Article by Lorabella
There are only a few basic pieces of equipment that are absolutely essential to the filmmaking process.
1.Good Cameras: A camera is what records your film. You will want the camera to be of high quality so that it produces clear, sharp images that will enhance the story to capture the facial features of the subjects as well as their moods and expressions. Without the proper cameras, entire scenes can be lost due to the loss of what is referred to as picture quality. Now days cameras can be as expensive or inexpensive as you want, but you will get the kind of picture quality for which you pay.
2.Props: Actors and actresses must have props in order to play out the scene correctly. Scenes are often made famous by certain props that are used in them. It is important that the props be creative and that each scene has the proper things on the set in order to make it more believable to the audience. When choosing props for each scene you will want to keep your target audience in mind. If you are shooting a film for adults, it is important that the props match the mentality of the adults watching the film. Silly props can be used for a comedy film and grave, mysterious props could be used in a horror film. These things should enhance the mood that the actors/actresses are setting forth.
3.Costumes: It is also important that you dress the actors and actresses according to the characters they are portraying. The costumes should be durable but comfortable and made to fit each person so that they are not falling off or look loose or tight. Taylors can be brought in to ensure that the costumes purchased are going to be as flattering (or unflattering depending on your purpose) to the person wearing them as possible.
4.Lighting: Lighting and lighting equipment is also an important key to setting the mood for each scene. Poor lighting in a film can very much damage the effect of each scene. Having a bright light on a tender mood takes away from the emotion you are trying to pass on to your audience. The lighting on a movie set should be manageable so that it can be softened, brightened, or darkened accordingly. Sometimes this can be as simple as masking a light with a thin film-like material. However, you will want to ensure that you put the safety of your crew first and foremost.
These are the very basic needs of a filmmaking set. There are many other additional pieces of equipment that can be used to enhance these basic necessities. Filmmaking accessories that make the shoots go as smooth as possible for everyone involved are very handy to have while shooting your film.
Of course, how much equipment you have will be very dependent on how much money you have to spend. If you have a very tight budget or are new to the filmmaking business, you may want to start out with pre-owned equipment and upgrade at a later time. How much money you are willing to put out up front for these things will be directly related to how easily the film is shot. The proper equipment is by far the most important purchases that can make your film easy, or difficult, to shoot.
An in-depth look into the filmmaking process (this is NOT the same behind-the-scenes clip from the DVD).
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Question by Chris: What are some good online filmmaking forums?
I want to find out some things about the process of filmmaking and how some things work, what are some good forums where I could get lots of good feedback?
Answer by crisp_44
first here is a good book to have – the $ 30 Film School,
and next checkout:
IMDB – Internet Movie Data Base
there are more – be sure to check their web links
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