Recently I’ve had the honor of filming a group of amazingly talented musicians who have come together in a musical project called Creedence Revived. Check them out, they are an awesome CCR Tribute band!
This year we are getting a new look here at Rafi Was Here Studios. As you I already love to share entertaining videos on youtube… This year I will be adding a few new elements to my studio, including Art and Music. I will also be offering production services to consumers and opening a location in Gulf Breeze Florida. Coming Soon Rafi Was Here Studios at Gulf Breeze Flea Market.
So you are making some videos and sharing them with the world. You want to take it the next level and use special effects to enhance your viewers experience.
What do you do? What program do you use? How do you get it? How do you learn to use it?
I’ve been making videos for a while now and that counts for something but not too much when it comes to the advances in technology in video editing.
I use Sony Vegas for film and Video Sound Editing. I use Adobe After Effects for Special Effects and picture quality rendering (Due to the fact that I use a very cheap camera for the moment) I also use Sony Acid Pro and Audacity for music production and sound effects.
So on a low budget, how do you come across all these programs? Well, Audacity is a free sound and music editing program and you can find it at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
The other program are a bit expensive, I reached out to a lot of people and was constantly on the look out for a bargain. I found the programs I was looking for at the Flea Market in a box of stuff that belonged to a kid who had gone off to college and his parents were cleaning out his room and converting it into an office. The interesting thing was that once I found the programs a bunch of people let me borrow their copies.
The next step was learning the programs, I can only speak for myself but the best way I found for me to learn something is to actually play with it. I spent a month filming and playing around with both programs, when ever I wanted to do something specific I looked it up on Youtube… In fact I still look it up when ever I think something up that I don’t know how to do. I think that is key, stretching your abilities by dreaming something up that might be a stretch for you and then making it happen, either way, it will be a learning experience.
To be honest with you, the key to filming something on a low budget is to just do it… Creative ways of doing it usually pop up in your mind once you’ve already started the process of filming. I spent a long time dreaming things up and not taking action on them because I didn’t have everything I needed. This will make your filming experience dull and you may not enjoy the process… In my opinion, why film unless you enjoy making films.
So, if you are a filmmaker and you have no budget, don’t think to yourself that someday you’ll be able to do it… Just do it. Borrow equipment, find good deals, be creative and stay optimistic… And have fun!
Some of the best films I have seen had virtually no budget but a lot of creativity… You can’t buy that, and sometimes necessity breads ideas that are creative and brilliant simply because you were forced to think outside of the box.
Also, display your work… If you watched it more than once and you enjoyed it, put it out there, you’ve got nothing to lose. So, if you are a filmmaker, then make films, and stop using not having a budget as an excuse to not make films… Happy shooting!
In This skit Klee and I are “parking” and I was totally going to get to second base until we were attacked by aliens.
This was filmed at night, so there was a lot of moving lights around involved and the challenge of keeping the auto-focus from going crazy.
One funny thing about filming this skit is the fact that the alien who is played by my cousin Erik is supposed to be a tiny scary Alien who just sort of appears. Well, the challenge is the fact that Erik is a big dude with wide shoulders.
Erik had to stand on his knees to reach the small alien stature, yet you still see some of the widest shoulders you could ever see on an alien. He was a great sport.
I have to applaud Klee in this skit. Her performance was amazing, and her terrified screams are convincing… When I was editing I had to lower the volume because our dog thought I was killing her every time I played back a scene. It turned out great!
Chances are if you live in Pensacola Florida you’ve seen a crazy looking truck with the words Watch us on Youtube painted all over it, or maybe you ran across one of the videos by Rafi Was Here on Youtube.
Rafi Was Here is a small (Very small) production company that is focusing all it’s efforts on creating fun and original content on Youtube.
Armed with a cheap camera, an old computer and creativity we decided to see how far we can go and how many people we can make laugh.
In 2009 Klee and I (Rafi) left Chicago Illinois and traveled the country in a customized 92 Ford Explorer. We decided to hang out in Pensacola for a while and focus on filming. So far so good. This Blog will be used for production notes and tips Utilized by us during our filming efforts on a shoestring budget… Luckily we can get pretty creative.