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Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
6:01 pm
Hi this is Roman, for awhile i've been thinking about making an independent film and a short movie. I really love horror films that have a thrilling element of suspense and mystery with all the scary stuff so that is what im thinking about doing for the longer film, I already have I think a good story plot.

For the short, im trying to address elements of love, hate, obsession and murder that is connected to a young man who can't take being a victim anymore.

I've already started writing plot notes for both movies and plan to start writing the screenplays for both very soon.

If anyone is interested I would like some help on the screenwriting, giving me a hand on the Dialogue. Im looking for some fresh blood 2 volunteers who enjoy writing scripts for fun or is taking screenwriting in film school. I prefer to get students since im young it probably will be easier to have a conversation and pass ideas to each other who are close to my age, im 21
so it would be nice to have someone in-between 19yrs and 21yrs.

So with everything said if anyone is interested in helping me, you can email at

Saturday, June 21st, 2008
1:13 pm
Independent Filmmaking: The Lighting

After your camera and microphones, the next piece of equipment which is also extremely important in your independent film is the lighting. Obviously this is a no-brainer since I and pretty much everyone else will agree that it would be nice to be able to see the actors while they perform on camera. Another reason why lighting is important is because, while your filming your movie the camera will probably have trouble with the ability to pickup and enhance the natural light around it much like our eyes can, mostly at night. The lens in our eyes works like the lens in a camera. Just as you can adjust a camera’s focus to accommodate objects at various distances, the lens in your eye is flexible and can focus on objects at different distances as well (called the focal distance). When your lens thickens, it helps you to see something close up. And when it shrinks, it helps you focus on things in the distance. One of the main differences in our camera lenses from our eyes is that we have something that is called a Rod Cell that gives us the ability to see during the night, something your camera will not be able to do without a great deal of light.

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
8:34 pm
Hi everyone, this weekend has been busy for me, my family and i are getting ready to move out of our old house and into our new one. I think the house is great its 6000 square feet with lots of rooms we've been designing and building it for the past 2 years. Though it did take a long time to build from the others around us and we're the last ones on the block to be moved in, we're still not finished yet. We still have a lot of stuff left to do before the house is fully complete and passes the city inspection, so i really wasn't ready to move in just yet but the bad thing is that my father has put it up for rent and he needs our old house to be cleaned up and everything ready to go out by next week. So thats basically what i've been doing, going around our entire house and packing up everything room by room.

Current Mood: curious
Monday, June 9th, 2008
9:41 pm
CHROMA KEY: Muslin Sheets
hey guys, this week has been great my long awaited green muslin cotton sheet arrived. Its a fabric founded in bangladesh but was used by the middle east and in europe. It is very strong and close to impossible to tear, its made by cotton yarn.

-The name Muslin is called in the United Kingdom most comly as a slang word refer to women and femininity.

-Wide muslin is called sheeting and can be used to make dresses and curtains.

-If your thinking about using this fabric to make any kind of clothing then it is a good choice for hot and dry climates.

I like the fact that these sheets are great for theater sets, they can be painted or dyed, most commly used to create nighttime scenes, a waved look resembling a nighttime sky with colors varying slightly.

-It makes a great paint surface, you can easily change it to any color you like, covers the background good and can help establish the theme of your sets,
different colors can help the mood and feel of different scenes.

For me, the reason I purchased the Muslin sheets is because they can turn into good affordable blue and green screens(Chroma Key) for any of my future video productions.

-Most are precolored or painted with latex paint (diluted with water).

-Muslin is the most common backdrop material used by photographers for formal portrait backgrounds. It is usually painted, most often with a random mottled patter.

Thanks for reading, I hope this is helpful.

Current Mood: busy
Monday, May 26th, 2008
10:22 pm
Independent Filmmaking: CAMERAS
The most important part when making a independent film is the camera your shooting with. Using a good camera in your production will give you a chance for your script and your movie to stand out from the others that are being made, the better the quality the more realistic the movie looks, so if you can afford to spend a couple thousand dollars on one it would be the best investment you would make. Since this is a low budget film obvisously your production wont be looking like your favorite television shows or the blockbuster movies that are filmed on million dollar cameras.

Getting a good camera not only can be appreciated by your audience but also your crew and your actors, since they are the ones that are coming in and devoting their time in your movie,
they deserve to be using the best equipment/quality and have a great finish project.

On the other hand no matter what camera you would be using good or bad, having talent in them is the only thing that really matters in your movie. Having a good story, script, location/sets and talented cast of actors can help the audience oversee your camera quality and just rely on your story quality.

Below is one of my favorite cameras that i would recommend for any independent filmmaker,

Canon XH-A1

This camera is marketed towards independent and documentary filmmakers, and for broadcasters and journalists for electronic news gathering. The Canon XH-A1 has been used in a variety of applications in broadcast, on-line, and theatrical productions. Use of the camera in professional applications includes the Chicago Tribune's on-line videos [2], and the camera is being used for the production of the motion picture Crank 2: High Voltage.

- Great camera for people who work in commercials and television productions.
- 3ccd high definition performance.
- 20x HD video fluorite zoom lens.
- 1/3 native 16:9 CCD's (1440 x 1080) in high definition Mode.
- Standard definition 4:3 (1080 x 1080) pixels are used.
- DV 2 image processing.
- Can shoot in either NTSC or PAL video formats.
- Video is recorded to MiniDV cassettes with a maximum record time of 80 minutes.
-Shooting modes of both HD and SD, include 60i, 30f, and 24f in NTSC.

-The frame mode is compatible with non-linear editing software such as Final Cut Studio, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0, and Avid Xpress Pro.

- Customizations to the image on the camera include gamma, knee, black levels, color gain, and sharpness settings. These settings allow the operator to develop a look for the production within the camera.

Current Mood: awake
Tuesday, May 20th, 2008
5:41 pm
Typography: Correct lettering
The lettering is very important when working with your print, you should make sure you have the right kind you need to make the right effect on your reader.

-You would use certain fonts that match the print type.

Example 1

If your working for a newspaper or a magazine the main part of this job is to get the publics attention and drawing them into the news stand.

Obviously newspapers are the source for news and facts, and have titles and writings with straightforward black print fonts (eye catching titles).

Example 2

Greeting cards or wedding invitations are quite a different look from newspapers and can use multiple kinds of fonts such as (imitating a handwriting), they show a little elegance while promoting the happy occasion.

Current Mood: calm
Monday, May 19th, 2008
4:26 pm

It's best to find a good font to use when you start designing and working on your project.

I always use LARGER fonts than smaller ones,

because smaller ones can be very hard to read and fuzzy at times.

Think, if your viewers can't understand or read what your saying then your message won't get out and that would be a waste.

It should be clear and easy and try to make it interesting to read.

Right fonts

Right lettering

Right print types.

Current Mood: amused
Sunday, May 18th, 2008
6:15 pm
Here's some info on Typography/ part of the graphic design industry
"which i am very interested in".

Typography is the art of print.

Typography is part of our daily lives and it is all around us.

Movie Posters



Greeting cards

It combines communicative and artistic elements to create a both pleasing and easy to read.

Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, May 15th, 2008
12:29 am
Hi guys, this weekend i've been busy working on my room, planning to build my own greenscreen in multiple rooms throughout my house, obvisouly for filming purposes. Just don't know if i want to use video paint, cloth sheets, maybe plastic i'll decide soon.

here's some quick notes i made hope you enjoy,

-Chroma key is the removal of one color from an image making it transparent and revealing another image behind it.

-It is commonly used for weather broadcasts.

-While your filming or taking a photograph, you need to have the person standing against a background with the colors either blue or green.

But a few feet away from the actual screen so you won't get any shadows in your image.

-For best results using chroma key i recommend using the blue and green colors because they are considered to be the most furthest away from your skin color.

-The green or blue background you have chosen can be edited and replaced by alternative background, known as "keying", "keying out" or a "key".

-A person must not wear any clothing with the same or similar colors of the chroma key colors because your clothing will sink through the background.

Unless you want to do an invisibility effect in your movie (wearing a blue/green suit).

-The most important part when setting up a bluescreen or greenscreen is the lighting, you must light the background and your subject as much and even as possible.

-Try to avoid shadows, its already hard enough keying things out, a shadow will be next to impossible to remove and its very frustrating.

Unless you are using the shadow of the subject in your production.

Thanks for reading, hope these quick notes are helpful, let me know, i will continue more on this next time.

Have a great day.
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