Untold Story

AzulonsAssassinAzulonsAssassin Website User Posts: 109
edited November 2012 in Practical Filmmaking
Hey everyone! So I haven't been on here in a while due to school, piano lessons, and most recently, Halloween and Homecoming. But today, I thought I might come and see what was going on. And I was really surprised. New HitFilm! Awesome!
Anyway, thought I might share this set of scripts that I wrote to see what everyone thinks and to get an idea of how I should do a few things.
So, I've been working on this six episode mini series based on Harry Potter. The first episode is really just an introduction. But throughout the whole series, the characters interact with the ones from the real movies and are in major events in the Harry Potter time line (i.e. the Battle of Hogwarts.) The first episode takes place during the fifth Harry Potter. Sirius is going to use a little girl as a messenger to Dumbledore, thinking that Voldemort and his Death Eaters would never suspect it. She meets her escorts, two unlikely Hogwarts students. Along the way, they cross the path of the Lestrange children, niece and nephew to Bellatrix. These two are the youngest Death Eaters, but two of the most skilled. So, long story short, the good guys make themselves personal enemies of the bad guys for various reasons. Like I said before, throughout the series, they characters and plot all fits into the actual story, but is also it's own story, following the protagonists' fight against the Lestranges.
I was writing this for my good friends and myself, but since four out of five of them moved 5 hours away, we only see each other once a month. But we will be spending weeks at a time at each other's houses over the summer, so filming will begin sometime during summer break. That being said, here's my first question (or second if you count asking what you think of the basic plot.) How should I go about story boarding this? I know it's only a six episode mini series, but I don't want to waste any time, so I would like to take the few months between now and summer to prepare as much as I can.
Next question. Wands are already made. But their mostly out of wood and hot glue. They look really good but aren't as sturdy as I'd like. I plan to cast them out of something, but I'm not sure what. I've heard plaster is good, but I've heard the same about resin. So any information you can give me on that would be very helpful.
Next question. Since the filming will be done at their house, I won't have access to a green screen. Would a solid color wall work as and adequate substitute?
Next question. There are several scenes in which there are large crowds. How can I do this without actually having a large crowd present?
Next question. I really need a better camera. Right now, I have a Flip Video, and I'm would love to throw it out a window. So, what kind of camera would you all suggest that is good, but won't cost an arm and a leg?
Next question. How could I change the color of someone's eyes for about 30 seconds? It seems like this would be a somewhat easy effect. And contact lenses are not an option.
Last question. Several times in the series, the characters find themselves in a forest. When I was writing this, there was a forest across from their house. But, like I said, they have moved. There is an empty field near their new house though. I understand that 3D landscapes can be created in HitFilm. Would creating a forest that they can inter act with be possible? When I say interact I mostly mean that they will be dodging falling and burning trees. (One of the Lestranges is a pyromaniac, for lack of a better term.)
So, lots of questions for being gone so long, but seeing all this new stuff on the site got my brain going again.
Thanks all,
AA

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  • AzulonsAssassinAzulonsAssassin Website User Posts: 109
    Need some answers please. Gotta get started. :D
  • LinkedPicturesLinkedPictures Website User Posts: 150
    edited November 2012

    Next question. Since the filming will be done at their house, I won't have access to a green screen. Would a solid color wall work as and adequate substitute?
    Well, this would be really good if it were a solid colour green, but HitFilm can key out any solid colour. Green will deliver the most impressive results.

    Next question. There are several scenes in which there are large crowds. How can I do this without actually having a large crowd present?
    The only way you could really do this is to have composited duplicates of a few people, just as long as it is not zoomed in too far on them.

    Next question. How could I change the color of someone's eyes for about 30 seconds? It seems like this would be a somewhat easy effect. And contact lenses are not an option.
    Simply mask a vaguely transparent, coloured, disc-shaped layer and position over the eye.

    Last question. Several times in the series, the characters find themselves in a forest. When I was writing this, there was a forest across from their house. But, like I said, they have moved. There is an empty field near their new house though. I understand that 3D landscapes can be created in HitFilm. Would creating a forest that they can inter act with be possible? When I say interact I mostly mean that they will be dodging falling and burning trees. (One of the Lestranges is a pyromaniac, for lack of a better term.)
    Perhaps animate an image of a tree to make it look like it's falling, track it, then add a fire effect? I'm not too sure on that one :-?
    Well, I hope this has helped, definitely show me once it's done! :P
  • AzulonsAssassinAzulonsAssassin Website User Posts: 109
    Thanks! That was very helpful. I will certainly try these methods.
    I'm still open to any advice. All answers are helpful!
  • AzulonsAssassinAzulonsAssassin Website User Posts: 109
    Sorry everyone. Forgot a question.
    So, I really want to get some nice mobile shots, but my ummm...somewhat nonexistent budget won't allow me to make a dolly and track. So, would adding wheels to the bottom of my tripod work?
  • MatthiasClaflinMatthiasClaflin Website User Posts: 674 Just Starting Out
    If you are on a really flat surface that would be fine. However, how long do you need the dolly to be? I created my own for $18 a long while ago, it worked out just fine for me.
  • AzulonsAssassinAzulonsAssassin Website User Posts: 109
    edited November 2012
    Not long, necessarily. But there are still some setbacks. For one, my actors have a very short attention span, so working quickly is necessary. Also, we'll be filming a lot inside in front of a solid color wall, or outside in and open field. The field is what I'm worried about. Would still like to know about that $18 dolly you made. I like low budget stuff. :)
  • AzulonsAssassinAzulonsAssassin Website User Posts: 109
    So, going back to the "no greenscreen, use a wall" thing, would it be worth the extra space being taken up to make a somewhat small and portable blue/green screen?
  • LinkedPicturesLinkedPictures Website User Posts: 150

    So, going back to the "no greenscreen, use a wall" thing, would it be worth the extra space being taken up to make a somewhat small and portable blue/green screen?

    Definitely, it would look so bad that it'd become almost corny without a green/blue screen.
  • AzulonsAssassinAzulonsAssassin Website User Posts: 109
  • AzulonsAssassinAzulonsAssassin Website User Posts: 109
    So, all my actors/actresses/camera workers/everything else are going to be in town this weekend, ans one of them actually wants to go into cinematography. And from what I've seen, he's good. Anyway, I wanted to start storyboarding with his opinion, mostly because it'll be a second opinion of hots and all the other things like that. But I'm not sure how I should do this. Do I need to download some program, or will paper and pencil do? Note that I'm trying to do the best I possibly can on my $40/christmas present budget, which I'm asking.
  • ToonmanToonman Website User Posts: 81
    Don't buy stuff you don't need. Paper, pencil, and a phone will get you there. Draw your boards, take a picture of each with your phone (or scan them if you have access to a scanner), and assemble your animatic in Hitfilm. Easy.
  • AzulonsAssassinAzulonsAssassin Website User Posts: 109
    Thanks Toonman. I'll do that.
  • AzulonsAssassinAzulonsAssassin Website User Posts: 109
    Actually, the scrpits were written in celtx. Haven't tried it for storyboard yet, though. Gotta look into that.
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