Film industry has grown as technology advances and market demand. As a filmmaker you should be able to understand it as an attempt to improve the skills.


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Importance of Proper Lighting In Filmmaking

filmmaking lightingFilmmaking involves incorporation of different elements to transform the story script to a live story on the screen. Among the technical elements — sound, lighting and editing — lighting has a special role. In the theatre the audience sees the motion picture accompanied by the synchronized sound track. All visual impressions on the viewer depend on proper lighting arrangements.

Although one can choose from among a variety of lighting kits available in the market, but with some basic understanding, you can also assemble a working light kit using some commonly available and affordable components. From you local hardware store you can buy lights with metallic reflectors that are used in repair workshops. These can be hung anywhere using the attached clips and easily moved. You can use bulbs of desired wattage and color in them.

The other very useful item is extension cords; you must have a good stock of them. You need them almost everywhere but most particularly for lighting. You may also like to have an adjustable, say 3-leg, stand. These may be used to mount lights using clips or for light diffusers. Having a white board to balance white light while filming will be another useful thing to do. These can also be used as reflectors to bounce light on some object.

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Storyboard Templates Aid Creativity and Communication to Filmmaking

Experienced animators, hobbyist filmmakers and cutting-edge Web developers have one common tool in their creative toolboxes: storyboard templates.

The storyboarding process, essentially resulting a series of sketches, makes any type of live action or animated production run more smoothly, since the script is visually interpreted before film begins to roll (literally or figuratively). Besides the creative advantages, this ultimately saves time and money.

Also, with a clear vision down on paper, there are much fewer chances for miscommunication on the set or in the editing room, which means a happier production crew and a near-seamless end product.

The storyboarding process starts with a basic template – often a sheet of letter- or legal-sized paper with a series of boxes or “panels” on it. Each frame is proportionately sized to the production’s needs. For example: widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio), full screen (4:3) or 35mm. Beneath each of these panels is a boxed area for “action notes”: written instructions such as camera angles, perspective, panning, lighting, special shots and so on.

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