I am compiling a manual for my film crew, actors, cameraman trainees, and helpers so that those who are interested in getting started making their own films in Home, whether for YouTube, Facebook, personal viewing, or for consideration for showing inside Home, will have some idea of what is involved. This is the first page of the first chapter.
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FILM MAKING IN HOME: THE BASICS
- THE STORY : has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Not just friends running in circles and dancing, but a story that engages the interest of the audience and makes them want to know what happens to those characters. Unless you have a story to tell, you don’t have a reason to make a video.
- THE LIMITATIONS: Duration: filming a STORY to be shown inside Home means your film should be no longer than 3 minutes in duration unless the story is so compelling that an audience will wait longer than usual for it to load on the screen. Music: It also means using music that can be shown legally, such as public domain music performed by a friend, ‘free’ music that can be downloaded from the internet with licensing agreement for use, or music for which you have paid the licensing fee for use. PG Rating: Remember that Home has children as young as 13 in there – and they will see your film. If you want it to be approved for showing inside Home, make sure you omit any references to alcohol use, smoking, drug use, or sexual acts. Ironically, you can put in all the violence you want!
- HOME LOCATIONS FOR SETS: Personal spaces, advantages: . A. you can use a Loot camera or a Juggernaut Observer in personal spaces and club rooms. B. there’s a wide variety of personal spaces to choose from, many of which can enhance the story content (i.e. filming a western in a ranch setting as an example). C. you avoid the problem of non-cast members interrupting or interfering. D. you can place as many ‘props’ for the story as the space can hold.
- HOME LOCATIONS FOR SETS: Personal spaces, disadvantages: A. Personal spaces have a limit of eleven guests; this fact gives personal club room spaces a distinct advantage if you have a large cast. B. You have to invite each participant to the set. Again, a personal club room has an advantage in that cast members can navigate there without needing an invitation.
- HOME LOCATIONS FOR SETS: Public spaces, advantages: A. There are dozens of interesting public spaces in Home that lend themselves well to storytelling. B. If you want a huge crowd scene, the public spaces in Home have a capacity of 64 as compared to club rooms with a limit of 32 and private spaces limited to 12.
- HOME LOCATIONS FOR SETS: Public spaces, disadvantages: A. You will need a screen capture system, such as the Hauppauge PVR, to film there because you cannot ‘place’ items in a public space. B. You are limited on props to hand held items. C. Other than changing the Gamma, you cannot brighten or dim the lighting D. Onlookers may try to interfere with your activity E. You, the camera operator, will have to appear in every shot unless you can disguise yourself (see Urban Camo for disguises) or hide behind something while filming.
- SCRIPT: Even ‘improv’ needs a script – a basic storyline – and a storyboard of the shots to be included in the final film. You also need this to control the length of the film and how much footage you will need in the final, edited version. There is a separate chapter coming on how to write a script and prepare a storyboard for making a film in Home.
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I wish people would understand that not only do videos need to be short, they need to capture attention within the first 10-20 seconds, or people will move on, especially me. When I see someone post a ten minute video here, I don't bother to click on it.