Film Making Class

Equipment: 

Software: Filmic Pro (iphone manual video APP)

Stabilizer: 

  • Zhi Yun Smooth Q (Phone)
  • DJi Osma Mobile2 (Phone)
  • Glidecam HD-2000 Hand-Held Stablizer (SteadyCam)
  • Zhiyun Crane2 (Gimbal for camera)

Camera:

Entry Level:

  • Canon SL2

$1000 camera: 

  • Panasonic GH4
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Sony alpha 6300

$2000 Camera: 

  • Panasonic GH5 
  • Sony alpha 7 III

$3000 Camera

  • Sony alpha 7s II
  • Canon EOS 5D

$5000+ camera

  • Canon EOS 1DX shoot 4K at 60FPS
  • Blackmagic design URSA Mini Pro ($6000)
  • Panasonic AU-EVA 1 Compact 5.7K ($7000)
  • Canon EOS C200 EF Cinima ($7000)
  • Red Raven ($6000)
  • Red Scarlet ($10,000)

Top level Camera

  • Rd weapon brain with monstro W sensor ($80,000)

Parameters: 

1. shoot 24 FPS 1920×1080

Hight FPS only used for the slow motion

2. Picture profile

Stand profile

  • Sharpness: 0 
  • Contrast: -1
  • Saturation: +1
  • Color Tone: +1

3. white balance

  • no auto
  • Sunrise: 5600K – 6000K
  • Indoor: 3000K – 4000K

4. No autoISO

Use histogram to see whether it is evenly distributed along the middle areas. 

How to hold steadycam?

  1. Good balance
  2. The Off hand, use left hand to hold 
  3. Use the right lens, use wide angle lens
  4. the way you walk

Create movement

  • Push in 
  • Pull out
  • Parallax (Most)
  • Rise Up
  • Reveal
  • Tilt Down
  • Tilt Up
  • Change of focus
  • Tracking
  • Transition
  • Low mode

Create video depth: 

  • Aperture: 2.8 or lower
  • Use Foreground : 3 layers
  • look for nature leading lines

 

Camera Angle

Cover 5 important angles simultaneously. 

Perspective (Lens choice)

  • wide angle: 16 – 35 mm
  • Wedding face close: 70mm
  • All purpose lenz: 24 – 70
  • Far away: Tele-photo 200mm 

Example: Sigma lenz

Focus

  1. Auto focus
  2. Set focus and main distance
  3. Handheld continuously
  4. high aperture

Polarizers

B+W HTC Kaesemann Circular Polarizer with muti-resistant coating $125

Lighting:

  1. sunrise and sunset one hours – golden time
  2. use sun as the backlight
  3. Weather: Snow or rain might be good for the slow motion

Editing: 

  • Adobe Pr
  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Audio is equally important
  • choose the right music

How to start this business? 

  1. invest yourself
  2. master your skills
  3. build a profolio
  4. market yourself
  5. build relationship
  6. add value first/ free to fee