Monday, November 14, 2016

L00 :Visual Story Telling : Introduction



"Show don't Tell" is the common phrase used in the filmmaking business.
But how do you show when you have no idea about visual story telling tricks.
Don't worry I am not trying to question your skills, I am here to help you develope visual story telling techniques if you are lacking any.

Let us first see what are the basic visual components of a shot.

Visual Components :
1. Space
2. Line
3. Shape
4. Color
5. Tone
6. Movement
7. Rhythm

Contrast
Each of these components will have two types of main composition variants.
First is the Contrast type and second is the Affinity type.


Here contrast means difference, every thing in the shot will have the edges of the spectrum.

 For example if you draw a dot, a line and a box they all look different from each other and we can say the shot has shape contrast.

And the image looks more dynamic and more intense

Affinity

Affinity means similarity,  every thing in the frame will fall into short band of a spectrum.

For example if you draw three dots of different size, they will have similarity in shape

And the image looks less dynamic and less intense

Contrast (difference) = more visual intensity and more dynamic
Affinity(similarities) = less visual intensity and less dynamic

Based on your preferences you can chose either contrast look or affinitive look for your frame. We will discuss more details about later in the course.

First let us understand the 7 visual components in detail and how each of those components can be used to manipulate your audience emotion.

In the next blog post we will start with the visual component Space. (Click here to go to the blog post)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

L03 : Experimental Film school : Pre Production - Elements of screenplay

Elements of screenplay :

Scene Heading

Action

Character

Dialogue

Transition

Shot

Parenthetical.


These elements are used to format a script.

Lets discuss briefly each of them.


A Scene Heading  also know as a Slug line is a one line description of the location and time of the scene.

It should be always in Capital letters, but almost all screen writing software in the market takes care of the formatting, so we don't have to worry about the specifications.

Ex : INT. JESSY'S OFFICE - DAY

Here first part will be either INT or EXT refers to interior or exterior.

Second part to describe the location.

And third part refers to the time of the day (DAY, NIGHT, DAWN etc)


Action part of the script contains the description of the events happening in the scene.

It also contains scene directions, visual information, sound ques etc..,

Every thing that can be seen on the screen and heard (except dialogue) should be written as action.

It always starts from left margin of the paper.

Ex: JESSY is sitting idle. She opens facebook on her computer.

When a character is introduced first time in the script it should be in Capital letters always.


Character element is used prior to the dialogue spoken by that particular character.

Unlike action character is always written at the center of the line followed by dialogue


Dialogue is the next element that always follow a character.

                                                           CHARACTER
                                           Dialogue spoken by the above character

Ex :                                                    JESSY
                                           Hey Josh...


Parenthetical is used to convey the mood, hidden agenda or subtext of the character

Ex :                                                    JESSY
                                                      (Sad and tired)
                                           Hey Josh...


Shot is used to describe the framing. But it is not commonly used element unless required.

Ex:  CU on Jessy...
       Wide Shot of Office room


Transition is used to describe the scene to scene transition.

Ex : FADE OUT, DISSOLVE etc


In the next lesson we will apply this knowledge to write our own script " Ex Password"

Monday, January 20, 2014

L02 : Experimental Film school : Pre Production - Story


Hi There,

In this lesson we will learn basics of the script writing software Celtx and write our script.


First we need a story and a title.
I will just write a simple one as it is only for this course, but you can write your own.
The title will be " Ex password".


And the story :
Jessy had a break up other day and came to work.

She wants to update her facebook status and let the world know that she is available, but her password doesn't work.

 Her best friend Josh came in and  we learn that she uses her ex name as password.

They try couple of ex boy friends and finally realize that Jessy had changed it last night while drunk to 'KevinTheDevil'.

She updates the relationship status and gets thousand likes.


That is our story.

Don't worry about the quality of the story.

Keep in mind that our goal is to learn all the steps involved in film making but not to make an Academy Award film.

This story serves the purpose.

Before writing the script, first let me discuss the "elements of screenplay" with you in the next lesson  (Click here for


Monday, January 13, 2014

L01. Experimental Film School : Introduction


This lesson is a part of the "Experimental Film School" course for beginners.

My goal is to cover all the steps involved in the film making, starting from idea to posting to youtube.

I believe in "Experimental Learning", so the structure of the course will be in the same pattern.


I will develop, write and produce a short film during the course.

I will be discussing the basic film making procedure and various tools required for film making, software plus hardware.

This part is well structured and I advice you to read or watch in the order.

Course is divided into three obvious parts.

A. Pre Production

B. Production

C. Post Production


Every lesson will have a theory section and a practical session adopting that theory to our short film.

There will be tips and tricks constantly added for intermediate or advanced filmmakers in separate section.
So please do check them in the "Tutorials" section in future.


During the course, I will minimize the use of commercial software, but you can learn them elsewhere, or in the advanced section.

The goal of the Beginners course is, to introduce the concepts of film making, but not the professional film making tools.

Once you get to know these basic concepts, the advanced techniques can help you become a professional filmmaker.

I presume that my audience have no film making experience.

If you think this course is too low for your standards, please skip to the tutorials section to find particular .


Note: "This course is all free and if anybody is trying to sell it to you sue them first and come back."

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Telugu Input Software for Mac OSX

Note: This is still in Beta stage (probably alpha stage). I'd appreciate feedback from testers. I'm looking for two type of tests mainly.
1) If you can let me know the words that you can't type using this software
2) If you prefer any changes to the keyboard layout.

Update 1 (21st Dec 2010): working inside gmail, TextEdit and OpenOffice

Update 2 (5th June 2011): working inside celtx.

Update 3 ( 1st Sep 2013): I have moved the post from a separate blog (http://mac-telugu.blogspot.in/) to this 
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Step 1 Install Pothana
Download Pothana from here
Unzip and copy the Pothana.ttf to ~/Library/Fonts folder

 Step 2 Install PraSankar
 Download PraSankar from here or here
 Copy the file PraSankar to ~/Library/keyboard layouts
 Restart the system.

Step 3 Activating PraSankar
Go to system preferences > Languages & Text > Input Sources
Check Keyboard & Character Viewer
Scroll down to find 'Tel' and check the box.

 Now PraSankar is installed and you can see a flag appearing on top right corner in the panel. You can toggle between PraSankar and English language with 'Cmd+Space'

 How to use: Lower case key combination is shown in the below picture.





Upper case keys can be accessed either holding the Shift key or by activating the Caps lock.


అ-a, ఆ-A, ఇ-i, ఈ-I, ఉ-u, ఊ-U,ఋ-R, ఎ-e, ఏ-E, ఐ-Y,
ఒ-o, ఓ-O, ఔ-V, ం-9, ః - (

 క ఖ గ ఘ ఙ
  k K g G Z

 చ ఛ జ ఝ ఞ
  c C j J z

ట ఠ డ ఢ ణ
q Q w W N

త థ ద ధ న
t T d D n

ప ఫ బ భ మ
p P b B m

య ర ల ళ వ స శ ష క్ష హ
y r l L v s S X kfX h

 ా     ి        ీ           ు      ూ       ృ        ౄ          ె            ే            ై
1   2    Sh+2        3   Sh+3    4     Sh+4       5       Sh+5       6


     ొ          ో       ౌ      ం          ః
    7       Sh+7   8       9       Sh+9

For half alphabets use 'f' after the given letter "kf = క్"

Examples

 క్షణికం =  kfXN2kM

 చైతణ్యం = c6tNfyM

నవతరంగం = nvtr9g9   or     nvtrMgM

రైటర్ = r6qrf

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

We are on Facebook and Youtube

dddp now on facebook and youtube.

Check our facebook page here dddp fb page

Check our youtube channel where our web series will be available in second week of September
here at dddp youtube channel

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

dddp Logo

Our logo animation is ready. 
Tell us what you think.
                                                                                                   -dddp




Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Seeking collaborators to write web based series

Seeking collaborators to write  web based series

email your details along with an article to show your skills to admin@dddp.in


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tikamakadhalu

Tikamakadhalu is going to be a comic series produced by DDDP as its first venture in collaboration with K-Studios and Ajay Arts.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Recoil



One day Dwayne took me to his father's work place. It is quite different from other places I have been to in Dublin. Isolated garage, next to nothing but woods. I felt quite spooky and thought of making a horror short. I took couple of pics and went home.