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    series What series are you watching?

    Finally decided to spring for CBS Access so we could binge ”Star Trek: Picard” (what’s available to date) and ”Star Trek: Discovery”. Love both of them. I know a lot of people gave up on “Discovery” halfway through S01, and I get it. It seems to break canon. But we stuck with it and it all came...
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    producer Landing a Producer

    Do you have a track record? Have you produced anything before, like a short film (or several)? Or have you written shorts that have been produced? What history do you have that you think would attract a producer?
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    Help!!

    ^^^This is important. And honesty is the best policy. If you’re putting this together as an all-volunteer effort, be clear about that. Don’t be shy about your terms or you risk putting people off.
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    Yeah... think about the plot, then re-read my comment. I was being facetious. 😬

    Yeah... think about the plot, then re-read my comment. I was being facetious. 😬
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    camera Which small upgrade should come first?

    Find a softer, quieter space in your home. Bedroom? Office/study? Because you’re having trouble with shifting daylight in the space you’ve chosen, you might want to find a space that allows you to shut out light from windows. Give yourself some control. Or use a window in the background as your...
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    Help!!

    There are a few filmmaking groups on Facebook for the Miami area. Join up and put out a casting call.
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    It was at first, but it gets less mature as time goes on.

    It was at first, but it gets less mature as time goes on.
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    misc Article About Sound-For-Picture

    Great article, Bob. I’ve seen so much of this firsthand, and it is always seated squarely between frustrating and disappointing. I watched a feature film take well over a year and a half to complete after production because they didn’t have anyone on production sound. They’d spoken to several...
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    camera Which small upgrade should come first?

    It’s obviously the built-in mic, but that just enhances the sound of the room and exposes the flaws even more. Hard, flat surfaces and a relatively small space make for that kind of reverberant location. There’s still an audio upgrade on the horizon. I’d also still recommend hanging a couple of...
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    camera Which small upgrade should come first?

    Is that the room you usually use for shooting your videos? It sounds like you’re in a bathroom, which is a huge challenge for getting any decent sound. It’s a very reflective, very boxy room. I would highly recommend getting some furniture blankets (aka sound blankets) and hanging them...
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    camera Which small upgrade should come first?

    True... but there are apps like FilmicPRO that give full manual control and the ability to lock focus and exposure. Cameras in the more expensive smart phones these days, especially with something like FilmicPRO, aren’t terrible cameras at all. I did spec the LG G6 before commenting on this...
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    camera Which small upgrade should come first?

    I never said that. There are plenty of mediocre cameras out there right now. But great lighting will overcome a mediocre camera, whereas a great camera can’t do much to fix bad lighting. Without knowing which mic that was, and how you had it set up, there’s no way to determine why it sounded...
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    camera Which small upgrade should come first?

    Then your results are, at best, mediocre. Irrelevant argument. You aren’t using a cell phone from 10 years ago. You’re using a current model. The camera in it is perfectly functional, especially in ideal lighting. But if you want to talk about how the argument holds up retroactively, even...
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    camera Which small upgrade should come first?

    False. Bad lighting is bad lighting. Bad sound is bad sound. Both will give you poor end-results even with the best camera in the world. Good lighting and sound can overcome the shortcomings of a camera. No camera can overcome the shortcomings of piss-poor lighting and sound.
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    camera Which small upgrade should come first?

    A good lighting kit and a good sound kit will both serve you no matter which camera you use. Plus, good lighting can make even the cheapest cameras look remarkably good.
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    software Davinci Resolve

    Your processor is a little underwhelming for what you’re wanting to do. And 8GB RAM is nowhere close to enough. You need 16GB minimum, but 32GB would be much more comfortable. But again, the i3 processor is probably going to be able to do it, but in a sluggish manor. 3.4GHz processing is good...
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    color-grading How can I color grade without breaking the image

    Fair enough, though it looks like it doesn’t really matter. The OP has vanished.
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    color-grading How can I color grade without breaking the image

    An nobody’s asked about the quality of the footage you’re starting with? Let’s begin there. Which camera do you use, and in which codec are you recording? And are you sure you’re exposing it correctly?
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    distro Completed 15 min short film... now what?

    Absolutely! First off, congrats on completing your short film! That’s the major hurdle, and you’ve cleared it. Rik raises many good questions. Give those some serious thought. Personally, if you’re just getting yourself established in filmmaking, I’d keep the film off the Internet for now and...
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    watch A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A TYRANT-Short Film

    He stole video game footage for a “short film”? Hold on while I put on my shocked face. I watched his official trailer for his epic film. As we say in the south, “Well, bless his heart.”
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