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How to Frame A Shot

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Intro to Cinematography

How to Frame A Shot

How to Frame A Shot

Photographing Campfire

What separates the amateurs from the professionals?  It has to be the equipment, right?

This is not the case.  It is how one uses equipment that sets them apart from the rest.  Off course, no one is going to ask you to make a professional photo session, if all you have is a cheap disposable camera, but nevertheless, it is important to know that photography has plenty of science to it.

The most basic of principles for photography is called the rule of thirds.  It is the quintessential rule that all budding photographers need to know.  The rule of thirds is an imaginary grid that overlays the screen of the camera.  Now, imagine lines that break up the screen into thirds, both horizontally and vertically.  With this, you get nine equal parts.  It is divided up like a tic-tac-toe game.

This grid gives the photographer the most important part of the photo.  The four points in the middle where the lines intersect are where the human eye naturally goes when first looking at a photograph.   It is of best interest to place points of interest within these intersecting areas.  You then use the lines to guide the eye across the image. Continue reading “How to Frame A Shot” »

Old Vs. New Movies

Old Vs. New Movies

Rick Blaine Makes the Move

Without a doubt, cinema has changed.  New and old cinemas hardly have many similarities between each other in regard to plot and style.

Older film was of course in black and white, due to technological reasons.  It didn’t even have sound until the mid 1920’s; however, this is where the art was cultivated and grown.  Film was experimental and far different from anything anyone had ever seen.  We saw the rise of special effects and the artful stretch of the truth that we love to see; called special effects begin to grow.  The 1927 production Metropolis showed a fantastical world of camera illusion.  It was the first full-length science fiction film.

Films in the older days were much longer than most of today’s features.  Older films were two to three hours long; whereas, newer films are normally right around an hour and a half.

Back in the golden era of Hollywood, roughly between the 1920’s and the 1960’s, film had defined categories.  Some of the biggest genres throughout this time was film noir, musicals, westerns, and political.  Now days, some of the most popular genres are action, romantic comedy, horror, and thriller.

The people in charge of the making most of the older films were the producers or the suits.  Newer films are more controlled by the director (this is also called the auteur theory).

Older films relied heavily on their writing and the competence of the those involved in the production in order to make a great hit; whereas, newer film will use CGI and an over zealous amount of special effects. Continue reading “Old Vs. New Movies” »

Intro to Cinematography

Intro to Cinematography

Cinematography is an Art

Cinematography is the art of motion pictures.  It includes both the technique of shooting and development of film. From the flawless camera shots to the differences of movie styles, cinematography has plenty of components that need to be meshed together in order to make a proper film.

There are four basic elements of cinematography: lighting, movement, film versus digital, and perspective.

Lighting

In many people’s personal opinion, this is the most quintessential element for both photography and cinematography.  After all, without lighting, we would not have not have either of those mediums, but that goes without saying.

Lighting adds depth, tone and mood.  Noir films use low-key lighting to create a mysterious and dark setting to add to the tension that noir films love to build.  A lot of medical T.V. shows, like Scrubs or House, use flat light to convey a very sterile environment.  Sometimes, directors and cinematographers use a very creative light, like in Steven Spielberg’s 1977 production Close Encounters of a Third Kind, to convey something entirely different from out understanding.

The essential elements are Key light, back light, and fill light.  The key light is the main light directed toward the subject.   The fill light is off to the side of the subject; its goal is to soften the edges and to diminish shadows. The backlight is located behind the subject, normally hung above and out of the view of the camera.  Its goal is to create separation from the subject and the background. Continue reading “Intro to Cinematography” »

Art nouveau vs. Gunslingers; who dares wins

Art nouveau vs. GunslingersOver the last hundred years or so, particularly since World War Two when film production progressed from layered black and white prints to glorious multi-colored vehicles, action-centered films became more realistic and violent and helped elevate the one-dimensional protagonists to god-like status. Movie goers, even admittedly discerning watchers of predominantly artistic shows which emphasized excellence across the board, loved this because it offered them an escape route from the growing realities of worldly life, particularly with the advent of twenty-four hour live news broadcasts, and helped them imagine living in a world where good always triumphed over evil.

David Lynch vs. Sergio Leone

Because they were the best gunslingers in the (movie) business, these iconic heroes did not need to rely on guides such as http://topgunsafe.com/ to find out how to secure their weapons of choice. Their pistols, magnums, rifles or shotguns did just fine in their capable hands, on the side of their hips or over their well-muscled shoulders. It was mentally unstable villains such as David Lynch’s creation of the Dennis Hopper character, Frank Booth, in the art nouveau piece, Blue Velvet who could not be trusted with a firearm, whether hand-held or locked away. But as it turned out, the inherently insane Booth did not need to rely on bullets to get his message across to his victims.

Also, the drug and alcohol-inspired Hopper’s magnificent acting talents helped strike fear in the hearts of the film’s characters and those who watched Lynch’s mesmerizing cinematic art from beginning to end. Now, while Lynch’s work across Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart and Twin Peaks, among others has been critically acclaimed for decades across the world, Italian director, Sergio Leone has to go down in history as one of the film world’s underappreciated directors and producers.

Angel Eyes vs. Frank Booth

Mockingly referred to as the creator of the original Spaghetti Western, Leone’s art has often been misunderstood. But we have our own sense of appreciation for his instinctive ability to create the genre’s most iconic hero of all time, one Man with No Name played by veteran and award-winning director, Clint Eastwood. This hero’s unusual penchant for loneliness endeared audiences for decades, so much so that it was hardly the fault of veteran actors Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach that they could not do enough to cause watchers to squirm more at their callousness and on-screen evil.

Indeed, not even Angel Eye’s (Van Cleef) cold-blooded murder of innocent women and children could match the sadistic madness of Hopper’s Booth who got no further than tormenting the sultry Dorothy Vallens (played by Isabella Rossellini).

And because Leone became a legend (in his own right) for creating classic Westerns, less is known of his gangster tale, Once Upon a Time in America, chronicling the lives of Jewish-born New Yorkers from childhood to extremely violent lives as bloodthirsty hoods.

We argue that Leone’s extremely long gangster epic is art nouveau at its best. Not even Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather series comes close.

Cheesy Film

Cheesy FilmThere’s something to be said for bad movies. Not every film can be a blockbuster hit, or else how would we even know what the great films were in the first place? It’s like night and day, hot and cold, happy and sad; you can’t really understand the presence or absence of the former until you also understand the presence or absence of the latter. Movies really are a lot like that. B movies are often bad, but there happens to be lots of room for bad cinema in the entertainment world. The great volume of such stinkers which already exist should be enough proof of that point.

Actually, we kind of enjoy making bad movies of our own. We can understand why directors opt for that. It’s a lot cheaper than putting a great movie together, that’s for sure. Typically it doesn’t take as long to make a bad film as it does to make a good one either, so there’s a lot of time to be saved as well. People need to laugh and cry and think and feel – even if they only get little laughs or slightly sad stories or mostly stupid plots from the movies they see. So, yes, there is undoubtedly a place in the world for cheesy film.

Horror flicks are perhaps the easiest “bad” movies to make. With enough gore, anything can become so gruesome that it still affects the viewer in some memorable way, even if the plot, characters and settings are all unbelievably stupid. You could literally have some guy with a pole saw running around, hacking limbs off trees with shaky close-ups on the chopped limbs bleeding sap and you might just have something so bad it’s good enough to make viewers laugh like crazy. It’s not that they’re flimsy weapons either – just check out Pole Saw Report to see them yourself. They really look like murder weapons.

That’s not to say any other genre of film is suffering from a shortage of terrible movies. Comedies, especially romantic comedies, seem to be all about spoofing things these days and making fun of previously conceived notions of what such movies are supposed to be in the first place. It does kind of make sense that they would be “so bad you laugh” what with being comedies and all; in that sense they’re actually very good movies since the end goal was to make the viewer laugh anyhow. If it happens, why does it matter how it happens?

The next time someone invites you out for a movie, go ahead and see it. You’d be surprised how common bad movies actually are, and how many make it into theaters to run alongside the huge hits that rake in hundreds of millions. Again, not all movies can be huge successes – if they were, how would anyone know what the successful movies were and which movies were terrible? Also, not all bad movies have redeeming qualities. Sometimes, a terrible movie is just a terrible movie and best avoided.

Cheesy Film

4 films about boxing that you must look

How much boxing is a popular sport, says a large number of films made about him. Some are actually such a classic, that it is really inconceivable that you call yourself a connoisseur of movies if have not watched them. The film is one of the ways to show what is behind the scenes of a sport like boxing – a lot of sacrifices, effort, training, injuries, success, and defeat.

“Rocky”

This film starring Sylvester Stallone is a synonym for movies about boxers and boxing. It made a great movie star of Stallone. The film became so popular that after it gets several of its sequels. Of course, copies and the sequels are never good as the original. The film shows how difficult is the path to success and how much sacrifice requires professional sports, especially if you start from nothing. The script for the film is written by Stallone.

A Million Dollar Baby

This is a film that won four Oscars, including the best of the best movie 2005, as well as Best Actress. The focus of this movie is a girl and her efforts to break into the world of professional boxing. Like any boxing movie, and this one is full of boxing training scenes, which includes sparring and exercises on the punching bag. Some of them can be found on the Punching bag pro. However, the film is also full of emotion. Love towards sport is sometimes stronger than anything, and this film shows that very clear.

“Ali”

The movie describes the life of one of the greatest boxers of all time – Muhammad Ali. In his role is placed Will Smith, who did a wonderful job. Being famous to this extent is certainly a life full of unpredictable ups and downs, but also perseverance. Besides the professional life, the movie is great complemented by details from the personal lives of this boxer, such as his attitude towards the war in Vietnam and the acceptance of the Islamic faith. The film covers the period of his life when he was at the peak of his career, and before he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

“Raging Bull”

Perhaps there are nowhere described the ups and downs of one boxer, as in this film in which Robert De Niro has played the role of Jake LaMotta. Jake is a self-destructive, violent man who did not manage to cope with the energy he has, equally in all fields. The success at the professional level, are arranged together with the failure on the personal field. His personal life and his character as presented through many brutal scenes.

Boxing is a frequent subject of films before and after these films. Some had significant success and received remarkable awards. Certainly, they have managed to show the true weight of this sport to the average man and show what is going on outside the ring. The road to success in the professional boxing is hard and full of many obstacles. These are just some of the films that you need to look. Each deals with the topic of boxing in a special way.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Iconic Slasher Film

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Iconic Slasher FilmSome movies are made to make you smile others to make you fall in love but some are made to scare the hell out of you. Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of them.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre has been untiringly scaring movie-goers for over three decades now. The formula for this slasher movie is just perfect: a scar-faced, blood-thirsty villain armed with a chainsaw and ready to kill, a group of unsuspecting youngsters, an open field somewhere out of civilization, and a disclaimer telling the audience everything they see is real! Other films have repeatedly tried the formula but it just won’t work the same way as this movie does. For effectively frightening people of all ages, this movie is definitely iconic.

First to hit the movie theaters in 1974, this American horror film series already has seven films under its wing (the original, four sequels, a remake and a prequel). And it seems movie-goers haven’t had enough of the story, another adaptation is currently on its production stage and is planned for release next year. By the sheer number of installments and a whooping $203 million at the box office, one can say that it is among most successful horror film series in Hollywood.

Just a random thought: What if Leatherface have with him a reciprocating saw instead of a chainsaw, would it be equally frightening? If you want to know more about how reciprocating saw compares to chainsaw, proceed to this site.

There might have been a lot of other Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequels, remakes and prequels, but for me original film, under the direction of Tob Hooper and written with Kim Henkel, remains the best among the rest. Yes, the modern-day TCM in 3D may have frightened me to the bones, but it won’t surpass the iconic 70s grotesque film. The screenplay was perfectly executed. The lack of modern effects, CGI and other film technologies was never an issue. On the other, it could have been a boon for the film. The absence of such technologies lets you focus on the effective storytelling.

From the opening credits to its end, expect non-stop terror which makes it capable of enduring the test of time. It’s unusual how the film evokes a sense of dread even before the first clip pops in. Perhaps, the title itself plays a terrifying effect in the subconscious. At the opening clip, the film tells the audience that everything they will see is real. It seems to warn viewers of a really horrifying treat that awaits them.

As the film progresses, the suspense and terror escalates to unbearable levels. There is much running, panting, screaming, shouting and bleeding. The graphic visuals are perfectly timed with the harrowing audio. The noise of the chainsaw is enough to scare. I wouldn’t be as terrified if someone chases me with a Hitachi reciprocating saw on hand, the sound is not as dreadful as that of a chainsaw.

Every time you watch the film, it still leaves you with a surreal nightmarish feeling and an unbearable level of suspense. That’s the power of great screenplay coupled with able use of lighting, sound and video. If there’s one horror film that you’d never want to watch alone, it’s definitely Texas Chainsaw Massacre! Nothing beats the original!

The Best Home Interiors In Films

How important is the interior where you spend your time? Maybe you’re not even aware how an adequate interior contributes to an atmosphere in which you reside. However, interior designers are aware of that, and they know that the appearance of the interior is very important in films. It should convey and evoke the atmosphere of the film and complement the story. Let’s mention some of the home interiors in films that attract attention.

Its Complicated Meryl Streep kitchen

“It’s Complicated”

 The kitchen in this film is the center of the story. It’s a real functional kitchen, full of things that are used daily. In fact, this is a great blend of functional and beautiful. Bright colors give a light, make the atmosphere enjoyable and warm. The large table in the middle simply calls on gathering, socializing and shared moments. There are nice integrated details – dark chairs with orange seats, a large chandelier in the middle and two smaller ones over the desk, perfect sorted white dishes on white shelves … A true home atmosphere.

Down_with_Love_movie_set“Down with love “

In this movie, interior inspires with its pink apartment, even those who are not fans of pink. The huge space is decorated with modern furniture in bright pink. The floor is white – in the part that is created for sitting it is covered with white carpet and in the rest of the apartment, with white marble. Maintaining cleanliness of these light areas looks like a challenge, but Cleaning Expert Lab has the right solution for such things. When you know that, then enjoy is complete, especially when you have a wonderful view over the terrace on top of the roof, like this one.

article-2138029-12DCF408000005DC-422_634x410James Bond- “Diamonds are forever”

Almost every part of the James Bond film will leave you speechless when the interior of the villain’s lair is in question. Let’s emphasize this one, which is a combination of nature and modern furniture. This design is unusual and unpredictable. Red pieces of modern furniture are excellent contrast the rock behind them. The rock and flowers that are growing around it are the most powerful detail, that seems to stray into this space and then fit perfectly. This is a very inspiring design – from the floor to ceiling and decorations on it, via the fantastic look from the window.

Marie-Antoinette-marie-antoinette-27292491-1500-1000“Marie Antoinette”

The interior in this film is a typical example how it is an important part of the movie, in order to show a story and someone’s character. For some people, this is the style and for another it is a kitsch of Versailles. The interior in this film is rich in details. But kitsch, shine and glamour – that’s what this movie shows.

thewife“Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky”

When we talk about Coco Chanel, she associate us on black and white combinations. The interior in this film perfectly complements this picture, especially when we talk about her room. It has a lot of black and white patterns and details that are different, yet successfully integrated into one unit.

These are just some interiors that were singled out because of their differences. Whether they attract your attention during the film or not, the fact is that a good home interior design in the film tells its own story.

Actors Who Have Transformed Their Bodies Because of The Film

topgun-597920_1920Acting job became more and more demanding. It is not enough to have talent. It is necessary to have a good look. 60s and 70s of the last century, for the role of strongman in the movies were paid bodybuilders. They were only background actors. And then things changed …

Through its role in “Conan” (1982), Arnold Schwarzenegger changed the course of things. He made it clear that bodybuilders can act, speak up and become real actors. Today, it is the most accepted the second option – a good actor should make an effort and made a large muscle mass, then record scenes for the big screen. To achieve such results in a short time, it’s necessary to have a hard training. Today, almost every actor who cares about itself, has a home gym with equipment that can be found on this website: http://garagegymlife.com/

For certain roles, from the actors is often required bulky look, that they should form for a short time. In other words, they should be dedicated, persistent and to train 7 days a week. In this way can occur significant changes in appearance. These 3 actors have trained hard to make a good movie.

Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler”

When he got a role in the movie “The Wrestler”, Mickey Rourke had already exceeded 50 years of age. To look good in the ring, it was necessary to gain muscle mass – more precisely, 30 pounds of pure muscles. Besides training with a professional wrestler, Afa the Wild Samoan, he had to spend a lot of time lifting weights. This way, he has managed to achieve two things – to transform his body and to enter in the character of one professional wrestler.

Christian Bale in “Batman begins”

Christian has made the transformation that is really admirable, especially when you consider that only six months before this film he had 100 pounds less. In fact, he was naked skin and bones and had only 120 pounds. For the purposes of the film “The machinist”, he first lost 60 pounds. In just half a year, he managed to double his body weight and to pump up the muscles that we can see in “Batman begins”. In addition to increased nutrition, for such a result was required strenuous daily training. He is a clear example how dramatic results can be achieved in a short time, especially when you employ your power racks.

Will Smith in “Ali”

In this film, Will Smith played the greatest boxers of all time, Muhammad Ali. To do this, he had to make 35 pounds of muscles, especially in the upper body. Because of lifting weights every day, when he reached a desired physical condition, he was able to lift 350 pounds on the bench. Yes, he transforms his appearance, but he also had a good role, and this has resulted in an Oscar nomination.

In the film industry, beautiful bodies are increasingly valued. It is certain that the good look will become an essential prerequisite for getting good roles.

Making a film about food

Making a film about foodWhen you make a film about food, it is important the role of the chef, but it is a much more important appearance of the food and the way in which it is presented to the audience. How it’ll be, depends on what you want to achieve with the film. If you want to awake hunger, food has to look attractive and to be well served. If you want to provoke attention or disgust, then from food preparation should be taken off the worst. Let’s deal for now with the food that should be preferred. How to shoot it that the audience wants to eat it. Here are some tricks:

Hire a professional chef. Especially if you record the process of preparing food. Camera focus will mainly be on the food. When you are shooting such films, the problem is that there is no repetition of scenes. The action takes place, the dish is made, and you need to catch a scene at the right time.

Pay attention to the light. When you make movie about the food, you need to go into all the details of its preparation, and it is very important that you have a good light that is properly directed. It is best to use soft light because it makes the food more appealing. It is believed that the sharp light makes it less delicious.

Pay attention to the appearance of the food. If you want to make food look appealing on your movie, then it should look juicy and fresh. It is unlikely that it will be like this after several hours in a refrigerator. Therefore, it is necessary to resort to some tricks, if you are not in the possibility to get fresh food. For example, you can refresh the lettuce with water to prevent drying. It is best to keep meat, fruit, and vegetable vacuum packed because oxygen is the one that most distorts the appearance of the food. Of course, there are also bacteria. When the food is vacuumed using a vacuum sealer that can be found on the Vacuum Sealer Hub, it will retain the freshness and beautiful appearance.

Include doublers. Yes, the food can have their doublers too. For instance, use one food to capture the process of preparation and use another, more beautiful and better prepared, for showing final results.

Do not overcook food. Shorten the process. Cooked food is usually soft and during the serving can be broken and falling apart. For the shooting is better that food stay firm. Cook it in half.

Spray a little oil for a shine. Shooting a food primarily shows an appearance of food. Auditory of the film cannot feel its smell and its taste. To make the food look more attractive, you can spray it with the oil that will give food a shiny surface.

Serve on colored plates. This will add color and liveliness to your footage, and it will create better contrast. Thus, light food on darker plates will be a great contrast, and the food will come to the fore.

Food attracts us most with its smell and taste. Unfortunately, a film cannot show any of that. When you make the movie about food, you should take the most of what you can show – of its appearance, the process of preparing and serving.

Top 10 Coolest Truck Movies

Top 10 Coolest Truck MoviesTrucks are cool so it’s no wonder that they often star in action movies with road chase scenes. There are quite a few good films with trucks in them and many people even draw inspiration for tuning their own vehicles from the incredible monster-machines they see on the screens.

If this is what you are interested in, check out the following 10 movies that every truck enthusiast must see.

  1. Duel (1971).
    The great talent of Steven Spielberg had to start somewhere, and “Duel” was its beginning. It’s a low-budget made-for-TV film that turned out to be so good, it was released in theaters. The storyline is simple and there are very few special effects about, but the thrill and suspense of the movie’s atmosphere are truly outstanding.
  2. Wages of Fear (1953).
    An old French classic that build up suspense in the viewers like no other. It’s a story of drivers who must drive two trucks of nitroglycerin to put out an oil fire and the challenges they face on their way. You can’t keep from getting attuned with the characters’ emotional drama and “feel” their fear and hope.
  3. Sorcerer (1977).
    This movie is based on the previous one, but they are totally different and each is an excellent piece of cinematographic art. “Sorcerer” is an acting masterpiece starring Ron Scheider.Truck Movies
  4. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981).
    The name says it all, the Mad Max franchise is a mark of an excellent muscle car racing and chasing with a post-apocalyptic world as a background. If you love cars, and speed, and cool action, this is the movie for you. It also offers a plenty of tuning ideas that you can really twist into something incredible with the use of modern tools, like truck LED light bars.
  5. Terminator 2 (1991).
    There is no arguing the fact that “Terminator 2” is one of the best action movies ever made. The scene with a truck driven by T1000 and John Connor’s bike is acclaimed to be the coolest chase scene of all time. It definitely deserves the title.
  6. Big Trouble in Little China (1986).
    This movie has everything, trucks, guns, fights, and magic. Kurt Russel’s acting skills along with an intricate plot and an abundance of action scenes make “Big Trouble in Little China” an outstanding film everyone should see.
  7. Smokey and the Bandit (1977).
    Bandit is a legend of law-skirting trucking and his skills definitely show. If you decide to try some of his tricks, be sure to install high-quality LED bars on your truck to improve night visibility as your safety is most important. You can find reviews of the best bars at http://lightbarland.com/.
  8. Cars (2006).
    This is a Pixar movie that features cars of all kinds, so not only truck enthusiasts will love it. A great film for a family night that will teach your kids to love for vehicles.
  9. They Drive by Night (1940).
    Although quite old, this movie is incredible. It’s deep and shows the difficulties faced by people who stood at the dawn of the trucking industry.
  10. The Transformers: The Movie (1986).
    We like this old take on Transformers because it warms the heart and engages the viewer better than the undoubtedly cool explosions from Michael Bay.

Using the best theater backdrop materials

Using the best theater backdrop materialsA theater or stage backdrop is a powerful yet simple way of improving the stage appearance. The backdrop is part of the stage décor and is mostly made of a single large printed fabric or multiple smaller pieces arranged on the side.

For concerts or stage performance tours, durable backdrops, which can be easily put up, taken down and stored for transport are required. The standard backdrops are of muslin, which is flame retardant. These are sewn devoid of fullness.

The top has a heavy fabric known as webbing present, which is studded with brass eyelets or grommets. Tie lines are passed through the eyelets to tie the backdrop, so it is supported well. Most backdrops come with pipe pocket in the bottom through which a pipe can be passed. The pipe helps to keep the drop flat.

Images, textures, and scenery are added in case of theatrical backdrops. These are digitally printed or painted by an artist. Both methods are sometimes combined with scrim fabric for forming a cut drop. LED stage backdrops too can be used to create nightscapes.

Fabric used

Canvas and muslin are the two main fabrics used. Canvas is heavy and painted for scenic realism. Muslin is lighter and is dyed or painted, but is not good when compared to canvas. But since muslin cheaper than canvas, it is frequently used instead of canvas. For a solid color, dyed muslin can be used. One big drawback with muslin is it wrinkles especially, the irregular sized pieces and further wears soon.

Both materials are easy to use on stage. They merge well with other elements on the stage. With multipurpose tools such as those at http://oscillatingtoolsdepot.com/,   you can easily create elaborate backdrop settings, within a small budget.

Painted scrims

The classic model of painted scrim is of sharkstooth type, if you need a translucent scrim, while it is of leno for opaque use. Leno scrims are the most favored for travel and are popular for the glowing quality they project, when lit from back. Scrim backgrounds are used for introducing special effects as the background disappears with the right type of lighting, allowing objects behind the scrim to be seen.

Cut drops and cut scrims

Cut drops are a type of backdrop where shape cut is present. For instance, an archway is painted on the fabric and the opening cut out. All architectural details, trees and other abstract patterns can be done in this way. The GENESIS-GMT15A tool is a hand tool to have for preparation of theater settings. You can cut anything from plaster to pvc and wood easily with the tool.

Partial backdrops

These are identical to cut drops and not cover a set fully. They detail a doorway, wall, or vertical column. A behind the window scene is best shown with these partial backdrops.

Cut and partial scrims

These are identical to the cut drops and partial drops. Chameleon scrim is mostly used, as it gives a precise cut without any fraying. It also does not need net support to hold the shape. Further, it is easy to pain and inexpensive.  The scrim hangs squarely without any heavy edge seam.

Making a Movie

greenbox-959843_1920There are few things which could either go so well that the public praises them, or so poorly that the same public would decry them instead. Movies happen to be one of these few things. Just think about it for a moment – you can probably remember the best movie you ever saw, or at least the one that moved you the most, or had the strongest effect on you.

It’s pretty much a given that you can remember the worst films you’ve seen too, considering people tend to remember the negative things in life better than the positive ones. There is a lot of work which goes into making movies though.

You know all those names you see when the credits roll at the end of a film? Of course you don’t, who pays attention to those things after the first few major actors and actresses have scrolled up and out of sight? There is much more to any movie than just a few pretty faces, perfect sets of teeth and good speaking voices though.

Just to name a few, there are gaffers who work the lights, makeup and hair artists to give the thespians their iconic looks, producers who spread word about the movie and directors who coach everyone along during recording.

That’s really just scratching the tip of a typical movie, still. Consider the sets for a moment. Sometimes crews will move to another location to do recording, and other times they will simply make sets of their own using materials on hand. The latter method is typically much cheaper and faster than flying to exotic locations to film.

Any wooden items on such a set will probably need to be treated with an industrial belt sander to make them smooth and get them ready for painting. Then there are floors, ceilings, decorations; sometimes building a film set is a lot like building a room in a house.

Nobody said making a movie was an easy thing to do. But making a good movie is even more difficult than what has already been outlined here. Great writers are necessary to draw up scripts which are believable and entertaining.

Then skilled actors and actresses must bring those lines to life without giving them too much or too little emphasis, especially during those tense dramatic, comedic or horrific scenes that really identify a film and burn themselves into the minds of its viewers. Unfortunately, no power tool such as this will help with this part.

Perhaps you have an interest in making films of your own. There’s nothing wrong with doing amateur work to get a handle for getting people to work together, or learning how to operate a camera or the different perspectives you could use for any given scene.

In fact, that sort of inexpensive, simple work makes great practice for later on, when trying to make the real deal. Have any of you created short films or other, similar content in the past? Surely our readers would love to see some of that if possible.