no 1 video company durban, editing

no 1 video company Durban is on the post production stage for the project.  Voice Over has been recorded and a song has been selected online from a copyfree site because of budget.

We have edited the prject with which we think are the best shots visually to tell the story.  This can be viewed differently from the client because they might view it from a personal side and look at who appears in the video and who doesnt.

The final ad is 40 seconds, this needs to include quite a long contact list as the very last frame in the timeline.  It is a requirement from the client so it must get included.

The edit right now is in the first draft stage, this means that while I’m typing this the client is looking at a draft version of the advert and deciding what changes need to be made.  We have to still finalise the last title and we not happy with 1 video in the advert but that most probably requires 3D animation to fix.

We are now in the waiting stage, we waiting for feedback from the client so that we can go ahead and edit Draft 2 .

GCV Productions will keep you posted.

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no 1 Video Company Durban, lights part 2

Hi guys, no 1 video company durban needs to discuss the second half of lights on set, when how and why.

Now of course we all know we need to use lights if a room or set area is too dark.  But we can also create mood using lights.  Harsh lighting might be used for action sequence where there is flashing bright lights.  Soft lights can be used for a drama or romance where we want faces lighted bringing out nice features that is soft on the eye.

Have you ever seen a face lit with harsh light creating shadow to create a mean look or evil.

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Lighting alone can set the mood for a scene or kinda make you judge the character without even the person speaking yet.  Look at the above?  Do you trust the man?  Do you think he is likeable or approachable?  I wouldnt like to be dealing with him.  Half the face is in darkness and there is harsh shadows, dark lines across his face.  I

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Now look at the image above.  Nice soft light is used to light the character, gives it a nice soft approachable look.

This is the basics of how lights create mood in a scene and the creative control we have to set the feel we want from a scene.

Documentary lighting might require you to light a scene because its too dark without light but give a thought to getting creative with your lights.   Cameras today can operate much better in low light conditions as compared to 15 years ago.  But that does not mean you don’t want lights at all.

 

Well thats it for now guys, hope this blog helps you with your next video production and the creative ability lights offer for your production.

 

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This week at GCV, no 1 Video Company Durban

Hi guys, welcome to no 1 video company durban blog of whats coming up this week.

Well what a week coming up, video shoot for TV…very exciting.  I wont mention names right now but on Thursday we shoot a television advert for a retirement home in Durban. Its going to be very exciting because we have new gear.

Firstly, we shooting on the new Panasonic GH5 camera, this is a beaut, crazy 4K capability and steady shot that will give us amazing visuals.

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You know the say…Dynamite comes in small packages.   GCV, Durbans no 1 video company is teaming up with PixelCraft Training to shoot and edit this amazing advert.   We have also got some really cool lighting….

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These lights are gonna be so much fun.  Always have lights in your shoot, they offer so much creative control of your production.  I cant wait to show you guys the finished product…please be patient while we edit and fine tune the visuals.

The voice over has already been done as well as the titles for the production.  Timing is on 40 seconds which includes quite a long title at the end of the advert for contact details.

Recce of the location has been done but a 2nd one will happen this monday.

While we on the subject…What to look for on a recce visit.

  1.  A recce gives you an idea of the location layout, lighting, whether it be natural daylight or indoor artificial lighting, shadows.
  2.   What areas to shoot and how to get power and lights to those areas eg…are there plugpoints for lights, plugging in camera or monitors?
  3.   Are there noise distractions eg…traffic, sirens, drilling or any noise that might occur from filming.
  4.   Are all areas accessible for filming?  ie a factory might have certain departments not accessible to film crew at certain times such as lunchtime.

 

Those points above are just a few pointers to look for on a recce.

Please feel free to send any extra info you have regarding recce shoot that we can to our next video blog.

 

Pictures by Guy Crosbie

Below is a few of my favourite photographs I have taken over the years. There is no specific subject and the photos are taken for amusement only. My cats feel like celebrities because there is always a lens in their face.

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Alex, one of my two cats
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TJ…the other cat
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TJ and Alex as kittens 6 years ago.

 

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Alex and TJ all grown up
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Cycad Garden @ Botanical Gardens, Berea Durban

 

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The awesome crew I get to work with when filming at McDonald’s SA

 

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More of the awesome McDonald’s crew
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Burger clams photographed while on a video shoot at McDonald’s SA
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The awesome glass planters my friend sells at The Farmers Market Shongweni KwaZulu Natal. Please visit her stand – Ginger Lily
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Water Lilies @ Durban Botanical Gardens
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Andrew Mills, Marketing Director Boxer and the winners of Win a Wedding sponsored by Boxer and Unilever
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Me at the age of 5 or 6 on holiday in Cape Town
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Michelle and I on an awesome holiday in Vegas baby! 2010
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Me and my video camera.

 

 

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One of the very cheerful riders for McDonald’s Delivery Service.
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Cody Codes, a real ladies cat…wouldn’t stop talking. RIP
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Timone visiting from next door.
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Paris Las Vegas Hotel 2010