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Old August 21 2014, 11:52 PM   #361
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On any low budget independent production, sound is actually more important than visuals (unless you are making a silent movie). It's been the bane of many many independent productions. Great sound can make up for mediocre cinematography, bad sound ruins even he best.
Yes. We've said that repeatedly upthread: sound trumps picture.
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Old November 3 2014, 03:06 PM   #362
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Filmmaker IQ explains ADR. Worth watching for all 12 minutes:



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Old November 21 2014, 10:04 AM   #363
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^^^Related to the above, and actually even more important to fan filmmakers. here's a great and straightforward introduction about the how-to of recording sound for your films, including discussions of recording equipment, audio formats, and how to mic it.

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Old November 21 2014, 11:01 AM   #364
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That was really good and explained a few things I had very limited understanding of.
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Old December 1 2014, 11:46 PM   #365
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Filmmaker IQ explains ADR. Worth watching for all 12 minutes:

Thanks for that, very informative. Also a really good channel.

We have to do a lot of ADR on our Fallen Star series. Reassuring to know I'm more or less doing it right, though I had to work it out the hard way!
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Old February 8 2015, 10:19 PM   #366
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Okay, here's something different. This is a review of a no-budget film version of The War of the Worlds, and so much of what these guys critique in this film is directly applicable to a lot of fanfilms, from overuse of greenscreen to crossing the Line (180 degree rule) to over reliance of CGI effects, that I think it's a worthwhile discussion of "how NOT too".

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Old March 16 2015, 09:54 AM   #367
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Annnnnnnd this seems timely, since I keep seeing fanfilms which, segment after segment, don't improve. Lots of basic but good advice here.

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Old March 16 2015, 11:09 AM   #368
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I know you're not singling anyone out, but I feel the need to say that while we have always aspired to do better every time, we don't always succeed at doing so. So lack of improvement might not always reflect a lack of desire to improve.

Sometimes the realities of the situation just conspire against you. Or sometimes you're just not as organised as you think.
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Old March 17 2015, 04:17 AM   #369
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Just to be clear, my reason for sharing the above is that it's a nice, concise summary of what ails a lot of fanfilms.

What I'm getting at is that many people keep making the same easily avoidable/correctable mistakes time and time again. "We didn't know," only works the first few times, especially given how much feedback and suggestions are offered here in this forum. As always, I'm trying to help people improve their work and make it more entertaining, or at least watchable.
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Old March 17 2015, 09:32 AM   #370
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Oh I agree, and I really like the video.
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Old August 20 2015, 10:52 AM   #371
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Small bump.

Here's something that's not a fanfilm, but it was directed and edited by "The Tressaurian Intersection" director Scott Cummins, scored by frequent fanfilm composer Hetoreyn, VFX by fanfilm visual effects staple NEO f/x, and scripted by yours truly.

The film was produced by the Rose City Softball Association of Portland, Oregon as part of its bid to host the NAGAAA world series in 2017. It was made on a super tiny budget and largely shot in one day.

Now, the idea here was to sell Portland as a cool, fun place to host the series. Scott's concept was to do a sort of faux movie trailer sending up some cliches about the city while soft selling it, and simultaneously taking a few gentle pokes at competing cities Tampa and Phoenix (better weather).

Even though it was supposed to be a sort of trailer, the script actually tells a tiny story about a guy who moves to this "weird" town but after finding an activity in the community (softball), "goes native". It's shorter than a fanfilm "vignette", yet it still features a narrative arc.


A few cool things here that fan filmmakers might pay attention to.
  • The sound! Listen to how clear it is. This comes from proper mic-ing and good sound mixing, and really adds the to quality of the piece.
  • The editing. Notice how tightly it's cut. How there's basically no dead air. Notice too how the dialog is often played out over reaction shots of the protagonist because the story is about HIM and its his reactions to what's being said is sometimes more important than seeing the speaker.
  • The use of the mirror in the restaurant. When looking over the protagonist's shoulder at his "weird" lunch companion, we can still see his face in the mirror. Mirrors are great ways to open up a set or add interest to shots (albeit watch out for unintended crew reflections!).
  • The flying camera. A drone camera is used in a couple of shots to open things up, and it adds a LOT of production value.

    And finally...
  • The visual metaphor. The pitcher mimics the pose of the Portlandia statue, personifying the city (that was my idea). Even without the on-the-nose dissolve from statue to the pitcher, it was still set up early in the film when the statue is first revealed in the matching angle.
By the way, Portland won the contest, and Scott was told "the video put us over the top."

And, yes, that's a Field of Dreams reference at the end.
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Old August 20 2015, 03:01 PM   #372
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Very awesome stuff, Maurice. Thank you really for sharing all of this knowledge. Much of it is very, very, helpful indeed..
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Old August 23 2015, 07:30 AM   #373
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I debated whether to put this in the Fanfilm Writers' Primer, since a lot of what's presented here applies to screenwriting, but since it's got broader applications to editing, etc., this seemed the better venue.


Don't let the title fool you. What this concerns is STRUCTURE in narratives of all sorts. Have a look. And, if you are intrigued, please see the film he's using as his example, F For Fake (link). It's really good.
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On any low budget independent production, sound is actually more important than visuals (unless you are making a silent movie). It's been the bane of many many independent productions. Great sound can make up for mediocre cinematography, bad sound ruins even he best.
Yes. We've said that repeatedly upthread: sound trumps picture.
Remember the mantra, "Room tone is your friend." Get a good 30 secs to 1 minute of ambient noise in the room for sound editing purposes.... can hide a lot of shortcomings.
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