In-depth night is approaching faster than ever, and it seems hard to believe that this is my final post for the year. I’m currently in the process of recruiting actors for my trailer and selecting locations to film at. An especially difficult task right now is finding a time where the entire cast if free, because everyone has a busy schedule. At the same time, I am making preparations for my trailer by sorting out what footage I need, and the exact effects I am going to be using. I’m not going to reveal that yet, because I prefer to keep the trailer a surprise. I believe I am making great progress so far, and I am proud of how far I’ve come over the past few months. I’m focusing right now on polishing my green screen skills up, which will come in useful because I can replace the green background with essentially anything, so it appears as if I am in another location entirely. The reason green screens are green and not any other colour is because human skin has the least amount of green tones than any other colour, so you don’t fade away along with the green screen.
I had a mentoring session as well, and this time we discussed where we would film the trailer at. Based off of my mentor’s experience, they provided me with many useful suggestions of ideal locations where we could shoot. I’m not going to disclose where, because it might give away what we’re going to film, which is supposed to be a surprise. Speaking of which, here are some connections in our mentoring session with DeBono’s How to Have a Beautiful Mind.
When we were discussing ideal locations to film videos at, I began to pick up a recurring theme based on the genre of the movie. To make sure my thinking was correct, I asked my mentor if the type and content of a movie determined where it would be filmed, and they confirmed that my logic is correct. Additionally, the time of day also varies depending on what kind of movie it is. For example, horror movies are typically filmed at night, whereas comedy films are typically filmed in a brightly lit area.
Additionally, over the past few months my mentor has given me many alternatives. One meeting we were discussing how to put yourself into another scene, my initial thought was to use a green screen, but my mentor gave me the alternative to use rotoscoping and masking the object out manually. This was an alternative I hadn’t thought of before, and I realized this is useful if you don’t have a green screen or if you are filming outside somewhere and don’t have a green screen with you. Another alternative my mentor brought up is lip-syncing dialogue in a video, and then having them say it later into a microphone and lining up the audio to match lip-movements. What this does is improve sound quality, because it is difficult to capture clear audio from the start, due to the microphones being farther from actors so it’s not in the scene.
For In-Depth night, I plan on presenting my video in the form of a trailer on the projector. I have selected a date to film the video, and have also found actors to be in my video. I am noting down what I want to specifically record, and what special effects I will use. Now, since we’re at the end of this blog post, here is a green-screened replacement composition that I worked on. I have created a before and after comparison, so you can see everything that I composited and added to improve the scene. In the background I had to colour correct the ruins and city to fit the sandy and desolate landscape, and I also added smoke to fit the desert-like scene. I am proud of the final result, and despite some rough edges around the keyed footage of me, think the composition came out well.
That’s all for now, see you at In-Depth night!