101 Film­mak­ing

How to make your first box of­fice smash

Scout - - GET TECHY - BY ROMEO MO­RAN IL­LUS­TRA­TIONS BY SAINTE JAMES TAN

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.

Stock- up on your film­mak­ing arse­nal at SM Su­permalls’ big­gest tech­nol­ogy sale of the year. This Au­gust is Cy­ber Month, so SM’s got pro­mos and dis­counts for se­lected gad­gets and elec­tron­ics. Bud­ding film­mak­ers will want to check out the 29 Cy­ber­zone branches and IT shops in SM Su­permalls na­tion­wide. Get­ting th­ese es­sen­tials ( or rather, beg­ging your folks to get them for you) just got way eas­ier. Call ( 02) 876 1111 or visit www. face­book. com/ SMSu­permalls for more de­tails.

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