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August 4, 2017

How to Get the Best Lighting While Filming

In the show business industry, it can usually be difficult when you are just starting out. It can be a challenge to get noticed, or ‘discovered.’ This is why many people are attempting to make a break in the industry by themselves. Amateur filmmakers are very abundant, and they all have very distinct ways of producing good quality work. Here are a few ways that they do it, hopefully one of their methods will prove to be effective for you!

Be Positioned Correctly

If you are trying to get a good angle, you have to be careful not to block the light. If you are inside, this means that you need to be with your back against the window. The person or thing that you are filming should be in a spot where the light reaches, and illuminates them for the camera. This way, you will get the brightest image that you can, and nothing will be hidden. If you are filming outside, the principle remains the same. Try to keep your back to the sun, so that you can get the best quality possible.

Have Good Artificial Lighting

Sometimes it can be tricky to get all the filming down during the day before night falls. Filming at night is an inevitable part of this industry, so it is a good idea to get prepared for it. Having a good light source is key. If you are trying to get as much light as possible, LED light bars could be a good option for you. The OPT7 C2 LED light bar, for example, is an energy efficient yet powerful source of light. This type of light bar is typically attached to vehicles, but it can work very well for you as well!

Be Prepared

Sometimes you will be ready to go with your equipment and the lighting will be exactly how you want it to be. The only thing that is missing is your actors. Maybe they were late showing up, or they have forgotten some of their lines. This means that you are going to waste valuable time, while the light slowly sinks away. Being prepared means that every single person involved is ready to go. If this means rehearsing again and again until everything is perfect, then this is what you must do. Then you will be ready to go at the perfect time.

Conclusion

Even though it might be difficult to get used to it, you should always be able to get good quality lighting for your movie sets! Just remember the key steps involved such as being positioned properly, having good artificial lighting, and having everyone be prepared. If you abide by these rules of thumb, your films should turn out beautifully in the end! This is definitely important when you are using these films to get noticed in the industry. Producers will be sure to notice the care you took to achieve that top quality level of lighting.

 

July 24, 2016

Movie Sets: Where the Movie Magic Begins

Movie Set Director

I’m a confessed movie fanatic. I would want to say that I choose movies first before I actually watch them, but somehow, whenever there’s a movie I have not seen yet, I will watch it, no matter the genre, no matter who the actors are, no matter what the plot is and no matter where I am.

I easily get hooked with any kind of movies not because I want to be an actor someday. Actually, I want to be a director or producer or anybody that works behind the camera. Being able to contribute into the completion of a movie seemed like a very great and noble thing to do.

Movie set construction with great roof

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This obsession and dream of mine lead me to become very happy and frantic when a movie was shot in one of the subdivisions here in our area. I went to the movie set every day and I observed the tasks of each individual on the set, from the director to the camera crew to the set crew and all the other staff members.

One time during the shoot, a portion of the “new” house that they were shooting the scene from suddenly collapsed. At first I thought it was part of the scene. But after the director shouted a very loud “cut!” and when security hurriedly secured the actors from the debris, I knew it was not part of the scene at all.

Molds On Roof It was later found out that the portion that collapsed was caused by mold infestation due to stagnant water in the roof of the set. Basically, it was caused by a faulty roof. Normally molds are not capable of breaking a house down, but when molds are able to seep through the house in very large numbers (whether due to roofing issues or plumbing problems) they also invite other pests to thrive in there with them. Thus, while mold may not have caused the collapse, it was the cause why the areas weakened. The crew who saw the mold just thought it was an ugly part of the cabin-like home and decided to just had it patched up with paint, thinking that it could hold up long enough to finish the shoot.

The incident  made me realize that these things seem to be a great part of a set’s regular “life” and it makes me appreciate the craft and industry even more.

July 8, 2016

The Importance of Reviews in This Industry

Movie set with great roof and plumbing

At this age and time, people can easily let their voices and opinions be heard. There are different media platforms that people can use in order to make a statement and there is freedom of speech, allowing anybody to rant if they want to and whenever they want to.

Movie ReviewIndeed, technology has given the masses great power for communication, so much so that it has become a part of marketing strategies to check on the feedback that products get from the people, via social media sites, forums, and other media platforms.

This is why it is important to always give quality output, product and service, whenever you wish to engage the masses so that people give out nothing but positive reviews about you or your products.

This is especially true for those in the movie and television industry. A single mishap by a celebrity, or a poorly produced film, will surely spread like wildfire, because people can just type in and click and the whole world will start knowing about these “failures” and whatnot.

If an action movie got delayed because a celebrity got hurt because of a collapsed roof on its set, or when a production crew had plumbing issues that affected the whole neighborhood, then you can be sure that even people from the opposite side of the globe will be able to hear about it and will have a lot of things to say about it.

Thus, it is vital that the review panel of a production will be very thorough in checking all aspects of a project before releasing it to the public and leaving the whole world to give their own reviews about it. This way, there will be more positive reviews and the efforts of the staff behind the movie will be well-appreciated.