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Forum: Newbies Today, 01:25 PM
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Posted By AcousticAl
The sample you reference was not shot with...

The sample you reference was not shot with ambient light. It was very much lit for the camera. There’s a key light from camera left on him, and a rim light off camera right highlighting the back of...
Forum: Newbies 02-08-2018, 09:07 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,859
Posted By AcousticAl
Be careful with that. Nothing grates on me more...

Be careful with that. Nothing grates on me more than a director or producer micromanaging how I do my job. There is such a thing as having just enough knowledge to be dangerous, and that is not a...
Forum: Equipment 02-06-2018, 12:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 647
Posted By AcousticAl
I'm curious... you have a 2-input SD mixer...

I'm curious... you have a 2-input SD mixer (MixPre? MixPre-D?) and you'll be using two mics (shotgun and lav), so why are you running only one mic through the mixer to the camera?

Isolating the...
Forum: Post Production 02-05-2018, 10:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,070
Posted By AcousticAl
No. I saw your original post yesterday. That...

No.

I saw your original post yesterday. That “soap opera” look comes from a hidden setting in many modern-day displays that adds a high refresh rate (sometimes called smooth motion or something...
Forum: Festivals 02-04-2018, 05:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 405
Posted By AcousticAl
Legal advice = consult an entertainment attorney.

Legal advice = consult an entertainment attorney.
Forum: Screenwriting 02-04-2018, 04:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,171
Posted By AcousticAl
Well, let’s review. You made an assertion...

Well, let’s review.

You made an assertion about CeltX based on what you read (what’s your source on that?), and evidently not because you have firsthand experience with it:



Again, you’ve...
Forum: Newbies 02-04-2018, 03:57 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,859
Posted By AcousticAl
Sorry you came into the camera under such...

Sorry you came into the camera under such circumstances, but glad that it has given you some inspiration.

The D3100 has no connection for external audio, so your only option to record even...
Forum: Newbies 02-04-2018, 11:21 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,859
Posted By AcousticAl
Assuming the scene has a wide establishing shot,...

Assuming the scene has a wide establishing shot, that shot will be recorded MOS (a fancy industry term for “without sound”). The actual dialog scene is shot several times: once on a wider shot, and...
Forum: Newbies 02-04-2018, 09:01 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,859
Posted By AcousticAl
Extremely wide shots rarely use sync sound. The...

Extremely wide shots rarely use sync sound. The camera is too far away and framed way too wide to get a boomed mic in there, and wireless lav systems just don’t sound right for a wider shot anyway. ...
Forum: Hollywood 01-29-2018, 06:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 641
Posted By AcousticAl
Yeah, that wouldn’t work at all......

Yeah, that wouldn’t work at all... (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3824458/)
Forum: Pre-Production 01-29-2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,100
Posted By AcousticAl
Doesn’t matter how much money you throw at it. If...

Doesn’t matter how much money you throw at it. If the writing and directing aren’t up to snuff, nothing will save it. On the other hand, if you have a skilled crew, you can end up with a great film...
Forum: Filmmaking Misc. 01-29-2018, 05:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,301
Posted By AcousticAl
?! Vimeo is aimed at content creators...

?!



Vimeo is aimed at content creators who want to curate their work. Cleaner embeds (and better web compression), no noise (ads, pop-ups, etc.), and collaborative workspaces. There’s a section...
Forum: Filmmaking Misc. 01-29-2018, 01:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,301
Posted By AcousticAl
Vimeo isn’t cluttered with ads, or pop-ups for...

Vimeo isn’t cluttered with ads, or pop-ups for completely irellevant “related videos”. It’s clean, which makes it visually more appealing for presentation. On the other hand, YT is just cluttered...
Forum: Post Production 01-29-2018, 12:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,379
Posted By AcousticAl
Not terrible advice at all. We call that “killing...

Not terrible advice at all. We call that “killing your baby”. You gotta be willing to pare down the scene and often against your first impression.

This is especially important if you’re editing...
Forum: Post Production 01-27-2018, 02:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,379
Posted By AcousticAl
When you think you’re done with the rough cut,...

When you think you’re done with the rough cut, walk away. Come back in no less than 36 hours. Staring at the computer for hours on end can cloud judgment simply though exhaustion, and you won’t know...
Forum: Equipment 01-21-2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 441
Posted By AcousticAl
Filmcity/Proaim is not exactly known as the...

Filmcity/Proaim is not exactly known as the pinnacle of quality. Cheap rigs are cheap and that’s the first problem.

Anyway, you might have your FF butted up too tight against the lens gear. The FF...
Forum: Post Production 01-20-2018, 04:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 320
Posted By AcousticAl
If GoPro Studio crashes your computer, there’s no...

If GoPro Studio crashes your computer, there’s no other recommendation I can make that will work. You need a better computer. What kind of computer are you running? Laptop or desktop? Mac or PC?...
Forum: Post Production 01-20-2018, 04:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 320
Posted By AcousticAl
The .mp4 is your source video file. This is the...

The .mp4 is your source video file. This is the one you should be using to edit. If playback is choppy, your computer is struggling.

The first thing to check is where the video file is stored:...
Forum: On The Set 01-19-2018, 04:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 502
Posted By AcousticAl
Dialog is a mono source, except for special...

Dialog is a mono source, except for special circumstances (an actor speaking out of frame or walking off-cam, where the audio is often panned to match). But even when it is panned to match movement,...
Forum: On The Set 01-18-2018, 09:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 502
Posted By AcousticAl
Go ahead and omit the large diaphragm condenser...

Go ahead and omit the large diaphragm condenser and all of your stereo mic options. None of those are helpful for on-camera dialog.

On a typical production, there would be a boom op - likely even...
Forum: Newbies 01-16-2018, 10:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 678
Posted By AcousticAl
First, or early, effort? You’ve mentioned in...

First, or early, effort? You’ve mentioned in some of your posts that you’re a newb.

Shit happens, dude, and that’s part of the learning experience. Giving up and walking away should be a last...
Forum: The Lounge 01-13-2018, 10:24 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,829
Posted By AcousticAl
Quite an assertion about folks you have never met...

Quite an assertion about folks you have never met face-to-face, much less worked with on professional sets.

Glad to know you’re so much better at this than the rest of us.
Forum: The Lounge 01-13-2018, 02:46 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,829
Posted By AcousticAl
Just to clarify terms, TV is a producer’s medium....

Just to clarify terms, TV is a producer’s medium. Film is a director’s medium. Whichever role you fill:


Communicate with your crew. Don’t assume they all can read your mind. You can’t get...
Forum: Tech Help 01-13-2018, 02:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 394
Posted By AcousticAl
Wong tool for the job, and I second Alcove. ...

Wong tool for the job, and I second Alcove.

On a related note, by trying to cram that audio down a pipe and into your DSLR, you’re automatically degrading the quality of your signal. DSLR cameras...
Forum: The Lounge 01-11-2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,829
Posted By AcousticAl
One too many days serving burritos for crew...

One too many days serving burritos for crew lunch.

The folks I work with take their jobs seriously in that we’re all working to get the best end-product we can. We may be focused and “in the...
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