Media student benefits - Develop visual storytelling skills


Making movies is, first and foremost, about telling stories, even if you’re making documentaries.

In addition to learning the techniques involved, the filmmaker has to be able to engage the viewer and enable them to relate to the characters and their situation. 

A good script is a necessity, of course, but the essence of the film medium is the ability to convey emotion through performance, cinematography, production design, editing and sound.

Film is one of the most sophisticated art forms to master. It includes many different disciplines, and a good director needs to understand all of them and know how to use them effectively. Although a film crew will include specialists who are experts in their particular areas, it is primarily the director who needs to fuse them into a powerful creative team and bring their individual skills into the story-telling.

Moviestorm is an ideal platform for honing those disparate skills. It allows you to work fast, and to control all aspects of production. You can focus your attention on what’s going on the screen, not on laborious modelling and animation, and you can quickly move back and forth between the different roles, allowing you to get hands-on experience in how the different elements interlock and how they reinforce each other. The visual constraints force you to ensure that the viewer is captivated by the way you tell your story, not by eye candy or technical wizardry.

For example, how would you convey that someone was lonely without using words? A film needs to convey this through camera angles and movement, sound, body language, and perhaps some simple acting or some props.

Adding a few well-told stories to your portfolio will show that you have mastered not just the ability to film a script, but that you have understood the fundamentals of this highly complex and intricate medium.

 

Getting the best from Moviestorm

You may well find that the assets supplied with Moviestorm aren’t enough to make your movie. This means you’ll need to make use of mods. There are many people making mods, ranging from costumes and props to animations. It’s worth digging around to see what’s available either free or commercially; some may cost you a little, but they’re fairly inexpensive.

If what you need isn’t on offer, you can make them yourself. Some types of mod are extremely easy. You can make texture changes just with Photoshop or a similar graphics editor. You can import models from the Google Sketchup Warehouse very rapidly. There are thousands of models available, or you can create your own. If the idea of making mods from scratch doesn’t worry you, you can create your own in 3DS Max or Blender. Find out more about modding here.

If all else fails, try asking the Moviestorm community for any custom work you need. Some people will cheerfully make mods in return for a credit in your movie, or for a very small fee.

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