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1 Shoot Your Own Test Scene

2 When do you need a self test? Agent asks you Agent asks you Overseas or interstate Overseas or interstate To submit for something you haven’t scored an audition for To submit for something you haven’t scored an audition for Practice practice practice Practice practice practice

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6 What camera should I use? Anything you can get your hands on! Anything you can get your hands on! DSLRs DSLRs Camcorders Camcorders Beware storage costs Beware storage costs Smart phones Smart phones

7 Use a tripod! Cheap tripods are under $30 Cheap tripods are under $30

8 Use a tripod! Even for your smartphone! Even for your smartphone!

9 Where should you shoot? Don’t try to “set the scene” Don’t try to “set the scene” No visual distractions in background No visual distractions in background Plain: blue, grey, white Plain: blue, grey, white Avoid wall hangings, light switches, shadows Avoid wall hangings, light switches, shadows

10 What should you wear? No logos No logos No distracting patterns No distracting patterns No shimmery make up No shimmery make up

11 Aspect Ratio http://www.mediacollege.com/video/aspect-ratio/

12 Aspect Ratio Width to height ratio 1 1 111111 4 : 3

13 Aspect Ratio What aspect ratio is this? 16 : 9

14 Pixel Aspect Ratio Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_common_resolutionshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_common_resolutions 72dpi old standard

15 Aspect Ratio

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17 Shot composition http://www.mediacollege.com/video/shots/

18 Shot composition http://www.mediacollege.com/video/shots/

19 Eye lines As close to the side of the camera as possible without looking down the barrel As close to the side of the camera as possible without looking down the barrel Decide on your reference points (objects, people, places) before shooting – make sure your eyes are still visible Decide on your reference points (objects, people, places) before shooting – make sure your eyes are still visible Can be helpful to have a “thinking spot” Can be helpful to have a “thinking spot”

20 Focus Zoom in, focus, compose your shot Zoom in, focus, compose your shot Do not trust those tiny camera screens Do not trust those tiny camera screens Auto focus is ok for basic stuff Auto focus is ok for basic stuff

21 Demonstration

22 Exercise – framing and focus Form pairs Form pairs Set up your camera Set up your camera Place your actor and frame up a shot Place your actor and frame up a shot Focus your shot Focus your shot Test out different eye lines to work out your prime acting zone Test out different eye lines to work out your prime acting zone

23 Lighting theory 3 point lighting technique 3 point lighting technique

24 Lighting theory www.mediacollege.com/lighting/three-point

25 Basic lighting Basic lighting in film is to control your exposure and contrast Basic lighting in film is to control your exposure and contrast For guerilla filmmaking bounced light is your friend For guerilla filmmaking bounced light is your friend Use reflector boards, poly boards, bed sheets Use reflector boards, poly boards, bed sheets Use domestic lamps Use domestic lamps Be careful of mixing colour temps (white balance) Be careful of mixing colour temps (white balance)

26 Practical lighting Bounced light Bounced light

27 Practical lighting Diffused light eg China ball Diffused light eg China ball

28 White balance http://wspconfidential.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/guest-blogger- don-becker-understanding-color-temperature-white-balance-part-1 http://wspconfidential.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/guest-blogger- don-becker-understanding-color-temperature-white-balance-part-1

29 Sound Do you need an external microphone? Do you need an external microphone? Camera microphones are omniscient Camera microphones are omniscient Close windows and doors, turn off fridge, fans, air conditioning etc Close windows and doors, turn off fridge, fans, air conditioning etc Be careful where you put your reader – try to put them as far away from the camera as you are and make sure they’re not bellowing (or auditioning off screen) Be careful where you put your reader – try to put them as far away from the camera as you are and make sure they’re not bellowing (or auditioning off screen)

30 Exposure Shutter speed Shutter speed Double the frame rate Double the frame rate On a DSLR: 50 On a DSLR: 50 F Stop F Stop The lower the number, the more light is let in, like your pupil. Eg f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11 The lower the number, the more light is let in, like your pupil. Eg f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11 ISO ISO Film’s sensitivity to light Film’s sensitivity to light Exposure auto function Exposure auto function

31 Frame rate or FPS Progressive vs interlaced Progressive vs interlaced PAL: 25fps PAL: 25fps Film: 24fps Film: 24fps NTSC: 29.97fps NTSC: 29.97fps

32 Demonstration & Experimentation

33 The next two slides may be confusing… DON’T STRESS!!!

34 What is a container? Where and how the video files are stored Where and how the video files are stored Physical examples Physical examples 35mm film, 16mm film, VHS, Mini DV, DVD, DigiBeta, Beta SP, CF Cards, SD Cards, Micro SD Cards, Hard Drives 35mm film, 16mm film, VHS, Mini DV, DVD, DigiBeta, Beta SP, CF Cards, SD Cards, Micro SD Cards, Hard Drives Digital examples Digital examples Quicktime file or.mov file,.mp4 file,.avi file,.wmv file Quicktime file or.mov file,.mp4 file,.avi file,.wmv file

35 What is a codec? Stands for code/decode or compression/decompression Stands for code/decode or compression/decompression The key to the filing cabinet The key to the filing cabinet Different codecs for different purposes Different codecs for different purposes smaller files for capturing smaller files for capturing larger more detailed/flexible files for editing larger more detailed/flexible files for editing Examples Examples H.264, MP4, Apple Pro Res 422, AVI H.264, MP4, Apple Pro Res 422, AVI

36 Ingesting Getting the footage fro your camera onto your computer ready for editing Getting the footage fro your camera onto your computer ready for editing There are multiple methods, so… There are multiple methods, so… Let’s give it a shot! Let’s give it a shot!

37 Editing Import at highest quality with original aspect ratio Import at highest quality with original aspect ratio Edit in and out points Edit in and out points Adjust order ie Editing! Adjust order ie Editing! No need for transitions (eg fade/cross dissolve) in test scenes No need for transitions (eg fade/cross dissolve) in test scenes No need for titles/text in test scenes No need for titles/text in test scenes Export/share Export/share

38 Editing demonstrations MPEG Streamclip MPEG Streamclip iMovie on a Mac iMovie on a Mac Windows Movie Maker on a PC Windows Movie Maker on a PC iMovie on an iPhone iMovie on an iPhone FCPX as an option for the future FCPX as an option for the future

39 Exporting/sharing To reduce the file size ie Emailable To reduce the file size ie Emailable By changing the container or codec By changing the container or codec Typically create a.mov file with a H.264 codec Typically create a.mov file with a H.264 codec Shrink the pixel aspect ratio Shrink the pixel aspect ratio MAKE SURE IT’S CORRECT! MAKE SURE IT’S CORRECT! Keep the same frame rate Keep the same frame rate

40 Pixel aspect ratio cheat sheet… 16:9 (1.78:1) 16:9 (1.78:1) 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1280 x 720 (YouTube HD) 1280 x 720 (YouTube HD) 1024 x 576 (Standard Definition) 1024 x 576 (Standard Definition) 640 x 360 640 x 360 4:3 (1.33:1) 4:3 (1.33:1) 1024 x 768 1024 x 768 640 x 480 640 x 480

41 Sending your file Large file sending service – downloadable Hightail (formerly YouSendIt) WeTransfer Streaming services YouTube (unlisted link) 2 in 1 Streaming and download services Vimeo (password protected) Dropbox (unlisted link, also downloadable) Google Drive (like Dropbox)

42 File name Casting directors have no time! Casting directors have no time! Don’t assume that they’re organised, make their job as easy as possible Don’t assume that they’re organised, make their job as easy as possible Title of your video file should include… Title of your video file should include… Project name Project name Name of your character Name of your character Your name Your name

43 Other tools… VLC Player – plays all codecs VLC Player – plays all codecs Zamzar – converts documents, videos and audio files Zamzar – converts documents, videos and audio files MPEG Streamclip – rip from DVD, convert video formats MPEG Streamclip – rip from DVD, convert video formats Handbrake – like MPEG Streamclip Handbrake – like MPEG Streamclip Keepvid – rip videos from YouTube Keepvid – rip videos from YouTube

44 Let’s play!


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