How to Make Independent and Short Films.

This Blog was UPDATED 10/13/2014

We are currently filming several short films that will be finished hopefully by July 2014 and head into Post Production. A Super Short Ghoul Film, A Terror Flick, A Creature Feature, a WWII Sci-Fi Flick, and a Human Hunted Movie.

Here is the Our Super Short Film. The Halleysville Ghoul

All my short films should be in their entirety on our YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/user/DoubleDiamondStudio

This Blog is not just about my Movies I am going to include some links and information and videos for you, especially for those who want to make some short films. Oh PS. I also have one Major Feature Film script that is almost done, it will be sent off to my publicist to try and sell it to somebody with real money!! Plus I am writing another Terror Movie Script about “Revelation” it involves God Jesus and Satan, a lot of damned souls that you all will recognize, and what happens to the damned!!!! I can’t say anymore, people will steal my idea.

Below are some of my picks from YouTube and the internet for Videos and websites that I have weeded through so you won’t have to. We have filmed over 500 videos ourselves and we have used countless cameras and equipment over the years heck we still have most of it. Once we edit a lot of stuff down we will post it to our YouTube page. Some of our Productions are held by second and third parties and you can find them all over YouTube and the net, since we don’t hold primary copy rights to the paid work we do for others, we have to rely on those people to properly identify us in their projects. So with that said stay tuned to our YouTube we will be posting over 300 of our videos, documentaries and short films as we find time in our current schedule to work on the YouTube and our Vines site.

Movie Make-up and Special Effects

 Making a Short Film

Now the above video is from a page that you really should check out so I put the link HERE

Camera’s that you will need…you can use any video camera, ANY!!!… the Magic happens in Pre-Production setting up your project and Post Production, Converting the Video and Editing. I have a lot of camera info through out my site and you can read about different cameras we use in the descriptions on our videos. If you don’t believe me about using any camera then watch this. I also have a camera blog and you can click here for that: http://highlandmediastudio.com/?p=2094

You can also click here for more on Tom Antos, his Film Making and Equipment.

Movie Prop sites and ideas

Here is one of my Movie Prop heads we just got in from the Costume Super Center

Here is some quick video effects and More of Our Movie Props

But you can find many costumes and wardrobe clothing at thrift stores and consignment shops or there are also wardrobe supply warehouses on the net.

If you need weapons for a film try Air soft guns you can find most of anything you need with an air soft gun, here is a couple sites for those and a replica gun site.

Here are also some air soft weapons we just bought

M1 Carbine airsoft

 

 

We got this WWII STYLE M1 Airsoft gun HERE

 

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M16 Vietnam airsoft

 

We got this Vietnam Style M16  HERE 

 

 

 

 

 

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Airsoft package we bought

 

 

and we got all of these at a great price HERE

 

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Here is a few Wikipedia links: 

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Here is a video from a YouTube page called Film Riot you can learn some pretty good stuff from their videos.

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Here is another YouTube Video Channel – Indy Mogul - that has some great alternatives for film making special effects and gear. Here is one of their Videos.

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DIY Special Effects on EPIX Channel

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Another great resource we have used and I have even bought some of his mic mounts is http://www.dslrfilmnoob.com/ He also has a YouTube Page Click Here

OUR CURRENT PRODUCTION LOGO LOOP FOR OUR FILMS

 

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Some really easy video effects

There are a lot of cheap Halloween animatronics out there that you can pick up and use in some short films or youtube videos. Here is a few that we quicky filmed and ran them through Roxio Creator program, darkened them up added a few of the stock video effects just to show that you can take a real cheap Halloween item and maybe do something with it. Even if you do have an expensive video editing suite. If you have Sony Vegas, Avid or Final Cut you can even do more. When we do our films we will be using Sony or Final Cut and our JVC HD Cameras. We used a cheap Kodak ZX-1 720p hand held camera for these animatronic vids.

So Good luck to ya and make some scarey videos for Youtube heck use your phone camera..Have Fun…Tom

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Stop Motion Animation Video

We are venturing into stop motion animation video for a few stunt scenes in our short films that are in Production right now, especially our WWII short film we need to do some stop motion animation for several stunts that would cost way to much to achieve in real time.

So while we are researching stop motion we came across this young mans (Kevin Ulrich) behind the scene videos, that are informative, well thought out, great content and easily understood. We just had to share them with you.

His films are amazing see them at: https://www.youtube.com/user/BrotherhoodWorkshop

For the Behind the Scene Videos Click Here for His Behind the Scene Playlist

Here is one of my Favorites of his films https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZrJPiq9QGM&list=UU6t9Bf2o-l8AEv9mv91p22g

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Our New Production Logo Loop

Here is a few Test runs for our new Production Logo Loop that were just done quickly for a Reference in Windows Movie maker.

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We than went into Sony Vegas and created this final loop, we used a Roland Fanton G6 Keyboad for sound and added sone lens flares against a single shot of the sunrise outside our studio which has become our web presence logo photo for the last year or so.

Here is the final conception.

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And here is the extended version.

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Klingon Bloodwine Beer

This will be the first of 20 plus videos of Home brewing Science Fiction Beers that I have already filmed. Some of these recipes have taking me years to perfect. I am slow to edit them due to other media obligations but I hope to have allot of them up before too long, because I am currently filming my Halloween beers and Spooky ale series. You all haven’t seen anything yet. So subscribe tell your friends. Wait to you see my Romulan Blue Ale recipe.

So Check out my YouTube channel for more crazy videos 

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