Subject: And shortcuts don't work.
Posted on: 2021-06-21 10:16:35 UTC

Like, you see all these adverts about "our phone camera is so good they shot the new Trek Wars: Wrath of Skywalker on it!" or whatever, and that may be true, but in the hands of someone who doesn't know exactly what they're doing, it's still... a phone camera. Check out this video, in which my completely static camera manages to spend most of the film wandering in and out of focus.

Lighting is another one that it's tempting to think 'pfft, my lightbulbs are bright, what's the problem?'. But, like... no. It doesn't work like that. This piece as Dafydd was well-lit, including both sunlight through light blinds and a fully illuminated room. But it looks dim and dark on camera.

Actually that's a really good piece to showcase problems. The static camera is incredibly boring. The microphone barely picks up my voice, and merrily captures background sounds too. And I've not dared rewatch it, but I'm guessing the minimal time put into script and rehearsals has taken a huge toll on the acting.

Static-keyframe animation (essentially turning the storyboard directly into an animatic) or maybe stop-motion (Lego?) is probably the only way a PPC film could reasonably get made. Even then, what you really need is the creator-director to have enough participants that they can say no - no, it doesn't matter how much you want to take part, your microphone isn't good enough. I don't think we've ever had an A/V project which has hit that level of involvement.

Ix, question if you're up to it: how many of the problems you discussed can be lessened by taking a "found footage" format? I feel like it would wipe out some of them but do nothing (or maybe exacerbate?) others, but IANAfilmstudent.


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