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5 Tips for Creating The Perfect Home Movie Room

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Movies are enjoyed all over the world. Movie theaters have been around for centuries providing us with the most amazing arts created in film. With this huge glamour of the outside movie theater many have thrived to create their own private movie room as well. By doing this they have found a way to create the same experience as they had before with the same experience they can find in their own home. Surprisingly, the top five factors to having a perfect movie room is reasonably able to accommodate.

Big Screen

Having a big perfect screen or perfect size TV screen one will be able to find refuge in knowing they are experiencing top quality visuals. Usually by going to a sales electronic store you can find the perfect TV for the perfect price. (we suggest a model with a curved screen) Not having a TV does not spell doomsday for a great movie room as the projector is the original form film was introduced. With the projector you can place you film on any vertical or horizontal surface. The magic works by the kens on the projector itself. Being able to widen to extreme measurement this way of watching movies should always be chosen over TV if space is limited and moving is very often.

Comfortable Furniture

Furniture is ideal in watching the perfect picture just as much as the television is in most cases. Keeping a soft and relaxing place to watch a film is vital to sensations during the film. The difference between a comfortable leather couch or recliner and a hard floor is obvious and should always try to be provided for guests. Some sofas come with cupholders already installed inside them. With the cupholders in place most people can just keep there cups next to them instead of possible being tipped over on the floor or table.

Snack Foods

Snacks are amazing especially when watching authors movies. Popcorn and soda pop being the number one selections usually for food while dining. By not going for these two number ones doesn’t make you necessarily wrong it just mean you don’t follow the traditional trend. Chocolate bars and other candies have also made going to the movies a great delight and the reason many cream a movie room in the first place. And some people prefer coffee or iced tea with their movies. Everything is OK when people are fed and some even believes it makes the movie better. Many concessions at movie theaters know this to be true. The fact is found in the sometimes outrageous prices at which they sell their products, yet people still buy them. So, save yourself a bundle of cash and get a home popcorn machine for those movie nights. If it’s a large one, it is recommended to keep it within the confines of your perfect movie room.

Get Alot of Movies

Having a great movie collection is amazing and should always be taken into consideration. When buying your movies make sure to mix up classics with new and current hits as well. This will keep movie watchers very excited about what’s about to play next. Keeping your DVD changer on random let’s the next film to play always be a surprise. This spontaneous selection of movies is the best way to enjoy your movie room.

Great Temperature and Space

Depending on the size of your usual movie watchers the size is very important to relativity of the TV screen and everything. Not having the big TV can be just as important as not having big enough room. A very small room can be seen as not having enough space to keep all the audiences in great viewing position. Having to look besides or over someone’s head is very uncomfortable and could lead to wanting to leave the movie altogether. A great size room is always recommended for the best movie experience.

How to Make a Green Screen For Your Video Productions

If you like making your own videos and want to add a professional or custom background, or if you want to add some cool special effects to your latest artistic film project, you can use the same technique film-makers and newsrooms have been using for decades! Without blowing your entire budget for your project, you can easily and quickly create your own green screen for home video projects!

Choose a Color

While the traditional “green screen” is actually green, you can create your green screen to be almost any color you want it to be. You’ll want to choose a shade that’s not too dark but not too light – somewhere on the lighter side of the middle is usually best. And you need a shade that you’re not likely to be wearing or that’s a part of your facial features. This usually rules out red, yellow, and brown.

Fabric or Paint?

Most traditional green screens are created using a specific fabric stretched along a frame. You can create a frame at home using PVC or pipes, but it can be challenging to get the fabric stretched correctly and to ensure that the lighting is correct. Draped fabric doesn’t work well for a green screen, as the variations in shade and tone can prevent the computer from reading the color correctly. If you’re going to be using the same spot to record, you may want to consider using paint for a green screen.

Painting

If you’re fortunate enough to have your own home-based recording studio, you can generally just paint the wall with your green screen color. Chromakey Green paint by Tube Tape has the precise shade and finish of green that most professional green screens use. If you’re using another color, look for a matte finish. If your walls are textured, you’ll need to remove the texture from the walls before painting.

If you live in an apartment or you want a painted backdrop that’s portable, you can find a large sheet of plywood or MDF at your local home improvements store. For invisible hanging, you can install picture hanging wire on the back of your plywood. A thin sheet of MDF may be able to hang to a specific spot with 3M fasteners, but it’s more likely to break if it’s moved regularly.

Fabric

A frame for your fabric can be easily created using PVC tubing or metal pipes, along with plumbing fasteners. Measure the height and width you need, and use those measurements to have your pipes cut to the appropriate length. The bottom piece can be attached with T-joints, and the top bar can be attached with elbow joints. You’ll probably also need to make a base with additional pipe and T-joints. The fabric should be cut to size with reinforced metal grommets at regular intervals about 1/2 inch from the edge of the fabric. You’ll attach the fabric to the frame using clothesline, parachute cord, or even elasticized bungee cords.

A thin fabric may present problems for a green screen. If the lighting on the front of the fabric is too bright, the fabric may reveal shadows and other items hidden behind the screen. This can be minimized by creating a double layer of fabric or by using a thicker and heavier fabric. Depending on how you secure the frame and the fabric, this design may be able to be easily disassembled and transported if you need a portable green screen.

How To Do Your Own Stop Motion Animation

Those of us from a more mature generation might remember Gumby cartoons, and although claymation has fallen from favor in the movie studios, stop motion animation techniques are still used. These days, stop motion animation is a labor of love and a niche art form.

Planning

The first step in making your own stop motion animation is to plan your project. You can have anywhere from 20-60 frames per second, but it’s best to have at least 24 frames. This means that every second of animation will require about 24 image frames. Because it can be difficult to synchronize multiple elements, beginners will want to stick to a single animated element. While clay is a traditional medium for stop motion animation, lego figurines, dolls, toys, or puppets can often be easier to use and manipulate.

Stop motion animation is often used for whiteboard or blackboard animations. The whiteboard forms the background, and the illustrator draws on the whiteboard slowly and takes pictures after each small change. This creates the illusion that the art on the whiteboard is being animated in real-time, when it’s actually only a small change to the screen with each shot.

Setting up the Background

The best backgrounds for stop motion animation are relatively simple. Backgrounds that are busy can be visually distracting. Because you will be moving your primary piece during the scene, it’s best to make sure that backgrounds are sturdy and not movable; miniature pieces can be accidentally knocked over during adjustments. You’ll want to set up the lighting for your shots in a way that it won’t be moved. Because it can take so long to shoot even a short film with stop motion, you need to rely on artificial lighting rather than natural light.

Setting the Scene

To begin with, set your elements in place and take a photo. Make a slight adjustment and then take another photo. Keep making small adjustments and taking photos until you have your entire scene completed or until your camera runs out of memory. Download your photos to the computer when your memory is full and then start again.

Running Animation

You can actually import your images into Windows Movie Maker to create a stop motion animation short, but there are other programs that make it easier to produce a professional-quality short film, including iMovie, Virtual Dub, and Adobe Premiere.

Refining your Technique

Your first stop motion animation project will probably be a very short film with simple techniques and animation, but you shouldn’t let a slow start disappoint you! You can join online forums and communities filled with stop motion animation experts, share your beginning projects to a supportive audience, and learn new skills and ideas to help you with your projects in the future. Watching other stop motion films and short flicks can help give you new inspiration and get your creative juices flowing, so it’s a good idea to enjoy the work of others as you learn to do bigger and better projects yourself.

Keep in mind that this is a hobby that takes a lot of time. So, get yourself a comfortable chair, move a good travel coffee maker to your workspace and be ready to put in the time. And before you know it, you’ll be out of coffee but with a complete little stop motion movie.

Should You Use Scrivner For Screenplays?

I think it is pretty much understood that Final Draft is the industry standard when it comes to writing screenplays on your computer. But with a price tag over $200, it is not the ideal solution for a screenwriter who has technically not made a cent from their writing. So, do you believe in the dream and fork over that money (it’s basically a car payment for some people), or you use a cheaper software like Scrivner?

I am a recent convert to Scrivner as I write some non-fiction books for Kindle and use it for easy-peasy formatting into the Kindle mobi file and into the file that I have to use for Smashwords distribution. Scrivner is a really interesting piece of software because it is designed FOR writers specifically. Sure, it is aimed at people who write books, but it can also be used for writing out your screenplay. And it is MUCH cheaper than using Final Draft.

The nice thing about this software program is that it actually has a script writing format that you can use to create your screenplay. So, just by using this template, you can easily be creating your script in an industry standard format. That is definitely easier than manually getting the format correct in MS Word – plus, this program is a lot cheaper than using MS Word. I also like that you can use it on either a Mac or a Windows machine.

And if you’re the kind of person who likes to kind of outline or sketch out your scenes or characters before writing, then you will love this software as it makes that so freaking easy to do. Know that I am not getting paid by Scrivener and I am in no way associated with them, I’m just a fan of the software and wanted to share a cheaper way for you struggling screenwriters to be able to get your ideas down in the correct format without spending a fortune on Final Draft. So if you’re so inclined, give Scrivener a look and see if it meets your needs or not. You just might be surprised like I was when I gave it a try the very first time around.

Site Reboot – Version 2.0

After much neglect, this site is going to start being active one again. Though in the past the site focused on selling a screenplay in Hollywood, my interests have changed quite and bit and it’s actually not a goal that I am trying to achieve any longer. That being said, I am still very much interested in movies, television and the whole industry – just not really making an effort to get into it like I was once before.

Going forward, the posts on this site will look a little different. Well, first off, there will be new posts which is a major change since I have not really done anything with this site for, I dunno, what, maybe three years or so! Gosh, it has been a long ass time, hasn’t it?!

If I come across any script calls, I will still post them here for interested parties, but know that I am no longer actively seeking these sorts of things out. I am a bit more interested in indie films and making movies on your own, so do expect to see some new content geared towards that topic.

As this is just a hobby site for me, do not expect to see multiple updates in a single week. Sure, I may surprise you now and then and throw out a post or three during the same week, but this will not be the norm for the site. But since the site has been dead for so freaking long, it will probably look like a crazy high amount of posts if I just do something new each week, huh?

You will also start to see some talk about movies and tv shows that I enjoy because that is what makes me happy and it’s just what I want to write about. Don’t worry though, I will more than likely just be complaining about the poor quality of the writing on a show or movie….or maybe even praising the brilliance of something that I have just seen…although that is a bit rare for me these days.

And for those of you who have been around awhile – no, I never did sell that script. In fact, I do not even know where it is right now. I just got distracted by greener pastures and never really looked back. Who knows, maybe I will get back on it some day in the future. Until then, I hope that you enjoy the upcoming new content here on SeeMeSellAScreeplay.com!

Script Call: Fairy Scripts Wanted

For those of you with a fairy script, here’s a recent script call I rec’d via email from Infolist.com:

FAIRY SCRIPTS WANTED

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TriCoast Studios – Fairy Scripts
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We are looking for completed feature-length scripts with fairies as the main characters.  The script should be intended for live-action and not animation.

Budget will not exceed $300,000.  WG and Non-WG writers may submit.

Our credits include “Smitty” (Peter Fonda, Mira Sorvino).

TO SUBMIT:
1. Please go to www.InkTippro.com/leads
2. Enter your email address (you will be signing up for InkTip’s newsletter – FREE!)
3. Copy/Paste this code: 92ymw9d71t
4. You will be submitting a logline and synopsis only.

IMPORTANT:  Please ONLY submit your work if it fits what the lead is looking for EXACTLY.

EOS Rebel T3i: Using A SLR To Film A Movie

updated with new questions, May 2014

A few years ago, I saw on Twitter that Edward Burns was filming a movie using a Canon SLR digital camera. He was using the Canon EOS 5D. Personally, I think the 5D is a bit expensive to use to film your own movie. Especially when you can get a digital SLR that is almost as good as the 5D for under $1,000 – the Canon EOS Rebel T3i.

Both cameras shoot in HD video. My question is thus, have any of you used a SLR digital camera to shoot your own movie? If so, how was the experience? Was the quality what you hoped for? If you have never used a SLR to film a movie – would you? Supposedly Burns filmed an entire feature with all Canon 5Ds recently. Certainly makes movie making more accessible to all of us.

More on the EOS Rebel T3i can be found at: Canon EOS Rebel T3i .

And more importantly, how do you get really great audio for your movie when you are using a camera like this to film your movie? Do you need a really expensive audio recording studio setup? Or can you do a low budget home recording studio type of audio thing like was mentioned on this site here and still get great audio quality at the end of the day? I mean, how many people have watched a movie that could have been great but suffered from really terrible audio? So, it is important to not overlook just how important it is for an indie movie maker to focus on getting high quality sound for the movie.

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Upcoming Screenplay Contest Deadlines For October/November 2010

Here are some upcoming screenwriting contest you may want to enter. See Me Sell A Screenplay does not endorse any contests. Check out the contests yourself and make a decision on your own.

Screenplay Festival
Deadline: October 1st, 2010 (final)
www.screenplayfestival.com

Acclaim Film
Deadline: October 23, 2010 (final)
www.acclaimscripts.com

Fresh Voices Original Screenplay Competition
Deadline: October 11, 2010 (late); November 1, 2010 (extended)
www.fresh-voices.com

Gimme Credit International Screenplay Competition
Deadline: September 21, 2010 (late); November 2, 2010 (final)
www.gimmecreditcompetition.com

Screenplay Search Screenwriting Competition
Deadline: November 30, 2010 (final)
www.ScreenplaySearch.com

Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition
Deadline: November 1, 2010 (late); December 15, 2010 (final)
www.EmergingScreenwriters.com

Upcoming Screenplay Contest Deadlines For August/September 2010

Here’s rundown on some upcoming screenwriting contest deadlines. See Me Sell A Screenplay does not endorse any contests. Check out the contests yourself and make a decision on your own.

Champion Screenwriting Competition
Deadline: July 30, 2010 (late)
www.championscreenwriting.com

Great Gay Screenplay Contest
Deadline: August 1, 2010 (final)
www.pridefilmsandplays.com

SFWP Screenwriting Awards Program
Deadline: August 1st, 2010
www.sfwp.com

Downbeach Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Deadline: August 1, 2010 (final)
www.downbeachfilmfestival.org

Filmshift Festival
Deadline: August 2, 2010 (final)
www.filmshift.org

La Jolla Film Festival
Deadline: August 10, 2010 (final)
www.lajollafilmfestival.com

Going Green Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Deadline: August 15, 2010 (final)
www.goinggreenfilmfestival.com

Philadelphia Screenplay Festival
Deadline: August 15, 2010 (final)
www.screenplayfest.com

Screamfest Horror Film Festival and Screenplay Competition
Deadline: August 15, 2010 (final)
www.screamfestla.com

Dixie Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Deadline: August 16, 2010 (final)
www.dixiefilmfest.com

Screenwriting Expo Screenplay Competition
Deadline: August 24, 2010 (final)
www.screenwritingexpo.com

Nevada Film Office Screenwriters Competition
Deadline: August 31, 2010 (final)
www.nevadafilm.com

One in Ten Screenplay Competition
Deadline: September 1, 2010
www.OneInTenScreenplayContest.com

The-GreenLight.com Annual Script Contest
Deadline: September 30, 2010
www.the-greenlight.com

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