You don't need a big budget to be great (well I think it's cool)

Andy001z
Andy001z Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 3,111 Ambassador
edited May 2016 in Practical Filmmaking

So, if you haven't seen it check out the following Budget version of Captain America Cival War, everything looks like it's put together cheaply and yet it works so well, it is sobering reminder that looking great isn't all about shiny probs and cool locations but how it feels and is cut.

https://youtu.be/SBU6QA_i5HQ

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  • GodofThunder
    GodofThunder Website User Posts: 190 Just Starting Out

    Great! I also like these guys work http://youtu.be/ZU6cj0IZ7Ko

     

  • GodofThunder
    GodofThunder Website User Posts: 190 Just Starting Out

    Although very silly, this one always makes me laugh   http://youtu.be/zNlLAp2OGi8

  • Triem23
    Triem23 Moderator Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 19,799 Ambassador

    Love 'em all. Although, ironically, sometimes you spend MORE on a "low budget" look. 

  • StormyKnight
    StormyKnight Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 2,722 Ambassador

    Clever stuff! To see super heroes fighting over comic con tickets is quite amusing.

  • Andy001z
    Andy001z Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 3,111 Ambassador

    Cool links, wonder if that was a rental house!! ouch.

  • WhiteCranePhoto
    WhiteCranePhoto Website User Posts: 923 Enthusiast

    I agree... you don't need to spend a lot of money to make a great looking film, what you need is talent and dedication.

    And a willingness to keep things a bit simpler... indies tend to go for complex in the hopes that it will make their films look better, but it usually has the opposite affect.

    For example, we use camera moves sparingly; they add overhead to lighting, art direction, and blocking, all of which adds work + time... which tends to take away from storytelling and image quality. 

  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Posts: 1,995 Just Starting Out
    edited May 2016

    In my opinion, due to what's available out there, as far as software and equipment/cameras are concerned, it's actually VERY easy to replicate whatever you want in big budget films. But it's the actors that you instantly notice that it's not a big budget. A lot of the times what's also taking me out of them is the color, it's almost always too much saturation, too much contrast, etc. Part of that is probably because people aren't shooting with DSLRs in flat profiles, or even RAW using Magic Lantern or a higher end camera, but I much rather prefer subtle color grading than something that's so obvious that you think more about the color than the movie. Audio sometimes, but for the most part it's good if someone has spent a lot of time on the project.

  • WhiteCranePhoto
    WhiteCranePhoto Website User Posts: 923 Enthusiast
    edited May 2016

    You don't need a particularly high end camera these days to make a great looking film. Too many people are hung up on that, and ignore the fact that storytelling, lighting, art direction, storytelling,  blocking, storytelling, acting, storytelling, editing, and did I mention storytelling? matter a lot more than the gear and the post software.

    I'm sure you can detect a trend in there ;)

  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Posts: 1,995 Just Starting Out

    Yeah that's very true. Film Riot did an episode on that, they shot a scene using an iPhone, and even though they did technically use something to stabilize the phone, it could of been done with tracking as well, so it's cool to see.

  • chibi
    chibi Website User Posts: 257 Just Starting Out

    Funny stuff.

    Buy I wouldn't pay 8 bucks for this stuff...or most indie movies.
    Storytelling would not work without modern effects or good scripts and acting. It would just be a good story on paper.

  • Andy001z
    Andy001z Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 3,111 Ambassador
    edited May 2016

    @Chibi don't think this was aimed at the cinema movie going audience, but as a revenue steam for the creator, if it's good enough to generate traffic then it might make some money.

    @Whitecranephoto agree with what you said, I too am guilty of this, you know what good looks like and forget the amount of time and budget that goes into making it look that good. Of course acting skills helps sell the scene as well.

  • Sarasota
    Sarasota Website User Posts: 267 Just Starting Out*
    edited August 2016