Inetfilm.com: An Evaluation for Filmmakers

admin May 28, 2018

inetfilm.com operates as a gateway to short independent films and videos. The contents on the website include independent films, commercials, parody videos and animation. Acting reels, music videos and demo tapes are also accepted. The website has a resources section that includes a list of various links to film related publications and websites.

Benefits
Independent filmmakers can submit their films to be included on inetfilm.com. The website offers an opportunity for video creators to show their work on the internet. Visitors can watch a variety of videos ranging from short films to vintage commercials. The majority of the videos are very short in length. This allows viewers to browse through many video clips at a time.

Quality of Video
The viewing quality on inetfilm.com is satisfactory, depending on the video. Some films and videos are showcased with good quality, while others look dark and grainy. There is an inetfilm.com watermark on the side of each video. inetfilm.com also has their own animated logo that plays for a few seconds, prior to the start of each video clip. All videos are streamed in Quicktime. Viewers must have the Quicktime plug-in to be able to watch the video clips.

Verdict
The video window size is very small when viewing many of the video clips. inetfilm.com claims that it is an “internet film community”, that was designed to appeal to a wide variety of people, including film distributors. The video review option does not have a working link. This disables the viewer from being able to leave a comment on a particular video. Some of the videos do not play, even when the Quicktime plug-in is installed.

The inetfilm.com website is covered with numerous advertisements from Google and Amazon.com. These advertisements are placed on the homepage as well as every other page on the website. This includes advertisements that surround the video window on each viewing page. Viewers are inundated with advertisements while watching video clips. This creates an unpleasant viewing experience. There are also Paypal buttons placed around the site. inetfilm.com encourages visitors to donate at least 50 cents in order to keep the website in operation.

inetfilm.com has made a nice effort in creating a location where video creators can show their work. However, the website appears to be unorganized and lacking a distinctive direction. The Paypal buttons coupled with lots of advertisements gives off the impression that the administrators are looking for a quick buck. If that is not the circumstance, the website managers could be trying to maintain the online presence of inetfilm.com. Calling the website a community is not in tune with the site itself. The word “Community” offers the chance of interacting with others. There is no online forum, chat room, instant messaging or any other way for people to interact on this website. inetfilm.com is in need of a serious makeover.

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Guide to Making Your First Animated Movie: Your Animation Software and Technical Requirements

admin May 20, 2018

Exploring the world of animation and filmmaking requires not only technical and creative skills, but also patience and commitment to accomplish all the challenging tasks involved throughout the long production process.
After completing your initial pre-production requirements including the script, storyboard, and character and background designs, you must clearly know your technical workflow, audio and video settings, and other production requirements before proceeding to the actual animation.

Animation Software

Choosing your animation software is crucial to the specific workflow and technical and creative prerequisites of your film. For starters who have no prior animation experience, it is recommendable to start with 2D animation because 3D animation not only requires powerhouse computer software and hardware, but also adequate skills in 3D modeling and other animation requirements.

Another thing to consider is the more specific format to use for the animation. You may use traditional animation, computer animation, or stop-motion animation. There is no fixed choice that may be acknowledged as the best for all projects because each story and treatment from the director has more specific needs. One may find it more ideal to use traditional or hand-drawn, frame-by-frame animation for a particular project to achieve the look of old school Disney films like “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin.” Another person may find it more suitable to use a 2D animation software for faster production or to achieve a more “Flash look” like in the Oscar-nominated Israeli film “Waltz with Bashir.” Another one may find it better to use stop-motion animation to achieve the look of films like “Corpse Bride” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

As a general guide, typical first-time animators usually prefer a computer software like Flash or After Effects for their first animated movie projects. Aside from the practicality and ease of use, these programs allow any regular computer with a decent video card and technical specifications to effectively handle animation work.

Technical Requirements and Settings

Whether a one-minute short or a two-hour full-length project, making a movie requires a lot of creative and technical planning. First, confirm the kind of output you want for the movie. Is it meant to be shown on the web or for a big screen projection in your school or an independent film festival? What frame size and frame rate will you use? Ideally, a movie already follows the high-definition (HD) standard with a widescreen aspect ratio and 24 frames per second (fps) frame rate. Like in typical Blu-ray releases, you may prefer to have your settings in 1080p and MPEG-4 video codec. Yet, you have other options like a 720p (progressive) video, which offers a slightly lighter HD file resolution, and a .MOV or .WMV video file for your preferred output copy.

Audio Recording

More often than not, a preliminary voice recording is needed for characters with speaking lines. Also referred to as the “scratch voice” recording, this process helps the animator in the timing and movement of a character’s lips during the animation process. Aside from becoming a reference for the actual animation, it is also used to give the filmmaker an idea of the length of the scenes. Sometimes, the scratch voices are even used as final sound elements in the film instead of doing a re-recording of voices during the film’s post-production stage.

Animatics, Actual Animation, and Post-production

Prior to the actual animation, an animatic is done so that the initial storyboard drawings and key audio elements can come together in a very raw animation offer — functioning more like a moving storyboard with sound and/or music. Once done, you proceed with the actual animation.

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