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A picture is worth a thousand words. So watch this picture, and learn…
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The freedom and versatility of low-budget DIY filmmaking is simultaneously liberating and frustrating. Usually, when they’re working with tight budgets, filmmakers and editors find themselves somewhat limited on time — and production values. With that in mind, PremiumBeat and RocketStock are simplifying filmmaking lives and expanding storytelling capabilities.
Here are all the free motion graphics, overlays, and sound effects you’ll need to tackle your next project without pulling out any hair.
In Film Riot’s latest video, Connolly sheds light on the excellent resources available to any working video editor who needs free, viable assets to improve their footage and edits. Here are all the elements and assets you can use to customize your next masterpiece.
July 9, 2015
On one hand, a well-cut and expertly crafted trailer can stoke an audience’s imagination, giving subtle, yet alluring hints of the film’s plot, style, and overall tone. If the trailer audience likes what they see, they’re a hell of a lot more likely to follow through and watch the film. On the other hand, if the trailer disappoints in some way, if it’s awkwardly cut, includes too much or too little plot, if it confuses audiences or leaves them feeling underwhelmed, well, then you’ve done the marketing equivalent of shooting yourself in the foot.
Luckily, just about anything can be learned on the internet these days, including the art of cutting a trailer for your upcoming film. So without any further ado, here’s Ryan Connolly and the Film Riot crew to offer some helpful tips on crafting a trailer:
More… a whole lot more….here.
What are some of your tips for cutting an effective trailer? Let us know!
February 19, 2015
by Film Riot
This is going to be the shortest blog post, yet one of the most information-packed ones you’ll ever find here on the Daily GLJ Media Blog.
OK– here it is: Don’t blink… A bunch ‘o QUICK Tips and Tricks on Video Production thanks to Film Riot. While you’re there, check out their weekly longer more in-depth video’s on everything ‘Video Production.’
Like this one: Quick Tips: Household Dolly Hacks! or even these…
January 16, 2015
But not everyone has a big enough budget or network to acquire them, which can be pretty stressful considering that at some point in your filmmaking journey, you’re going to want/need to shoot a scene that requires a crowd. That’s why it’s crucial for every indie filmmaker to learn how to trick your audience into thinking that your five roommates (god help you) are actually a throng of wasted co-eds thrashing to EDM — or whatever your scene calls for.
This video from our buddies at Film Riot offers some techniques on how to do this both in-camera with clever blocking and camera settings, as well as in post by compositing multiple shots of the same extras.
Creating crowds, armies, and hordes of people in post is quite common, since the logistics and cost of hiring, managing, and directing hundreds, even thousands of people can make even the most hardened filmmaker weep. If you know your way around After Effects (or something similar), compositing is relatively straightforward. (If you don’t know but want to learn, this lesson on how to “populate mass groups” from Tuts+ is excellent and very thorough.)
That technique is great if you want to show your crowd in an extreme wide shot, but you’re eventually going to have to get in close. That’s when you bust out the in-camera blocking and camera techniques. Let’s run through a few quickly:
Because groups group — and closely. Do whatever you need to do to make the frame look populated.
This not only creates depth, but it gives the illusion that there are more people than there actually are. The bokeh also helps to take the focus (literally and figuratively) off of the extras and put it on your subject.
Again — for depth, but you can also get a nice parallax effect in the back and foreground, adding to the illusion that there are tons of people busily walking through the scene (because it’s so crowded).
Cut-ins of individuals in a crowd — another little bit of trickery that tells your audience that there are lots of folks. It’s also helpful, because the backs of people’s heads aren’t easily identified, so you can use them over and over again as you get your close-ups of different extras. (Just make sure to change your location within the room, as well as your blocking.)
Granted, these techniques may not work (or will at least be more challenging) for certain scenes you want to shoot. Replicating extras for a scene with a zombie horde is going to be considerably easier than doing the same for a scene inside a crowded lecture hall, which is why you’ll have to use your best judgement when choosing how to shoot scenes with only few extras that would otherwise require many.
However, you can rest assured knowing that your project isn’t going to derail because you can’t procure enough extras. After all, cinema, at its core, is one big, fat lie; it’s an illusion. Everything is about perception, so whatever you have to do to convince your audience that what they’re seeing is in fact 50 extras and not just your five roommates — do it.
Believe me, they’ll want to be convinced of that, too.
More Film Riot Quick Tips are here.