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Tip #1143: 5 Tips to Make Video More Cinematic
Notice – nowhere in this list does it mention frame rate.
This article first appeared in MotionArray.com. This is a summary.
One of the most asked questions that come from beginner filmmakers is, “how do I make my films look more cinematic?” Today, we’re going to go over five tips to help you make your next video look and feel more cinematic.
Part 1: What Does Cinematic Footage Mean?
There are a couple of interchangeable terms we can use. Cinematic, professional, high-quality, sharp, etc. Essentially, the highest overall goal is to make your video look like what you see when you watch a feature film in a theater.
Part 2: Tips to Make Cinematic Films & Videos
- Create Depth. You might have heard that shooting with a shallow depth of field is an easy way to make your footage look more cinematic fast. That’s because it does! It really helps, and it’s mostly because it’s a very effective shortcut to giving your shot depth.
- Get Your Light Right. Lighting is such a huge category that we can’t do it justice in just a quick overview. Instead, this article offers some quick solutions that can help you out in a pinch to get better quality shots out of whatever camera you’re using.
- Aspect Ratio. Basically, you can trick your audience into seeing your footage as more cinematic by changing its aspect ratio.
- Color Correction. You knew this one was coming. Color correction is a huge piece of this puzzle. This is where you take the image you captured and shape it into the final product in terms of light and color.
- It’s All an Illusion. Movie-making is all a magic trick. Because that’s what a movie is — it’s a trick. So the last goal in all of this is to make sure you don’t remind your audience that they’re watching a movie.
This article goes into more depth, and multiple steps for each of these points. This is a nice refresher of things you once knew, but, maybe, forgot.