Movie Making Made Easy

When she’s not shooting behind the scenes for music videos, fashion spreads and clothing lines, Kimberly Kane explores her love of photography by turning her creative eye toward nature. While most of the world has made the transition to digital – to such an extent that mobile phones are taking over the image-making market – Kane, a traditionalist and confessed romanticist, remains loyal to film.

8mm Film to DVD Miami or film to digital transfer is a fairly candid technique. It’s done in a lab, with the film being transferred to a video tape using the Elmo film chain. This device is similar to what was used during the 1990s to show movies on television. What happens is that the old film is sent into a box loaded with mirrors and lenses. This projects the film to a video camera to be recorded and stored in a digital format.

A camcorder will capture every film frame, which is then transmitted to a computer and, using software, is processed for both sound enhancement and color corrections. The digital film is then put together into a high-definition, flicker free master that’s then changed into a digital video file to view anytime on computers or DVD players.

Another rule to consider is how long your shots should be. Watch TV and count how long their shots run. You’ll notice that the average 30-second commercial may have 20 different shots. Pretty much the same with MTV. Now watch situation comedies and cops and robber stories — maybe shots stay on 3 to 5 seconds. Follow up with slow running talk shows on PBS. Even there they switch the camera before 10 seconds have gone by.

But, there’s a problem. You get into the room that’s got the old films – you get one out, find the projector and set the whole thing up… only to find that it does not work! One of two things has happened – either the film has been damaged or the film projector no longer works!

Closely related to this is rule #3: avoid “hunting” with the camcorder. We’ve all seen shots where the camera is panning to the left surveying the scene only to change direction and pan back to the right again, then no, maybe what it is looking for is down, let’s zoom in for a second, darn it moved out of the shot, let’s follow it putting everything out of focus, well heck, we seem to be looking at a blank wall, and with a shake of the camera, it’s turned off finally, followed by a totally unrelated shot taken hours later.

The box set is full of extras, including an all new Interactive ‘Backlot Tour’ with in-depth featurettes on the Songs, the Stage Show and Movie, Film and Sound Restoration and the real Von Trapp family.

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