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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

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

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

How to transfer film to video

Archive your 35mm, 16mm and 8mm films to digital video; watch them in DVD or project them in HD format. Some decades ago, there were no Blu-ray discs, no DVDs, not even VHS and Betamax tapes. There was a time that shooting on 35mm, 16mm and 8mm films was not just for filmmakers. 8mm films documenting family memories were widely used. And your parents and grandparents may have these film collections until now. When transferring film to video, the film needs to

Filmmaking Guide: Advantages and disadvantages of shooting with single-camera and multi-camera set-ups

A film shoot requires the use of a camera to record the film's basic components known as shots, scenes, and sequences. Shots, Scenes, and Sequences A shot is the building block of film. This pertains to the actual footage acquired when the camera starts and ends one particular recording. During editing, these shots are arranged in a logical and/or creative progression for the purpose of storytelling. A scene is composed of a series of continuous shots related to one another's basic action or

Worksheet on ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’ by Walter Benjamin

Worksheet Instruction: Answer the following questions; discuss in two sentences each. A worksheet for my Media Theory class for the lecture on Ideology as Instrumental Rationality and the Walter Benjamin essay "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" 1.      Why does aura wither in the age of mechanical reproduction? (p. 21) Aura withers in the age of mechanical reproduction because when an original gets reproduced, “the copies become detached to the domain of tradition.” By making many reproductions of the original, the process leads to

When Still and Motion Imaging Collide: DSLR as a filmmaking camera

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In the age of digital SLRs, there is a steady expansion of filmmaking tools becoming more readily available and relatively affordable for filmmakers. For DSLRs with high-definition (HD) recording capability, these cameras shoot HD footage, while also allowing the use of prime lenses and other film-related accessories on them. As a digital cinema camera, the DSLR is gaining worldwide acceptance because of four important attributes it scores high on: frame rate; high resolution; sensor size; and ability to use lenses geared

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