After shooting my first official video, I feel like giving up
Posted 23 January 2014 - 01:10 PM
Posted 23 January 2014 - 01:16 PM
a) you're going to get dinged on not having your real name up there
b ) keep working at it.
Figure out what issues you were having (say, white balance) and read more about how to fix it. Learn what lights have certain color temperatures associated with them. Learn what those look like to the naked eye and you can start identifying the differences. I shoot mainly two white balances, 3200 and 5600. I know what lights are each and then if I have mixed lights, gel what I need to correct to the color I want.
As far as shadows and lighting... learn what affects shadow quality. It was a hard shadow? Learn what makes hard shadows. Need it softer? Learn what makes for a softer shadow and adjust accordingly.
It'll come. You just need to keep doing. Read up, and then practice, practice, practice, practice.
How long before you become a pro though? Depends on how you define it. I've gotten paid for gigs before when I wouldn't consider myself a pro, but, I got paid for it, so, that's part of a definition of professional.
Don't look at it as being a pro, look to be proud of your work.
Mainly, identify what problems you had on set, and then work to correct those. Always learn from that last shoot. Because there will be many more.
Edited by Travis Gray, 23 January 2014 - 01:17 PM.
Posted 23 January 2014 - 01:39 PM
I haven't ever been on a film where things didn't go wrong or not work out as planned. The primary difference I think is that now a days I'm much quicker at finding solutions. But one cannot expect to know how to do something from just the abstraction of reading. Books work either in very general or in very specific terms-- neither of which will be what you're hitting on exactly.
Keep shooting, keep learning, and try not to make the same mistake twice .
Also yes, you need to use your real name here. It should be changable under your settings in the upper right hand corner of the page
Posted 23 January 2014 - 01:46 PM
I need more advice from everybody, it will be highly appreciated.
As regards my name, I have tried to change it but I can't find where to change it on my profile. Can Admin change it for me
Posted 23 January 2014 - 01:46 PM
A camera is just a tool or an instrument. Buying a really good guitar doesn't mean it'll produce better music than a cheapo one. Heck, some people even shoot on
Much like being a good guitar player, the secret is practice. Theory is abstract until you've done it a lot. It makes way more sense later than it does now.
Auto white balance can be fine, as long as you have a target to set it by.
And always view it like you can still learn more. No one ever knows everything. Every mistake is also a learning experience. EVERYONE makes mistakes. Last shoot I did, we did a crazy complicated dolly shot, and I never noticed the Director was standing in the frame. At least not until the film came back from the lab. We were able to cut around it, but I did have a sheepish moment. I won't make that mistake again.
"Oh, look here, breach hull, all die. Even had it underlined." - Crow T. Robot
Posted 23 January 2014 - 04:16 PM
The first roll of Super 8 film I shot was completely ruined because I had the f-scale reversed. Give it time and keep shooting. Mistakes are the beginning of knowledge.
Edited by Bill DiPietra, 23 January 2014 - 04:17 PM.
Posted 24 January 2014 - 05:36 AM
It sounds as if when you finally got the kit the stakes were a bit too high.
Wind down a bit. Get yourself a cheap second- hand DSLR that shoots video and practice. You can study light and shadow with an anglepoise lamp and a mannequin head, or even a football at a pinch.
A teacher wouldn't hurt either.
Edited by Mark Dunn, 24 January 2014 - 05:37 AM.
Posted 26 January 2014 - 04:34 PM
My first advice is breathe. It sounds like the pressure got to you first thing. If you know it, you know it. Also keep shooting. You know it in theory, now it's time to know it in practice. Everyone screws up everything at least once, it's not the end of the world.
Edited by Darrell Ayer, 26 January 2014 - 04:35 PM.
Posted 26 January 2014 - 04:38 PM
I'll give the same advice that I gave to a friend of mine last year: this is simple, but not easy. All you have to do is go and shoot two hundred short films. By that point you'll know what you're doing.
But doing that ain't easy.
Posted 26 January 2014 - 08:11 PM
There are countless lighting tutorials on youtube. Where you can watch people light and see the results of what they're doing. It's kind of amazing these days to fail at anything since almost all of the knowledge you need to do just about anything is on youtube in some kind of tutorial. The better ones might require a subscription but I'd start there. Cause watching someone do it whether online or in person is just way easier to grasp than reading it in a book.
The only thing that can't be taught is style. Why you make the lighting choices you make and why you choose this lens or that, camera placement etc. Those are decisions that a director may at some point leave up to you and thats where you'll have to make artistic choices. But the nut and bolts of the craft should be second nature before you get to that point.
Posted 28 January 2014 - 01:04 PM
Experience is a briefcase full of mistakes, and you're at an age where you're supposed to make them. Back when everyone did their first films on 16mm Bolex camera, a good quarter of the class would load the film backwards. I shot a mostly beautiful short film that is almost unwatchable due to the sound cables going into the wrong inputs. To paraphrase Norman Mailer, you have to get all the bad work out of the way before you can move on to doing the good work. That said, you have a camera, and looking through the viewfinder is the best way to see if your ideas are working or not. If you look at something and it looks wrong, change it. Answer the bell. The ease with which a professional fixes problems, or avoids them, only comes with practice and hard, often mortifying experience.
More practically, the DP is in charge of the camera, electric and grip Depts. Spend a little time in each.
Posted 28 January 2014 - 01:26 PM