With the release of cameras such as the new “Go Pro” the slow motion world is no longer out of reach for us every-day filmmakers. These tiny cameras are capable of producing high definition footage at 120 frames per second. Even the regular cameras we use for our shoots are producing fantastic footage that wasn’t possible 5 years ago. The Digital SLR revolution and the high end digital cinema cameras have made it possible to create some stunning work.
A trend that is picking up steam are these slow motion photo-booths. We can see why. It’s a fairly easy process. You’ll need a backdrop, props (hats, bubbles, silly string, etc.) and a camera that can shoot 60 frames per second or 160 frames per second. The slow the better. Get guest’s to participate in the photo-booth, get them to do silly things, play some music for them, give them fun props. Remember, you don’t really need much footage as you’re going to slow it down in the editing room. Remember, people are going to feel way more comfortable as the night goes (they’ll be drunk).
So why are people doing this? What’s the point? Well, if you’ve ever those videos of people getting hit my water balloons in slow motion you’ll notice something… it’s hilarious!
Things don’t look like people would expect them to when it’s completely slowed down. Don’t believe us? Watch this video:
Traditionally, the word Light Leaks was considered a pain to photographers and filmmakers. Due to a manufacturing problem or general wear-and-tear, light would spill through a hole or gap in the body of a camera and “leak” into a sealed chamber. This would cause the film to be exposed with unaccounted for light. What was previously considered a problem soon became a stylistic technique called the lomography movement, giving photos character and life.
Videographers have adopted this movement by using the movement of light leaks to give their wedding videos and corporate videos a new flare, pardon the pun.
There are a few ways one can use light leaks in own projects. Using light leaks over top of edits points is a great way to mask a cut point. Typically the brightest part of the light leak should be placed above the edit point. This will allow for a smooth and seamless transition between shots. However, light leaks do not always need to cover an edit. A nice edge burn in the middle of a shot can really spice up any piece of footage.
Particular events also benefit from the use of light leaks. For example, a nice autumn wedding will benefit from slow warmer glows and tones to match the romantic mood of the piece. In addition, a action packed surf video would be great fit for fast light leaks that wash over the scene and add to the pace of the footage. Furthermore, blue, green and purple overlays really lend themselves to concert footage and music video. This is because of the presence of these multi-colored lights that are already present in the scene.