Monday, April 13, 2015
Planning your video shoot.
After several weeks off topic, where I discussed my novel being offered for free, and my appearance at the Comic Con, it is time to get back to making movies.
Recapping what we had previously discussed, we have visualized how we want our movie, and created a storyboard. Now it is time for us to create the movie.
How you create your movie will depend on what you are making. Is it you narrating a section of the novel, or is it a book trailer which is just an advertisement of the book? Furthermore, how you create it will also depend on the type of movie software you are using; in my case it is Microsoft Movie Maker.
If you have decided to appear in your movie, you need to consider location. This will depend on what type of camera you are using to video record yourself. If you are using a webcam, then you will need to be near your computer. If you are using a video camera, then you have the luxury of more options for location.
No matter which type of video camera you are using, it is vital you understand the concept of lighting. As a minimum, you will need three lights:
KEY LIGHT: Which is the main lighting source. It is the strongest of the three. Set it as a high angle to you.
FILL LIGHT: Defines intensity and shadows. Weaker light and usually is cast by a bounce card.
BACKLIGHT- Separates you from the background. Sometimes can be used as a low or high light, or both.
The lighting of your set is a very complex and requires some research on your part. I suggest you try different lighting schemes, video yourself and see which one works the best. Remember, you should not be in a rush to make this movie; quality is more important than how fast you get done.
You will also need to do a test run on the clothing you will be wearing. You may look great wearing a white shirt during the day, but this white shirt may “flare” when filming it blinds the viewer. Pure black does the opposite, making it appears that you are filming at midnight. Additionally, avoid stripes because these may appear on camera as a psychedelic pattern.
The following advice also pertains to your background. Your background should not be white; this will dull your appearance on camera. If you have a white wall near your computer and using a webcam, you might want to put some background such as a bookcase, or tapestry on your wall to remove the impact of the whiteness.
Speaking of backgrounds, there is a difference between a background and backdrop. For our purposes, I am using background as the natural setting behind you, something that is there. A backdrop is an artificial setting behind you.
I know some people make videos using stationary or digital backdrops. A stationary backdrop is basically a large picture or scene. The digital backdrop is a special effect where you video yourself in front of a colored background, either blue or green (Chroma Key photography), and then your computer will input a design into it. Be careful if you want to use either of these techniques; the results can look impressive, or they can look very amateurish and cheesy.
Thank you for visiting. Leave a comment about the videos you have made.
Next time we will talk about scene transitions and other edits. Soon, I will also have a reveal for my book trailer for "Legend of the Mystic Knights".