CIU111 Blog#1 Get Rich or Die Trying

Well after reading the second-week lecture we are told to write a blog on how do I earn money while polishing and improving my artistic work. For that, I used the following tactics and explored the certain areas in the industry that proved fruitful for me to earning money.

– Employee
– Day Job & Internships
– Freemium
– Freelance
– Owning a studio

Working as an Employee
I started off getting an internship job right after I did my course in Graphic Design at a multinational media agency that dealt with Digital Fashion Magazine. Due to my eagerness to learn and providing quality work the agency hired me and I developed an interest for Video Editing as I worked on a few Cover Videos for them. This helped me earn money which wasn’t much but also helped me but to learn and make connections.

When I was confident enough with my skills and thought I could progress more in the field of post production. I decided to work for Production Houses where although working on a fairly minimum wage as compared to my graphic design job but managed to learn a lot from seniors and make connections that proved helpful when I started doing freelance.

Freemium
As I worked daytime, on my free time I started working on audio production and from the money I earn in the morning I invested it in a studio and being a musician I set up a facebook page and also a soundcloud. I managed to get a team and started to learn mixing and mastering in Audio and also making music videos that helped me grow my portfolio and experiment in post production.
At start it did not helped me earn money as I published my music for free in the hopes to get client work or paid gigs which happened eventually as our fanbase grew. This helped us getting clients who heard our tracks and wanted us to record their song in our studio or to make music video which helped me get money to invest more in to my studio.
Also because of gaining popularity we got paid concerts and gigs which helped as an extra income.

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Freelancer
Once I had gain enough knowledge and wanted to earn more money and had enough connections I set up an account on upwork and freelancer. Also had some clients who needed consultancy and started getting me work.
Because I knew about the market I decided to charge the clients lesser then what was expected to build trust and a potential lead. As a freelancer what really helped me was the past experience in the industry so when I was bought with work like 3d animation or logo design fields I had lesser experience with I still cashed in on the opportunity and because of my connections I asked my previous colleagues to work on those projects on their freetime and each project I got them I had a 25% commission. During this time I developed a trusted team to work with.

Owning a Studio
With all my previous experience and connection now I have decided to make my own production house with trusted clients and also a team which will help me achieve my dream and also help me earn a lot of cash. 🙂

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Work outside university in Studio 1

Well, this trimester was full on for me with assignments short film and sound project but I did manage to do some work outside of the university. Last tri I had a lot of freelance projects and videos and graphic design work that I did which affected my studies and I could not afford that for which reason this tri I just worked on two things outside University. One is the a logo designed for an App and currently working on their logo video and also there promotional video.

Due to copy right issues I can post the logo here but will be sending it through to our lecturer via personal email as proof of evidence. With a letter made by the office that I am working on this project.

P.s as I am a musician I was not doing music for almost a year but with all these new things that I learnt this tri and the motivation I got from my lecturer I have decided to get back in music for which I have decided to release my new track on the 6th of may the teaser is already released and got an overwhelming response of over 4000 plays in one week I also did an interview about it with Muznet a famous blogger for underground music in India and Pakistan which includes the teaser. Link is below

Interview with Muznet

Also the full video will be uploaded tomorrow but will upload another version of youtube privately as the work submission is on sunday which will be sent to the lecturer via email

 

 

Blog#13 How Studio 1 made me love Blogs

Well here we are on to the last week of our Studio 1, As you must be aware that on the start of this venture I mentioned how I hate to write blog reason being that I am the type of person who can express my ideas through pictures rather than words.

But this trimester have been an eye opener for me in various aspects of the industry it changed how I look at production, D.o.P, Direction and overall making me a better filmmaker but the biggest change I found in myself was that I dont hate writing blogs anymore. Yes it came as a shock to me as well when I started to look forward to write blogs.

Reason, why it happened, is simple when I saw very established filmmakers and VFX artist reflecting on their work and helping other by their experience and promoting there work through the medium of blogs helped me realize it’s not just about the practical work sometimes you need to keep a journal in the form of blogs which help your followers learn and to help them see the backstory behind your product.

Another thing I really liked about this assignment was the encouragement our teacher gave us as I could not understand the assignment at first and started writing film reviews which I loved personally to write and I might start regular blogging on film reviews as I got a very good feedback from people about my critical analysis but when I found out that I was doing the assignment wrong I got really upset thinking that all that work would count to nothing because I could not understand the assignment but Heidi supported my work and told us its all about the effort and making the students to come and express more through blogging this motivation and encouragement really helped me and made me want to do more which I tried to do through my recent blogs.

 

At the end I would just like to say that I would keep on continuing to write the blogs and better my skills at writing and come up with regular reviews and posts about the new things I learnt.

Blog# 12 Practical VFX in Christopher Nolan’s films

Today I will reflect the blog written about VFX in Nolan’s films by   in this article they had VFX Artist Mark Weingartner who have worked on films like The Dark Knight and Dunkirk for Christopher Nolan.

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He explain how VFX is not only about flares and explosions and unreal effects but the true beauty of VFX can be shown through subtle and hard to identify effects.

“There’s an interesting issue of philosophy in VFX, which is constantly evolving. In the case of the pictures Mr. Nolan is making, he really doesn’t want flash visual effects, the VFX aren’t supposed to draw your attention to how cool they are. It’s all in service of the story and wherever we can do something practically we will.”  Mark Weingartner

Since working as an experienced VFX artist in one of the most sophisticated Post films like inception, Matrix, Batman The Dark Knight Mark has clearly got the right way of dealing with the VFX as the new age VFX artist try to make there work look prominent and visible for the viewers, Mark believes that if you do your work correctly it would be very hard to tell which shots are treated with VFX and which are not its like you cant tell if they were there.

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As you can see in this film of Jackie Chan the whole shot is treated so well in Post its almost impossible to tell that the background is infact greenscreen,  The integration of images should be subtle that you cant tell if there was an effect involved this is possible when Post artist work along side the production department and merge the Practical VFX with CGI for this he tells us how its good to be on the set and gather up images and get as much resources and assets you can gather on the day of the shoot to make your VFX as subtle and smooth as possible.

“In the case of pictures Mr.Nolan’s making, He  really doesn’t want flash  visual effects, the visual effects aren’t supposed to draw your attention how cool  they are its all in the service of the story.” Mark Weingartner

So Mark Weingartner in his interview tell and infact teaches the new age of VFX artist how its not important to show off your skills as a VFX if the story is not being driven but infact using the least amount of VFX that you can to achieve your result and making it feel original and believable.

Below is the full interview.

 

Blog #11 Using Audio Swells for transitions

Hello there almost near the end of the trimester but that doesnt mean the blogging will stop today I am going to reflect a very interesting blog I cam across with on RocketStock its about Audio Swell, now you must be thinking what is Audio Swell may be you already know about it or may be you dont. Either way this blog will help you know more about it and how effectively you can use it as a transition from one scene to another.

For us to understand how to use Audio swells we need to know what they are, The audio swells are basically an sfx that gradually amp up to cut to a scene most commonly we can use swell through music, foley or sound effects.

We have seen transitions used on audio which are basically dip to black, cross dissolves etc similar to that we got audio transition now in this blog they talked about how with simple techniques we can make a transition be much more dramatic and seamless.
First step to have any sfx is to have the right sound now if you  are not sure which sound to get or you dont have a great foley to work with the best way is to get it online and there are plenty of sites for it but I usually go for Premiumbeat as they are cheap and have a clean crips sound

 

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Now once you have your sound selected kindly look in to the tutorial by Zach Ramelan on how to use the swell and swoosh sound. Link below

 

Now that you are aware of what swell sounds are and how to effectively use them in your edits let me give you a brief detail about why it is important to use them.

Firstly it engages the audience to anticipate subconscious of  a change in scene, secondly we can use it as a way to remove any pop sounds or any abrupt dialogues or change in environmental sound as it acts as a bridge. Most importantly it sets up a mood for the viewer and if done correctly can make your scene transitions more appealing.

One thing you learn in editing is rather than using dissolves and dip to blacks you are suppose to use the techniques like shot cuts, and audio transitions because that can make your film have a more diegetic  effect.

Hope this blog helps in regards to the audio transitions the original link to the blog is mentioned below.

https://www.rocketstock.com/blog/using-audio-swells-premiere-pro/

Blog #10 How to set color temprature

When it comes to color temperature it seems easy and sounds like its something that can be determines without any trouble but most of the time we ignore its importance which can cause serious damage to a well shot footage.

In this blog my blogger reflected ways to easily set color temperature first and foremost thing is DONT USE THE AUTO WHITE BALANCE UNLESS YOU’RE A NOOB, I have heard this way to many times by our teachers that its been engraved in the back of my head.

So how can we set a good color temperature first would be to memorise the Color Temperature Chart if you find it hard then just keep a copy with you before each shoot so that you do not go in to the color range that might ruin everything.
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For a good set of color you should know the range you want to shoot your film and what tone you are going for.

Secondly use a light meter, Most of the camera come with a built in meter but if you want to go for a professional video and minimising any sort of error when it comes to light the Fstop the shadows or the highlights a light meter is your best friend.

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With a simple push of a button it can determine how your scene is lit how much the F.Stop value should be for a shallow depth of field if you are using green screen is your light even and to determine that your shadows arent under exposed and high lights arent being over exposed.

There are different type of models, some are even compatible with your mobile phones and the best way to use them are either by having them near your eye or your nose as those are the area that reflects the light the most and make sure the white ball is towards the camera on the light meter.

But what if you ended up shooting the footage with the wrong white balance that makes your footage look like it was either shot in the sahara desert due to its orange tinge or cooler than the Mount Everest tones. Well then there is always post to fix it although Its not preferable as when it comes to color its always the best option to get it shot perfectly in production phase but it still can be fixed in post.

For this you need to identify if you  have white balance issues this can be done easily if you have a reference in your footage like a white material once you hover your mouse on it in premiere the RGB all should have the same value in percentage if they vary on the white reference material then your white balance is not right.

So if you’re footage is not properly balanced you need to look in to the waveform and identify which one of the color in the RGB is not evenly distributed by looking at color wheel and the margins.

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Once you identify it you go to color correction in effects and tweak with the color wheel by picking the whitest object in the scene and color pick it which will shift the color of the footage to a more neutral look.

Once thats done tweak the wheel color by offsetting the wheel color till you get something you like. You can also change the luminescence setting in this effect panel to make sure the footage is visible.

But if you’re still unsatisfied you can always go for 3 way color corrector which give you more control over the highlights and the shadows.  A very useful tutorial I found on the blog article is the one shared below which goes in depth on fixing your white balance in post.

I am also going to use this for our short film and in my coming blogs will show how I fixed up some of the shots that were not balanced properly when it came to lighting.

Hope this helps.

Blog#09 News about Editing that you might have missed Part 2

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Alright so the wait is over, I had to do some research and go in depth with the 5th feature in the editing world that is becoming more and more dominant in the film industry. From “fixing it in the post” to actually “making it in the post” compositing has played a vital role.

But it has its downside too the more we are getting involved with CGI and VFX the old school filmmakers and lovers have some what mixed filling about the new era of post work films. The reason for this is that not all but many of the vfx is just to obvious which makes it a bad experience for the viewer. So today I will be reflecting on my bloggers post in depth regarding the art of invisible composoting for that I would like you to watch this video first and see  how many of composited shot can be identified.

 

 

Well if you are a lover of post work you would have loved how Roy Peker and other beautifully used the skills of composoting rotoscoping matting to bring you something so subtle. Well the reason why we get so much negative feed back about VFX is because it is so manifested. As Freddie Wong said “The reason why we think CGI is bad is because we only see bad CGI.” by that he meant that we have been using CGI for decades now and with time we are getting better but excessive use of anything can be bad as the use of vfx become too obvious can cause disbelief which can cause the viewer to be distracted from the story.

 

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Most often a bad cgi experience can ruin the whole story and effort because as a viewer you are bound to expect good things from a big budget production and if you slack off you might risk all the previous good work go to shit creek as people remember more about the bad work then the good work. Like you might and might not remember the countless time the walking dead show use great work of compositing and cgi but one thing you will never forget is the badly made cgi deer or the extremely basic cardboard cut out back drop in the junkyard scene behind Rick or the time when Marvel used  the awful looking claws on wolverine origin. Yes we noticed that and we wont forget it.

Well with that being said as a Post student I ask this to a lot of people myeslf that does vfx really ruins the movies well I get a mixed response but then I got examples of films like Avatar, Matrix, Lord of the rings the great gatsby and many more where most of the people are left awestruck and even ask me where do you thing they would’ve filmed this and when I say its CGI they find it hard to believe until I show them the breakdown of the films.

One great example of good CGI that I came across was the one used in the video essay made by  RocketJump Film School. Where they used the example of films like Mad Max Fury Road to strengthen their argument about good CGI but as many must have said that the Director made use of practical props they seem to ignore the fact that a lot of work still happened in CGI which made it such a great film as they merged both post work and production design and practical shooting elements to give us such a great  visual experience. So although its said to be a film based on practical shooting rather then CGI but if you look at the breakdowns behind the scenes and the interviews you will see alot of work and time was put in making these shots in post and making it look believable with that being said please have a look at the video essay which will be a feast for the eye and an eye opener if you are skeptical towards CGI.

 

Research and Reference
https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/the-art-of-composing-in-vfx/

https://www.rocketstock.com/blog/video-editing-news-may-missed/