We’ve all been there, you know that moment when you realize you forgot something really important like filling up the tank before a long trip. Or leaving your phone at home with no time to go back and get it. Well that’s what it’s like when you show up on a video shoot with no lights.
Two cups and a string. That’s it. That’s what I learned to communicate with as a kid. Today, my kids know how to use cell phones, and I don’t even think I’ve shown them the string and cup method yet. They’re not constrained to a wire and neither should you be. Let’s use some big kid toys. Break out the wireless mics.
Action cams’ tiny structure emphasizes their ability to fit into interesting places, and their lightweight, durable and waterproof design allows them to follow objects throughout a scene without compromising too much space. They are pretty affordable and their housing is usually replaceable in case it becomes damaged. Here are a few tips to think about when trying to develop your next action cam shot.
Shooting a character on a chroma screen provides creative freedom and often allows you to save money. By using a chroma key, your actor can be in a lavish castle or a scenic moonscape. Even a perfectly planned chroma key shoot can run into problems, but there are solutions available to save your project.
We've been screaming about this for years, but Simon Cade at DSLRguide has put it into words more eloquently than we've heard in quite some time. Simon strikes down all the buzz words we industry geeks tend to throw around like dynamic range, aliasing and 4K, but emphasizes that the they all take second fiddle to storytelling.
Although film is often described as a visual medium, this descriptor overlooks the combinatorial power of movies as a storytelling medium. At its most effective, film is a synthesis of many moving elements, both auditory and visual, which create something meaningful beyond the sum of their parts.