Production
Video Production Notes: Continuity Of Movement

Video Production Notes: Continuity Of Movement

Continuity of movement: A moving subject attracts attention more readily than a static one, but continuous movement exhausts the interest. When action is momentarily interrupted or changes direction, the impact is even greater. Line-crossing. Camera angles can easily influence the viewer’s sense of direction and spatial relationships if camera positions are not selected carefully. To...
Video Production Notes: Impressions of the Subject

Video Production Notes: Impressions of the Subject

Impressions of the Subject. Camera treatment can modify the actor’s strength as seen on the screen by the viewer. The subject’s posture is also significant. Side or rear views, lying down, looking down, bowed, stoop­ing, clasped hands and slow movements convey weak attitudes. Frontal view, up-tilted head, hands clenched stamping feet and fast movement suggest...
Video Production Notes: The Theory of Dynamic Composition

Video Production Notes: The Theory of Dynamic Composition

The Theory of Dynamic Composition In daily life, we perceive speed in a very subjective way. As we drive through flat, featureless country, we feel that the car is travelling slower; driving along a tree-lined road on the contrary – we tend to overestimate speed. It is the same when watching moving pictures. We cannot see speed...
Video Production Notes: Filming Visual Patterns

Video Production Notes: Filming Visual Patterns

Visual Patterns The eye is attracted by various patterns. A solemn, quiet mood corresponds to slow, smooth-flowing lines; a rapid staccato is best for dramatic situations. Lines can create specific feelings: Horizontal lines bring about calm and tranquillity. Vertical lines are for strength and dignity. Diagonal lines show speed. Curved lines convey serenity. Converging lines indicate...
Video Production Notes: The Effect Of The Frame

Video Production Notes: The Effect Of The Frame

The camera not only “puts a frame” around a segment of the scene, but modifies whatever it shows. The screen totally isolates its subjects so that the viewer cannot see whatever else is happening and the resulting image is flat. Thus the frame creates unique relationships develop within it that are not present in the...
Video Production Notes: On How To Shoot

Video Production Notes: On How To Shoot

It is you, not the camera, who makes the picture. Why some pictures are great and other dull? Great pictures convey a mood, a thought, meaning or emotion.  Read through to learn how to do great images for the film industry. Who Creates The Image? Although it is the camera operator’s main responsibility, a lot...
Video Production Notes: Composing The Shot

Video Production Notes: Composing The Shot

Good composition is not necessarily difficult, but it always needs good planning. Here are some key factors in shooting that effectively communicate the message: Symbolism Does the image mean anything to the public? When the viewer sees the image, what is her or his immediately thought? Is that what you are trying to communicate? Context...
Two Horror Pics From The Woodshed

Two Horror Pics From The Woodshed

Elijah Wood’s production company, The Woodshed, which he is equal partners in with Daniel Noah and Josh C. Walker, has announced two new horror projects in ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night’ and ‘Toad Road’. Toad Road will be the first picture presented by The Woodshed in partnership with Blackout Films and Random Bench....
Dimension Go After Eli Roth's Aftershock

Dimension Go After Eli Roth’s Aftershock

So far, 2012 has been a fairly quiet year for Dimension Films. The studio have released just one movie – the decidedly lacklustre ‘Piranha 3D’. However, Dimension do have a fair number of productions lined up for 2013 release and is now working to secure the U.S. Rights to new Eli Roth horror movie ‘Aftershock’...

Actor & Director Confrontation

The actor filmmaker confrontation The actor–director relationship can often be a tumultuous one. Let’s explore some examples of the most notorious hate-hate actor-director relationships: Three Kings – George Clooney vs. David O. Russell Leftist George Clooney, always out to defend the weaker individual, reportedly had a difficult time dealing with Russell, who allegedly treated everyone...

Learning behind the Scenes

In the room there is an enormous table under eerie lighting with people screaming about the “moral hazards” of saving the New York Federal Reserve Bank. The table is actually in the executive conference room of MetLife, the lighting comes from lamps suspended from helium balloons and the shouting comes from actors Frank Langella, Josh...