Archive for August, 2010

The Ins And Outs Of Film Production Equipment

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

With the advent of new technologies, film production equipment and the existence of digital video as an acceptable medium for film art anybody has the privilege now to become a film director virtually overnight. Although film production cost is ridiculously high, some of these video production equipment are still easy on the pocket and they can be mastered without any delay. Although the focus should still be the art of film over having the right kind of equipment, the easy access of video production equipment has encouraged a lot of amateur filmmakers to try and give it their best shot. These recent advances in inexpensive film making equipment have now allowed independent film productions to prosper. The first step in making yourself a Steven Spielberg is to understand completely the basics of video production equipment.

It is significant that you take stock of your film production equipment that is important in filming as you start to set up the video to ensure everything is ready. In creating a professional-looking film, the most fundamental video production equipment you need to have are professional video cameras, stabilization equipment and also film lighting equipment as well as microphone or audio system. Dollies, tracks, jibs, tripods, cranes, booms, and lifts are also some of the camera support equipment that you might be needing. Also you might need to take into account the trucks, cars and other vehicles that are required to transport the cameras and other equipment required for filming. There are also times when specialized equipment may be required for enhancing audio and video effects. In some instances, climate control machinery is also needed to create the appropriate effects for a movie.

When you are done in the film production on video, there are still more video production equipment needed to edit and finalize the video to come up with your masterpiece. Through using professional quality editing equipment, you can give your video the kind of polished quality that sets it apart from home video or amateur production. Some of these video editing tools are video editing software, the sound mixing tool, and also the video duplication equipment.

Nowadays there are a lot of providers for production equipment such as camera, video, lighting and for film processing. You should also research on film equipment vendors who can provide movie production supplies that are suited to your needs. Look for those that can provide quality service, technical excellence and reasonable pricing. You won’t have to buy these video production equipment now since there are many that can be rented. But if you intend to have your own gear, there are a lot of used items that you can buy as well.

Setting up an HD video studio for less than $200

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

In my previous article at Effective Media, I looked at the approximate funds needed to start up a video studio. Please note this update is for those interested in using cameras and not PowerPoint/Camtasia productions. That will need a separate topic. Instead I will assume that you would like to make selling videos at decent quality but you have under $200 to start with.

Clarity and sound run hand in hand. Need I elaborate? If you are selling a product or service, you will need to sell it in the best possible environment which will illuminate your product and not make it look like it just came out of someone’s dirty cellar.

The good news is that HD is coming down in price rapidly and more and more of the cheaper cameras are adding features which two years ago, none of regular users of more expensive cameras could have dreamed of. Take external sound for example. If you’ve ever had a cheap video camera, you’ll know that the vision can be ok but the sound tends to let the whole thing down.

So your baby’s first words were drowned by a whirring in the background due to camera noise right? The technology, you will be pleased to know, is becoming smarter and more portable too.

I have three recommendations for purchase which I will stake my reputation on, you won’t be disappointed with.

1) The Kodak zi8 is a point and shoot camera which shoots in HD and will do nicely on a bright day or well lit room. It will do badly in low light. And don’t bother with the zoom at 1080. At 720 zoom away. I could do a whole review on this but that’s basically the story. You will need just $125 to secure one. Perfect for vlogging. Look no further and no I am not leading you to an affiliate link here.

2) A Hama Star 61 Tripod retails in my own country (UK) for less than $25 on Amazon. For a light camera it will do the job perfectly. If you are shooting in high wind for get it. I have had one for a few weeks now and my professional cynicism soon wore off when it did the trick for my own vlogs.

3) An Audio Technica ATR-3350 is a lavalier mike which fits perfectly into the external mic socket of the Kodak zi8 nicely.

Total budget? Under $200. I can assure you that this is what I use for any daytime vlogging. It saves alot of precious set up time having to faff with more expensive cameras. I am not ignoring those but assuming that it’s quality budget solution your are looking for.

Obviously do some test video to start with. Find a place which receives a regular “glow” of natural light (not direct sunlight) and adapt this location for your studio.You need to be comfortable with your environment too. If you demonstrating a product by all means use a table and either stand or sit at the table. Many of the cable TV channel presenters stand because it looks more immediate and dynamic. But don’t rule out seated demos. People want to see what you’ve got NOT whether you can present.

Above all, enjoy the experience. Contact me at my blog at Effective Media if you need advice on what to do with the video once you’ve made it. OR it might be an idea to find out the potential before you buy the kit above.


Top film schools – start your career in cinematography by attending the top film schools

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Top cinematography schools are certified to provide the best accredited Cinematography and film production certificates and give you the launch for a career as a cinematographer, producer, director, scriptwriter or film critic.  Attending the courses of Cinematography and Film Production at one of the top film schools will make you become able to earn a professional certificate or degree at the associate, baccalaureate or master’s level in media history, camera use, ethics, digital filmmaking, film editing or other domains connected to film media and motion pictures.

These types of programs, which bring together creativity and technology, can be offered by community colleges, vocational schools or four-year colleges and universities.It is a little problematical to decide on a suitable film school, and figuring out as much as possible the possibilities they provide can help you decide quicker.

The University of Southern California in Los Angeles (USC) includes the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the United States first film school and one of the top film schools in the state, established in 1929. Its branches encompass production for film and television, criticism, animation, screenwriting, producing and interactive media.

Apart from producing, all departments provide degree programs for undergraduates, resulting in either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor in Fine Arts (BFA). Production programs are integrated in the graduate alternatives and can lead you to a Master of Fine Arts (MFA); at the same time, students that choose the Critical Studies program are able to obtain a Master of Arts or PHD.

The University of Southern California has been ranked in 2010 as the 26th best university in the United States, by the U.S. News and World Report, and its School of cinematic Arts is one of the top film schools in the U.S. overall, with many alumni nominated for the Academy Award.

One of the highest rated film schools in US is Tisch School of Arts, part of the New York University (NYU), and its Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television provide best film programs. Film history, production, animation, directing, acting, editing, scriptwriting, film criticism, audio production are the main programs given to undergraduate students.

A graduate student can achieve a degree at the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Filmmaking or a dual MFA and Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Producing. While in this course MFA students ought to create at least five movies and as well work as crew-members and camera operators on their classmates’ works In 2010 as well, US News and World Report ranked NYU as the 32nd best university in the state.

Also amid the top film schools, the University of Chicago’s Committee on Cinema and Media Studies in Chicago, IL offers top-rated degrees in Film and Cinematography, at the Bachelor of Arts level in Cinema and Media Studies to undergraduates and a Doctor of Philosophy of Media Studies to graduate students.

US News and World Report rated it as one among the best-ranked film schools in US, hosting the Film Studies Center, including a collection of over 10,000 films, discs and videos. Its programs are designed for video production, history, theory, criticism, Film and various other sections.

The University of Chicago is a private four-year institution, with a total student enlistment of more than 14,000, organizing around 2,000 units in the around neighborhood for students and college .