Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Dragon Age: Redemption - Josmael (Episode 3)

LARPfest 2011 continues and it is a doozy, folks! Thrill to amateur mixed martial artists as they carefully telegraph their attacks! Chortle with delight at the somewhat excessive banter. Marvel at the "special" effects!

Prepare yourself, friends, for the wonder and spectacle of Episode 3: Josmael!



So... was it me or did they stroll through a field of marijuana at one point?

Anyway, after years of watching different movies and TV shows and things like this on the web, I've figured out that there's one thing that will always and unerringly tip you off right away as to the level of quality of the thing you are about to watch. What's that one thing, you ask?

Lighting.

Here's a hint for all you DIY filmmaking mother fuckers out there working on your little indy movies and webisodes and most likely ridiculously cliched and completely unnecessary horror flicks and what not, but if you light your production like they do in this series or like on old sci-fi TV shows or any number of low budget, straight-to-DVD films, then you are making a low quality product. This is maybe the one thing that will always trump story and acting and directing right at the start.

Meaning: it doesn't matter how good you are at everything else, if your movie looks like it was shot on a camcorder in a friend's backyard, even if it's a really nice camcorder in a really nice backyard, then well, sorry, but you suck.

I know it's expensive, but really, folks, the old adage is true: You get what you pay for. Know what I mean? Because after watching tons of these things, let me assure you, professional grade Lighting is worth every penny. Every penny. Take my word for it as a quasi-professional connoisseur. Your first step should be to write a good script, but your second one should be Lighting. Then you need a good camera, of course... but I digress. Honestly, I think good lighting is that one bit of unheralded professionalism that will instantly move your film from something that is automatically considered to be pedestrian to something that might be considered worthwhile, depending upon your talent level, of course. That's on you. But hey, at least with good lighting you can showcase your ability on a stage it deserves and sink or swim based on your own merit, instead of being discarded for looking like crap right out of the gate.

Just a friendly tip from me to you, kids.

Well, so anyway, that was fun. Hey, how about some good fan-art, you know, just to clear your palette? Check out this awesome fan-made poster for Drive.


Fantastic. That's some sweet fan-art, folks.

Later,
Jon

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