3rd May – Dan’s Friday Filmmaking Wonders

17 Dan's Friday Filmmaking Creative Tips & Wonders

 

This week we delve into the innovative AI tool ‘Text to Colour Grade’ by Runway. This tool revolutionises the process of colour grading footage by interpreting text-based descriptions to achieve the desired visual style. We then explore the intriguing parallels between dreams and films, examining how filmmakers leverage dream-like qualities to evoke profound emotional and subconscious responses from viewers. Lastly, Zack Snyder offers a concise yet insightful ‘60-second film school’ on utilising smartphones to craft cinematic masterpieces, spotlighting his own short film ‘Snow Steam Iron,’ entirely filmed using an iPhone.

AI Text to Colour Grade Tool

 

Runway AI has introduced a groundbreaking tool called ‘Text to Colour Grade,’ set to revolutionise the workflow for creatives and video professionals. This user-friendly yet powerful tool allows you to describe your desired visual style or look for your footage using text, and AI technology will work its magic to generate the corresponding colour grade. Users can specify their desired aesthetic, whether inspired by the visual styles of other films, directors, or any preferred source. The AI then translates these descriptions into precise colour grading adjustments, enabling users to achieve their envisioned look effortlessly. The generated look can be saved and downloaded as a LUT providing users with a reusable asset for future video projects. Despite being in its early stages of development, this AI tool shows promise for video editors seeking to elevate the visual appeal of their projects while saving time and resources in post-production.

In the below video demonstration by Runway AI, viewers can explore the tool’s capabilities, including its current limitations and optimal methods for achieving desired results. As this technology continues to evolve, it may eventually integrate into mainstream editing software platforms, offering a potent tool for video editors to unleash their creativity with ease and efficiency.

 

 

Dream & Films

 

Dreams in many ways are a lot like films. Even the act of how we view them is similar, (images being played out in front of us often in the dark.) Movies unfold in front of our eyes on screen and our minds work to deconstruct and try to make sense of what we are seeing. Dreams also play out in a similar way but rather than in a cinema, they take place in the mysterious landscape of our subconscious. Both mediums transport us to alternate realities, blurring the lines between imagination and reality.

Like a masterful filmmaker, our subconscious mind constructs the narrative, complete with characters, plots, and settings. Dreams, much like films, possess the power to evoke a wide range of emotions, from joy to fear, from love to despair. They can be vividly colourful or shrouded in darkness, much like the cinematography of a blockbuster movie. Dreams and films both serve as vessels for exploration and self-discovery. Just as a director may use symbolism and metaphors to convey deeper meanings, our dreams often contain hidden messages and insights into our innermost thoughts and desires. They invite us to unravel their mysteries, much like analysing the deeper meaning and connotations of a cinematic masterpiece.

Many film-makers have sought to recreate this dream-like feeling within their movies, taking us on a surreal exploration of their worlds and using deeper meanings to target our subconscious to generate feelings of nostalgia and create a greater emotional response. For example, in one of my favourite films, ‘Donnie Darko,’ director Richard Kelly masterfully creates a dreamlike atmosphere by blending elements of psychological thriller and science fiction with surreal imagery and existential themes. Kelly employs a non-linear narrative structure, reminiscent of the disjointed nature of dreams, as Donnie’s reality becomes increasingly distorted. Time loops, alternate timelines, and a sense of impending catastrophe contribute to the film’s dreamlike quality, leaving viewers questioning what is real and what is imagined.

 

 

Another example of this is in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception.’ In the film Nolan skillfully weaves a complex narrative that blurs the lines between reality and imagination, inviting viewers to delve into the depths of their subconscious mind. Symbolism plays a crucial role within the movie with recurring motifs such as the spinning top and the idea of planting an idea in someone’s mind. This simple yet powerful device encapsulates the film’s central question, “What is real?” Much like the uncertainty of dreams, the spinning top blurs the line between illusion and truth, inviting viewers to question the nature of their own reality. The top becomes a metaphor for the characters’ struggles with guilt, regret, and the desire for redemption, as they grapple with the consequences of their actions within the dream world.

 

 

A video that delves deeper into the parallels of dreams and films posted by ‘Du Cinema’ sheds light on a new TikTok trend called ‘Dreamcore’ in which viewers feel they have already been to or seen certain sequences before within a film. It offers a fascinating insight into the inner workings of our subconscious minds and how films can invoke a sense of nostalgia to create a sense of familiarity within cinema.

 

Zack Snyder’s 60-second smartphone film school

 

Movie director Zack Snyder, best known for ‘Man of Steel,’ ‘Batman v Superman’ and ‘Justice League’, recently shared invaluable insights on utilising smartphone cameras for cinematic filmmaking. In a recent video posted by Netflix, Snyder offers practical tips and techniques to empower aspiring filmmakers to unleash their creativity using only a smartphone, aiming to inspire others to embark on their filmmaking journey!

 

 

In his 2017 short film ‘Snow Steam Iron,’ Snyder showcased his remarkable talent as a filmmaker by exclusively using an iPhone when shooting this short film. Despite the device’s limitations, Snyder’s mastery of cinematography and his distinctive style resulted in a captivating and visually stunning production. This short film acts as a reminder that a compelling vision and a well-crafted story are paramount, transcending the need for extravagant budgets. Snyder’s work reaffirms that creativity knows no bounds, and with determination and a clear vision, anyone can bring their cinematic dreams to life.

 

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