In this article, we shed some light on the dark art of cinematography, offering advice for beginners and answers to common questions. This resource is part of a series written by the team from Show Me Shorts Film Festival, who are keen to support your filmmaking journey. You can find more useful articles and advice on their website.
In this article, we offer you some tips and tricks to help make the pre-production planning for your short film go more smoothly. This resource is part of a series written by the team from Show Me Shorts Film Festival who are keen to support your filmmaking journey.
The script forms a blueprint for your film, so making sure you have a good story and screenplay is crucial. It forms the foundation and reference point for all the production decisions you’ll make along the path to creating your movie.
Animation is fascinating to me. You’re essentially tricking the brain into believing these are real, living, breathing characters with real emotions. You’re creating the illusion of life, which is why I was so drawn to it as a medium...
Think about key scenes and the mood you want the audience to feel and how you can convey this through lighting. Natural light is harder to change, so you need to adjust your camera settings to capture this well. Artificial lighting can be warm and welcoming (soft light, candles, fireplace) or harsh and striking (industrial lighting, neon, torches, spotlights).
(further interviews with Taika/Loren Taylor, Jemaine Clement, and Making of footage)
(further interviews with Taika and producer Emanual Michael, plus making of footage and backgrounder by James Rolleston)