How to make your first box office smash
Are you a budding filmmaker? Do you want to be the next auteur headed for Sundance? Fancy yourself to be the next Wes Anderson, but don’t have the backing of a major studio? Well, check this out— you don’t need tons of dough or a room full of gadgets gadget and equipment. Gone are the days when you needed a bulky camera setup, reels upon reels of film, and a smelly old photo lab to make your own movie. Now, all you need are yourself and the stamina to put together your very own indie flick with the help of a few powerful yet portable gadgets and electronics. A lot of moviegoers don’t realize the importance of a well- shot video because they don’t have to when every scene is framed properly. You’ve got to master the art of creating the perfect shot using a high- resolution, multifeatured camera. A good camera equipped with a top- of- the- line lens, steadied with a tripod means you won’t have to beg your best friend to hold it for you. By avoiding the shaky cam effect ( unless intentional), you can be on your way to your first Best Picture award, or at least your first 100 likes on YouTube.
So you’ve got your badass camera; you’ve tested everything and you feel good about being able to take great shots without making your brain hurt. Now how confident are you that you’ll be getting the best audio to go with your video? You’ll have to put in effort into sound design to make sure your film isn’t full of the buzz of background noise. You’ll need a powerful microphone that can hear even the slightest whisper and see to it that your actors sound clean and clear in every line.
This is it. You’re done with the legwork. You’ve spent all day waiting for the perfect light conditions, your feet hurt from trying to set up your shot and getting the right angle, and you have a million takes making sure everything looks right and sounds great. You’ll know by now that great films don’t put themselves together from raw materials; this is where good, clever editing comes in. You’ll need a kick- ass computer to edit your movie that’s powerful enough to handle all those heavy files as you cut from one scene to the next and, if you’re particularly skilled, add special effects.
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