Following the success of our previous article on Colour Grading, we're diving deeper into the practical aspects of Color Correction, Balancing and Grading.
This article aims to guide you through the process of utilising Colour Correction to balancing all the footage in your sequence before and adding a final grade to your film, with a focus on how different colours can really affect your faint film and impact audiences emotionally.
Imagine watching your favourite action-packed movie scene - let's say, its the car chase sequence in "Mad Max: Fury Road" - but you're watching it with the sound turned off. The roaring engines, screeching tires, and heart-pounding music are all missing. Suddenly, a scene like this loses its thrill, doesn't it? You don't engage in the same way, because you don't feel the action.
That is the power of Sound in action sequences. So often sound is overlooked, because we can't see it, but there is no doubting the truth that we really feel it!
In this article, we'll explore the crucial role sound plays in stunt work and action film-making and how you can harness this invisible actor to really enhance the power of your scenes and sequences.
Welcome to another ISA feature article. Today, we're diving deep into a topic that often takes a backseat in the adrenaline-filled realm of action and stunt filmmaking ... colour grading. If you wonder, "Why focus on that when there are high-octane explosions and heart-stopping stunts to choreograph?" The answer is simple: colour grading is an unsung hero of Film that amplifies the visual impact and sensory experience of those very elements, giving your audience an unforgettable cinematic experience instead of bland / realistic colour and tone.
When executed correctly, color grading can heighten the tension in a chase sequence, add depth to a dramatic standoff, or even enhance the raw energy of a fight scene. Just like a well-timed stunt or a meticulously choreographed action sequence, colours on screen play a crucial role in storytelling. Whether you're a filmmaker, editor, or anyone involved in the creative process, understanding the nuances of color grading is indispensable.
In this comprehensive article, we'll demystify the art and science of colour grading. You'll learn about its significance and some iconic uses in film, and even get hands-on advice to start grading your own sequences. Step into the edit suite and let's begin...
Pyrotechnics are an essential component of the movie magic we witness on the big screen. From action-packed blockbusters to heart-wrenching dramas, these special effects bring stories to life and engage audiences like never before. The International Stunt Academy not only trains people in stunt and action acting but also offers education in practical special effects, including pyrotechnics. This article serves as an introduction to pyrotechnics, exploring their usage, main types, and iconic examples in action films.
In the world of film and television, creating spectacular and visually stunning scenes often requires the use of special effects. These effects can be achieved through various methods, two of the most popular being practical (in-camera) effects and computer-generated imagery (CGI). As the International Stunt Academy continues to train action actors and stunt performers, it's essential to understand the differences between these two techniques and the reasons productions may choose one over the other. This article will delve into the world of practical and CGI special effects, exploring their unique characteristics and the factors that influence their selection in the industry.
If you ever want to start a fight, try asking a group of epic martial artists and fight choreographers what the the best Martial Arts film ever made is? We promise it'll be a lively debate! It's ok though, being trained stunt professionals, we did this so you don't have to ;)
Sword fighting has been a staple of action movies for decades, providing audiences with thrilling action sequences, epic battles, and larger-than-life characters. From swashbuckling pirates to legendary samurais, there have been countless movies that have captured the art and beauty of sword fighting. In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the best sword fighting movies of all time, as voted for by some off the best sword fighters and instructors today!
The stunt industry is constantly evolving and adapting to changing technologies, regulations, and production demands. In recent years, there have been big changes that have affected the way stunts will be performed in the future, and who will be performing them. In this article, we'll explore some of these changes and how the industry is adapting to stay current and meet the fast-paced demands of the global entertainment industry.
As we prepare for our show and live displays at Norway's SPILLEXPO we thought we'd share a few words on why we think the explosion in gaming is an exciting new opportunity for our students. Its surprising how many people overlook this line of work but with huge production budgets and mo-cap being a popular way to bring realism into animated characters, we think this is a hot topic...
"No fate but what we make?". Studios and writers are finally evolving to build a better future, that said, we still can't forgive what they did to Wonderwoman. But it does warm our hearts to see better female characters and role models becoming more of a thing in action cinema. Join us as we look back and remember some epic female characters and the actors that played them
We run regular 'film weeks' and encourage all our students to explore and understand, even at a basic level, the roles of the people who will work around them. Until you've handled cameras, worked with sound or had to spend time perfecting lighting, you just cannot appreciate the complimentary crafts that operate around you on a set. Recently we hosted students from a Film School and we asked them to share their 5 top tips that could help anyone create a better outcome when making a student film. Here's what they had to say...
This blog os co-authored by The ISA Team