A Little Insight

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Maxwell
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Being new to this forum I see many questions ask how you do certain things from Ariel filming to Night shooting etc.
Most people have moved away from the art of how you film things on the cheap or learn the art of film making. Nowadays it is computer software correction either with APPLE or WINDOWS.
Then the other good thing is members on this forum will help regards buying equipment too do the job.
But there are film makers who are just learning the craft and dont have the money to buy at times.
They may see a film and think "How can I do that in my production"?
The first step learn how to operate you camera and all the functions. I'am not trying to preach but 70% of film makers do not understand this powerful tool.
There are many cheap props you can use to enhance your lighting on location or indoors. I have a sun reflector which i use in the car in the summer time. Works a treat in filming on peoples faces.
If any film-makers want things done on the cheap and post it on the thread, I would gladly inform of any possibility on "HOW".
When I started in the 60s we did not have the money or the powerful software. Everything had to be built from scrap. Even today this method still works with the modern equipment.
Yes there are good video magazines on the market but there main function is to sell new cameras and software and how to film things.
To become a good film maker or video maker is hard. It does not matter how much money you spend on your production. It is the person who sees your work will be the judge regards good or bad. But that is a other topic.Under the heading of "SCREENPLAY"

tom hardwick
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You say there are good video magazines on the market Maxwell, but I've failed to find them here in the UK. Digital Video Made Easy is written by 14 year olds and checked by a 12 year old.

Maxwell
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Well Tom you are quoting me on one of the magazines. I did state "THERE ARE".
It is not my forte to say which are good magazines or bad. That is a matter or a debate on this forum.
Mind you I do agree with you. It is not a magazine of good information quality.

fotografics
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Joined: Dec 13 2005

Have a look at "Digital Video" (without the tag: "Techniques", "User" or "Made easy" after the title) It's quite hard to find and it does have a lot of "basic" stuff in it, but It's the only one which seems to have anything written by adults!

It seems to be aimed at people who are interested in making videos, not just talking about the videos they are "about to make" or aimed at wannabe professionals. Also, I find the tutorials have helped me a lot (unfortunately they have a lot of stuff which isn't relevant to my software) and until I find a mag entitled "Digital Video for middle aged guys, using dvcpro, thinking about HDV, working on a PC with Premier Pro and not interested in animation." I'm just going to continue flicking over the bits which don't interest me.

fuddam
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Showreel is better than most, IIRC.

JerryLE
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fotografics wrote:
Have a look at "Digital Video" (without the tag: "Techniques", "User" or "Made easy" after the title) It's quite hard to find and it does have a lot of "basic" stuff in it, but It's the only one which seems to have anything written by adults!

The US based "DV Magazine" used to be good, even though it was written from a NTSC point of view (but often covered PAL), although it was more into the tech side. I say used to be good because although it's still available it's only on a restricted distribution in the UK so is basically a subscription mag' within the UK so haven't seen an actual magazine for a while although the web site has some useful articles.

steve
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I think I've seen DV Magazine in a local branch of Borders.

Steve