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DSLR Filmmaking @ Reel Grrls

A primer to shooting films on DSLRs
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Sara Stogner

on 22 December 2012

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Transcript of DSLR Filmmaking @ Reel Grrls

Hd dslr a brief history dslrs v. camcorders What does DSLR mean? fIlmmaking D: Digital Sensor Lens Mirror Pentaprism Viewfinder Who's Using these Cameras? Why combine photo + video? "Reverie" by Vincent Laforet. The first short film shot
on a Dslr. Originally: a camera for "short web clips"

What it has become: a camera for full-feature movies and
everywhere in between ...In the past Photojournalists
Artists
Commercial Photogs
Nature Photogs
Sports/Action Photogs
Sears Portrait Studio Now... All of them +
Hollywood DPs
Indie Filmmakers
Commercial Filmmakers
Animators
Your uncle Jerry Pros cons Large sensor
Shallow Depth of Field
Low-light performance
Small size/weight and price
Lens Choice Ergonomics
Weight
Lack of stabilization
Recording time limit
Lack of pro "bells & whistles" Advanced manual controls
Weight/stabilization
Audio inputs/monitoring
Powered zoom/fine-tune focus Small sensor size
Compressed image quality
Limited lens/focal choice
High-end models large/clunky Screen Test Step 1:
Turn on/off +Set to movie mode *This applies to only some cameras. Other models just require hiting a video button near the LCD to enter movie mode. Using the Zoom H4n Includes both dual stereo mic & 2 XLR inputs for external mics (w/phantom power)
Monitor audio levels
Records to SD card Turn Auto Focus OFF Manual focusing will almost always be faster and more precise in video mode. The focusing technology has not caught up to the video capabilities. Punch 10x button for precise focus Use this button, instead of zooming in to set focus. Zooming in will affect your aperture, depth of field, and change the focus point. Use focus ring to fine tune Resources Vincent Laforet: http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/
No Film School: http://nofilmschool.com/
DSLR Video Shooter: http://dslrvideoshooter.com/
Learning DSLR Video: http://www.learningdslrvideo.com/
Vimeo Video School: http://tinyurl.com/24mvt5a
Chase Jarvis: http://tinyurl.com/3n5ua35 "60 Sec Portrait," of Reggie Watts by Chase Jarvis remember to set inputs here! 1. For stereo mics on top

2. For XLR inputs on bottom Your Ideas! Camcorders DSLRs Shutter Day 1 Get to know your Camera Day 2 Create beautiful images Day 3 Master sound+shooting Day 5 filmmaking+social media Camera settings Step 2:
Manual Focus Step 3:
Shutter Speed Shutter speed determines how long the sensor is exposed to light
For film, use either 1/50 or 1/60 second for a natural motion blur. 1/500 1/60 1/30 Step 4:
Aperture Aperture determines the physical size of shutter opening.
Large aperture (f/2.8) lets more light in than a small aperture (f/16).
Larger aperture = less depth of field Canon Rebel Canon 60D Step 5:
ISO ISO will determine how sensitve the sensor is to light
Values range from ISO 100 to 6400
For video: use multiples of 160 for best results.
Ex: 160, 320, 640 = less noise Great for outdoors & sunny Use on an overcast day Dim indoor settings Low-light/concerts Avoid this range the 6-word memoir 3-point lighting Video portrait https://vimeo.com/33672808 The Gear The Technique The Assignment Using the Zoom H1 DSLR v. Zoom Audio "Roll Camera" "Rolling" "Roll Sound" "Rolling" Clap in front of camera Record your 6-word memoir! S: Single L: Lens R: Reflex Defining Social Media Tips for filmmakers
on Social Media 1. Be a person 2. Join a conversation 3. Know your audience/what platform they are using 4. Showcase new work
(show how you made it.) 5. Harness the power of crowd sourcing platforms Protecting Yourself Online 1. Always check your privacy settings 2. Commenting: To moderate? To block? 3. Report cyber bullying Publishing Your Film! Step 1: Create a YouTube account. Upload your film. Step 3: Get the word out!
Facebook, pin, tweet about your film! Step 2: Write a 100-word blog post & embed your film. OR
Use Mozilla Popcorn to create an interactive web page.
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