On the subject of film setups

So, remember a couple of days ago when I said my New Years resolution this year was to improve the things we started in 2015? Well, we're already doing that and I thought it would be a good subject for the blog, so here we are. How many of you know anything about film sets?

There are three critical aspects of any film set, from the new Star Wars movie to a 30 second comedy video about lighting character sheets on fire. Those three aspects are; Audio, Video, and Action - also known as "What are we hearing?", "What are we seeing?", and "What is happening?" If any of these three things are missing, then you have an uninteresting or incomplete shot most of the time. Either you've got something exciting sounding but can't see it, something fun looking but can't hear it, or gorgeous visuals and audio of what may as well be a postcard. 

In order to achieve these three aspects there is a variety of equipment required. For the video, you need cameras and lights. For the audio, microphones and recording devices, and for the happening well you need people. Most importantly though, you need a way to capture all of this information and turn it into an editable format. It's there that we come to our conundrum here at Final Show Films. We have these grand ideas, but no way to capture it effectively - we've got lights, camera, and action but in order to put it into the format we want - Live - we need different equipment. Cameras that can be plugged in and don't rely on batteries, a mixer that can take audio and visual data and send it to a computer, more and better lights, etc.

So that's how we've come to me sitting at my computer looking up film setups to get ideas. Geek & Sundry have a very good setup for their studio out in California, and have the name power to get sponsorship deals. We're not that big yet, so we've got to scrounge and purchase what we can when we can. Still, every little bit helps, and what materials we've been able to scavenge have worked thus far.

We just need to do our best to keep them working.