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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Movie-making Freeware

This is really great!
Seems like a few links are broken....
Jahshaka can be found at
If you are serious about story boarding you might want to checkout Google
Here is the best (I wont say what this is but is really intersting):

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Look-and-Feel of a Movie

How do you convey feeling using visual elements alone? I have mused about this many times. Once you master this you can convey the required feeling visually. So I started exploring to see what elements can be used to convey feelings:
Of course sound design also plays a major part but am leaving it out of the mix for now.

You can definitely use color in your set design and lighting design. For example to picture childhood scenes you can use these colors - red, blue, green, violet, orange, and yellow. Again you have to experiment to see if you get the right mood.

Here is another website that talks about something similar -

Here are some elements of non-verbal communication that you can intertwine in your characters in each of your scenes (taken from the above website):

Eye contact

Is this source of connection missing, too intense, or just right in yourself or in the person you are looking at?

Facial expression

What is your face showing? Is it mask like and inexpressive, or emotionally present and filled with interest? What do you see as you look into the faces of others?

Tone of voice

Does your voice project warmth, confidence, and delight, or is it strained and blocked? What do you hear as you listen to other people?

Posture and gesture

Does your body look still and immobile, or relaxed? Sensing the degree of tension in your shoulders and jaw answers this question. What do you observe about the degree of tension or relaxation in the body of the person you are speaking to?


Remember, what feels good is relative. How do you like to be touched? Who do you like to have touching you? Is the difference between what you like and what the other person likes obvious to you?


Do you or the person you are communicating with seem flat, cool, and disinterested, or over-the-top and melodramatic? Again, this has as much to do with what feels good to the other person as it does with what you personally prefer.

Timing and pace

What happens when you or someone you care about makes an important statement? Does a response—not necessarily verbal—come too quickly or too slowly? Is there an easy flow of information back and forth?


Do you use sounds to indicate that you are attending to the other person? Do you pick up on sounds from others that indicate their caring or concern for you?

Source: The Language of Emotional Intelligence, by Jeanne Segal, Ph.D.

(Here is something I want to read more about - and