Free filmmaking book - Making Better Movies with Moviestorm, Vol 3
Our series of books on using Moviestorm to practice filmmaking techniques gets its newest addition today with this third volume on sound and lighting. As we’re fond of saying at Moviestorm, film is an audio-visual medium. It’s easy to focus all your attention and effort on what the actors are doing and how you’re filming what’s happening on the set, but that’s just half of what you need to do. Two hallmarks of quality films are good sound and good lighting. Often, they go completely unnoticed and unremarked. By contrast, you can usually tell an amateurish film by its poor quality sound and lighting - everything looks like it was shot with a cheap video camera and sound was added as an after-thought, if at all.
This book, like the previous two in the series, contains several practical exercises to help you develop useful skills. They include working with ambient sounds and music, and lighting techniques such as filming silhouettes and shadows. Each exercise is presented in a simple workbook format to encourage you to film scenes in several different ways to compare the effect of each technique and see how each element affects both the individual shots and the overall story.
These exercises aren’t in any way specific to making movies with Moviestorm. These are standard techniques that apply to all forms of film. You can take what you’ve learned to any other film-making medium - full CG animation, live action, or whatever. It’s about learning skills, not about learning to use specific tools or media. The main advantage of using Moviestorm as a training tool is that you can practice whenever it’s convenient for you, and you don’t need to assemble a cast and crew each time. And if you’re not happy with what you’ve done, you can easily go back and do it again and again until you’re satisfied – reshoots are cheap and easy!
“A very fine job on sound and lighting. Kudos to you for the whole project.”
Ricky Grove, machinimator
“Learning how to make films to tell stories is not about theory. It’s about practice. If you want to get good at telling stories with films, there is absolutely no substitute for putting in the hours.”
Phil South, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Volumes 1 -3 are available now, as a free PDF download directly from Moviestorm. Please feel free to pass them on to other filmmakers, and let us know what you think!