Student at University of Texas at Austin, currently studying Documentary film. I wish to explore Experimental film, and extending my skills to other areas of production.
Right? Also, some of the shots just seemed necessary i.e. there's a dragon in the sky, lets do an aerial shot of the battlefield. But WAIT, that's a rip-off from "xapodapkf." I'd like him to do a similar video about romantic comedies. Now, you could really tear apart that genre!
I wish the example in this article was stronger. Really? They can't put a beautiful plateau in the background of a scene? Everything is influenced by something else. Also, calling a female-driven dragon in the sky is in no way comparable to a helicopter. I think there is too much focus on the details in the fabric. I thought it was interesting, however, that the only scenes cited in this video essay were from movies, not another TV series.
Where are you focusing? I've used the rule of thumb with landscapes to focus 1/3 into the frame that you are shooting. If there is a large city you are trying to capture, focusing on the objects 1/3 the total distance in the frame provides enough clarity for it to seem "in focus".
In reality, wide shots always seem to have a softeness to them, and you're only going to find very crisp video out of a really nice prime like others have mentioned. Good luck!
Hey Stephen, thanks for your story! That cool how two of your favorite films are very drastically different, yet they turned out to be your most cherished ones. I have to agree- once you find the right people to work with, you'll want to work with them forever!
Does anyone know of films or shorts that were made using Betamax film? I'd be interested to see what we'll be missing by next year.