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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Writing a Movie Review

If you’re interested in writing movie reviews for profit or just for fun you will find that it isn’t as difficult as you think. There are just a few steps to follow to share your opinions on the latest film.

You can catch up on the latest films in all manner of ways these days; you could easily purchase cheap DVDs online. The Amazon market place has a huge selection of movies to choose from. You could even stream movies online.

Once you have selected your movie, get familiar with its context. So before you have even seen the movies you should get yourself familiar with it. Have some idea about the actors in the film like what films they have done in the past? Have they won any awards for past performances, are they known for a certain style? Etc. Is the movie based on any historical event or book? Other things that would be useful to note is, is the film a sequel or a remake? By learning this information about the film means you will be able to make some comparisons in your review, like the actors performance in this film compared to pass performances, or how the remake compares to the original.

Once you have seen the movie you will most likely have a lot to say about the film. Formulate your opinion of the film into one sentence to give your overall rating of the film. this will give your readers an instant idea of what you thought of the film. This will also form the foundation of your movie review. Starting your review with things such as “I thought this was an excellent movie because…” or “I didn’t like this comedy because…” would be a good idea.

In writing a review one important tip is grab your reader immediately. This tip applies to most forms of writing. You will want to have the reader interested in what you have to say in the first few lines of your review. One idea is to start with a good quote from the movie; you could explain how this quote reflects the movie. You could also compare this film to other well-known films in the same category, or talk about the actor/actors performance in this film compared to other films they have been in, then end the paragraph with your opinion on the movie.

Now talk about the movie briefly, but don’t give away any key things about the movie. Most professional reviews always include a recap of the film because most readers will want to know a little bit about the film and get the general idea of what the film is about. You can talk about the basics of the film and give a brief outline of how the film builds but don’t give away key moments and definitely don’t give away the ending. Keep the synopsis brief as your readers will be more interested in what your opinion of the film is.

You should back up you opinion of the film with specifics. Explain exactly why you didn’t think the film stood up alongside other films in its category, or why you thought the film dragged on too long. Mention scenes that you thought were not necessary, or didn’t make sense; you could also mention what you thought of the script backed up with quotes from the film.

Keep your review interesting, whether you are writing about a film that you didn’t enjoy or a film that you thought was the best film ever the idea is to keep your reader interested. The reader will want to know exactly why you thought this film was so great or why it’s not worth watching. From start to finish your review should be engaging, but also be concise.

Give an honest review of the movie. Writing a movie review should not be used as a tool to turn everyone against a film or vent anger about your wasted hours watching it. If you write an honest in depth review of a film then it should be left up to the reader as to whether the still wish to watch the film or not.

 

About Movie Making Methods

Always Use A Tripod

The most crucial motion picture making tip to improve your videos is to secure them. Built-in image stabilization can only benefit so much. Shaky camera movements can make your audience feel sick, and can quickly make your films unwatchable. One of the best ways to improve the appearance of your videos is to get a quality tripod. Amazon has several great camcorder tripods for under $150.

Watch Out For Pan and Zoom

The leading movie blunder people make is constantly panning and zooming. Be aware when making adjustments, don’t zoom or pan without a purpose. Take a good shot of your individual via a camera tripod and leave it there for 10-20 seconds. Usually the only reason to pan and zoom is during a transition, not during action. If you are going to work with zoom, move the camcorder, you should not use the built-in digital zoom. When you are panning and zooming, use slow and level movements. This will make your home clips substantially more watchable.

Frame Your Current Shot

The big difference between starter and expert video is the ability to Frame a Scene. If actor A is speaking, actor A should be the center of your frame, when actor B begins talking, the home movie should cut to actor B currently being in the center. Frame your Scene so the most crucial thing is what is being centered on. Make sure the unit does not stray from the subject.

Bring Extra Battery Packs

Of all the home video making steps, this one has been on my list since the late 90s. Every time you are all set to take the most significant shot, your battery will die. It’s Murphy’s law. At all times carry 2 to 3 extra batteries each time you are going to record. If you can plugin that is even greater, but if you are in the field and are not able to, you need to have those batteries.

Fix Your White Balance

Every time you go into a new video scenario, you should set your white balance. While this may seem like a pain in the butt, it will keep your home movie from appearing yellow. Understand how you can set the white balance on your video camera (probably will be in the guide), and keep a white card with you when you film. Zoom in on the white card, so that it is the only thing in view. click the white balance button. You are all set.

Quick Post Production

1) Collect your footage first
Organization always plays a vital role in faster work. While working in the post production studios, it is always advisable that you keep the work at one place to save your time. Keep your footage in segregated folders for better organization.

2) Working precisely in the editing studios with L-Cuts and J-Cuts
The two kinds of cuts mentioned above are so bang on that your audience will never know that editing has ever been done or not. The editing flow goes totally smooth with these kinds of cuts and this technique can literally be applied over all kinds of video post production.

3) Avail an SFX Library Subscription
If you are working for post production and are choosing to pick any music without knowing the repercussions of a correct license, you can land into a detrimental trouble. If you often work in the dubbing studios, it is ideal to subscribe to a sound effects archive or library for a licensed collection of music.

4) Know your basic cuts
While working in the post production studios, it is more important that you get all your basics right. Know whatever the cuts are and go by the gut feeling that any of the cut can be used for editing. Whether it is a TV program or a full length movie, narratives or documentaries, the essential cuts can go for all.

5) Follow your most effective tool- Cutting On Action
To create a perfect sync and continuity, the editors should follow the Cutting on Action tool. A seamless scene can be achieved with this trick and your audience will never know about the editing.

Superhero Movies

Start with Iron Man

Iron man begins the creation of the Marvel Universe in which you are introduced to Tony Stark, the genius billionaire scientist who is revolutionizing the military with the creation of his new weaponry. In this first film, you see the rise of Stark Industries as well as the creation of Iron Man. As the plot twists and turns between fighting terrorism on a global scale, betrayal within his own ranks, and conflict with the government and other superhero organizations, you begin to build the world and cities in which we find many of the comic book stories.

Captain America: The First Avenger

After Iron Man 1 and 2, The Hulk, and Thor, you are introduced to the concept of the Avengers with the introduction to Captain America in his first film. Steve Rogers, the main character, wants to do his duty and help America fight their war against the Nazis. He is rejected over and over again until he is accepted into a super soldier program that turns him into Captain America. Leading the fight against the HYDRA corp, Captain America takes on evil and becomes the first Avenger in the series.

Guardians of the Galaxy

In 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy would go on to become a huge blockbuster hit. Incorporating many of new characters from the Marvel Universe, this film also expands the potential for worlds as well as incorporates a new flavor of humor and brevity into it. It links and ties the world of Thor into other films and maintains many storylines from other films. With its humor, incredible weaponry, jokes, and amazing soundtrack- Guardians of the Galaxy took the Universe to a whole different direction and depth.

Daredevil

Not all Marvel story lines come in theater movies. Some became very popular series’ on internet film streaming websites. Daredevil became an instant hit with its hard hitting plot lines, back stories, and fantastic acting. Taking place in new cities and expanding the protagonists’ worlds and settings, these different sets of series did a great job setting up for later movies.

Spider-Man Homecoming

Spider-Man Homecoming, although not the latest film, seems to be the most recent in terms of building the Marvel universe. Peter Parker is striving to utilize his new found spidey senses for good. However, with great power comes great responsibility and Peter begins to realize that being Spider-Man is more than just using your powers, it takes maturity, self-control, discipline, and decision making skills that no mere teenager- regardless of super powers and capabilities- can make on their own.