The silhouette videos above are from the New Jersey Film School which offers hands-on classes for kids and adults.
Silhouettes have been used since the early Egyptians and Greeks. Silhouettes are related to shadow puppetry from ancient Chinese. The art form became especially popular for portraits during the mid-18th century. And then photographers and later filmmakers used silhouette shots for their beauty and effect.
To make a silhouette of a person, light the background, but not the person. Keep the subject far enough away from the background so there is no light spill on the subject. For the most action, place the camera where the silhouette of the actor changes the most in the action. If, for instance, the actor is pointing with his arm, the camera should shoot the profile to maximize the action.
The silhouette videos above were probably made with a green screen which makes the background color replacement easy. What kind of video you can create with silhouettes?
A different kind of time lapse.Read More
If you are transferring home movies (either film or video) as a commercial service, you should know about the non-profit Center For Home Movies . They sponsor Home Movie Day which will be on October 17, 2015. The site also will show you some possibilities you may not have considered. For instance numerous feature-length documentaries […]Read More
Looking for a great topic for your next video? Make a parody of a well-known film. The example above may get your creative juices flowing, but it will only be meaningful if you’ve seen Birdman which just won the Oscar for Best Picture on Sunday night. Below is the full length trailer. The film is […]Read More