January 15, 2014

Posted in camera vocab, coverage

ios 7 iMovie - Shooting Coverage

When you are using ios7 you have an easy ability to shoot coverage and make your scenes more dynamic by including a variety of shots. Coverage refers to the idea of covering the scene from different angles. In the previous version of iMovie this was possible, but it took more planning.  Now in ios 7 you can shoot on wide shot, or master, for each scene, then come back later and shoot the scene in medium or close up shots.  

This tutorial goes through the process of shooting a scene with coverage and using new features inside iMovie ios 7 to cut it together.

April 20, 2013

Posted in 16:9, 4:3, framing, iphone

4:3 vs 16:9 framing on the iPad/iPhone

This video demonstrates the important difference between 4:3 and 16:9 framing on the iPad and iPhone.  This confusion can often lead to extra background along each side of the clip.  Generally this means the scene was framed using the 4:3 framing, but filmed in 16:9 leading to extra background.  iPads and iPhones always film in 16:9 regardless of what is shown on screen. 

April 20, 2013

Posted in camera vocab, filming, ipad, iphone

Camera vocab in action

This video gives a quick overview of the some of the camera framing vocabulary that is helpful to use when shooting a Tabletop Movie.  A scene is filmed using various techniques, then I go back and explain shot by shot which ones were used and why.

April 20, 2013

Posted in camera vocab, ipad, iphone

Camera vocabulary

 A quick demonstration of the basic camera framing techniques used in Tabletop Moviemaking.

To watch a short video that shows all of these camera framing techniques used in a scene watch this (video).

April 20, 2013

Posted in camera movements, ipad

Camera movements for iPad

This is video that describes the simple camera movements that are possible with an iPad 2 and Tabletop Moviemaking.

March 28, 2013

Posted in filming, ipad, iphone

Shooting through a glass both empty and filled

Georges Méliès used an interesting technique "Trip to the Moon" by placing a fish tank in front of the lens. Here we do something similar.
March 28, 2013

Posted in filming, ipad, iphone

GEORGES MÉLIÈS Stop-Trick Technique

Georges Méliès created “A Trip to the Moon” in 1902. He used many innovative techniques to create special effects. One was called the stop-trick in which filming was paused an object was added (or removed) and the camera was started. This had the effect of the object magically appearing. Below is a simple example of this technique.