A Brief Guide to Film Making Software
Ever since Al Jolson uttered the first words in a “talking movie”, the world has been positively obsessed with film making. Not only do people want to watch movies, they want to make their own. Over...
Ever since Al Jolson uttered the first words in a “talking movie”, the world has been positively obsessed with film making. Not only do people want to watch movies, they want to make their own. Over the years, home based film making made a slow, expensive progression from silent home videos to contemporary web cameras. Today, computer technology and internet speed have combined to place quality film making at the disposal of almost any person.
Depending on your goals, you may want to purchase one, or more different types of film making software. A great deal will depend on the amount of scripting involved, as well as how many visual and auditory things you want to accomplish in one video. For the most part, if you are mainly interested in filming a casual, or unscripted event, edit the lighting, and add some sounds, the utilities that come with Windows Vista have most everything you will need.
If you are more serious about film making, inevitably you will want a preset dialog, or script that people will act out. This script will also give a blueprint for how and where the actors move, as well as indicate when visual and auditory effects will occur. Today, there are a large number of film making software programs that will help you write the script. If you don't feel like spending money on softwares like Final Draft, Dramatica, or Truby's Block Buster, there are some freeware alternatives. These include Script Buddy, CeltX, Cinergy Script Editor.
While the plot and actors are crucial to a movie, film making is also about captivating the audience with other sights and sounds. Frequently, visual effects will be remembered by viewers for years. In fact, some movie producers have made their trademark in these types of effects. Who can forget ET bicycling across the moon, Luke Skywalker's glowing sword, and Willy (the orca) soaring through a ring of fire? While softwares like Maya may be well out of your price range, Adobe Elements, or Adobe Live may offer you just enough utilities to add that little extra sparkle to your film making endeavors.
As Al Jolson did so many years ago, pioneering people on You Tube and Facebook are braving the auditory aspects of film making. Not so long ago, midi synthesizers were the premier way to add sound to a website or video. Today, softwares like Sound Forge and Music Creator Studio are giving home based producers an unparalleled choice of sound effects and musical variations to work with.
Depending on your needs and interests, you may need software to help write the script, as well as streamline audio and visual effects. When it comes to entertainment, we never really know what is going to captivate the hearts and minds of the public. Although it may seem as probable as winning the lottery, the next big movie fad may just appear on a free website like You Tube, and be created by someone in their own home, and on their own computer. Irregardless of why you are interested in film making software, chances are you can create a movie that would not been technologically possible even a few years ago. And, with that technology, it is in the hands of every computer user to change the world.
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