I think it's great you guys hit what I was going to make another thread for. Lighting so freaks me out, tho I saw a flash that someone posted here that seemd to give me a much better idea of where to start. It seems that I always add a little too much light in all the wrong places. I have these Halogen Lights and I was planning (according to this site ) put one to the side of the camera pointing perpendicular to the camera and then a "Reflector" on the opposite side bouncing the unused light back to give a softer fill of the shadows. That looks easier than I think it is going to be.
Though my BIG question on lighting is how do you light at night. We are going to be filming half to 3/4 of the movie at night. We are doing this for a couple of reasons. 1 because teh (thats right teh) script calls for it. And 2, because I like teh grain that it gives. If you refer to my other post (...bah here is the link http://atlantis.nwngamers.com/teaser_compressed.avi
) we made a teaser trailer for testing purposes and to have a little fun. we had no lighting except for the street light on the beach and we used Night Shot for the rest of it (as you will see) I noticed the other day that you can turn the NS lamp off whcih helps eliminate that blair witch look with lots of lighting in the center, but I really dont like nightshot unless I absolutely need it or a shot requires it (this is rare since it can be accomplished in post). So lighting at night...what to do different, especially out doors.
As for the storyboards, taht is something we do do regularly. This isn't the first movie we made, just the largest and most complex. This is the movie that we want people to sit through and enjoy like they would a movie they'd pay to go see. It's an action movie with a pretty decent script (if you'd like to read it and offer your opinion please PM me).
Another thing I have been practicing and reading up on is camera movements. If anyone has any suggestions on how to keep the shots interesting and the best looking way to move the camera around. My latest toy is a "UniPod" my dad brought home. It's like a tripod without the three legs just one pole and you attach the camera on the top. I am loving it cuz it keeps shots nice and steady and you can move with it with ease (not likea tripod that gets you into a position that keeps the camera stationary). However as this is fine in open flat areas, when it comes to going up and down hill or rough terrain it tends to get harder and annoying to have to use it. Though if I use my hand I run the risk of getting Blair Witch. There is a scene in the movie that has me (who happens tobe the main character with 2 lines
) being chased through the forest...at night.
Also back to the wide angle lens. My friend, who has a similar camera to mine, got one for $50 and seems to do the job (I only saw it once and through the LCD) he did say that they range from $20 to $4000 but my camera isn't really top of the line, it's not a GL2 (the camera of my dreams) it's a Sony TRV-260, well my younger brother...oh lemme clarify I am 18 and a video student (sort of I take Video Production at my High School but I have this shit class with the worst group of kids, i spend my free period in the better class that the other MAIN PLAYER in this movie is in), my brother is 16 (an aspiring film director and writer) anywho we are really willing and giving 110% to make this the best video we can. So any who I know the what and how
behind a wide angle lens but I don't know how to use it or how it should properly be utilized or if it should. We want to try and make this as much like film as we can and if that'll do it then I'll be willing to get one and learn how to do it.
anywho this is turning out to be quite a long post...you guys are cool so it's worth it. I have been part of some communities that just flame you for asking questions so I appreciate and thank that you don't.
OHH and the LEns Hood whats the point of this?!