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- July 17, 2008 at 5:03 AM #37313AnonymousInactive
Hi, I’m considering making a silent film.To get the correct “feel” of this, is it suggested to use the “aged film” look, b/w and/or the flickering often associated with this style of movie?
I havent really seen any silent films, but these normally include subtitles, correct? If so, are they used as overlays or are they their own seperate “clip?”
Thanks for the help
Insomeof myfilm classes we watched a bunchof oldsilentfilms.
The ones we watched were on DVD and were “digitallyremastered”.They didn’thave the “sepia” look (Ithink what youmean by oldfilm look – kindofa brownishtint?).They were obviously blackandwhitethough.
And ofcourse,theyhad that “flicker” look.Through myreadingand whatIlearned from professors (whichIcan only hopehavesome truthtothem :-P) thisflicker,andalsothefactthat silentfilms look fast was becausethey wererecordedslowerthanwhenthey were playedback.Most silentfilms wererecordedat 16 frameper second (thefilm booksaid most,so Idon’tknow howmany actually were),and played backat afaster speed (whichIcan’trememberoffthetopof myhead andamtoolazytogo look up :-P).
If youcansomehow mimicthe higher frame playback, that might give you the bestresults?I’m not sure whatthe best wayofdoingthisissinceIdon’tknowwhat kindofcamera(s) you plantouse.
Most silent films used a slate with titles between cuts. Overlays came later.
I plan on using a Panasonic AG-DVC7
any editor can do the aged effect, iMovie hd does it well. (it add the flicker and scratches and b+w conversion.)
you could experiment with slowing the clip down, applying the aged film filter, then speeding it back up…..
any camera will do for this. the image quality back then wasn’t high def.
You may also want to look for some old movie music in the public domain (piano). and stick a card in a bicycle wheel and spin the wheel for some foley sound (to mimic) of an old projector running film….
also watch some old movies!
the lighting is vital (and cheap to recreate). as is a uv filter with some petrolium jelly for soft focus, and or shooting through some panty hose.
a lot of talc powder on your talent with overdone eyeshadow and mascara!