Media student benefits - Build up your portfolio


Many students leave school with a very limited portfolio.

Often due to course budget, and time pressures, it might be just a few short movies shot locally, and where their contribution was a crew position.

This doesn’t showcase the skills you have learned, and does not show the wide variety of movies you are capable of working on.

Moviestorm’s fast, easy film production allows you to put together a substantial portfolio of clips, short movies, and even full length films. You can work with others, or make everything yourself. This will enable you to demonstrate your in-depth knowledge of movie-making; directing, cinematography, editing, set design, lighting, sound, and so on. By creating a five-minute short every month, you’d end up with well over thirty completed films in your portfolio by the end of a three-year course.

The huge advantage of being able to create that many films is that you can include a diverse selection of genres; documentary, television quiz shows, horror, drama, comedy, thrillers, sci-fi, romance, music video, reportage, art house, and so on. Moviestorm’s versatility allows you to shoot movies in all these styles quickly and easily without needing a large budget or depending on assembling a large crew each time. You can show that you understand the requirements of each of the genres, and it will make it clear where your strengths and interests lie.

 

Getting the best from Moviestorm

Your portfolio has to compete with work done with high end CG tools and live action, so visual quality is important. Although Moviestorm will not generate output of a comparable quality, you can still create an impressive body of work that shows what you can do and focuses on your directorial and editing skills. It is essential to render your Moviestorm footage at the highest possible visual quality; if necessary, borrow a high-spec computer with plenty of memory and a good graphics card.

Ensure that you edit around any glitches in animation, intersections, or low quality shadows. Pay particular attention to lighting, and use the depth of field controls to make each shot look as good as possible. Consider using the cel shading feature to differentiate your work from 3D animation made with more expensive tools; it then becomes a stylistic choice.

Ensure that your sound quality is as good as you can get it: good film work is often spoiled by poor audio. Record your dialog using a good microphone in a suitable environment, and clean it up with an audio editor before putting it into Moviestorm.

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