With a lot of festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, and many other events, filmmakers are always on the hunt for the best camera that they can use in filming. There are a lot of people who are always willing to spend a lot of money to get the best gears they can.
Cameras such as the ARRI Alexa and the Red Weapon Helium 8k have always owned the filming scene for most production setups. Most filmmakers can still get the best quality shots and produce a great film without going for the big price tag too.
Here in Chaud Hary Film, we offer you some of the best cameras that can be used to create a film that will shock the world. This is one way to make use of every resource you have, rather than spending and buying a new camera that will take time for you to get used to.
Here are some of the best budget cameras that you can buy in the market:
Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro
URSA is one of the best digital cameras you can use since it is very flexible for many setups. You can even try to use some of the best lenses out there since its mount is also ready to go for any kind of lens.
Even if it is a documentary, news broadcast or even a feature film, the URSA works with a 35mm sensor and 4.6k resolution and does well at just $5,995. If you want to maximise its use, you can also try to go for some attachments that can fit into this one such as follow focus or even a gimbal.
Canon EOS C200B
Unlike the URSA, the C200B is lighter and very suitable for some people who like to work with minimal setups. It has a 4k footage setup and a CFast 2.0 card that does not lose its details with the 35mm CMOS sensor. The C200B also uses any EF-mount lens you can choose.
To top it off, this camera can also be attached to a drone and capture any shots you want without a worry at 2.9 lb. This makes it easy to use for a lot of filmmakers on the go. A lot of users tend to attach even heavier lenses on this one and still get the drone up and running well.
The A7III is very much on the list for good reason. It is very reliable and the mirrorless build makes it easy to use for a lot of events and options. It is like the Cadillac of all mirrorless cameras that works with a full-frame, meaning it is here to be a beast among all of these cameras for Chaud Hary Film.
It has 693 focus points – the top of its class and has a lock on AF with face detection as well. The improved battery life also comes in handy and its megapixel count is locked compared to the A7RIII and even the A7SIII – two of its photo and video variants.
Not all movies have a lasting impact on society. There are a handful of films both in independent fringe communities and in the mainstream media that solidified itself in the minds of people all over the world.
Here are some of the top picks by the Chaud Hary Film staff on what are the most influential films in the world:
Comedian and neophyte director, Jordan Peele, created a masterpiece when he released Get Out in 2017. It’s a mash-up of various genres including horror-thriller, comedy and drama that made the whole story appear fresh to the eyes of the viewer.
It’s all the more impressive because this is Peele’s directorial debut. With only a menial budget and the faith of Blumhouse film production house, he managed to tell one of the most compelling stories of the 21st century rooted in American social structures and the powerplay of the oppressor and oppressed.
The Lord of the Rings
There’s no way you can rank all three of the Lord of the Rings movies so the Shahid staff decided to include all three into one entry. Peter Jackson’s fantastic trilogy is based on J.R.R Tolkien’s books of the same name.
What makes the trilogy significant in the world of cinema is its artistry both in storytelling and visual language.
Even if it is for a mainstream audience with the ultimate goal of making it an all-time blockbuster film, Jackson didn’t forget the importance of telling a story. It showed in small details, especially in the craftsmanship of the set, CGI and the mix of both practical and visual effects.
The Social Network
David Fincher is at it again with his complicated and nuanced portrayal of disturbed characters. The Social Network is influenced by real-life stories of Facebook chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg and his failed relationship with friends and colleagues along the way to success.
Of course, Fincher made a lot of creative leeways to craft a compelling story but it does not stray away from the central message of conflict, friendship, love and destroying all intimacy in the path of success.
Mad Max: Fury Road
A lot of post-apocalyptic movies have appeared in mainstream media over the years but no movie can compare to the accomplishments and creative flair of George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015. It’s a sequel to the beloved 80s movie of the same franchise.
It’s a film filled with crass political statements and unapologetic rebellion against abusive powers. Miller reimagined apocalyptic scenarios in such depth that only he can do. It’s not a classic hero’s journey but a tale of liberation from powers that oppress.
Never forget the first Asian film to dominate the Oscars in 2020. Director Bong Joon Ho won six titles for his film at the Academy Awards, flooring all western directors in his path.
The accolades the film received is a testament to how beautiful and poignant the film is. It’s a story about the disparity between the rich and poor and how this imaginary gap upheld by the status quo makes the psyche of the whole society crumble to the ground.
Chaud Hary Film also offers a singing course that gives you an in-depth understanding of singing. Whether you’re a beginner or you just want to improve your talent, we encourage you to enrol in our course!
Through meticulous training and instructions, you can be the best singer that you can be! We’ll also provide you with a platform in the form of singing shows to showcase your skills. Not only will it help you become a better performer but it will develop your confidence in the process as well!
But now, To help you improve your talent in singing, here are some of the basics you should know about:
Pitch is the basic component of music that pertains to the note and sound of the person singing. When a singer is on the right pitch, that means they are in tune.
People who can’t identify pitch are called tone-deaf. They can hear the song perfectly and normally but they can’t sing in tune. If you think that you’re tone-deaf, don’t worry! That can be changed through practice and something called the pitch sensitivity test.
Also, some people who claim that they are tone-deaf might not be right. Sometimes all they need is practice and confidence.
If you want to be a good singer, you would have to learn how to keep up with the rhythm. This basic component can be found throughout the song and it would require you to have precise timing in order to keep up with it.
You need to have a sense of rhythm so you won’t have to catch up to the beat of the song. But this cannot be acquired overnight, it is practised thoroughly over a long period of time.
Some of the things that you need to learn with regards to rhythm include:
Understanding multiple beat durations
Vocalizing notes with different beats
Keeping up with the basic tempo of the song
One of the things that you will need to learn early on is the proper breathing techniques when singing. It may seem like an extremely easy task given that you do it unconsciously every day, but when it comes to singing, it has a bearing.
Some people tend to have difficulty breathing while singing because of muscle tension especially if you’re singing from the throat instead of the diaphragm. Learning proper breathing during singing helps your voice to sound much better because it lets it relax.
Of course, you can’t be a good singer without having a good voice. When you tend to have a weak and thin voice there’s a chance that you won’t sing well. Thankfully, there are various exercises that will help you develop a stronger singing voice.
Doing these exercises will help you sing a lot better and it will boost the overall quality of your voice.
Having good diction is also important for singers. This is because you’d want the listeners to hear you clearly. You don’t want to have a nice voice but end up lacking in diction.
If one of these components are missing, everything will fall apart. Luckily, you won’t have to worry about that because we will make sure that you are properly guided by experienced mentors. During your time at our singing course, you will go through various practices and exercises that will help you be a competitive singer!
Your favourite movies wouldn’t be the same without a talented cinematographer behind the camera. These people have the eye to creatively capture a scene in the best way possible. They know how to visualize an aesthetically pleasing shot in their minds, and make them come to life with the use of a camera.
If this is the career that you want to pursue in the film industry, we highly encourage you to join our cinematography courses! Whether you’re a beginner or experienced, these courses will help you develop or enhance your skills so that you will become the best cinematographer that you can be!
What you’ll learn
In order to become a good cinematographer, there are skills that you need to acquire. Thankfully, those skills are obtainable during your time enrolled in our courses. Here are some of the things that you will learn:
Good camera movement skills
Being a cinematographer lets you work with different camera angles. Some are much heavier than others. The hard part is that you need to move them smoothly in order to capture the perfect scene.
You need to be able to move the camera in a way that would create beautiful shots. It will be difficult at first but once you get the hang of it, you’ll easily use these cameras to your advantage.
A good cinematographer can compose a shot with their mind which they can then translate into the camera. Some people are naturally born with this kind of talent which is called having an eye for photography. But, it can also be learned through practices and training here at our course!
Having a good eye for camera angles is important because it will serve as the point of view of your audience. How the cinematographer perceives a scene will translate into how it will be received by the audience.
It’s not as simple as creating aesthetically pleasing angles. The shot should also correspond to the overall mood and feel of the scene.
The film editor is not the only one who will manipulate the colour of the film. It starts with the cinematographer. With the use of the various settings that can be found on the camera, they would have to manipulate those settings so that the scene will be perfectly captured by the camera.
Some of the most common settings that are manipulated in the camera are:
ISO – This setting is responsible for changing the sensitivity of the sensor to light. The lower the setting, the less light it will take in.
Shutter Speed – This determines how long the shutter remains open. Using a fast shutter speed helps you capture an object in motion. However, it lets in less light which means you have to mix it with the ISO.
Aperture – Aperture pertains to how wide the lens’s diaphragm will be opening. This will also determine the brightness of the image.
You’ll also learn when and how to use different cameras and lenses.
To help you get started on your journey to becoming a professional cinematographer, we have compiled some of the basic things you need to know about this profession:
Different types of camera shots and angles
One of the first things that you should know about early on are the different types of camera shots and angles, and when and how to use them.
You can easily identify a close-up shot because it is where the subject is tightly framed. This shot is usually used to capture details that can only be seen on the subject when it is focused up close. This is why when this particular shot is used, the subject almost takes up the whole screen.
This camera shot is similar to close-up but the difference here is that the background is no longer visible and the whole screen is taken up by the face of the subject. You can see this shot in standoff scenes where the camera is solely focused on the eyes of the subject.
The medium shot is considered as the ‘sweet spot’ of camera shots because it’s not too close and not too far. This allows the viewers to see the subject at a medium distance which makes it perfect for dialogue scenes.
This camera shot gives the audience a view of both the subject and the background, unlike the close-up.
Wide shots are often used as establishing shots. It is called an establishing shot because it gives the viewer a perspective on where the scene is taking place. Because this angle is the farthest one, it will make the subject visible from head to toe as well as the background.
Extreme wide shot
If you were to capture some beautiful scenery, you would want to use an extreme wide shot. You’ve probably seen this type of shot numerous times in battle scenes.
This angle puts the camera above and pointing down towards the subject. This allows two things to happen. One is that it lets the audience get a better understanding of what’s happening in the scene by giving them an overview.
The second purpose of this angle is that it makes the subject look vulnerable for any attack that’s why it’s mostly used in horror movies especially during stalking scenes.
A complete opposite of the high angle, the low angle sees the camera below the subject and pointing upwards. This effect makes the subject look scarier or intimidating because it puts the audience ‘below’.
It is also commonly used to establish a high object such as a building or a mountain. This angle makes these objects seem larger than they actually are.
Over the shoulder
Also known as the OTS, this angle puts the camera behind the shoulder of a character particularly while in conversation. This makes the conversation that they’re having much more effective and impactful to the audience.
Other than being used during conversation, this angle can also be used to show something that the character is looking at. This is usually combined with the effect of blurriness where the object that the character sees doesn’t get clear until they get close to it.
Bird’s eye view
Bird’s eye view, as the name suggests, puts the camera way up high and gives an aerial shot of a place or an event happening below. Back then, cinematographers would have to ride helicopters in order to capture this view, but nowadays it can be achieved using drones. Just like the extreme wide shot, this angle can also serve as an establishing shot
The Dutch angle is a creative technique that is used in films when the character starts to feel unstable or distressed. This angle is purposely tilted so that it will not be leveled. This results in a feeling of uneasiness and disorientation to the audience.
This angle is usually used in psychological and thriller films particularly during a turning point or a revelation that the character discovers.
Basic camera movements
As we have mentioned earlier, you would have to move your camera in various ways to create interesting and captivating shots. Here are the basic camera movements that you should know early on:
Panning refers to the horizontal movement of the camera while being fixated in one spot, usually on a tripod. This is perfect for making shots that give the viewers a context of what’s happening around them.
Tilting is the same with panning but rather than horizontal movements, it captures vertical ones. The camera is fixed on a tripod and it stays in one point while being tilted either up or down.
You can usually see this technique being used to establish the height of an object. It is also a good way to introduce a character by tilting the camera from their feet or up to their heads.
Dolly shots are done by putting the camera on a platform that is moved by tracks. Unlike panning and tilting where the camera is situated on a certain point, this shot lets the whole camera move with a swift motion.
This shot can be perfectly used when the camera is trying to follow a subject from one point to another.
These shot angles are what makes it into the final product of the film and you’ll make use of each of them throughout your career. So, make sure that you familiarize yourself with each of them.
Use these basic knowledge as a foundation for your career as a cinematographer. Enrol in our cinematography courses now!
Chaud Hary Film: Benefits of attending acting classes
Chaud Harry Film offers aspiring actors an opportunity to hone their talents by providing amazing acting classes! If you think you’ve got what it takes to be an actor, then this is the perfect place to prove it! We highly encourage talents of all ages to join us.
Although one can argue that you don’t need an acting class in order to be a great actor, we still believe in the importance of this class because there are things that you’ll experience and learn here that you won’t get anywhere else.
Here are some of the reasons why we think acting classes are important:
It will familiarize you with the industry
One of the biggest advantages of attending acting school is that it helps you get familiarized with the industry. From how it works on and off the screen to the different ways you can get a break.
It’s also a good starting point if you’re planning to branch out to artforms other than acting such as directing, producing, writing, etc.
You will learn from the greats
Going to acting school will expose you to different masterpieces of the last generation. You’ll get to digest and discuss classic movies that have been a staple in cinema in general. Knowing these things will help you improve yourselves when it comes to your own craft.
You can also take notes of the different acting methods that the actors used in playing those iconic roles and try them for yourselves.
Several successful actors today took inspiration from the great actors that came before them. Even some of the most influential roles that were played by actors are now being looked at as an inspiration for aspiring actors.
It boosts your confidence
Attending acting classes will help you boost your confidence. Not only with your body but also with how you speak and how you move. You can come in an acting class conscious or shy and come out extremely confident.
Acting lets you feel comfortable with how you talk and how your body looks and moves. After being exposed in front of an audience for an extended period of time, performing will start to become second nature for you. Although nerves won’t go away completely, you’ll learn to handle them better.
It lets you become a team player
Knowing your role and practising with other people helps you develop a sense of teamwork. You will eventually learn to trust your co-stars and vice versa.
You will also be surrounded by people who have the same goals as you. You won’t experience other people dragging you down or wishing you to fail. Teamwork will be at play during these classes because you all want to achieve the same thing.
It lets you meet new friends
Meeting new people with the same interests as you is one of the best things that you can get out of acting classes. The friendships that you will form during your time in acting class will last forever.
Having these types of people around you also makes you feel more comfortable with yourself which can lead to you becoming a better actor!
Acting classes are still important today. There are some things that you will only get here and nowhere else. The best thing about the classes that we offer here at Chaud Hary Film is that they won’t cause you a fortune. What are you waiting for? Enrol now!
No matter how well-written and directed a film is, everything will fall apart if it’s not edited properly. That’s why there are talented film editors in every film crew, they fix everything during post-production. Post-production is the backbone of the film industry. They ensure the quality of movies by refining the raw footage and adding visual and sound effects.
Their roles are just as important as any other in the film industry, but it’s not an easy task. Professional video editors are equipped with technical knowledge and artistic skills that can only be attained through training, experience and learning.
If this sounds like something that you would want to do, then you’ve come to the right place! Here Chaud Hary Film, we can help you become a certified professional video editor through various courses we offer. Through these exercises, you will learn everything you need to know about editing. From cutting clips to video transitions, all of the techniques and fundamentals you need will be tackled here.
To help you get a feel of what you’ll be learning here, we have gathered some of the basic things that you must know about video editing:
Every occupation or industry has its own terminologies. Learning the basic film jargon early on can help you familiarize yourself with the industry. Here are some of the most common terminologies that you will encounter during your time as a video editor:
Resolution simply means the exact number of vertical and horizontal pixels that can be found on the video.
The resolutions that are commonly found in videos today are:
SD – 640×480
HD – 1280×720
UHD – 4K
Aspect ratio is the dimension of height and width of the video you are viewing/editing. There are a lot but the most common ones you’ll encounter are 4:3, 16:9 and 1.85:1.
Pans and tilts
Pans and tilts are fixed movements made by the camera with pans being horizontal movements while tilts are vertical.
Close-ups are shots where the subject is framed tightly. This shot is not only used for human subjects. It is also used to focus on a point of interest.
Also known as filler shots, B-rolls are video clips that are used as cutaways to make the film much more interesting to watch. It is commonly used to transition from one scene to another in a smooth manner.
For example, if you’re editing a clip of an interview, you wouldn’t just put the interview as the entire video. What you should do is insert some b-roll footage that will correspond with what the interviewee is talking about.
Colour temperature refers to the visibility of light that can be seen in the video. Cooler colour temperatures will have more of a bluish tint while warmer ones will have yellowish to red-orange tints.
Frame rate is associated with the ‘smoothness’ of how the video plays. The higher the frame rate per second, the smoother the video will play.
Having a shot list during editing is essential. This will help you choose which clip you are going to use for the specific scene that you’re editing.
Shot lists must be followed strictly because videographers and directors chose those specific shots to be used in the scenes of the final product.
Storyboard acts the same way as the shot list. It is a guide to help you visualize the overall flow of the scene of the film you’re editing
Cut means an entirely different thing in editing compared to directing. In editing, cut refers to a transition from one shot to another.
Jumpcuts are abrupt transitions that are put between two clips. This kind of cut should be used carefully and there is a specific way to use it. Using it excessively might make your film look amateur.
J-cuts are not a shortcut name for jump cuts. J-cuts refer to a transition where the audio comes before the video.
L-cuts are the opposite of j-cuts. This type of cut lets the video transition but lets the audio from the previous clip continue.
Also known as the insert shot, cut-ins are used when you want to focus on something that the subject is looking at or holding.
Compositing is the process of putting together various images using a video editing software.
Compression is the process that editors use to save storage because it reduces the amount of data in a video file.
Rule of thirds
The rule of thirds can also be used by both photographers and videographers. This rule refers to the grid that can be found on the viewfinder of the camera. The grid is made up of 2 horizontal lines and 2 vertical lines which form 9 equal parts.
What the rule of thirds does is that it helps you compose more beautiful shots by lining up your subjects on one of the lines or at the intersections,
Continuity refers to the flow of the video that you’re editing. This is important because if you make a continuity error while editing, it may cause confusion with the viewers.
Continuity errors occur when the previous scene and the current scene do not match each other. For example, if in the previous shot the subject is wearing a hat and in the next shot he is not wearing it anymore, it would be considered an error. Unless you show a separate scene of him taking off the hat.
Now that you have familiarized yourself with the different terminologies in film editing, it’s time for you to learn some beginner tips! These tips are useful especially when you’re just starting in the industry. They are a good foundation for what you’ll eventually learn during the more advanced lessons.
Use the right software
While there are tons of video editing software available in the market today, not all can provide you with the best experience. Luckily, we’ve rounded up the best software you can use. These are:
Adobe Premiere Pro
Final Cut Pro
These are the software that are user friendly and they give the best value for your money.
One of the things that you can do to make you look more professional is organizing your files. Categorizing your videos by folder will help you look for them while you’re editing.
Backup your files
Anything can go wrong while you’re editing or when you’re shooting. Your files might get corrupted out of nowhere and you will be left with nothing.
Although those instances are sometimes unavoidable, the best thing that you can do is to back up your files.
Familiarize yourself with keyboard shortcuts
Become more efficient in video editing by familiarizing yourself with the different keyboard shortcuts. At first, it may seem difficult, but once you practise them you’ll see yourself using these shortcuts unconsciously.
Less is more
Sometimes it’s normal to feel overwhelmed with the different effects and transitions that are available on the software. As much as you want to use them all, try to keep it simple. Using different effects and transitions excessively can sometimes lead to a bad edit.
Don’t be afraid to try new things
When you have some time for yourself try to experiment with the different effects that you can use in the video editing software. This will help you learn some new things that you can use on your next project.
Maintain an appropriate pacing
One of the things that keep viewers interested in what they are watching is proper pacing. You can start off slow and then pick up the pace as the story goes on or you can experiment with different ones.
The important thing to remember is that the pacing should not bore or confuse the audience.
Working continuously without taking breaks can lead to fatigue and exhaustion. Once you feel like you could use a breather, go ahead and take some minutes off your computer. Taking breaks will help your mind to stay creative.
If you deprive yourself of rest, you’ll find it much more difficult to continue with what you’re doing. Also, taking a break will help refresh your eyes and your mind so that you can look at your project from a fresh mindset.
This is important because having a fresh mindset lets you spot some of the mistakes that you may have made while you were working on your project for an extended period of time.
Those are some of the things that you should know about video editing! If this has sparked an interest in you, we highly encourage you to enrol in our expansive video editing course!