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Learn how to reenacted how you feel after a break up with the Heart Torn Out effect, then stick around for some quick tips on Depth of Field.
To rip out a heart…you need five things: 1) Some kind of meat that looks like a heart. 2) Fake blood. 3) A bowl. 4) Matching shirts. 5) Scissors.
First stretch the shirt across something like a ladder (of course you could always just have someone hold it); then take the shirt and cut a whole where the heart would be. Next fill the bowl with blood and put the meat in it. Now with the bowl on the side, away from camera, have your actor/actress punch through the hole and pull the heart out.
Then get a side shot of your two actors and have the murdering actor punch pass the side of your other actor that faces away from camera. Now get a second take from the same location; but this time, have the heart and blood already in your murdering actors hand. On action…have them rip their hand back as if they just tore it from the other actor’s chest. Now cut these three shots together, add a sound effect, and you will have a pretty convincing effect.
If you want the film look, one of the major contributors is depth of field, (the area in which your shot is in focus). The problem with shooting digitally is that it has a very wide depth of field… meaning everything is in focus. The best way to get a more filmic crushed depth of field is by using a 35mm lens adapter like the ones found at LetusDirect.com.
But if you don’t have the cash for that, there is an alternative. Drop your iris to the lowest number you can (the lower the number the less depth of field), then just move your camera away from your actor and zoom in. The only two downsides to this, is that zooming in will make your background look closer to your actor, and you will need external audio sources like a boom mic.
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From Triune Films and writer/director Ryan Connolly comes Film Riot, a hybrid of sketch comedy, tutorial, reality TV and a whole lot of nonsense, with the ultimate goal of teaching the art of independent filmmaking. Whether it's low budget effects or how to create a film from writing all the way to editing, no corner of filmmaking is left unexplored.
Have you ever wanted to blow up a head, break an arm, or shoot some poor fool in the face without the annoying side effect of death or lawsuit? Then you've come to the right place. Film Riot is on a mission to come up with an inexpensive (and safe) solution for every effect thrown at them. And it's not just for the violent at heart. They will also be covering great effects like car crashes, light sabers, phasers, perspective, day for night, and many others.
But great effects aren't enough, your film has to have great sound, visuals, and above all story. Film Riot covers the fundamentals of filmmaking by following Triune Films through the production of their latest short film "TELL". Film Riot will show what it takes to make a film from start to finish, and all the pitfalls that come with it. During production Ryan will also be jumping over to Full Sail University in Orlando Florida to get insight from their extremely knowledgeable instructors on everything from writing to directing, make-up, cinematography, editing, producing, casting, and more.
To sum it up, Film Riot is filled with great information and wrapped in a delicious and easy to swallow coating.
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