5 Tips for Casting the Right Actors for Your Film

1) Check the appearance
There is no doubt about the fact that for film casting the most important aspect that the looks of the actor should match the character of your movie. He/ she should also be able to evoke emotions and dialogues just like the character that you have framed. Last but not the least; you must checkout the confidence that the actor has on himself/ herself. It is always better to trust on the camera than your own intuitions when choosing an actor for the movie.

2) Jot down acting features
Film casting is sometimes complex because it becomes difficult to choose between different actors. It is always suggested that you note down the good and bad things about the actors that you have called for screen tests. This acts as a useful reference later to choose the right one as per the script. The media houses these days also help you get the casting tapes to understand the acting potential in a better way.

3) Check direction taking capability
A right actor is one who can take your direction and feedback in the right way. Sometimes the ego of the actor comes in the way and they are not able to grasp your feedback and get into the character properly, which ultimately mars the essence of the movie.

4) Check the time sense
A film production house incurs lot of expenses when a film is made and the everyday setup is both time and cost consuming affair. Hence if an actor is not punctual or misses his slot frequently not only the launch of the movie gets delayed but also it leads to huge waste of money and time. This kind of attitude of one actor can also have an adverse effect on the other actors and co-workers of the movie. Moreover, it is always best to ask the actor how flexible he/she is for the time slots that you have you’re your movie and for travelling. Hence you will find some premium media houses keep a record of testimonials of the actors that are collected from the producers, directors and co-workers so that they can provide the directors with the best actors.

5) Do not make an early stage promise
Though just after the screen test you may feel one actor to be the best match for your movie, it is always advisable not to make any commitment about film casting just at that stage. It is always better to get into obligations after meeting all the potential actors.

If you are a busy film production house member and do not have enough time to choose every actor then you can seek help from the branded media houses to choose the right one.

Is Your Child Being Prepared for Communication in the Future?

The aim is not to blast our educational programs. We all know there is a lot of room for improvement. However, my questions go deeper than reading, writing, and arithmetic. You see, while these are the building blocks they are not the end.

VIDEO PRODUCTION AS A SKILL-SET

To be productive in today’s world you should have some mastery in multimedia skills. These skills will be critical to the success of our children. We are globally connected, business today can be as easily conducted on the other side of the world as if it were next door. Therefore, our students will need the skill-set to communicate across language and cultural barriers. One of these skills will be the ability to create and produce video presentations on a professional level. Having an eye for design will help and understanding composition and storytelling is a must.

The way we communicate today is constantly evolving. As technologies improve and new innovations are continuously developing we can expect more changes to the conducting of business, education, and social interaction.

THE FUTURE OF COMMUNICATION

New multimedia is so widespread that it was included as one of the six drivers of change in the report created by the Institute for the Future called; Future Work Skills 2020. The report states that “We are literally developing a new vernacular, a new language, for communication.” They are speaking about the language of video production.

The report also states, “The next generation of workers will need to become fluent in forms such as video, able to critically “read” and assess them in the same way that they currently assess a paper or presentation. They will also need to be comfortable creating and presenting their own visual information.” The word “comfortable” rings out, therefore, it is essential that our children learn storytelling techniques, video production techniques, and good communication habits early.

TECHNOLOGY READY

The greatest part about all of this is that most of our children have what they need already to start practicing. That’s right… A smartphone with a camera, a tablet with a camera, laptop with a camera, or a small digital camera and a computer. There are some free programs and apps to download which will enable you to edit. When you get better you will have to pay a little more for an app or program. Just getting you child started is a good thing.

Yes, we know that some of our children are already posting videos on social media sites like Facebook and YouTube. However, this is not what we are talking about. We are talking about creating content that has a professional look and feel. That has great shots, audio and maybe background music. Where the student has planned that video production to purposely tell a story. Maybe about their neighborhood, best friend, favorite pet, news story, or just tell a story.

This is the kind of skill that translates into the ability to produce advertisements to sell products, video resumes, or present a business idea. How about creating an opportunity for those students that go all the way and become the next great cinematographer, movie producer, or director. Let’s find out!

KRE8ivU is a Multimedia Program

For middle and high school aged students. Our program teaches students to produce professional music, audio, and video projects. The object is to help students find their creative talents by learning advanced storytelling in music and video.

Our Goals Are Clear at KRE8ivU

That each student’s creativity will be both challenged and harnessed. That the skills learned in our program will not only help accelerate their education as a whole but also give them a foundation for under and post graduate education along with their future careers.

A Behind the Scenes Look At Film Making

Years ago a group of friends decided to make a film. They based it on the format of Alfred Hitchcock’s thrillers that were the rage of the time. When shown the end result it looked scary, was very dramatic, and featured a mansion along with patrolling animals that could keep out unwanted visitors. There was no story line yet, just the introduction, which was enough to almost scare the pants off you.

Then they showed the set and we were flabbergasted. Instead of a mansion it was a small plastic house that one found in a set for kids. The animals were, likewise, from a child’s toys, and the overall scene was done by moving the camera into different positions.

Not long after while working for an advertising agency I became involved in television production. This highlighted once again how easy it is to change the perspective of something from what it is to what you want it to appear. The angle of the camera plus the lighting changes things dramatically. An old rusty car, for instance, can appear as one taken from the showroom.

Later still an actor from a local drama invited to visit the set of that series. On film it looked like a huge block of flats or apartments with a staircase where a lot of the action took place. There were then supposedly 4 units leading off it and they were decent sized and very comfortable.

Imagine my surprise when the stairs turned out to be a small set built on a trolley for easy placement and removal when not required. One tiny room changed repeatedly from each of the featured ones in the story. Between scenes they could be completely changed by the quick action of the crew. Everything was very similar to sets on a stage.

This has brought a different view of films that show scenes in which I can imagine a team of stage hands quickly changing things around. This is emphasised when the voices have a ring to them as though bouncing off nearby walls.

Coupled with that deception comes the way actors are directed in films. Over and again they can play the same scene until it is perfect. Films are not put together in places that they represent but many are done entirely in studios where clever technology and good management comes into effect. That’s my take on easy film making and never do I look at a movie without seeing the behind the scenes making of it.

Norma Holt has knowledge that enables her to understand many issues. Political, social and behavioural problems are usually on her list for discussion as well as anything to do with the Spirit of the Universe and reincarnation, which she experienced. She is happy to hear from any of her readers.

International Cinema in the Greek Islands

International cinema in the Greek islands

The unique Greek landscape is in itself the ideal backdrop for cinematic productions with varied content. Greece, of course, is identified abroad with the sun, the sea, the Greek lifestyle, the excitement, the good food and the hospitality of the locals. All the above refer to the Greek islands, which since the 60’s have begun to be used as a space in which important international cinema films have evolved, which owe their authenticity, success, and recognition to the Mediterranean landscapes. These films contributed significantly to the acquaintance of Greek islands by foreign visitors and to the creation of the Greek mythical summer that never ends.

The most important and most famous of these films are the following:

“BOY ON A DOLPHIN”, (1957)

“Boy on a dolphin” was the first film of international production ever shot in Greece specifically in Hydra, starring Sofia Lauren, Alan Ladd and Clifton Webb. The film was a landmark for the island which after the film made it a land of attraction for thousands of tourists and especially a place of holiday and residence of artists and intellectuals of that period. The cinematographic scene where Sofia Lauren sings the song “What is Love” is one of the highlights of the movie.

“BIG BLUE” AMORGOS BY LUC BESSON (1988)

The title conveys all the feel of the film and the sense of the island of Amorgos. Wonderful underwater shots that create a magical image that glorifies the Mediterranean and the importance of true friendship.

Luc Besson with these features created a monumental, mysterious movie for all time. The beach of “Agia Anna” in Amorgos will be for the whole world after this movie the blue summer we will always recover.

“MEDITERRANEO”, (1991)

Italian film honored with an Oscar-winning film. The entire film is filmed in Kastelorizo, a landscape that is actively involved in the film’s affair and atmosphere. The beauties of the island are masterfully presented and make up a unique setting for the film.

“CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN”, (2001)
In 2001, the island that has been honored by American cinema is Cephalonia. The case takes place during the Great War and finds on the island the most authentic scene that her director could dream of. Major actors in the main roles (Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz), beautiful natural landscapes ensured success and made the island of the Ionian known.

“ZORBA THE GREEK”, (1964)

Zorbas. The already well-known novel by N. Kazantzakis, which translated with great success into many foreign languages, became a well-known American film in 1964. The film unfolds in the village of Stavros, Chania. There, on a beach, we watch Anthony Quinn as Zorba dancing the Syrtaki in music by M. Theodorakis, which will become the most famous Greek music ever since. The Lady Kedrova Oscar also belongs to the parchments of the podium. After the film, the name Zorbas will represent anything Greek and will become the symbol of the completely unaltered spirit. Outstanding and the interpretation of Alan Bates, who is the hero on the opposite side of Zorba.

“SHIRLEY VALENTINE”, (1989)

Mykonos for Shirley Valentine (1989). The name of the housewife of the film that will become synonymous with the joy of life and love thanks to a trip to Mykonos. Thus, the famous nightlife island, the cosmopolitan environment, the exuberance and the absolute summer of Greece will find its most suitable exponent. Tom Conti will now be the best Greek, traditional figure and fantasy of all the housewives of the world. The tavern that stars in the movie on the beach of Ag. John.

“NAVARONE CANNONS”, (1961)

One of the world’s second classical films starring Anthony Quinn. The old town of Rhodes is the perfect scene of the film in which some of the most important monuments of the island are displayed. The film is classical and its success was sealed with an Oscar nomination and an Oscar for the best effects. Later, the international audience will be reminded of Rhodes through Roger Moore, TellySavalas, Claudia Cardinale, Jaqueline Bisset, Ben Kingsley starring in films filmed on the island.

“FOR YOUR EYES ONLY”, (1981)

Corfu with its cultural monuments, its historic mysterious atmosphere, and its golden beaches, was the ideal setting for an adventure by the most famous cosmopolitan cinema agent. Greek beauty is revealed by the beauty that the agent falls in love with and the sights of the island. Roger Moore even disclaims his favorite martini cocktail for the sake of Corfiot wine drinking on a movie scene at the imposing beautiful Theotoki winery.

“SUMMER LOVERS”, (1982)

Darryl Hanah and Peter Gallaher as new gods of love live in the most magical place of summer erotic adventures on the background of the Santorini caldera. The sunset and the view from various parts of the island make the island a well-known place of destination for all lovers.

“LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE”, (2003)

In 2003, Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft is at the peak of her glory, and Santorini takes off with her on some scenes of the film that makes a difference. The magical image of the caldera steals the show and Santorini rises to the top of the most impressive islands in the world.

“MAMMA MIA!”, (2008)

It is really Skopelos! It’s about transferring Broadway’s musical to the big screen. The story is placed in Skiathos and brings the Sporades in the spotlight; viewers discover a different beauty away from the images that are accustomed to the Cyclades. Throughout the film, the exterior dominates by presenting a unique setting of beautiful beaches, chapels, and coves. The case is framed by ABBA’s classic songs that are greatly supported by Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Amanda Seyfried starring. Nothing is like the Greek Kalokeri of the film.

“THE IMMATURE”, (2014)

Italian film was filmed entirely in Paros, which is for the protagonists the place of escape from the tiring everyday life. Together we watch a panorama of Paros with the beaches, the villages that capture the beauty of the island and carry the Cycladic scents and the sense of the holiday.

Top 10 Tips for Quick Post Production

Post production can be a little tricky if you don’t know how to go about it. Here are some of our best and top 10 tips for post production that will help you get things done faster and better. Let’s get started with these tips-

1) Collect your footage first
Organization always plays a vital role in faster work. While working in the post production studios, it is always advisable that you keep the work at one place to save your time. Keep your footage in segregated folders for better organization.

2) Working precisely in the editing studios with L-Cuts and J-Cuts
The two kinds of cuts mentioned above are so bang on that your audience will never know that editing has ever been done or not. The editing flow goes totally smooth with these kinds of cuts and this technique can literally be applied over all kinds of video post production.

3) Avail an SFX Library Subscription
If you are working for post production and are choosing to pick any music without knowing the repercussions of a correct license, you can land into a detrimental trouble. If you often work in the dubbing studios, it is ideal to subscribe to a sound effects archive or library for a licensed collection of music.

4) Know your basic cuts
While working in the post production studios, it is more important that you get all your basics right. Know whatever the cuts are and go by the gut feeling that any of the cut can be used for editing. Whether it is a TV program or a full length movie, narratives or documentaries, the essential cuts can go for all.

5) Follow your most effective tool- Cutting On Action
To create a perfect sync and continuity, the editors should follow the Cutting on Action tool. A seamless scene can be achieved with this trick and your audience will never know about the editing.

6) Backup, backup and backup
On the final stage of post production, the last thing you would want is your computer showing a drastic virus, leaving you with your inaccessible computer. This would perhaps be the biggest nightmare of any editor. That is why; having a backup at every stage is paramount. Keep your work in different places so that even if you need to travel, you can work on post production faster and quicker.

7) Follow your gut feeling
Dream and believe. Go with your inner voice and you shall work faster and quicker. Taking advice from everyone around you will only make your task slower.

8) Ditch the older concepts and Go for negative scanning for quicker access
For the producers of the contemporary world, negative scanning can be a boon. With digitalization, no one likes to store the negatives. In such a scenario, it is always a good go to scan the required negatives and get them whenever you want.

9) Label your files in a way that everyone can understand
To make things fast, correct labelling of files is a good idea. If you need to travel urgently or go somewhere, the last thing you would want is keep your phone stuck to your ear for the colleague to explain things.

10) If you are using more than one software, keep a perfect blend
Using more than one software is a natural thing for post production. However, you should see that everything is in sync.