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The Process of Making the Best Selling Films

Throughout 2014 we were treated to a lot of high-tech colossal films. These films are not only supported by a mature storyline, cool acting, but also technological sophistication that makes us see things that are far beyond imagination.

For example, the Exodus movie, which has recently become the talk of many people. You are certainly curious how can the story in the time of Prophet Moses be returned again in the form of a film. Let’s look at some of the processes for making films that have become a mainstay throughout 2014.

1. The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, turns humans into cool chimpanzees

This film was one of the highlights of Hollywood films in 2014. Many critics praised this film because their storyline was intense and not only relying on technological sophistication like most Hollywood films. However, even so, the sophistication of this film technology is indeed a thumbs up.

If we look at a glance, maybe we will not believe that the chimpanzees in the film are actors. Their faces are plastered with devices that detect facial expressions so that when they are reflected into chimpanzees, the actor’s expression can be recorded well. The film also involves excellent graphic design to make a human world that looks “dying”.

2. Guardian of the Galaxy, a film full of strange creatures

The marvel comic lovers have certainly been waiting for the film’s arrival. Guardian of the Galaxy could be categorized as a compulsory film for geeks who like comics and science-fiction stories. The film, directed by James Gutt, became a hit that soon became a favorite movie.

This film tells about the inter-galaxy creatures collected in a group to prevent evil forces from dominating the universe. So it’s no wonder that this film creates unexpected locations, which are far from anything we see on earth. The character of the actors is carved in such a way as strange humans from planets other than Earth.

3. Noah, Rebuilding Noah’s Ark

This film had become a controversy at the beginning of its appearance because the theme it raised was very sensitive and related to several religions. But beyond the controversy, the seriousness of the filmmakers deserves a thumbs up. They use technology with very impressive details.

In this film we can witness the re-creation of the prophet Noah which according to the scriptures is very large. The making of this ark itself took 6 months. While floodwaters were made with a graphic computer design that was very astonishing. Likewise with the animals that went up to the ark of Noah.

4. The Raid, stunning martial arts action

We must be proud because Indonesian films, The Raid 2, have received tremendous appreciation from audiences around the world. The film also received a lot of praise from critics. Indeed, technologically, what is used in the production of this film is not as good as Hollywood films. But for the size of the action film, The Raid has the same quality as other Hollywood films.

However, it seems that due to the lack of technology, the film crew has become more creative. They even created a room that could be “folded” to make it easier to take pictures. The film also involves a number of collaborations with Japanese actors.

5. Exodus, how to make the sea recede

Just like the Noah film, this one film is also a controversy because of its connection with several religions. Technically, this film also has similarities with the film Noah which involves a lot of people being dragged by water. In this film a technique can be used to increase the number of followers of Moses. At the location, only a few hundred actors were present, but in the film we could see as if there were more than two thousand followers of musa.

The construction of this film set involved more than seven hundred crew members. Of course it’s not easy to make a colossal film with a very hot set like in this film.

From making the film above we can see how difficult it is at the same time challenging the process of making a film. Not only technological sophistication, but also the physical endurance of the crew tested in making films that can take months or even years.

Films with advanced technology will continue to emerge. Reportedly, 2015 will be filled with more astonishing films.

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10 Steps to Making a Short Movie

In making short films it is not difficult and expensive. Making simple short films only requires cassette costs and research costs. But the strongest thing before making a short film must have a story idea that can later develop and continue.

We must determine the focus of the story from our film. For example, during a birthday party. So, the focus of the story is a birthday party. Or when going to an entertainment place, focus on the story of the entertainment place, for example, A Day in the Fantasy World …

After we determine the focus of the story, just follow these steps
1. Early Research

We first find out about the background we want to make a film. If serious, this research should be very detailed, but if you want it simple, we can just browse the internet first or ask friends or people who have experienced it. We record the data that we got earlier as reference material.

2. Prepare Equipment

The equipment needed is any camcorder or video camera along with the battery and charger. Don’t forget to bring additional microphones and extension cables, tripods, and most importantly, blank tapes

3. Field Research

When we arrive at our destination, we have to do more research from the initial research that we have done at home. Match the data obtained during initial research with the conditions in the field.

The trick: can walk, chat, and hang out! Relax and try to be familiar with the environment that we will film.

4. Create a Storyline Rough

Determine who wants to be appointed as a character in the film. Usually, from the results of research in the field, we can get a more specific and interesting idea to be lifted from our initial ideas at home. For example, “The daily life of clowns in Dufan”. Then, make a rough storyline from the idea. For example, the tasks of the clown in Dufan and the places that must be visited by the clown.

5. Make a Synopsis

A short story about what kind of film we made. From the synopsis we can determine who we should interview, list questions for each interview, and list the images (footage) needed outside the interview.

6. Shooting or Shooting

From the results of research, we already know wherever and whenever the people we want to interview are located. There are several things that must be considered for shooting. The first, go and ask their permission to do an interview. Remember, never record interviews without permission! Unethical and can make them dislike.

Second, don’t forget to use additional microphones when conducting interviews, especially if we are in a crowd. Third, use a list of previously made questions as a reference, but don’t be too rigid, we may ask other things outside the list.

Fourth, make the interview atmosphere as relaxed as possible, ask as if we were chatting normally. Because, the existence of a video camera can make people nervous, jaim, and cannot answer honestly.

Fifth, use a tripod if the interview lasts long enough and is not done while moving. Sixth, complete all interviews from the list of people we have made. After that, record all the images that we have written in our footage list. If we still have time and spare cases, we may just record other additional images that might later be useful during the editing stage.

Seventh, after everything has been recorded. Check all the lists we have. Read our initial synopsis again. All is enough. Don’t forget something.

7. Create a Final Story Flow

Adjust the results of the notes with the results of the interviews that we have made. Are you still married? Should it be changed? Which direction should be developed?

This is very possible because the results of interviews can produce more data and may differ from what we have prepared before. No problem. Improve and create a new synopsis that can be compiled from the recordings that we have watched repeatedly.

After completion, the final synopsis can be a guide to start editing.

8. Editing Movies

Start capturing the recordings that we have previously selected into the computer using the editing program that we usually use. After that, compile our film based on the final synopsis that we have made before.

Enter the footage that we have recorded. Make the plot as attractive as possible, not too many interviews that can be boring. Ideally, the length of the film is 8-12 minutes.

9. Background Music or “Soundtrack”

Add the appropriate background music, don’t use people’s music at all! As much as possible make your own music or ask friends who are good at making music to make music

for this film.

10. Finally, color correction or “color correction”

Enter the opening title (choose a catchy title and can describe the whole film), add credit title, mix sound, wrap!