noob alert (question)

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Beowulf, Jan 6, 2007.

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    Beowulf Guest

    Total noob here, apologies. I just have no idea where to start! If I have
    a dream of exploring independent movie production, is it possible on a
    budget, on the cheap? Should I be thinking short movies at first? Can
    actors, screenwriters, background movie soundtrack, and such be done for
    free or real cheap with volunteers? Best website/links/book_titles to

    Basically I am 49, college teacher (science), but also an artist and
    fine-art photographer, movie lover, computer/linux geek, would like to
    perhaps explore the creative side of films-- actually make one-- in the
    age of relatively cheap digital camcorders and free film editing software
    I am wondering if it is possible, and how cheap it can be done-- even
    maybe a short film, gritty urban or whatever? Thank you in advance for any
    help, and the patience for dealing with a total noob who knows nothing of
    this here.
    Beowulf, Jan 6, 2007
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    Larry in AZ Guest

    Go to a bookstore. Locate one of those "Moviemaking for Dummies," or
    somesuch books...
    Larry in AZ, Jan 6, 2007
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  3. There are lots and lots of resources, both on the internet
    and published. DV magazine has a good
    collection of articles from previous issues available online.
    My particular favorites are ones on lighting by Walter Graff
    and the ones on sound by Jay Rose.

    I would recommend acquiring (or borrowing?) a mini-DV
    camcorder that has a microphone input jack. Mini-DV
    because it is easy to suck the video into a computer via
    Firewire, and then edit with free software that comes with
    recent vintage PCs or Macs. And with surprisingly good
    quality if you pay attention to lighting. A microphone jack
    is critical if you are doing anything with live sound. The
    microphone on the camera (ANY camera) is unsuitable
    for any serious videography.

    You didn't mention WHERE you are, but there may be
    local resources available for hands-on experience.
    Richard Crowley, Jan 6, 2007
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    Beowulf Guest


    Thanks. I will have to subscribe so such a magazine, or use magazine
    website(s) online.

    Makes sense. I also agree about the lighting. I have learned lighting is
    everything with still photography.
    Good idea, thanks. There may be a filmmaking class I could take, since my
    town has several colleges and a university.
    Beowulf, Jan 6, 2007
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    Beowulf Guest

    I just ordered off Amazon:
    "$30 Film School: How to write, direct, produce, shoot, edit,
    distribute, tour with, and sell your own no-budget DIGITAL movie" by
    Michael W. Dean
    Beowulf, Jan 6, 2007
  6. "Beowulf" wrote ...
    DV is pretty good, but don't commit to any of the others
    without sampling a few issues first. Some of them are
    mostly fluff and re-written press releases.

    Definitely sign up (free) for access to DV magazine's
    online archive of articles. I believe they still have them
    online, but haven't checked for a few months.
    IMHO, taking the time to get the lighting right is the #1
    major difference between big-budget Hollywood productions
    and home movies. I am regularly adding to my lighting/grip
    kit via purchases from Amvona on eBay. Good prices and
    good quality stuff.
    Richard Crowley, Jan 6, 2007
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    Beowulf Guest

    Any chance I will be able to utilize my existing lighting for movie
    production? Lights I have now I used for fine-art (nudes/portraits) still
    photography (see my site if interested)-- I have several 500
    watt monolights, also several flash and slave-flash units, but I am
    guessing that flash has no use in movie filming. How much wattage is
    typically used in movie filming, let's say on a cloudy day outdoors? I
    also have a nice large reflector with gold, silver, white, surfaces, etc,
    and of course white foamcore board is cheap for reflecting. Luckily the
    light meter I use for photography also has settings to use for
    cinemetography. I have Cinelerra software for video editing, nice open
    source software I suspect. mencoder open source software can do incredible
    video processing so that is free and I think could come in handy.
    Beowulf, Jan 6, 2007
  8. "Beowulf" wrote ...
    Maybe for special effects.
    No easier to predict than for still photography, Depends on
    what you want and how sensitive your camera is.
    Certainly most of that would be applicable in some cases.
    Is Cinelerra still available/current? I heard it was withdrawn.
    Richard Crowley, Jan 7, 2007
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