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Filmmaking Guide: Understanding and making a storyboard

Storyboards are used in professional filmmaking work. It visually tells the movie's story shot per shot using drawings. For amateur filmmakers or for someone making his or her first movie, a storyboard offers the same purpose. It helps the production in discussing how to mount each shot practically and creatively before and during the actual shoot. Visualizing Your Shots A director uses the storyboard to visually say what's in his or her mind -- particularly how the camera shots should look

Filmmaking Guide: Visualizing your shots for an amateur 2D animation project

The Internet offers a number of accessible tutorials teaching you the technical side of computer animation. But even though online guides discussing the creative component of making an animation is not as plentiful as the technical tutorials available around cyberspace, this doesn't mean that you should overlook this crucial part of the production. Your storytelling should combine both the technical and creative aspects of filmmaking. If you're making a 2D animated movie, it is important to understand both the format's benefits

A guide to teaching kids how to use a camera for filmmaking projects

Providing children a basic idea of how a camera works guides them in handling and holding cameras properly. This can help them when they are working on school projects, chronicling travels and vacations, and documenting various occasions with family and friends. As something that can boost creativity, some kids may even find such serious interest in videography and filmmaking that they can start shooting their own home movies at a young age. Basic Parts of a Camera Break down the

The Philippine Film Festival Circuit: A list as of 2008

Film festivals celebrate both local and international films of various genres for the diverse Filipino audience. Some of the most noted film festivals that cinephiles, students, and even the general viewers and future film enthusiasts could check out the whole year round include: Cinemanila International Film Festival  Cinemanila is an annual film festival focusing on the cinema of the Philippines as well as Southeast Asian cinema. Among the world community of film festivals, it has gained respectability with its programming of independent Asian

The Future of Film through IMAX and Digital Cinemas: A sneak peek at James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ and looking into the current digital cinemas in the Philippines

Experiencing “Avatar” is seeing the future of film technology right before my very eyes. The realms of CGI and 3D technology on this age of filmmaking are definitely starting to write their own history already. From the initial experimentations to the developing of the medium to the hype of the format, both the filming process and the theatrical playing field prove that the evolution of cinema technology is really revolutionizing our film experiences in various levels. Gone were the days when imagination

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

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