One of the more interesting developments to happen because of the internet is people looking for actual movie locations. It can actually be a lot harder than this sounds. Consider, for example, that even if a movie says that a particular scene happened in one city, it might have been filmed in a different and more convenient one. It isn’t even just cities. Sometimes a film will claim that a particular scene happened in a certain country, when in fact, it was filmed in a completely different country. So if you want to visit the actual location of a favorite scene, it can be a rather daunting task trying to find out its true location.
Some of the more famous scenes will have information on where they were filmed. The internet can be a treasure trove of information in this regard. But sometimes, you’ll have to do some investigating offline to find the particular street or cafe. There are ways to do this though. For example, you may have learned that a particular scene you like was in fact filmed in Christchurch, but you don’t know where exactly there. One of the things that you can try is you can make sure that you stay at one of the best motels in Christchurch. This is important because the quality of the place will mean that they will be able to offer you good customer service. While you’re there, ask them if they have any information about that particular movie. If you’re lucky, some of the crew or cast for the film might have stayed there. Or one of the employees of the motel might have been able to visit the filming for the movie.
Cinematography is an important subject for any film maker to understand. You can’t just leave this to the cinematographer or editor to handle. Part of being a good film maker means that you’re able to see how a scene will be composed, ideally even before the actors and crew members are present. And one of the things that’s lovely to behold in a film is when it contain sumptuous and rich imagery.
Of course, this isn’t applicable to all kinds of films. A horror movie might not benefit from it as much. But then again, I guess that even all movies could use a beautiful scene or two. It makes me think of some of the best Auckland cakes that I’ve seen. I don’t even need to taste them in order to enjoy them. Even just the sight of the decoration, frosting and other delicate decoration on the cake is enough to make me appreciate the people who made it. There can be a similar experience to be had in a good scene from a movie. Hopefully, there will be more of these.
There are more and more outsourcing opportunities becoming available with each passing year. Now, technology has a lot to do with this. For example, in the field of cinema, outsourcing is helped by the increase in available bandwidth in other countries. As the networks are able to handle larger and larger files, it becomes easier for people located in different countries to swap image, audio and video files back and forth.
I touched on this a bit in the last post, but let me add to that. Consider trends in language as well. There are more countries around the world which are making it a point to expose and educate their younger people to English. They do this because they know that familiarity and comfort with this international language will open doors to them. So this will allow film makers to outsource voice acting for animated films to people in the Philippines or Thailand, for example. And again, the logistics of this won’t be particularly inconvenient. It’s not that hard to figure out how to send money to Vietnam or Indonesia, for instance. So if you are someone who works in the film industry, these are developments that you need to keep a close eye on.
More and more, the digital world is intruding into the field of cinema. What used to be mostly analog, is now connected to the digital. This has its advantages and disadvantages, but in this post, I’ll just mention one of the downsides to watch out for. If you’re going to be working on a short film in digital, or if you’re preparing collateral materials for your film using digital media, you need to make sure that you have a good system in place.
This is very important because, one, you will find that there is a need to have a system for collaborating, so that even if multiple people are working on a particular video file or photo, you can keep track of who does what, what changes will go into the final product, and which version is the most current. If you don’t have this kind of system, things will get messy very quickly. Another thing to keep in mind is the need for backups. You might make use of USB backup software. You might back up onto optical media. The important thing is that there should be redundancy. That way, even in the event of a worst case scenario, all your hard work will not be lost.
Before I begin to discuss the larger films that you have to go to a theater to watch, I thought I’d first say a thing or two about short films. This is something that is changing and advancing fairly rapidly, so it’s an exciting time for short film directors. After all, technology is becoming more affordable, while at the same time becoming more powerful. A director who doesn’t have a budget is actually able to access video cameras which offer a pretty good viewing experience. Also, since more people are watching films on devices with smaller screens, such as televisions, tablets and mobile phones, you don’t have to churn out 4K quality video in order for your short film to get noticed.
There are other interesting advances. For instance, drone devices are becoming cheaper and more common, and many of them offer a way to attach a video camera. Suddenly, it becomes possible for film makers with small budgets to take footage from the air, or make sweeping or swooping camera shots, and so on. This ability to take video from a flying platform makes it possible to imagine even more interesting or exotic shots.
Another development which bodes well for short film makers is the ability to outsource some of the needed work to other places, in order to stretch a small budget. The ability to produce quality video effects is no longer limited to a handful of companies and countries. Instead, it becomes possible to find contractors abroad who are able to product quality output, but for a lower price. It isn’t that difficult to manage. If you need to send money to the Philippines or elsewhere, in order to avail of the services of a video editor, voice actor or other professional there, the process is fairly user friendly.