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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

SM holds the Philippines’ 1st CINEXPO

The 1st CINEXPO held last Feb. 17 to 18, 2009 at the SMX Convention Center brought together movie industry companies, media partners, ad agencies, film professionals, and student organizations for the first ever cinema convention in the Philippines. The event opened the door to the discussion of the latest cinema trends and issues, networking and partnerships, and exhibition of films, various media products, and services. The CINEXPO featured the latest technological advances and the changingcurrents in cinema where film producers, production

Guide to Making Your First Animated Movie: Animation software and technical requirements

Exploring the world of animation and filmmaking requires not only technical and creative skills, but also patience and commitment to accomplish all the challenging tasks involved throughout the long production process. After completing your initial pre-production requirements including the script, storyboard, and character and background designs, you must clearly know your technical workflow, audio and video settings, and other production requirements before proceeding to the actual animation. Animation Software Choosing your animation software is crucial to the specific workflow and technical

Marketing as a Vital Part of Film Production

You don't shell out thousands and even millions of dollars just to let the film bury itself inside the can. Whether you intend the film to be watched for commercial purposes or you want it to be merely seen and touch lives of people for non-commercial film screenings, festivals and other related artistic endeavors, you need to let the people know that there is something to watch out for. Creativity and networking are the keys to effective marketing. From PR materials to

Filmmaking Guide: Basic in-camera techniques for homemade special effects

Putting special effects in your home movies doesn't always require complicated post-production work and special effects software. You can create visual magic in-camera without using any special equipment through simple techniques that allow you to readily record the actual effects from the camera. These options apply similar concepts and basic camera adjustments to create specific effects for your movie projects. All of these techniques utilize continuous cut-to-cut filming processes that result in the production of special effects shots. Jump Cut

Filmmaking Guide: What is dynamic range

Dynamic range refers to the ratio between the brightest and darkest elements found in any area of a shot. When shooting digitally, the type of camera used plays a vital role in how wide or narrow the shot's dynamic range can be. When shooting on film, the type of film stock used determines the dynamic range that can be used for a shot. Importance Whether shooting as an amateur or as a professional, knowing how your camera or film stock handles

Film costume designer and fashion designer differences

For professionals in the film and fashion industries, the differences between costume designers for film and fashion designers are quite clear. However, for those outside these industries, the distinction between these two professions seems quite vague. How do you differentiate one from the other? Costume Design Costume design in film is the art of designing, choosing, and procuring the right set of clothes and accessories for a character to help tell the film's story. Since it supports the establishment of moods, eras,

The Importance of a clapperboard in filmmaking

A clapperboard is a simple but very important device used in filmmaking. Also referred to as a clapper, slate, or ID, it is typically seen in behind-the-scene photos and videos of movie productions. It can be an old school device where you write the information on it or an electronic device that features automated, red-lit characters showing the shot information. There is something more than just the interesting information seen in a clapperboard. Even the clapping movement that creates that distinct

Filmmaking: Film Vs. Digital

The film (8mm, 16mm, 35mm, 65mm, 70mm) format is acknowledged as the Best Format in Capturing Motion Picture Images; The Digital Format is a Less Expensive Way to Produce a Motion Picture Project Undoubtedly, shooting on film is still acknowledged as the best format in capturing motion picture images. Yet, the digital format continues to develop in order to reach, or sooner or later, attempt to finally beat the quality and resolution offered by the film format in any kind of

Cinemanila celebrates its 11th year

The annual Cinemanila International Film Festival celebrated its 11th year last Oct. 15 to 25, 2009 at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. 10 days of films, master classes, seminars, parties, and even reunions for many filmmakers, artists, and cinephiles -- it has considerably become a part of their daily routine throughout the duration of the festival. “Moving Forward with Moving Images.” Young as it is and still facing a number of challenges and tough times, Cinemanila is best known for the good