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Okay i am getting closer and closer to getting money to film an actual episode. The competition is fierce out there and i wanted to stay up to par. I was wondering what were some of the methods you have used on filming your pilot to make it look and sound great? What kind of equipment would i need to shoot on to actually make people think i was a high quality production? Any useful knowledge would be most appreciated.
Hey Matthew, we just released our pilot & were pretty happy with the the quality (after doing ALOT of research!). This was my first time filming anything & it was a huge learning experience, so I did my homework beforehand. It can be a lot of work but it can also be so much fun if you have the right team! Depending on your budget, if you're going w/ DSLR, I can vouch for the t2i, however I am looking at a few other options for follow up episodes. A few tips I learned across the way:
1. Change your camera settings to a flat custom picture style (no defaults). This will give you more control over the color correction in post.
2. White balance your camera! I'm still learning how to properly do this myself. You don't want the image to be under/over exposed.
3. Try different lenses that give you a nice DOF. A shallow DOF will give you a nice cinematic feel, but this also makes focusing a bit trickier, which gets to my next tip...
4. Invest in some type of follow focus as manual focus can be a hassle while filming. It appears auto-focus is still in its infancy stages when it comes to DSLR.
5. Do some type of story boarding. We shot test footage as a way to storyboard, so when our actors came in, we knew what shots to take without wasting time.
6. Experiment! Use your creativity & just have fun doing it.
There's a lot more things I can throw at you, but this should give a few tips you can start with.
Sound is what seperates high quality from everything else. Sound shows that you care about your audience. Sound is that often indescribable but professional touch that makes a production feel likes its a finished project instead of a regular upload to youtube or vimeo.
But sound is the BIGGEST hurdle all filmmakers outside of Hollywood have to overcome. It also can be the most expensive because the cost of a good sound rig can be equal if not more than the cost of your film rig.
What I'm trying to say is... if you are friends with a sound person, make him or her your best friend NOW.
That too! get a good sound guy...Sound definitely adds another dimension that a lot of people seem to neglect.