way to the creation of animated films using computer programs such as Flash, Adobe After Effects, 3D Studio Max, and Maya. Many animation projects combine the use of hand-drawn and computer-based production of

Digital Filmmaking: Can it finally take over the film medium?

Gone were the days when films were edited using a Moviola or a Steenbeck where the actual film prints were manually cut and spliced to create every edited scene in a movie. Now, even those using film stocks to shoot a motion picture project scans the processed negatives to create digital copies that can be more conveniently edited using the computer. The special effects work of today has become something accessible even by those making non-professional projects. Indeed, the digital

Basic guide to making a storyboard template for a movie

A storyboard makes the script come to life. Although similar to comics, it is not intended as a brand new artwork but a supplemental material for more efficient production workflow. As a storyboard artist translates the script in visual form, it chronologically tells what happens in the story in the form of still images which guide the production team in shooting every single frame to be used for the film. Because the storyboard becomes a visual representation of the elements that

Film Speed: Understanding the technical side of filmmaking

Knowing the basics of film photography is a step towards understanding how the technical side of filmmaking works. In fact, even those preferring to go digital all the way can benefit much with the knowledge of film photography. Whether using 35mm, 16mm, or 8mm film cameras or high-definition (HD) cameras, the very concept of producing moving images is actually the same. Even the use of film speed, which originated from film photography and cinematography, is also used in digital cameras as part

How Far Can You Go in Pursuing a Filmmaking Career?

Whether you come from film school or you have no formal background in filmmaking, deciding to start a filmmaking career is always a challenging, but fulfilling endeavor. Some intend to make films on the side, while maintaining their day jobs for financial stability and security. These are filmmakers who want to shoot films outside the mainstream system. Those who become successful in this film-making route are the ones usually seen in international film festivals and independent film screenings. While some jump

Basic guide to making explosion effects for movies

Shooting a real explosion in full scale or even with the use of miniatures generally adds realism to a movie's special effects requirements. In the past, it is almost always necessary to create practical explosions to mount scenes showcasing blasts, bombings, fires, and other elements. However, the safety, environmental, and financial issues involved in making them often result in filmmakers having second thoughts on adding explosion shots in their movies. Now, film technology already makes it accessible and easy

Guide to making a story for your own silent movie project

Silent movies are regarded as pioneers in cinema history. These classic pieces don't have synchronized dialogue accompanying the visuals. Instead, the speaking lines are shown as muted gestures, pantomime, and text frames. Interestingly, some filmmakers still go back to the historical roots of cinema as they come up with their own silent film projects. They produce such works by following the distinctive elements typically seen in these early motion-picture offerings. Brief History The birth of cinema before the dawn of the

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