Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Challenge of Making a Film Look Cinematic!

New mountains and darker shot of McBride and Garry
In the previous blog, I talked about the challenge of the soundtrack. Since filming finished for "Cry England!" in early August, we have managed to put together what I think is quite a nice sound track, with reduced background noise, and realistic sound effects (not too many) located across the surround sound spectrum.
But what about this illusive thing of the film looking cinematic? Apart from the sound, which I have already dealt with, a major contribution to looking cinematic is camera movement, as opposed to the static shot on a tripod.
But when you are on a tight if not zero budget, unless you go for hand-held, which I hate with a vengeance although do use occasionally, the static tripod shot is the most likely method of filming.
For the last month, I have been reviewing the film edit of "Cry England!" and in addition to making subtle changes such as adding mountains to the dream scene background (compare the above still with one in an earlier blog), I have spent much time introducing subtle movement into the start of individual scenes, intermediate clips between scenes and into the scenes themselves without making it look unreal. High Definition video, provided it has a decent focus to start off with can stand a little bit of enlargement, giving flexibility to things like introducing zoom in or zoom out, and panning and tilting.
So now, having shown the film to one or two people, we have the confidence to present this film as it now is, which we hope to do publicly very soon.
The latest version of our trailer for "Cry England!" put together by the author of the scipt is on YouTube.