"A man who is left an unknown key to something in the house is left baffled. What the key goes to could be a colorful secret for James!"
The main reason I decided to do this video was because I was inspired by watching the following superhero shows and movies: Flash, Arrow, The Dark Knight, The Avengers, and X-Men. Although most of those videos use far more advanced technology than I do, I still decided to give it a go.
I learned a some key things from doing this video, and they were very essential moving ahead with future projects.
1. You can't always film everything yourself and expect to have an amazing film.
Since a lot of my videos consist of sitting in front of the camera talking I have to always be concerned about my shots being in focus. Also, it is not so easy to focus a huge image on a smaller dslr camera monitor. Wearing glasses can be a hassle and that is another thing that makes focusing a shot challenging while filming myself. Joy had to be my camera operator since the shot was so far away and I definitely couldn't see if the shot was clear especially since I wasn't wearing glasses or contacts while filming.
I told Joy multiple times "Since I can't see, I'm trusting your judgment" on both the audio and the video. The hardest part for me while filming was entrusting someone else with the responsibility to make sure I had good footage. This comes with the territory: assigning people a task, letting them learn their task while continuously practicing, and stepping back not being over their shoulder the entire time.
2. Take advantage of any given space.
I wanted to have a secluded dark space in order to film my brother and still be able to have a black background. The living room wasn't substantial enough, the kitchen had too much sunlight coming in to block out, and a bedroom was......yea, no bueno. Also, if you don't have the right lens to give you a shallow depth of field, this won't work as well.
I finally got to the garage and immediately knew it was the right space. It was ugly alone, but I knew I wasn't trying to film the entire garage for this scene; just one spot to focus on my subject. Fortunately, I was able to get my hands on a 50mm lens with the aperture at 2.8 and the ISO at 400. This allowed me to get the right light I needed without getting any of the background or over exposing my subject. While playing cinematographer, you must learn how to transform a potential space into what you see in your vision to obtain the most effective shot possible.
3. The right lighting equals the right shot.
Unfortunately, the end of my video wasn't all I hoped to be. The entire garage was supposed to be lit blue like a blue room lounge. Since I didn't have lights or gels that could give off of this effect, I had to settle for the shot to the right.
Some shots in the kitchen from the film were different because the sun was with us, and sometimes against us. It's important to control as much lighting as possible so all of your shots look/feel the same. Using the sun as your key light is not always good. Sometimes you're just going to have to rent a lighting kit and figure out the best position for lights. Next, position your subject in the best possible spot so the light hits them the way you vision.
At the end of my shoot I was a little burnt out from trying to do everything. I am still learning the art of using your help so you don't have to do everything. Otherwise, it was a great four hour shoot, and Joy did a great job acting and recording! '
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