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  1. Liam

    How do you grain?

    Right, that's the way I'm doing it now, which I'm unsure about. The milky haze is there unless I boost the contrast all the way and make it not at all subtle
  2. Liam

    How do you grain?

    Firstly, I think my NLE, Hitfilm, might apply it weirdly. Like making it not as harsh just means there's a milky haze through the filter over the entire image. Or maybe a film grain video applied as an overlay just isn't the best way to create a subtle grain effect? Just a texture, that seems to add more detail to a portrait, make the image dance a little, and only be visible as a grain on like a flat wall. I tested another NLE briefly and it did seem to lay differently. Sorry, I should have gotten some examples. Just curious what others' processes are
  3. I mentioned it (not to be like "I already mentioned it, Jimmy! "), but yeah, same reasoning
  4. Liam

    Anyone Else??

    Or get both! Aaaaaand we arrived at the opposite of the point of the thread
  5. Liam

    Anyone Else??

    Yeah, I'm blessed to not have enough money to upgrade ever. Also reminded myself the other day that my interest in gear is just a side effect, was never the point. Now I know how to use a camera, so I'll be a lot more prepared when I have a film ready, and my camera has done great things in good hands, so I'm done seeing any point in upgrading to a way more expensive, barely more capable camera with a new learning curve. A monthly film challenge would be really cool, but I don't think my mind works that way
  6. As long as you're looking at making compromises, a 1dc could be pretty cool
  7. Damn, I knew you'd decide to keep it and crush my dreams :'( For real though, I hate all other cameras now.
  8. I was really proud of my family for appreciating when I fixed the motion settings on their new tv. They're no experts, but they knew that was a bunch of bullshit <3
  9. That's how Blender proxies work too, very nice
  10. somehow missed this thread, but also super curious to hear more good options. +1 for freemusicarchive.org
  11. Liam


    Would it be possible to make a profile or set of profiles that sacrifices some DR in the highlghts in order to improve the rolloff?
  12. This was shot on a gh2, so I would think it's still capable If you want internal NDs, good rolling shutter, or more than 8 bit, the a7sii can't be your choice. Not sure how much good a shogun would do on it either. Ls300? Fs5? C100ii? The blackmagic pocket camera is less user friendly, but the best out of all of these for image quality. a lot of options, hard to say which is best. Do you have more requirements to list? 4k? Raw? Log? high frame rates?
  13. Lol, any more of a typo, and we would have had a problem.. I looooved Whiplash. I had doubts when i heard about La La Land, but this could be crazy good Something about that first scene especially, immediately told me it was film. Vibrant but "ungraded", with true blacks, that you'd at least struggle to get with the DR powerhouses of today
  14. 1.17x crop of an already 1.5x sensor. Or whatever the numbers are. It's smaller than apsc
  15. I'm shocked this is getting so much disagreement. I can see your side, sort of. I'm baffled you can't see mine For one thing, story isn't as difficult as the people teaching story structure want to believe. really? it'll start on an image? rising action BEFORE the climax?? brilliant, why didn't I think of that? So a lot of stuff will happen in the film, and then.. people will watch it. The film they made in Laforet's class was terrible El Mariachi was made by someone who gives the advice not to know the rules of story structure, and it plays like a film. It almost falls into cliches by accident. Because it's not complicated. Slacker's structure is very simple, yet compelling. A series of conversations. I would be amazed if that film started as a three act structure and then Richard Linklater altered it until it got to where it is.. There's not one way, and then variations. There are infinite ways. So maybe these guys aren't the best filmmakers ever, and maybe you can say they still knew the actual rules before they arrived at the style they wanted. I mean it's not like the best filmmaker ever has actually CREDITED their success to ignorance (except for Orson Welles, who made the best film ever and then credited his success to his ignorance) but like I said, I'm a broken record and don't want to die on this hill. Yeah, some great filmmakers know the rules. I'll be very comfortable letting my scripts speak for themselves
  16. @Cinegain Sssssssort of. Sounds to me more like someone has a serious passion for running and they may be interested in help.. you did cross country in high school. Would it help them at all for you to tell them how to run? Can you train the next usain bolt on that? Are you also even ignoring that their shoelaces are tied wrong? I learned what I needed to be comfortable with a camera (admittedly more than some people need to know) through google in the course of like 4 years, and there are concrete things I wish I was handed right away. Everything about story is subjective at best
  17. I'm lost. There are displays that actually show up to 15 stops of dr now? Or still just an image with 15 stops compressed, but not as much? What does 10 bit have to do with hdr? Just another advancement that's buddying up with hdr in youtube and better screens? They definitely don't have to go hand in hand, right? A good hdr display still uses all of its dr with a video not made for hdr, right? Not just essentially lifting the blacks and everything to match a bad display? A video made IN hdr, when played on a normal screen, will clip the boundaries? Or compess it, giving it that flatter look? Will old content be poorly converted in order to appear to be hdr? Sorry.. last I heard on this topic was like "Wow, there's a display what has EIGHT stops of Dr!! The futuuuuuure!" so I'm pretty behind. I should try to figure it out on my own really, but if I'm missing something important, please share. Also are pretty much all 4k tvs these days that say hdr liars?
  18. I don't want to repeat myself too much, but I rarely enjoy people telling me how to tell a story.. they would have to be amazing at storytelling for that advice to matter. And the ones who know how to tell a story often say to figure it out for yourself or they make up advice that they don't even personally follow (and it ends up being a million different, opposing methods). "Story is important" is a fine lesson I suppose, or "This is what I do", but generally for people who want to make films I think the technical basics are actually where you should start. They're already authors, they just don't know how to use their pens. Either that or just flood them with filmmakers they should watch the films of and interviews etc. Or not even that. One of my favorite filmmakers mainly just reads a bunch of non fiction about space apparently. That's why it's so hard to give advice. Everyone is and should be different. Teach them the concrete stuff, and for everything else, just keep them interested/excited/exploring Also, I forgot to list sound in my original topics. Sound.
  19. @HelsinkiZim stumbled on this pseudo masterclass from sorkin for free if it helps. maybe an alternative, or maybe to inform your decision on taking the class. interesting so far. good luck with your workshop! https://www.indiefilmhustle.com/masterclass-aaron-sorkin-screenwriting/
  20. yeah, one festival didn't get back to me that I wasn't accepted until the festival ended. and then they wouldn't respond to my emails.. I can only assume they didn't watch my film. these guys seemed mostly genuine and enthusiastic about the films (I felt some phoniness when it was directed at me though) they flat out said they chose the "best of fest" based entirely on budget.. which is always nice to hear -_- a couple good films though! (or at least something in there to like) Sometimes the filmmakers weren't even there, which I feel was a waste, since it was such a small festival already. I'll go ahead and share a couple, since they deserve some views.
  21. sorry, yes I did finish the course, but I skipped most of the homework. I did a writing assignment - something like write a script for an hour without stopping to think, if possible, just let it flow (but I didn't listen to classical music during, like he said to). I had to let go of the idea that he was the authority instead of just a guy who has definitely made some good films, because that was stressing me out, and I would never have gotten past lesson two.
  22. I just went to my first film festival which.. the first night there were maybe five audience members. Overall they weren't able to screen several films because of technical issues. The people running the program tried to do improv a few times, accepted their own film into the festival (screened it twice), and gave themselves a couple awards. I ended up with like a "thanks for coming by" award. Everyone was nice, buuut.. yeah.
  23. I got that assignment before I was letting myself take it all with a grain of salt. He said in that lesson that if you don't read read read read, you'll never be a great filmmaker. I have ADD that makes finishing any book kind of an impossible task. Though I want to try some more, and it sounds like an interesting book, at the time that was only discouraging. I also don't know if Herzog himself would have done any of his own assignments. He's a little too eager maybe to say that he's the pro here and give us baby steps to go through. Don't think he was giving terrible advice, just specific and a little closed minded. I really did enjoy it overall once I let go a little.
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