Well, after 18 months of waiting, Walt Before Mickey, finally had it’s premiere festival release at The SkyWay International Film Festival on Friday June 12th. It was a rousing success. The film was extremely well received and we got so much great feedback from industry professionals and theatre goers alike. They couldn’t believe the film that we were able to produce under such a low budget. Yes, indeed! We made a film for $500k and made it look like $7 million.
The only way that you can do that is with a dedicated team and a willingness to work overtime in order to make something work. Well, we had both. We had a dedicated crew who believed in our director, Khoa Le, and production team as well as the special subject matter that we were tackling. Yes, we had a great responsibility to tell a very important story about a very important individual, Walt Disney himself. That’s what made us all work diligently to make sure that we captured every little ounce of that era that we could. I think we did him justice.
Thomas Ian Nicholas did an outstanding job as Walt and there were some very great supporting performances as well. Namely, Jodie Sweetin, who did a great job as Charlotte Disney. Here is an article of our opening night premiere, highlighting her appearance at the Skyway International Film Festival.
We also had plenty of other well known actors in it, like Jon Heder, David Henrie, Hunter Gomez, Taylor Gray, Conor Dubin, Natasha Sherritt, Ayla Kell and, of course, me, Frank Licari as the villain. It was a fantastic cast. Shout out to Executive producers Armando Gutierrez and Arthur Bernstein for having the initial vision to recognize that this story needed to be told and giving us all an opportunity to work on such a great project.
A special shout out to Joe Stone and Jay Weber for doing such a great job in Art Direction and to Beverly Safer for doing an outstanding job on costuming. Amazing talent!
There is so much more excitement to come. Khoa and I are already in the midst of searching for investors for our next project, entitled Brandini. It’s going to be a beautifully inspirational story about music, love, family, determination, hope and passion. We can’t wait to start pre-production.
Don’t forget to visit www.Kvibe.com/walt-before-mickey and www.Kvibe.com/BrandiniFilm for all of the information on our current and future projects, and check out the official Walt Before Mickey site to pre-order your DVD copy of the film..
We at KVibe Productions have been working with Fortune 500 company Ernst & Young for a long time now. In fact, they’re one of our oldest clients, and we consider them family.
So, when E&Y came to us recently for help designing and executing a corporate video production, we jumped at the opportunity to take their video to the next level.
However, we’ve been doing corporate and commercial video production for a while now, and we’re fully aware that, no matter how well you know the client, every production is different.
For this particular project, pre-production was key. So, check out what we did to make sure everything went smoothly and to ensure the final product is something we all can be proud of.
While so much of any video’s success has to do with finding the right concept and then doing what it takes to bring it to life, you’d be surprised how quickly a video production can fall apart as a result of communication breakdowns and confrontations.
We’ve been doing film and video production of all kinds for a long time, so we’re completely aware of how critical good communication and collaboration are to a video’s success. Film and video production are collaborative arts by nature. Most companies have to hire a third-party company to handle production for them, which just makes communication and collaboration even more important.
So, we’ve put together some tips for working with a video production company. You’re probably thinking: Well, they’re a video production company, so won’t this be skewed in one direction? Truthfully, we’ve compiled these tips to help your cause as much as ours. Remember, film and video production are collaborative processes, so this advice benefits all parties.
So, we all know how powerful video production can be for establishing and maintaining a brand identity online, but why?
Yes, people are naturally attracted to video content. The proof is in the pudding. In this day and age, audiences of all kinds are flocking to online video to consume content.
That’s why, no matter what your business does nor what industry you’re in, your brand can benefit from the use of video production to promote your presence, but that still doesn’t answer the question.
So, let’s take a look at what, exactly, makes video such an attraction to people these days and what you can do to take advantage of these natural inclinations.
Just imagine it. You’ve written or gotten your hands on a compelling script. It’s one of those stories that causes your imagination to start running wild immediately. You’ve already envisioned the perfect location, the right atmosphere for nearly every scene of the film or video production.
So, now it’s about finding the location that best matches the one you’ve created in your mind. However, it’s nearly impossible to find something that looks exactly like the setting you imagined, and it’s truly miraculous when you find such a place.
If you’re lucky enough to stumble on your dream location then, by all means, use it. However, it’s much more common to find something that is in the ballpark of what you had in mind, but will require some effort and good old ingenuity to make it work.
Lighting’s not easy. Most of the time, after a series of other frustrations, people in film or video production just settle for something they can call adequate. Actually, a lot of the time, especially in commercial and corporate video production, just adequate isn’t even that easy to find.
What we’re talking about here, though, is using light in a different, more manipulative way. You don’t need to be doing a feature film or a narrative to want to add a splash of style to the aesthetic of your project.
Whether you want to add some humor to a corporate video production by being deliberately over-dramatic with the lighting, or you need some flair in a music video, or you’re working on a horror short and want some creepiness, we can help.
Let’s go over some of the styles and looks you can go for and how to go about achieving them. Just be careful to use them on the appropriate project, and not just to use them. Certain techniques will yield certain results.
The basics, the classics…
Low-key, or chiaroscuro lighting, was popularized in other art forms long before it made its way to film or video production. This is a style of lighting dominated by darker tones, creating a dramatic-looking subject or scene.
The idea is to create a contrast between light and shadow, to allow the light to fall in just the right spot, creating a mood that defines the scene along the way.
Horror and Noir-style film and video productions, or those wishing to hint at the tones associated with those genres, commonly use low-key lighting techniques.
Obviously, if you have the budget and a decent stock of equipment, this isn’t a style that’s all that hard to attain, as it values the dark as much as the light, and usually just a small amount of intense light at that.
A big black backdrop in a studio setup works fine, but if studio access is an issue and there’s limited equipment, you can try some other little tricks and remedies.
For instance, you can position the subject in a dark room, as dark as you can get it, then position a light just outside the room, using the door and walls as flags. A reflector or something to work as a bounce board can be used to help shape the light and add some fill where necessary.
Another simple tip: Make use of nighttime light and exterior locations when possible. Moonlight and streetlights work wonders, as they have an inherent emotion to them that can add to the effect. Shooting through some blinds and making use of silhouettes have similar effects.
Mixing up color temperatures.
Another great way to add some visual flair to your film or video production through the use of light is to use lights of different color temperatures. However, make sure there’s a motivation for doing so.
That goes for any lighting or stylistic technique you attempt. You should come up with a reason, a correlation that motivates the use of the different color temperatures, especially because with bold moves like this, the effect can be glaringly undeniable.
You must have a firm understanding of the relationship between temperatures. Check out our blog, Too Many Cooks in the Color-Correcting Kitchen, to see how this stylistic technique can quickly turn a project into a self indulgent case of style over substance.
But if you can keep the lighting from becoming a distraction, then a mixture of color temperatures can be dazzling. For example, if you wanted to shoot a club scene, then mixing the colors could result in some really interesting and moody stuff, while still being motivated and organic to the setting.
You can use gels and any necessary equipment or go into the camera settings to achieve a mixture of color temperatures. Again, make sure to educate yourself about the relationship of color temperatures and the resulting effects beforehand.
Lighting style is easier than ever to achieve.
The great thing about trying to add some style or visual flair to your film or video production with lighting is that, like every aspect of the craft, as technology has continued to grow, so have the possibilities to achieve looks with light.
Digital cameras have made shooting at night a whole new ball game. Not only is it possible to get incredible footage in extremely dark conditions with a reasonably priced camera, but it’s even possible to get some style into the footage.
Whether it’s messing with the camera’s settings to get an unusual or interesting aesthetic during production, or you alter the image in post, the possibilities are there, and there are more than ever before.
Check out KVibe Productions’ Music Video reel to get a feel for how we use light to bring some style to our film or video productions.
KVibe Productions is a full-service video production company. Whether it’s a product video production, a corporate video, or a commercial production, KVibe offers the total package of multimedia services from development through distribution.