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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

Blu-ray Review: ‘Hitchcock’ (2012)

"Hitchcock" releases on a two-disc combo pack housing the film's Blu-ray, DVD, UV, and iTunes digital copies. This 2012 biographical picture of Alfred Hitchcock is adapted from Stephen Rebello's non-fiction book "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho." Helmed by narrative feature newcomer Sacha Gervasi, this biopic follows a short stretch of the Hollywood legend's life following the premiere of "North by Northwest." It dramatizes the period when he discovers Robert Bloch's horror novel "Psycho," which is based on the real-life

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

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.

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

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

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