Comments for Follow My Film http://followmyfilm.com Fri, 07 Jan 2011 20:47:47 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.com/ Comment on Aspect Ratio by Tyler http://followmyfilm.com/2010/03/02/directing-aspect-ratio/#comment-772 Tyler Fri, 07 Jan 2011 20:47:47 +0000 http://followmyfilm.com/?p=793#comment-772 Exactly! I'm afraid It will be a death match between my inner producer and inner artist... the producer never wins... I guess that's why a lot of artist are starving. =0) Much more film study ahead, I need to do a test the same scene shot in both ways and judge after the fact. Be well, Tyler- Exactly!

I’m afraid It will be a death match between my inner producer and inner artist… the producer never wins… I guess that’s why a lot of artist are starving. =0)

Much more film study ahead, I need to do a test the same scene shot in both ways and judge after the fact.

Be well,
Tyler-

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Comment on Aspect Ratio by Christopher http://followmyfilm.com/2010/03/02/directing-aspect-ratio/#comment-771 Christopher Fri, 07 Jan 2011 19:37:23 +0000 http://followmyfilm.com/?p=793#comment-771 Hey, Tyler. Thanks for sharing. It's good to hear that you're carefully considering aspect ratio rather than defaulting to tradition, technology or cliche. You definitely are thinking like a producer, so now I think you ought to think like a director! It sounds like "Producer Tyler" votes for 1.78; however, what does the director want to do? In other words, as I argue in my aspect ratio post, what ratio will best serve your content and vision? Honestly, it sounds like you're at a similar stage in your career as myself, so I think you need to doggedly make the film YOU want to make, not want the potential audience wants to see on the big screen or their TV. Peace and nice to meet you. Definitely keep me up-to-date with your progress! Christopher Hey, Tyler. Thanks for sharing. It’s good to hear that you’re carefully considering aspect ratio rather than defaulting to tradition, technology or cliche.

You definitely are thinking like a producer, so now I think you ought to think like a director! It sounds like “Producer Tyler” votes for 1.78; however, what does the director want to do? In other words, as I argue in my aspect ratio post, what ratio will best serve your content and vision?

Honestly, it sounds like you’re at a similar stage in your career as myself, so I think you need to doggedly make the film YOU want to make, not want the potential audience wants to see on the big screen or their TV.

Peace and nice to meet you. Definitely keep me up-to-date with your progress!
Christopher

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Comment on Aspect Ratio by Tyler http://followmyfilm.com/2010/03/02/directing-aspect-ratio/#comment-770 Tyler Fri, 07 Jan 2011 16:26:28 +0000 http://followmyfilm.com/?p=793#comment-770 Hey Christopher! So glad I found your site, I'm currently in postproduction of my first feature film and I'm also fighting the aspect ratio battle. My original footage (from camera) will be HD 1.78:1 or 16x9. Most indy filmmakers are shooting at this ratio now with the speed and acceptance of HD and affordability of HD cameras. Also almost ALL of my family and friends (besides a couple older house holds) have moved to HD 16x9 television sets. The current argument I have with myself and other friend filmmakers is cropping the original 1.78:1 to the cinematic 2.35:1 or 1.85:1. Now I totally agree that the wider format is more natural to the way we see things and it definitely adds to the cinematic "feel" of a film... because thats what we see on the silver screen. So here are the two questions I'm asking myself- Who will be watching my film, and where will they be watching it? For me, the target demographic of my film will probably people from the 18 to 40 age range. And they will most definitely be watching it either at home or possibly online. I will have ONE theatrical screening of the film at the premier but a theatrical release is very unlikely, if I'm being brutally honest with myself. So, this huge wave of new digital indy filmmakers are very much attached to the ultrawide 2.35.1 and I admit, I am too. BUT, when you crop your 16x9 footage and view that aspect ratio on a HD TV, you get the obvious crop marks on top and bottom. This has become the accepted format with film makers, but NOT with the general public. My wife says she "hates" when it's not full screen and it has the "black bars" on top and bottom. I've asked several family members and friends this and they agree. And it's because 2.35:1 or 1.85:1 is for theatrical release, meant to be played on a wider screen. Hollywood makes its millions in the box office on the big screen, not on DVD or Blue-ray sells. So naturally they format their films to the BIG screen. I know it's much harder to artistically fill and use a frame that I can't alter, BUT until I'm shooting films for the big screen or the current 16x9 television format changes, I have to think of my audience. So far, I'm thinking 1.78:1 (16x9) would be my rational choice. Even if the big screen is calling out to me... and if it will cramp my shooting style. One final bit before I shut up, in the end - it doesn't matter HOW people see it, if the story isn't worth telling in the first place. Story first, production last. Thanks for the post, hope I didn't rant too much! Break a leg! Tyler Roberds Hey Christopher!
So glad I found your site, I’m currently in postproduction of my first feature film and I’m also fighting the aspect ratio battle.
My original footage (from camera) will be HD 1.78:1 or 16×9. Most indy filmmakers are shooting at this ratio now with the speed and acceptance of HD and affordability of HD cameras. Also almost ALL of my family and friends (besides a couple older house holds) have moved to HD 16×9 television sets.
The current argument I have with myself and other friend filmmakers is cropping the original 1.78:1 to the cinematic 2.35:1 or 1.85:1.
Now I totally agree that the wider format is more natural to the way we see things and it definitely adds to the cinematic “feel” of a film… because thats what we see on the silver screen.

So here are the two questions I’m asking myself-
Who will be watching my film, and where will they be watching it?

For me, the target demographic of my film will probably people from the 18 to 40 age range. And they will most definitely be watching it either at home or possibly online. I will have ONE theatrical screening of the film at the premier but a theatrical release is very unlikely, if I’m being brutally honest with myself.

So, this huge wave of new digital indy filmmakers are very much attached to the ultrawide 2.35.1 and I admit, I am too. BUT, when you crop your 16×9 footage and view that aspect ratio on a HD TV, you get the obvious crop marks on top and bottom. This has become the accepted format with film makers, but NOT with the general public. My wife says she “hates” when it’s not full screen and it has the “black bars” on top and bottom. I’ve asked several family members and friends this and they agree. And it’s because 2.35:1 or 1.85:1 is for theatrical release, meant to be played on a wider screen. Hollywood makes its millions in the box office on the big screen, not on DVD or Blue-ray sells. So naturally they format their films to the BIG screen.

I know it’s much harder to artistically fill and use a frame that I can’t alter, BUT until I’m shooting films for the big screen or the current 16×9 television format changes, I have to think of my audience.

So far, I’m thinking 1.78:1 (16×9) would be my rational choice. Even if the big screen is calling out to me… and if it will cramp my shooting style.

One final bit before I shut up, in the end – it doesn’t matter HOW people see it, if the story isn’t worth telling in the first place. Story first, production last.

Thanks for the post, hope I didn’t rant too much!
Break a leg!
Tyler Roberds

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Comment on Girlfriend 19 Editing Underway! by Christopher http://followmyfilm.com/2010/12/14/girlfriend-19-editing-underway/#comment-722 Christopher Thu, 23 Dec 2010 18:49:32 +0000 http://followmyfilm.com/?p=2181#comment-722 Thank you for the comment, Sajib! I agree with you, relational dramas are not always the best movies to watch because they come too close to home at times! I sure hope you'll enjoy my film when the time comes! Thank you for the comment, Sajib! I agree with you, relational dramas are not always the best movies to watch because they come too close to home at times!

I sure hope you’ll enjoy my film when the time comes!

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Comment on Girlfriend 19 Editing Underway! by Sajib http://followmyfilm.com/2010/12/14/girlfriend-19-editing-underway/#comment-721 Sajib Thu, 23 Dec 2010 13:35:04 +0000 http://followmyfilm.com/?p=2181#comment-721 I don't really like romantic movies, especially with such a plot with ex coming back. It's probably because I still love someone madly although it's over quite a long ago. It gives me a lot of pain. Still, I will watch Girlfriend 19 just because I found you on the web , reading you and commenting here. Good luck! Hope you'll come up with something rocking! :) I don’t really like romantic movies, especially with such a plot with ex coming back. It’s probably because I still love someone madly although it’s over quite a long ago. It gives me a lot of pain.

Still, I will watch Girlfriend 19 just because I found you on the web , reading you and commenting here. Good luck! Hope you’ll come up with something rocking! :)

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Comment on My First Year Coming to a Close by Christopher http://followmyfilm.com/2010/12/21/my-first-year-coming-to-a-close/#comment-719 Christopher Tue, 21 Dec 2010 20:02:25 +0000 http://followmyfilm.com/?p=2212#comment-719 Thanks, as always, Rae! And happy vacay to you too! :) Thanks, as always, Rae! And happy vacay to you too! :)

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Comment on My First Year Coming to a Close by Rae http://followmyfilm.com/2010/12/21/my-first-year-coming-to-a-close/#comment-718 Rae Tue, 21 Dec 2010 19:40:42 +0000 http://followmyfilm.com/?p=2212#comment-718 It has been a true pleasure to read & watch the movie unfold. So excited for the final product. Have a great vacay, u deserve it CJ! Happiest Holidays! It has been a true pleasure to read & watch the movie unfold. So excited for the final product. Have a great vacay, u deserve it CJ! Happiest Holidays!

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Comment on The Gift Every Filmmaker Needs by My First Year Coming to a Close « Follow My Film http://followmyfilm.com/2010/10/19/the-gift-every-filmmaker-needs/#comment-717 My First Year Coming to a Close « Follow My Film Tue, 21 Dec 2010 09:02:23 +0000 http://followmyfilm.com/?p=1750#comment-717 [...] also wrote about the free gift all filmmakers need, but rarely receive: encouragement.  Although encouragement is an invaluable fuel filmmakers need to keep going, I rarely hear it [...] [...] also wrote about the free gift all filmmakers need, but rarely receive: encouragement.  Although encouragement is an invaluable fuel filmmakers need to keep going, I rarely hear it [...]

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Comment on Los Angeles Won’t Make Your Movie! by My First Year Coming to a Close « Follow My Film http://followmyfilm.com/2010/06/01/los-angeles-wont-make-your-movie/#comment-716 My First Year Coming to a Close « Follow My Film Tue, 21 Dec 2010 09:02:20 +0000 http://followmyfilm.com/?p=1133#comment-716 [...] post which received the most feedback was Los Angeles Won’t Make Your Movie, which brings the deceptive nature of my hometown to light.  Many commented and affirmed my [...] [...] post which received the most feedback was Los Angeles Won’t Make Your Movie, which brings the deceptive nature of my hometown to light.  Many commented and affirmed my [...]

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Comment on Girlfriend 19 by My First Year Coming to a Close « Follow My Film http://followmyfilm.com/girlfriend19/#comment-715 My First Year Coming to a Close « Follow My Film Tue, 21 Dec 2010 09:02:16 +0000 http://followmyfilm.com/#comment-715 [...] Girlfriend 19 [...] [...] Girlfriend 19 [...]

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Comment on Girlfriend 19 Editing Underway! by Christopher http://followmyfilm.com/2010/12/14/girlfriend-19-editing-underway/#comment-714 Christopher Tue, 21 Dec 2010 04:38:50 +0000 http://followmyfilm.com/?p=2181#comment-714 Thank you, Jay! Much appreciated. I'll keep on truckin' :) Thank you, Jay! Much appreciated. I’ll keep on truckin’ :)

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Comment on Girlfriend 19 Editing Underway! by Jay http://followmyfilm.com/2010/12/14/girlfriend-19-editing-underway/#comment-712 Jay Tue, 21 Dec 2010 01:32:38 +0000 http://followmyfilm.com/?p=2181#comment-712 Chris - this is great news! Congrats and keep moving forward! Chris – this is great news! Congrats and keep moving forward!

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Comment on Girlfriend 19 Editing Underway! by Christopher http://followmyfilm.com/2010/12/14/girlfriend-19-editing-underway/#comment-701 Christopher Fri, 17 Dec 2010 22:51:50 +0000 http://followmyfilm.com/?p=2181#comment-701 Thanks, Rae!!! Thanks, Rae!!!

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Comment on Girlfriend 19 Editing Underway! by Rae http://followmyfilm.com/2010/12/14/girlfriend-19-editing-underway/#comment-700 Rae Fri, 17 Dec 2010 22:18:36 +0000 http://followmyfilm.com/?p=2181#comment-700 So cool Chris :)) So cool Chris :))

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Comment on Girlfriend 19 Editing Underway! by Christopher http://followmyfilm.com/2010/12/14/girlfriend-19-editing-underway/#comment-690 Christopher Wed, 15 Dec 2010 19:01:53 +0000 http://followmyfilm.com/?p=2181#comment-690 Will do, Tim! :) Will do, Tim! :)

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