Hey for a short film we're doing in October for the Florida Film Festival. We're looking for actors/actresses to play several parts. More Information and to apply - http://www.backstage.com/casting/dishes-working-title-47139/
Feel free to share with any actors/actresses you know in the Orlando Area.
Although writing is an art not a science, there are a few structures that writers have created over the years to assist in story creation. You may have even been using the Three Act Structure without even knowing about it.
In total the first act should only be about 1/4 the story, introduce many of the main characters and set the main character forth on some sort of adventure.
Act one should begin introducing the main character. He should be in his status quo, or everyday life, showing one of his strengths and weakness. One example of this is in the Hunger Games, Katnis is using her bow to hunt food. Then the story should introducing some side characters. Then about 1/8 into the story, there should be an event that disrupts the main characters status quo, such as a dragon attacking his village, that changes his life forever. He should then be presented with an adventure, such as joining a group of soldiers to go fight the dragon, however the main character often at first resists going on the adventure, they always end up going. And them going on the adventure marks the end of the first act.
Honestly Act 2 is the easiest act. You just need to move your characters from act 1 to their object in act 3. You'll want to add plot twists and thickeners to add some interest and make it seem like the main character will never reach his object so that it is much more satisfying when he does.
Act three is considered the Resolution. It's where the climax happens, the final battle, but it also includes the aftermath of the climax. It often has a different mood than the rest of the movie. An important thing to try to do in Act Three is to make the Main Character change in some way.
We all hoped for the best from canon's new 7d mkII but with some recent news of the camera, it looks like it WON'T feature 4k video. (source) And if had it released a 4k APS-C camera, it would have had competition from the 4k dslr newcomer, The Samsung Nx-1. So Canon has fall behind in fact in all aspects... there is no reason to buy any of there products.
First off the canon cinema line. They're all over priced to start with but now lets compare each with it's competition. Well recently sony announced the FS7, which shoots 4k 60p, super35 sensor, ND filters, ect. for $8k. Which is much cheaper than the $12,000 C300 which fails to even shoot 1080p60. The C500 was never popular and it's competition spans from the new 4k baring f5, Panasonic's super35 Varicam, AJA's Cion, Blackmagic's URSA and surprise all of these are more capable cameras at cheaper (F5 is about the same, Varicam is more) prices.
Next the 5d mkiii. So theres the A7s with amazing low light sensitivity. The Gh4 and Samsung NX-1 blows the 7d mkii out the water. Sony's 4k prosumer camcorders trumps the wimpy overpriced Canon Camecorders. Third Party EF lenses are getting to the point of almost always being better than canon lenses. Nikon has better cameras for pictures. Where are you Canon? What are you STILL good at? Absolutely nothing. We don't need you anymore. So..... Goodbye Canon.
Editing is a very important part of Filmmaking. In fact I believe it is the most important step, because a good editor can make bad footage work and a bad editor can make good footage look horrible. So here's some tips to be the prior of the two.
Remove an Element
Watch your video without audio so you can focus on any visual or editing errors. Then watch it again with audio but without any visuals so you can listen for audio errors.
Use Compound Clips
Compound Clips can really make your timeline a lot simpler and make applying effects easy.
Shortcuts can help you move a lot faster when editing and most editors have a lot of them. Heres just a few from FCPX.
Think about the emotion and meaning behind each edit
Use J & L cuts
Cut to other person in conversations when they aren't talking to show reactions to other person
FCP X Audition
Drag clip onto one in the timeline and select add audition and then you can seamlessly switch between the two clips.
Information learned from http://www.lynda.com/Final-Cut-Pro-tutorials/Using-split-edits/111783/117365-4.html?autoplay=true
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In the past stories were told in a very linear way however in order to add some more interest to a story, they began to be told in more abstract ways to increase interest in the areas of the story you want. For example, in Jurassic Park the movie is started with the raptors being put in the pen which grabs attention much better than the first (if the story was organized by Time) scene which is a kind of boring archeology scene.
1) Organized based on Time
This is the oldest type and very straight forward.
3) Organized By Location
In this types of story the entire events start with one location. Then it moves to another location and explains more of the story.
4) Exciting Scene First then go back in time to explain it
This has become a very popular style. It's now probably the most used style on this list. Example Jurassic Park
5) Flashbacks and Character telling a story about Past
Fairly Straight Forward. Example "How I Met Your Mother"
There are five ways that lighting are used for video; drawing attention (or hiding), emotional cues, show time of day, describe location, and increase exposure.
There are two types of lighting Low Key and High Key. Low Key is very dramatic, contrasty, with large shadows. Low High Key lighting has less to no shadows, very bright and often includes large amounts of whites and highlights. Low Key lighting is often used in things such as dramatic pieces. High Key lighting is often used for things such as corporate videos, fashion, wedding videos and some comedy/sitcoms.
Location vs People. In something such as a documentary about say a cook. You would want to light the cook the most and use shadows to hide most of the kitchen. However if you were doing a corporate video about the restaurant, you would want to light for the kitchen with the cooks just being part of the kitchen, not the main part of the kitchen. So the lighting work take more of a high key lighting style.
Color and amount of color can change the appearance of the space. For example, warmer lights give a more homey feel while fluorescent cooler lights would give more of a corporate feel. Also home lights are often more contrasty while businesses often have more fill light.
Stereotypes of lighting can help sell emotions and help people connect to the story quicker. For example scifi uses strong colors like purple, blue, orange, ect. Sitcoms use lots of fill and very little contrast. Corporate videos are often much brighter than Dramas.
Depth can help draw attention to the foreground or the character. Depth can be created by changing the color temperature of the foreground and background lights.
Darkness can create mystery. An interior night shoot can be shot during the day by covering the windows with sheets and by using cooler lights to simulate moonlight. Morning light is usually warmer than the usual 4000k.
Interior light higher up can create more natural looking light. Light from bellow creates an evil, scary look for horror and thrillers. Use reflectors for outside shoots.
LED lights are awesome.
So theres just some lighting tips.
Film Contests can help you gain some money (or gear) on the side, however even if you don't win any money or gear it can really help you grow as a filmmaker. Film Contests (such as Film Riot's Monday Challenge) force you to create something and by slightly limiting what you can do, it kind of makes it easier to get working on some projects. So in short, do some film contests and here's our most recent video.
Zachary Will is an Award-Winning Filmmaker creating short films and content for the Internet as the owner of Riverside Studios. He has a Bachelor's in Film from Full Sail University. He has worked on productions for companies like Webmd, Sears, Home Depot, Six Flags and more!
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