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Scriptwriting

Scriptwriting techniques emulate itself on the sets. The innovative methodology is to practice your ideas in public and see the kind of response it generates. Imagination runs wildly close to perfection when given ample space and creative platform to work upon.

Few industry experts also believe that ‘easiest of the things are the most difficult to do’. The strength of immortal soul shines through every possibility. Films portray our underlying desire and passion towards a particular cause or subject. First step educates us to learn from our characters. Inspiring movie-scripts require more time to be spent off the track than working on it. Tips for writing a great movie script are plain and ordinary in nature. It essentially requires a bowl of favorite recipe ingredients made out of your choice. Then, be prepared to face tough opposition. It must be mentioned upfront that nobody would invest in your project unless you give them a reason to do so. Good movie scripts raise the level of human living standards. We have witnessed in the past that how wise men (or directors) can transpire the whole community by telling a great story through an ordinary shape of being. The word ‘entertainment’ has taken a serious backward approach in the last couple of seasons. People identify the term with few funny situations, cars chasing and crashing or the entire movie taking two-and-half hours to start.

Good movie script writing tips involve huge participation of key figures involved in terms of particular choices being made such as costumes arranged, location finalized and intensity brought to the screen through different other actions. An epic movie-venture demands collective responsibility. The concluded paragraph presented an overview of the situation.

The second useful tip is to achieve dense characterization of thoughts. Audience would always like to find that how an actor has played this role in the movie. It is for sure that humanistic emotions cannot be given any other name than love, anger, desperate behavior or total mayhem. Writers have tough time some days to make their audience understand about the potential loss being made when we restrict ourselves to narrow pot-hole view and play under the jurisdiction of controlled and designated order.

There is a vast scope for writers looking to establish new standards in the industry. The need is to collect life-long experiences in the shape of faces drawn and stories written over a piece of paper. Each story serves a purpose. Every written line has an empty space to fill.

Script-writing skills replicate life in general. World is the biggest stage set for any audacious movie-making project to take on. Human interaction always leaves something to follow from there on. Each discussion might end at a certain point in time but it keeps on growing until it is taken back into favor again.

Proper Film Casting

1. Listen first and then act – The first rule of being in film casting is to listen to what the casting director has to say about the part that is being offered. It is not just about learning the lines and delivering them in the audition. The more you listen to what you have to do, the better you will be able to enact the scene.

2. Don’t let nerves get the better of you – It is quite natural to be nervy when you are attending a film casting, but if you get nervous, you can lose it all. So, being nervy is never an option.

3. Be comfortable with the cast – Normally, there are only a few people who will be present in the casting room. So, try to be as comfortable as possible with them.

4. Look confident – The way you present yourself in film casting will decide if you are suitable for the role.

5. Eye to eye contact – The first thing that you learn in a film casting agency is to make eye to eye contact with the director. This is crucial because it reflects your confidence.

6. Rehearse properly – 6. Rehearsing in front of the camera is the best way to prepare yourself for any casting interview. If you have got the dialogues ready, take a mobile camera or digital camera to record yourself for every take.

7. Dress to impress – Dressing for the role is the ideal way to make a mark on the casting director. Depending on the role you are auditioning for, you can get clothes that will suit for that role and wear it on the day of audition.

8. Be cheerful and keep that smile going – Directors love it when candidates are cheerful and charming. It can go a long way to winning over the judges and a step ahead to getting selected.

9. Learn the dialogues by heart – Although, you will have the dialogue papers with you, it would be great if you can learn your part well so that you don’t have any chance of fumbling in between.

10. Be professional – Even if it is your first casting experience, try to be as professional as possible. Don’t be too over friendly with the directors or try to add unnecessary inputs.

Editing In Film Production

It gives the perfect flow to the film – A film may be amazing in all its aspects like actors, performances, scenes, songs etc. but due to various reasons, its flow often gets broken. It can be due to lack of dates of actors, any technical problem or any other such issues. A film editor is responsible for arranging the shots in an organized and smooth manner and thus for containing the intended flow. The film editor works with the producer, director, and cinematographer to achieve that perfect flow in the film. Editing studios are the perfect place to do editing as they are equipped with all the necessary tools and techniques.

It helps in switching the scenes – Transition of scenes plays a very important role in a film. The transitions have to be placed at the perfect moments to attain a proper flow and to keep up the desired pace of the film. A lack of proper transition may give you a jumpy and fast paced mess that is not liked by anyone.

Gives option of cutting – Cutting the scenes at the appropriate place is also an important task in editing. It requires a perfect timing as the cuts should be smooth and provide the ideal flow to the film. Cutting the scene too soon or too late can spoil all the hard work. Thus, timing is critical!

Sound editing and color correction – Sound editing involves adjusting the volume levels and synchronizing the video clips with the audio clips. It should be smooth and elegant as it can invoke emotions into the audience while watching the film. Dubbing is done in the dubbing studios to expel any unwanted sounds. Color correction makes your videos appealing and graceful and is very crucial for the video quality.

Some Action Anime Movies

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

The movie follows the story of D, a bounty hunter hired to bring back a young girl named Charlotte, who has been kidnaped by a noble vampire named Meier Link. The film is based on the novel Demon Deathchase, the third in Hideyuki Kikuchi’s Vampire Hunter D series. If you are a fan of hardcore anime action, then this film will surely satisfy you with loads of demon slaying action.

Ninja Scroll

A critically acclaimed Japanese animated action film, released in 1993. Ninja Scroll depicts the events of a bloody battle, set in feudal Japan, between a ninja and the eight devils of Kimon. The film was written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. The anime movie has gained immense popularity due to its narrative style of the journey of the protagonist Koichi Yamadera, a ninja, whose character is inspired from the Japanese folk hero Yagyu Jubei Mitsuyoshi.

Princess Mononoke

If you only expect plenty of action in a film, then Princess Mononoke is your choice of an action anime movie. Set in the late Muromachi period, the story revolves around a young Ashitaka, the last prince of the Emishi tribe, determined to restore peace between the forest spirits and humans, who consume the forest’s resources. Princess Mononoke is considered to be one of the best action anime movies until today. It gradually became the highest grossing film of all time till the release of Titanic later in the same year.

Cowboy Bebop – The Movie

Hardcore anime lovers are well acquainted with the name “Cowboy Bebop” for the television series, that ran through 1998-1999 and won million hearts with its 26 limited episodes. Based on the same storyline between episode 22 and 23, Cowboy Bebop – The Movie follows the story of the space bounty hunter crew on the spaceship named Bebop, assigned to take down a chemical terrorist threatening to destroy the planet Mars with an unknown pathogen. Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and produced by Sun Studios, Cowboy Bebop is considered a classic in the world of action anime movies.

Street Fighter II – The Animated Movie

Ever imagined to recreate a game into a movie? The creators of this movie did this thing in reality by making a film based on the popular fighting game series of the same name. The film is written by Kenichi Imai and directed by Gisaburo Sugii. It follows the story of Ryu, a street fighter taking on a crime lord named Bison, who is bent to defeat the greatest fighters of the world. The film has a large following ever since and serves as an inspiration for the live-action film starring Van Damme.

Appleseed

Created by “Ghost in the Shell” fame, Masamune Shirow, Appleseed is a computer animated science fiction action film featuring some eye-catching animation. The film revolves around the former Deunan Kute, who embarks to restore peace with her cyborg partner in a post-apocalyptic Utopian city “Olympus”, whose population consists of genetically modified clones called Bioroids and humans in about the same proportions. The artificial Bioroids, who have hardly any feelings like anger or fear, were created with the intention to balance the human society and bring peace. But certain organizations are against it and want to disrupt the balance and peace once more. Appleseed and also its successor Appleseed – Ex Machina are definitely must watchs for all fans, who love action, science fiction and epic soundtrack.

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.

Pick Right Movie Every Time

It always helps to do a little research about any movie before going to see it; that way, you won’t be disappointed for shelling out a few bucks. Decide on the location first because that could mean driving for forty minutes to an hour, or just enjoying the luxury of in home entertainment. You may want to look up where the movie is playing, then call the theater to confirm and even book your ticket over the phone or internet, hassle free. For those movies not in theaters, you may choose to rent a DVD or borrow one from a friend.

If you decide to go the extra mile, the mall or distant theater, make it worth your while. When making your movie decision, never choose a movie that is liked by everyone, try something new unless you are convinced this is the one. Avoid the in-crowd opinion; the everybody-loves-it mentality. Look for a movie that stimulates you intellectually, solves a problem or one that meets a need, whether emotional, psychological, adventure, escapism, triumph or just for added knowledge and self improvement. You should always learn something at the end of your movie.

Here is an example: After watching The Cinderella Man, I learned that men are by design, made to be the strength of their family; and that courage is more than just word of mouth, it takes sacrificial actions and willingness to risk everything. In “Glory” with Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington, I also learned that one man can make a difference in the lives of others, and that doing the not-so-popular things and going against the grain can be more rewarding than never challenging the powers that be. Therefore, if we all just stay in our little corners, a change will never come. There are risks in the establishment of greatness, and an even greater reward in ceasing each given moment.

Also, I remembered how I felt after seeing “A Beautiful Mind” with Russell Crowe, and “Field of Dreams” with Kevin Costner” or “Life” with Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence, King of the Kick Boxers, with Billy Blanks, and “Everyone’s Fine” with Robert De Niro…just to name a few examples of great moments I have come to cherish over time. Some were filled with laughter, tears, triumph, courage, hopes and dreams; nevertheless, they were time well spent.

There are big benefits in choosing the right movie versus going the popularity route. And after watching this year’s Academy, you too will also realize that Hurt Locker was not the most talked about movie, but it sure took the spotlight over Avatar when all was said and done.

Some people choose movies based on their favorite actor/actress, but however you decide, a great movie makes for an even greater conversation with people you meet. Some movies will help to bridge the gap between people of varying nations, solve misunderstandings, and makes for great ice-breakers in uncomfortable settings.

I could go on and on, but here’s what I really want you to get from reading this article, your movie going should be a great experience that lifts your spirits, encourage you, make you cry at times and move you emotionally, open your eyes to new ideas, hidden truths and wildly adventures, bring people together, tear down barriers and build up new walls of hope and trust, and inspire people to dream, if only for a moment.

I love movies because they are in many ways, the untold stories of every human that ever walked planet earth and are a real world phenomenon of memories gone by. There is a hidden reality and realism in every movie or stories ever told via motion pictures. However, while not all are good for the soul, movie going is a experience that can be enjoyed even from the comforts of your bed room. But whatever your choice of location, let it be a memorable one. Here’s to your next experience! Lights…Camera…Action…Life!

Create Low Budget Movie Soundtrack

If you’re needing music for your new movie, you can hire a composer to custom write music for each and every scene but that may strain your already tight budget. Don’t worry, you can find great, original music on the web and much of it is free or available for a very low price.

I’m talking about Royalty-free music. If you Google ‘royalty free alternative music’ for instance, you will find pages of websites that offer alternative rock music for free or for a small licensing fee. That’s the good news. The bad news is – you’re going to have to do a lot of digging to find the music that fits the mood of your movie.

The best way to start off is to create a rough list of the songs you will need. Perhaps you want a quick uptempo rock song for the opening credits or maybe you have a few steamy scenes where a slow blues number will work nicely. Once you have the basic ‘music outline’, you can start your search for royalty free music that will fit your movie. The same goes for short films or even personal YouTube videos. Make a plan.

I suggest looking for royalty free music sites that have their music categorized and are easy to navigate. You don’t want to waste hours of your time clicking on song titles, wondering what you’re going to hear next. Oh great it’s some cheesy accordion song!

The best royalty free music sites will have easy to navigate categories such as Progressive Rock, Symphony, Blues or Country Music. This makes it much easier to find the music you are looking for.

One feature that I find extremely valuable is the vocal and non-vocal versions of a particular song. This helps develop a ‘theme’ that can be recurring throughout your movie. (Think ‘Titanic’). A lot of soundtracks use the non-vocal version of the song to create a recurring mood for a few scenes and then hit the audience with the vocal version during the closing credits. Don’t be afraid to use the same song in a number of scenes. Think about the theme song for ‘the Godfather’ and how many times the same melody was used over and over to great effect.

An important thing to remember is to protect your work by using a standard or creative commons license. Even though the music may be royalty free, you will still need to credit the owner by using a creative commons license or purchase a license that gives you the right to use the music for a commercial application. Most royalty free sites offer a creative commons license for free and a standard license for $25 to $100.

Be sure the music has a clean, professional sound. It won’t be too hard to tell whether it was recorded in a professional studio or straight from a Casio keyboard. Test the music out on a quality sound system where you can hear the dynamics of the music. It may sound acceptable coming out of your $10 computer speaker but you better test it on a good sound system just to be sure.

After finding the songs you like, you will need to customize the soundtrack to fit your scenes. There are plenty of sound editing software programs out there like Avid Pro Tools or Logic Pro X that enable you to properly fade in, fade out, alter the timing and manipulate the music. Some video editing programs such as Adobe Premiere now include the same sound editing features, just not at the same level of quality.

If the music you need is not available from a royalty free site, you may consider a ‘discount’ composer. It’s a gamble, but the rewards can be great. Many royalty free music sites offer custom soundtrack composing at very reasonable rates. In most cases, the composer is the same guy who wrote the songs on the site so you can feel confident that the quality of the music will be similar.

I know of one composer who has some pretty impressive credits including first run movies and Producer credits on A-list artists’ albums. Today he’s a ‘starving artist’ looking for the next project. Don’t be afraid to negotiate.