Lights Camera Action?

I have a small pet peeve about this phrase. It’s old, outdated, and nobody says it anymore. It’s a holdover from the silent film era where a studio was making several movies at once, some even right next to each other. Plus, it doesn’t account for some of the other important jobs on set.

So, what should happen before a take?

  1. Once everyone is in their respective places and ready to do their jobs, the Assistant Director (usually) calls for everyone to settle, and get ready to work.
  2. Director: “Sound”
  3. Sound Engineer: “Sound Speed” (The audio has begun to record)
  4. Director: “Camera”
  5. Cameraman: “Camera Speed” (The camera is now recording)
  6. Director calls “Marker”.
  7. Slate: Calls the Scene, Take, etc. like “Inglorious Basterds, Scene 137, Take 4”
  8. Clap!
  9. Slate guy scurries away.
  10. Director: “Action!”
  11. Actors act.

After the scene, the Director will say Cut, meaning everyone stops recording.

Obviously I have left out some important jobs that are pretty vital to the filmmaking process, mostly because they occur many hours or days before and after the shot. I’ll be covering what each person’t role on and off set is later in this blog series.

 

 

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Royalty-free music

Because copyright infringement has been a hot topic recently, I feel that this post should be helpful.

When you’re making a film, short, or commercial, a lot of times you’ll need to add music in to enhance the experience. However, for those of us without access to someone who creates their own music, this can be difficult to do. And because most of the music out there is copyrighted, it costs an excessive amount to acquire the licenses, it pushes the project outside of the budget range.

I have two websites that you can use as resources to acquire music for your project. Their cost is much smaller than it would be to create your own, or to license the most recent top 40 hit.

The First is Freeplay Music. It has a laundry list of different genres and situations that are available to download. And if it is something that you want to use, there are different pricing structures depending on your needs.

The Second is Audio Jungle. This site has everything from background audio to sound effects. Most tracks are extremely affordable. As with most sites, there is also a pricing structure based on how you will be using the sound files.

And there you have it: places to acquire audio for your productions. Use them often!

Edit: Don’t forget Music Revolution! Details in first comment. My favorite feature is being able to select music based on the influences that you want. In other words, if you want to use Guns ‘N Roses, but Axl Rose is asking for more than your budget, they have some more affordable options.