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Cinematography. A Guide For Film Makers And Fil...

Description of Major *Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.* The program of study leading to a bachelor of fine arts degree (BFA) in production combines schooling in filmmaking with a solid grounding in liberal studies. The curriculum directs students through the program in such a way that they will begin learning the special language of film by making short films, culminating with a senior thesis film. The College of Motion Picture Arts funds most production expenses, including those of the thesis films. Screenwriting, production, and film analysis are viewed as part of an integrated process. The goal of the program is to produce educated, literate, creative filmmakers; the focus of the program is on fictional narrative films. The major courses include producing, directing, animation, screenwriting, editing, camera and lighting, sound, production management, film history, film theory and film aesthetics. Students entering the program as freshmen will spend the first year working on general education requirements and then are immersed, sophomore through senior years in Production courses. Transfer students will enter the program as sophomores and complete the degree in eight semesters, which include two summers. Transfer applicants should complete all general education requirements before starting the program and are encouraged to consult with the academic advisor for course planning when applying.

Cinematography. A Guide for Film Makers and Fil...

In-camera editing is used for filming in the precise order needed for the final product. It eliminates much of the need for post-production editing. It is a quick, but unprofessional, way to create a film, often used by amateur filmmakers or students.

New Wave originally referred to a collective of non-traditional, innovative French filmmakers, such as Alain Resnais, Eric Rohmer, and Jean-Luc Godard. They espoused principles of auteur theory. French New Wave movies are characterized by non-linear storytelling, improvised direction, and jump cuts.

A soundstage is a huge, soundproof room used for movie productions. Elaborate sets can be constructed, allowing filmmakers more control over sound, lighting, and climate.

A storyboard is a sequential series of rough sketches or stills showing what will happen in the movie. It captures what the camera lens will film so that the filmmakers can outline the various shots needed. The storyboard provides a rough synopsis of what will take place.

Lighting techniques are invaluable for filmmakers at every level. For a director, they can help you communicate with your cinematographer. For a writer, they can help you craft words on the page that set the tone, and for the rest of the jobs on set, you'll spend most of your time waiting for everyone to get the film lighting right. So don't you want to know some lighting techniques so you can help out?

Here at No Film School, we're always trying to create handy guides to help beginning and experienced filmmakers achieve the look and feel they want for their projects. We've talked about types of film lights before and deconstructed lighting at every level, including specific tips for black and white. But today we're going to take you through some basic lighting techniques that can help you make your work look and feel more cinematic, no matter what aspect ratio you shoot in. And after this if you want to dive into some more directing skillsets, check out the art of blocking!

The definition of high key lighting is a style of lighting for film, television, or photography that reduces the lighting ratio in the scene. In the first days of film, this was done to deal with high contrast, but now it's used by filmmakers to adjust the mood and tone of a scene.

The iPhone allows both savvy video wizards and newbies to create, edit and share their work of art. It's simplicity, and convenience (filmmaking in the palm of your hand? I'd say that's convenient) has compelled filmmakers like Sean Baker and Steven Soderberg to use smartphones. However, with great convenience and ease comes compromise.

Portability: After you finish your shoot, you can put it back into your pocket and call it a day; you don't have to use hours to pack everything down and then re-doing it the next day. The iPhone's portability also means that you don't have to worry about law enforcements complicate when and where you can shoot. The size of a smartphone also allows filmmakers to capture shots from various positions that would've taken a lot of time and effort to do with traditional high-end cameras.

As more filmmakers are acknowledging the smartphone's filmmaking capabilities, so are the companies making them. Meaning companies like Apple and Samsung focus more and more on improving all their phone's specs to deliver the best possible footage possible for a smartphone. Here are some of the best-improved features most smartphones contain.

Do you watch movies and break them down into their elements? Intrigued why some films elicit strong emotions? The use of color to create an emotion or set the mood is color theory. Different colors elicit different emotions and many film makers understand this. There are set schemes to color theory and film. Each one has a different purpose. A movie maker will start by picking an overall color palette based on the emotion or mood they want to set. Color helps tell a story, define a character or create a reaction by the audience. Color is powerful, especially in the creation of films.

The color palette of a film is a subtle way to visually enhance the emotional aspects of a film and guide the viewer to respond to it on a visceral level. Understanding the basic components of color, warm colors and cool colors, as well as how the audience responds to these colors is essential. Cool colors are violets, blues and greens. Warm colors are reds, oranges and yellows. Cool colors are generally used in science fiction films, murder mysteries, suspense films, and in some action and drama films. Warmer colors are generally used in comedies, love stories, family stories, and in some drama films.

Adobe Premiere Rush is a lite version of Premiere Pro available for iOS devices. While a lite version, it is still very comparable to its desktop version and Premiere editors will feel right at home. On mobile, filmmakers can shoot, edit, and share their video content all in one device from anywhere. You can also create between your devices, including desktop, by opening your Rush files right in Premiere. The intuitive and very familiar multitrack timeline allows users to arrange video, audio, graphics, and photos by dragging and dropping. You can adjust audio, enhance color, add titles, transitions, voiceovers, and more. Price: Free is a collaborative space for filmmakers and clients to work together and give feedback. No more email chains with vague time stamps. offers time based comments and video annotations so you can draw directly on video frames to accurately communicate your feedback. Likewise video transcoding in the cloud allows you to upload any video format and never worry about playback compatibility. also features version control so you can see all of your past versions of projects and Comment Replay, which loops a 4 second range around any comment so you can get a sense of what it means in context. Price: $17/month

When looking into distribution options for your films, research the cautionary tales of filmmakers who have gone before you. Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for indie filmmakers to get taken for fools and end up getting ripped off.

We've already established that a majority of independent distribution companies don't have your best interest in mind, and we have all heard the unfortunate horror stories of the filmmakers who got swindled. So, how do you protect yourself and your product and make a fat wad of cash and get the name recognition that you've always wanted?

Ideal candidates are emerging filmmakers who come from diverse backgrounds and/or communities traditionally underrepresented in film and television. Strong consideration will be given to those who have demonstrated talent in animation and collaborative effort.

In year one, Fellows will build relationships with their cohort and mentors, develop their short film project together and participate in program activities, while year two of the program will focus on the production, shooting and editing of the filmmakers' short.

For more than a quarter-century, Project Involve has been Film Independent's most vital and impactful program. We're proud to be a leader in the ongoing fight to build a more inclusive and equitable industry by supporting emerging filmmakers from communities underrepresented in film and entertainment.

Each year, 30 filmmakers from diverse backgrounds are given the opportunity to hone skills, form creative partnerships, create short films and gain industry access needed to succeed as working artists.

Real, valuable filmmaking experience is at the heart of our program. Film Independent provides script consultation, individualized mentorship, equipment, casting and post-production services to facilitate the development of Fellows' shorts. In addition to a cash production grant, filmmakers are provided with resources for raising additional funds that will help bring their projects to fruition. 041b061a72


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