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    screenplay Santa's Apperance

    I am writing a Christmas fantasy movie, but I want my Santa to look different from the contemporary American depiction. Can I have him wear a green robe and have a brown beard without alienating my American audience?
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    directing Working with DP

    Questions for everyone: How can I ensure that I have a good working relationship with my DP onset? Does anybody have any horror stories that they could share?
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    camera Film Cameras

    Who here owns a film camera and shoots on film? 16mm, 35mm, or 8mm? What is to gain from these formats that is lost on digital?
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    color-grading Green Knight and Color Grading

    I want to have a conversation about color grading. A few weeks ago I went to go see THE GREEN KNIGHT—a new movie based off of a poem about one of King Arthur’s knights of the Round Table. I myself am an Arthurian Legend enthusiast with my own Merlin movie currently in post-production, so I was...
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    story How to write low-budget intimate character drama

    I have a vague idea for a feature film that I would like to self-produce. It would need to take place almost entirely in one house (which would possibly be an AirBnB). I would like to tell a love story about a nymph who has been trapped inside of some sort of object, who falls in love with the...
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    camera-dept Good Camera for Nature Documentary

    Hello, I am planning an 8 day nature walk/documentary this June. I am looking for the right camera to rent. I will be in a multi-acre forest and will be spending a lot of time in the shade of thick green leaves that will obscure some of the natural sunlight. I need a camera that will be ready to...
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    movies Why I appreciate DeMille and "The Ten Commandments"

    I love Biblical archeology. Thank you for the offer. And my man, thank you, THANK YOU, for showing me these graphs and numbers. I am preparing for making my own feature next year, and I have realized that it requires you to be as much of a craft businessman as well as an artist. Yes, I saw your...
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    movies Why I appreciate DeMille and "The Ten Commandments"

    Dude, you're an inspiration to me. You made a 5,000 dollar movie, and it was a Christian film. You made your project, and you saw it through to its completion. You've done what 95 percent of aspiring filmmakers only dream of doing. Can you please tell me if you marketed it, and if so, how? Did...
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    movies Why I appreciate DeMille and "The Ten Commandments"

    You're not the director of "Leap," are you, Mr. El Director?
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    camera Making a Found Footage movie that doesn't suck

    And when I say something appears in the crystal, that means they appear within the entire frame that the audience is watching the movie through.
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    camera Making a Found Footage movie that doesn't suck

    The first shot of the movie is the witch holding her hands out over the frame. She opens her eyes and explains, "It worked!" The sound should be thinned out and grounded in reality. The crystal only records what it is being pointed at. Anyone can hold it. When the crystal is showing images...
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    camera Making a Found Footage movie that doesn't suck

    Gotcha. Let me clarify this as much as I can. Thank you for your care. My protagonist is a young lady with magic powers. The movie begins with the creation of the moment-recording crystal. It operates much the way a camera would. She holds it and points. She can use her magic to get the crystal...
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    camera Making a Found Footage movie that doesn't suck

    Let me streamline my question a bit. Forget everything I've said prior about the crystal and the witch and the Middle Ages. All you got to know if I'm making a found footage movie set in a forest. I want the forest setting to seem appealing and enticing. The horror elements come from the...
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    camera Making a Found Footage movie that doesn't suck

    Okay, it's not "found footage" in the literal sense. But found footage movies never really have scenes shot in the traditional style where other characters find the camera with the footage. If anything, they have some lines of text before the movie begins. My movie is not supposed to be composed...
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    camera Making a Found Footage movie that doesn't suck

    The entire movie is the POV of the crystal. The first frame of the movie is the witch who creates it looking at it and holding it up. She holds it for the majority of the movie and explains what it is to the other characters.