Tools for the Aspiring Filmmaker

Tools for the Aspiring Filmmaker

High-quality filmmaking used to be out of budget for many aspiring filmmakers. That’s changed with more affordable tools and the proliferation of technology. You don’t need an expensive camera to make a great film (although it does help), but you do need a plan.

Maybe you’ve heard of the film Tangerine, which garnered critical acclaim after its Sundance Film Festival premiere. Guess what? It was filmed on an iPhone with the enhancement of an app called FiLMicPro, an anamorphic lens adapter from Moondog Labs and a Steadicam stabilizer mount for smartphones. So, even if you can’t afford a professional cinema camera like the Red Epic (which has been used to shoot many Hollywood films), you can still get a high-quality film using the ordinary tools you might already have on hand (with some help).

If you have a smartphone, tablet or a camera, you have the first tool you’ll need for creating a film. Research what enhancements, like lenses or apps, you can add to your equipment that will help you to get the best picture possible. While you’ll be able to correct some visual issues in post-production, it’s always better to try to get the clearest shots possible during shooting to limit your amount of work in post.

The next thing you’ll want to invest in is lighting. Great lighting will go a long way in creating a high-quality picture. If you’re filming outside, you can use the natural light if it’s the right intensity, or add light reflectors (which run between $5 and $10) to use the sun’s light. You can also buy starter light kits from camera stores or online.

High-quality films always have great audio quality. Have you ever watched a film with so much static and background noise that you couldn’t hear what the actors are saying? Depending on your film, you’ll likely need a few microphones, a field recorder like the Zoom H4n, and a boom pole. Hiring a sound recordist and boom operator for your film will also help, if you have it in your budget or can get a few friends to volunteer.

For post-production, you can start with Open Source software, such as Audacity for audio and Open Shot for video editing. You can find Open Source and free software for creating special effects and motion graphics as well. Research which software will do the job you want, check reviews, and download most of them for free. Of course, you can also use industry-standard software if it’s in your budget or you have access to it.

Building the Cinema Industry

“Most people think movies are just about actors and directors, but one needs to involve other businesses if they want to sustain production.” – Alex P. Michaels, studio chief

Prelude2Cinema plans to use modern technology to create a system based on the Hollywood Studio System, in which the studio developed stories and artists, produced and marketed the movies and screened them to audiences.

Join the Crusade: http://www.prelude2cinema/crusade.html

Festival Feature: Lauren Pray’s Insightful Short Film On Cincinnati’s Most Famous Mural

Festival Feature: Lauren Pray’s Insightful Short Film On Cincinnati’s Most Famous Mural

In January 2016, Prelude2Cinema debuted its own film festival Prelude2Cinema Presents, which also functions as a film market for procuring new films to distribute and a fundraiser for promoting the cinema industry in Northeast Ohio. Filmmakers from all over the world submitted to the festival. People who attended the event got to see creative work from filmmakers in Russia and British Columbia, as well as work produced in the United States.

Lauren Pray, a native of Euclid, Ohio, presented her directorial debut film project “The Spirit of Cincinnatus Growing with Cincinnati.” In only 16 minutes, the film explores this history of the well-known mural and its restoration by ArtWorks and Kroger Co. in July 2015.

History of the mural: The Homage to Cincinnatus

The mural depicts Roman hero Cincinnatus. Commissioned by the Kroger Co. in 1983, the “Homage to Cincinnatus” covers seven stories of wall on the side of the Kroger building and commemorates the company’s centennial anniversary.

About the film “The Spirit of Cincinnatus Growing with Cincinnati”

Kroger and ArtWorks partnered with Thomas Melvin Studio and the original artist of the painting, Richard Haas, to restore the “mother mural” (because this mural inspired the painting of more murals throughout the city) to its former glory. Four young filmmaking apprentices and one professional were hired to document the project on film.

See the trailer:

Every month, Prelude2Cinema hosts the Prelude2Cinema Presents film festival. Submissions open at the beginning of the month, with the film festival screenings taking place toward the end of the month. The public is welcome to attend. Cost is free for Cinema Crusade members; $10 for non-members. For more info, check out: http://www.prelude2cinema.com/festival 

NEWS: Prelude2Cinema and Shaker LaunchHouse Partnership

NEWS: Prelude2Cinema and Shaker LaunchHouse Partnership

Prelude2Cinema, a branding and marketing firm that focuses on independent filmmaking in Northeast Ohio, and LaunchHouse, a business and startup incubator that supports a diverse number of businesses out of a refurbished car dealership in Shaker Heights, have partnered to develop the cinema industry in the Greater Cleveland area.

Prelude2Cinema has become a portfolio company of LaunchHouse and hosts a monthly independent film festival, film market and fundraiser at the Shaker Heights location.

“We believe in the movie industry that the Cleveland Film Commission is bringing to our region. Cleveland has much to offer Hollywood, and we’re glad that movies are being made here,” says Alex P. Michaels, Emmy-winning writer and studio chief for Prelude2Cinema.

“My goal is to create a cinema industry here as well, in which we will model our company after the old studio system of cultivating talent and producing and distributing movies. It is our hope that the cinema industry helps to build some of the infrastructure that is needed.”

Prelude2Cinema will produce movies in-house and will also partner with local and international filmmakers. The creation of a film fund through business sponsorships and private investors will provide the necessary financing for the cinema industry initiative.

“In order to have a real movie studio, Prelude2Cinema needs to focus on a number of movies, not just one,” says Michaels. “The economic impact that movies bring to the community has been realized as Hollywood studios continue to shoot their films here and hire local actors and crew. Bringing the movie industry here and creating the cinema industry here is not something that can be done alone.”

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To learn more about Shaker LaunchHouse, please visit: http://www.launchhouse.com

You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

Introducing the NEW Prelude2Cinema Blog

Introducing the NEW Prelude2Cinema Blog

Who is Prelude2Cinema?

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Prelude2Cinema LLC blends entertainment and advertisement through branded entertainment. The company creates bold, intriguing stories for the Internet and other digital platforms, presenting various brand products and services through natural interactions within a variety of film productions. Prelude2Cinema is dedicated to establishing a steady stream of dramatic productions in Northeast Ohio that strengthens the local economy and cultivates Ohio’s talented actors, models and film crew.

Where can you find Prelude2Cinema online?

http://www.prelude2cinema.com; Like Prelude2Cinema on Facebook (Facebook.com/Prelude2Cinema); Follow Prelude2Cinema on Twitter (@Prelude2Cinema); Join the conversation with #Prelude2Cinema and #CinemaCrusade

A word from the studio chief, Alex P. Michaels: 

“My goal for Prelude2Cinema is to build a cinema industry in Northeast Ohio. My vision is based on the Hollywood-style studio system in which Prelude2Cinema will cultivate talent and filmmakers.”

So, what about this blog?

In addition to company news, this blog will feature behind-the-scenes interviews and movie trailers about Prelude2Cinema’s projects, as well as other projects that the company takes on in an effort to build and promote the Cinema Industry within Northeast Ohio. Expect regular articles on filmmaking events, resources and information for film artists of all levels. We might even throw in a few other posts just for fun. Looking forward to seeing you online!

-Roxanna Coldiron, PR & Marketing Executive, Prelude2Cinema

 

The Man Who Gave Away the Emmys

Passing out the Emmys Sept 13th
Passing out the Emmys Sept 13th

Actually the Academy gave them to the winners, but at the Gala Awards in Cleveland this past Saturday I was in charge of handing out the Emmys backstage to all the winners. It was a very cool assignment and my first official assignment since I joined the Board of Govenors. I got to meet all the winners and said congrats.

Of course I networked and passed them my business card and at times got to talk about the TV Series. I ran into a producer from WOIO 19 who knew about “Out of Darkness.” I sent him a DVD of the show. I think 19 would be a perfect place to show the series. Especially since the Cleveland Breaking News is mirrored after 19’s own news.

There was a bit of a “hiccup” during the show when the alarm went off in the hotel and people had to leave. I stayed inside with the President Gary and Wayne, one of the board member’s husbands who helped me in passing out the Emmys. Still the show went on time and everyone enjoyed it.

Now, I have a Board meeting next month and I really want to get more involved in networking within the Chapter. I have an ideal for an online community so everyone can utilize the Chapter to network. After all, a large part of this building is building relationships.

Here are some more photos.