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  1. Here's a short film I wrote/shot/directed. I'm primarily a writer/director, and I'm doing cinematography on my films out of necessity. Next step for me will be working with a cinematographer! But I'd love some general thoughts on this film, so I can take the feedback with me on my next project. The film takes place within a Skype video call window, and I'd call it a mystery/thriller. Let me know what you think!
  2. Here’s a few frame grabs from a short film I recently shot. shot with the Blackmagic Ursa Mini 4.6k camera and a set of Rokinon cinema prime lenses (24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm) as well as a couple of Canon lenses (100mm macro and 24mm pancake) For the most part I was pleased with how the camera and lens package performed. The one big issue we ran into early was, in low light situations (which the majority of the film takes place) the Ursa Mini had noticeable FPN at both ISO 800 and 1600. In order to combat this I was forced to shoot a lot of the film with ISO 400 to drop the noise floor which meant I needed more lights to be able to get a proper exposure. As a team we had to work creatively to come up with solutions but I think in the end we were pretty pleased with the final images. Cheers! Ian
  3. Screening the best in International contemporary short film & programming for other festivals across the UK & Internationally, the ESFF is now open for submission for short film-makers! We're offering cash prizes for Best Film, Best Animation and Best Scottish Film But that's not all! This year, we're also excited to be curating film programmes from submissions for our 2018 partners: DC Shorts - The US East Coast's largest short film event, Mecal - the Barcelona International Short Film Festival Sardinia Film Festival Fastnet Film Festival Firenze FilmCorti Hidden Door and many others! Max Length 25 minutes, international films welcomed, all genres eligible. Open for entries online and via Film Freeway & Withoutabox. Please note, deadline for submissions ends on Monday June 25th 2018 Enter Your Film Here http://www.edinburghshortfilmfestival.com/call-for-entries/
  4. Hi all, I just wanted to share with you a short film I directed called "The Man Who Knew Too Little". This is a detective type story inspired by an old TV show called "The Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (I'm a huge fan of that show). This was my first short and I shot this over a period of two years actually, lots of problems but we finally got it made. It's about 20 minutes long but I hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to criticize, comment, etc. Available for download at https://vimeo.com/173146424 IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5861838
  5. So I wrote a script for a short film. It is not the first one and it won't be the first project I have ever made. But this is my biggest project yet and will be requiring some financing in range of an extremely micro budget - around 2000 dollars. The short film will be about 25-30min long. The title is Helmina - it is a psychological drama film. I am a 17-year old student filmmaker with aprox. 5 years of experience in filmmaking. I have written, produced, directed, shot and edited several short films, some of them winning different awards at several student film festivals in my country. The most recent film I shot as a DOP was awarded at a international film festival. But none of the projects I have worked on had a budget exceeding a few hundred bucks. I have shot lots of indy video productions, covered events and got into photography several years ago. I also love writting and making music (including soundtracks). The script is pretty strong in my opinion and is based on a novel by a well-known Slovene author and phychologist that recently passed away. The film would be shot on aprox. 20 different location, none of them being problematic and probably wouldn't require any permits. Majority of my cast (33 actors and extras) and crew (20 people) consists of talented friends, ex-mentors, student actors/filmakers/musicians and some semi-professionals in the local film scene. Almost everyone supporting the project is an enthusiastic individualwho doesn't request any 'real' payments. Although, I still need to cover the expenses - transportation, props, clothing, make-up, food, gear rentals and some music licenses. As I wrote earlier, 2000 dollars should be enough to cover it all. The film in terms of tech is not such a big project to make. There is only a bit of compositing and CGI planned. I have several options regarding financing the project: 1. I could contact national television, which of course leads an AV-project funding campaign; 2. There are several local institutions that could possibly be interested in supporting my project; 3. Crowdfunding - I heard Indiegogo is good for those kind of things; 4. Sponsorship - I could contact some local companies; 5. Band coverage - I want to use a song in the edit by the most commercially successful rock band in my country. Normally, I would have to buy a music license, but what if I try to get the project supported by this band since the most important scene in the film will be using their famous song? 6. A high school leading a drama department in my city supports those kinds of projects, but since I go to a different school with a music curriculum, I don't know if their authorities would want to support me. I am still looking for main actress-protagonist, which may be schooling there so there is a chance of success with this method; I have prepared several documents regarding the film. That includes the rewritten screenplay in the professional form, storyboard, budgeting documents, location and props/gear notes etc. I wish to start the production by the end of the year and continue it through the next 6 months. I would be very happy and thankful if some of you shared some pieces of advice on how to continue the preproduction for this project I love and really, really want to finish. I need tips and advice on producing this kind of project in my current circumstances. I hope I shared enought information regarding my situation... Thank you :) Martin
  6. Good morning! I have been making films for quite a while, but this weekend, I shot my first fictional short. Would love some feedback on it. We were part of a 48 hour film race, with the theme being headwind.
  7. This is a short film I made in Oslo. Feel free to critique, comment and maybe share :) Thanks! Martin
  8. Hi, Please take a look at my some of my work. Technical as well as creative feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance. Tanul https://vimeo.com/114125050 https://vimeo.com/153612386
  9. I'm very excited to share this piece I DP'ed a year ago, we all had great time with this one. I'm very interested in learning, so all feedback and insights are welcome. Cheers! I Need My Space is a humorous tale of infidelity, frustration, and ultimately adventure. The story is focused upon the life of elderly engineer, Esko and his unfaithful and nagging wife Tarja. Looking for an escape from a life that is an unsatisfactory mix of dull and painful, Esko decides to build his own rocket ship and blast himself into space. The award-winning independent film was shot over the course of 4 days and with a budget of only €1200. The film will be released for public viewing on June 21st, 2017.
  10. Dear Cinematographers, Testing out Krasnogorsk-3. I need dummy stock in order to practice loading it, therefore does anyone know where I can acquire some? Sincerely Grateful, Kurt Cassidy-Gabhart
  11. With new awards and global tours, the Edinburgh Short Film Festival is a highly pro-active festival with over 20 screenings across the world AND Also offering cash prizes and industry mentoring to the film-maker who wins the Best Film AND the best Animation at this year's ESFF! We're also curating for film festivals across the world including Barcelona, DC Shorts in Washington, Fastnet Film Festival in Ireland and the Sardinia Film Festival and the winning films would be included in the programme for our international events and screenings. But the Deadline is fast approaching for entries: Monday June 26th 2017: http://www.edinburghshortfilmfestival.com/call-for-entries/
  12. We’re delighted to reveal that we have finalised the details on a new festival partnership with the USA’s largest dedicated short film festival on the US East coast, DC Shorts based in Washington! The partnership begins during our 2018 editions and will see the ESFF prepare a programme of some of our best short films for screening at DC Shorts in September 2018! We’re also reciprocating and DC Shorts will programme for our festival in Autumn of 2018. BUT THE BEST NEWS IS: We’ve also agreed to offer our entrants a 20% discount on submissions to the other festival and this offer is now open, so anyone submitting to this year’s ESFF will also get a 20% discount on submitting to DC Shorts! EDINBURGH SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
  13. Hey guys, I'm a 24 year old Cinematographer living in Seven Sisters, London. I recently shot a film called The Mechanic. Its a 60 second doc about Bo Hare, a mechanic and engineer working in rural England, who finds pleasure in the restoration of classic cars. Shot on a Blackmagic Ursa 4K with mixed tungsten and practical fluro lights, i'm a cinematographer, but I directed this as well as shot it. Drone shots on a DJI Inspire 3 Adv. Used vintage nikon AI-S primes to shoot everything, very much recommended if you are on a budget, tons of character, they flare beautifully. There is going to be a longer version forthcoming, but this cut dives straight in to the character and is hopefully an intriguing minute! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6oVWtugUyo Its for a competition running by Sony Europe where I could win a camera, so if you enjoyed it please like it on youtube..! :) Feel free to shoot with any questions or thoughts! Orlando
  14. Edinburgh Short Film Festival Submissions Now Open for 2017 Screening the best in International contemporary short cinema in Edinburgh each Autumn and curating programmes for other festivals across the UK & Internationally. This year, we're excited to be programming films for our 2017 partners: Asia's largest short film event, Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia based in Tokyo, as well as the Sardinia Film Festival, Australia's Scots Day Out and Hidden Door in Edinburgh and we can also announce that we will be partnering the Barcelona International Short Film Festival for 2017 We're also planning to expand our awards structure with prizes for Best Director & Best Animation! http://www.edinburghshortfilmfestival.com/call-for-entries/
  15. Screening the best in International contemporary short cinema at venues across the Scottish capital in Autumn. The best films will be included in our programmes for other festivals across the UK & Internationally. This year, we're excited to be programming films for our 2017 partners: Asia's largest short film event, Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia as well as the Sardinia Film Festival, Australia's Scots Day Out, Hidden Door in Edinburgh and some other partnerships we'll announce shortly We're also planning to expand our awards structure more details about that soon, In the meantime, we're open for entries online: http://www.edinburghshortfilmfestival.com/call-for-entries/ Or via one of our partners - Film Freeway,Withoutabox, etc. watch this space for more details soon!
  16. Im sure there are many ways to do this... I guess its preference. How would you guys and gals shoot a walky talky scene? Example, If only the main character is seen talking. The person he is talking to is never shown on camera. Would you record a high quality voiceover separately from the unseen person and edit the audio in post for the effect? Or would you actually have them talk through it during the scene? Thanks in advance. (Note) Im shooting this soon.
  17. So I am filming a SciFi short film called "Bandwidth Creek"on the 15th and I'm having one issue. There is a female playing two characters and I still can't figure out how to fool the audience with this. For instance, she's playing the mom of the main male character in his flashback. The same woman is also playing his room mate whom he is having conflict with. Both characters are important so I can't cut either out. Since the mom in the flashback does not have any lines (just flashback visuals) I thought about just shooting behind her or with her hair over her face. We thought about a wig and sunglasses but come on lol. Attached are some stills of the woman I exported from the rehearsal (playing roommate). Anybody have any ideas?
  18. Hey there! I'm sorry if this is too many questions at once, but I figured it would be better to just lay my initial questions all out at once instead of peppering them throughout the thread over time. I graduated from college this May with an English degree and a minor in Communications, and I want to go to film school as a graduate student. In order to do this, I need a short film (I'd really like to go to USC). However, my university didn't/doesn't exactly have a cutting-edge film program, so I'm a little flustered. Here's a bit of background about my short film project. It concerns a young woman going to a bar in the early hours of her 21st birthday (it's like 12:08 AM) and ordering her first-ever drink. It's going to be shot without dialog--it will be all body language and sound effects, like a Pixar short, if that makes sense. I want the look of the film to be "objective" (I know that's not a real thing in film) except for a couple of wide-angle shots and a deep focus shot which pulls back over the bar to establish that she's in a bar (if there's a way to do this without deep focus, let me know). I'd also like to do something like this shot from The Music Man (https://youtu.be/CC33O52pGUg?t=2m43s). I don't know how they did it, but I suppose you can cheat it in post if you're a good/patient enough rotoscoper. Anyway, I was looking into what kind of camera I should use to film this project. I've saved up a bit of money and I want to get the best camera possible for the job without requiring me to learn a textbook-worth of information or have tons of hands-on time with the camera before I use it. Since I'll be filming in a real bar (sadly, I haven't saved up enough money to build one from scratch on a soundstage) at night, there will be low light and the possibility of competing color temperatures (since I can't exactly tear out any lights). I'd also prefer to go for as filmic a look as possible. I would shoot the project on film if I could, but I super-don't know enough about film to do that. For this reason, I was looking at either the RED camera or the ARRI Alexa XT. After reading about the RED, I came away with the impression that it was a very particular camera that had kind of a steep learning curve, and that the ARRI Alexa XT would be much easier to shoot with, although I don't know if it's easy enough. My experience has mainly been with that one miniDV Canon SD prosumer camera that everyone had. I also would like to shoot Open Gate ARRIRAW for the project to maximize the pixel count for upscaling to 4K. Since I live near Atlanta, I'm looking at renting from here: http://pce-atlanta.com/. Here is their list of cameras and lenses (PDF): http://www.pce-atlanta.com/pdf/Camera%20Catalog_4_8_2013.pdf. I'm going to be renting the camera and lenses for a weekend. So my first question is: how feasible is this? Especially as I've never used the Alexa before and I'm not an experienced color corrector. Can you just drop ARRIRAW footage into the free version of Da Vinci Resolve or Adobe SpeedGrade and get good results just by messing with a few presets, or is it going to be a month of tedious work? Because I don't have the time to devote every day to it, especially as I'll also be doing foley work. My second question is this: ARRIRAW is flat footage, correct? So how do you know how the colors are going to look when using the monitor? My third question is: how much is that Codex docking station that plugs into the USB 3.0 connection on a MacBook Pro? I've been unable to get a straight answer from their website. And do I need to buy a software license to transfer the ARRIRAW files to a hard drive using it? My fourth question is this: what kinds of lenses should I use? I was thinking of just getting a zoom lens, since that would be cheaper, but would I be able to pull off that deep-focus shot with it? And ARRI's website tells me that shooting in Open Gate ARRIRAW can be a problem because a lot of lenses don't fully cover the sensor area. Do any of the lenses on that list qualify? I'd rather not abandon the Open Gate part of my plan, but I'd sooner abandon it than abandon the Alexa XT (although if I weren't shooting in Open Gate ARRIRAW I guess I could switch to an Alexa with the XT module), so if I have to, I will. My fifth question is: do I need to get a new tripod? I mainly have the kind which you can use for still camera work or for that relatively light Canon prosumer camera I mentioned. Is the Alexa XT a heavy camera? My sixth question is: lighting. I don't understand it. I have a lot of questions about it. I'm considering just using the available light for this reason. For instance, I understand the three-point lighting method (or I think I do, anyway) and I understand how it's easy to do in close-up, but what happens when you cut to a long shot from a different angle, exposing where the lighting rigs would be? My seventh question is: how do I keep it from looking like TV? Let me elaborate on that. I initially thought that aspect ratio played a part in making TV look like TV, but Better Call Saul looks like a movie to me, and Witness for the Prosecution, mistakenly presented in 16:9, looked like a movie as well--not like TV. So my theory is that it has something to do with coverage and composition (and maybe editing and lighting, too). I want my short film to look like a film. What are some common pitfalls I should avoid if I don't want my film to be mundane? I think that's it for now. If you guys could do me a favor and keep checking this thread, I'm sure I'll have more questions. Thank you so much for your time. Also, please let me know if in the future I should make separate topics for questions with separate subject matter. I just didn't want to clutter up your forums.
  19. I intend to make an inspirational short film. I want to get an idea about costs of different types of short films. Is there any place where I can see the film type and its detailed cost list? Or just see the major costs? I live in Pakistan, we don't have much latest tools here. So I need to make my own cost estimate after checking costs for other films. Also, give your view: what do you think I can make a professional inspirational short film by collecting volunteers only? Not paying anyone? Thank You
  20. I'd like to introduce you to The Nostalgist, my latest sci-fi short film that featured on the American Cinematographer (Short Takes section - December 2014) and it is now available online for free on Youtube via WIRED. The cinematography is by Gareth Munden (Lotus Eaters) and the camera operator is Peter Taylor (Jungle Book, Gravity, Kick-Ass, Gladiator). Here’s the link to the film: https://youtu.be/ZzCQtoQ8ypk The film was shot in London over seven days in 2013 with a mixed crew of newcomers and highly skilled professionals and a cast led by French star Lambert Wilson (Suite Francaise, Of Gods and Men, The Matrix Reloaded) and British child actor Samuel Joslin (Paddington, The Impossible). It was shot in 5K with Anamorphic Lenses (Xtal Express) using Red Epic Cameras. The RAW footage was converted in EXR files for the VFX and then re-exported in DPX for the Color Grading. The film was graded at Company 3 (London) by Greg Fisher. The Nostalgist received its worldwide festival premiere at the Palm Springs Short Fest in June 2014, where it was awarded the runner-up prize for live-action short over 15 minutes, and it received its European premiere at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy in July 2014, where it was awarded the first prize as Best Short Film in its Generator 18+ (fiction) section. The short also was also selected for the LA Shorts Fest and FantasticFest in Austin, and its UK premiere was at the BFI London Film Festival in October 2014 in the CULT section. I hope you will enjoy it and of course if you have any question please do not hesitate to contact me.
  21. Hi everyone, I will start by saying that I have always had a passion about Filmmaking. I have always wanted to go to Film-school but due to lack of funds that dream may never become a reality. On the other hand I believe that anyone can learn Filmmaking but practicing, researching and trial and error. Nowadays anyone can pick up a camera and start shooting. The problem is that it is really hard to find people willing to sit down and teach (mentor) you on some aspects of Filmmaking that are hard to grasp on your own and will make the learning curve and time longer and harder. That's why I had an idea about a Kickstarter campaign that will help me and others learn from people that work in the industry and see the whole process from start to finish, on how a Short Film is constructed. The idea: A kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a Short Film that will also teach and document the steps involved in creating a Short Film: Directing Producing Cinematography etc Part of the funds will be used to pay a Cinematographer who would be willing to sit down and teach his art to a team of 15-20 people in creating a short film (they will also be the crew for the Short Film). This will be done through short workshops and through the actual shooting of the short film. This process will be documented (DVD & Digital Downloads, PDFs or On-Set Pass) and given to potential kickstarter backers as a training series so that they can also learn the process of Filmmaking. Recordings will include: Short Workshops, Discussions on set about Lighting decisions, camera movement, behind the scenes footage, etc). Potential Perks for Backers can also include being part of the crew. I am trying to sort out the cost of the whole process and I would love to hear from potential Cinematographers from here that would be interested in undertaking the teaching of this project. He/She would have to relocate to Cyprus for the duration of the Project. The Cinematographer/Instructor will of course be paid and all Living Costs, Plane Tickets and Accommodation will be included. If I receive msg`s from interested people I will have further discussions with them on how this Project will be constructed, figure out his/her pay, and also figure out a rough budget for the whole Process. Thats is also how the Kickstarter campaign comes into play, how much to ask for the campaign. I will also use personal funds from my own pocket that I have saved. I would like your thoughts on this, any input is helpful, even if it is to say that this is a crappy idea :P Thanks for reading, Best, Alex B.
  22. Dear Cinematographers, For a silent short film on which I am working, I desire a grainy and dark texture. I am using Tri-X super 8 black and white film. I thought perhaps that, to my unguided reflection, it would be best achieved by underexposing two stops and then using a one-stop push in processing. Would any untoward complications arise in doing so? Would there be any superior alternative? Thank you in advance. Sincerely, K. Cassidy-Gabhart
  23. Hi everyone, I just wanted to get some feedback on a new short film that we released for a zombie webseries we created. My buddies and I are dedicating our YouTube channel to short zombie and horror films and we want to create good stuff that people like (so we need to know what people think). This was shot with a Canon 5D MIII and a Canon Rebel T4i + 18-135mm STM lens. We messed up huge on the shots at the end and they came out too noisy. Would like to know what other cinematographers think of our other scenes and how we might improve.
  24. Hey guys, any feedback would back amazing! The short's won several awards nationally and internationally, while being nominated for several more. Shot S-LOG, graded in DaVinci. Shot on: Sony FS700 (the opening 'dream') Sony F3 (everything else) The F3 I feel performed well, but the FS700 left a lot to be desired. Link:
  25. Hello, This is my first post. I just finished my second short film. My first short has gained some attention because of the cinematography so I decided to let the director's chair for someone else and concentrate to work as a DoP. Please, tell me how it feels to you. It's a zero budget short. And please excuse my English...it's not my native. thank you!
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