Thursday, October 6, 2011

Ideas, please. We love ideas.

Yeah. First of all, sorry it's been so long on here without another post... I can't tell you how fast the days are speeding by! Life is so full and busy! And I love it that way. GFP has been busy, too, and we now have 31 videos up and running.


As always, you can go see the full listing at our Youtube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/GloryFilmProductions .





So back to business! Our old video camera's battery died, and the charger passed with it, unfortunetly. But no worries, as we now have a brand NEW camcorder, professional quality, and ready to go! It shoots in HD, and the quality and clarity is amazing. Unfortunetly, our current video editing programs are not capable of capturing HD to its perfection. The video still comes through, still looks great, but with a different program could look about 20 times better. Either way, whether we get a new program soon or not, we'll still keep making videos because the new camcorder shoots great with or without the HD captured perfectly.





I hope to shoot a film we've been trying to do for a while now, "Relative Cash", tomorrow when we get together with the other half of our crew, the Gilliams, at the farmers' market in McIntosh.





But back to the title of this post, "Ideas", that's what I wanted to write mainly about here. I'm in need of ideas for a new short we'll be doing soon as well, based on Hebrews 4:12 about the powerful, piercing Word of God. I need ideas on things we can pierce, NON-living things (of course, right?!) which can be pierced or made to look like they were pierced with a sword. If you think of anything please comment, e-mail or Facebook me/GFP. Your insight is greatly appreciated, I assure you.





Have a blessed weekend! :)





Love in Christ,


Leah Kathryn


-GFP Director & Administrator-





(P.S. Here's our most recent video for you to watch! Enjoy!)



Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Some Cool Promos AND Windows Movie Maker Tips


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Good morning everyone, just popping in to post a couple new promo videos I made yesterday, experimenting with a new video editing program I have. Here's what I got.


I especially enjoy the text parts, you can't get that kind of type on the old stand-by program (that most Windows computers are equipped with) Windows Movie Maker. WMM is extremely basic and good for beginning filmmakers, and even though its simplicity can be stunting if you're more advanced and that's the only program you have to use, it can be manipulated in some essences beyond what the typical use is. You can make it work. Pretty much.


There are some certain little tricks that can be done, which can truly make the difference between professional and unprofessional appearances. It's true, you can't really make a super professional-looking video with WMM, honestly, it wasn't really created with that purpose, but once again, if that's all you have possesion of, that's what you have to use.


I used PowerDirector Express with these new promos, and then for the sound fades at the ending, I moved the whole thing to WMM because, apparently, PDE is not capable of such a thing as audio fades. Annoying. Wouldn't you think it's a no-brainer to include the option? PDE does have some neat transitions, though as usual many are quite unprofessional and overdone, except for use perhaps in a bloopers video. Anyway, though, as I said before, use what is helpful and leave the rest.


So what are some useful tips to keep in mind while using a simple program like WMM? Well, here are a few things to start with.



  1. TRANSITIONS: You don't need to use an official transition (e.g. fade, wipe, dissolve, etc.) to make a film look good. If the cuts between each scene are smooth, you can leave it 'as is.'

  2. TRANSITION: If you DO decide to use one, and at times they can be quite helpful, stay away from the very obvious ones like "wipe" or "page curl" etc., etc., which look very amateurish.

  3. TRANSITIONS: DO consider using a simple, unpretentious transition such as a fade. You can fade out to black in between sequences, fade in from black to the next scene, etc. It will appear much more proficient than a "Bow tie" or "Fan-in".

  4. AUDIO: If you have voice tracks in your film, WMM is decent for adjusting sound volume. Make sure the music score (if you have one) doesn't overpower the vocals.

I will post some more tips in the future, these are just to get you started. Enjoy the promos!


Blessings!


In Christ Alone,


Leah Kathryn

Sunday, May 22, 2011

DIRT: Soul Soils Official Trailer


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Glory Film announces the official trailer of DIRT: Soul Soils! This new short film based on the Parable of the Sower is 90 percent completed and will be released June 30th, 2011! So be on the lookout, and enjoy the sneak peek!


Blessings, y'all!


Leah K. Oxendine

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Filming Day

After having two acts of the Parable of the Soils shot, we are about to (God willing) kill two birds (actually 3) with one stone tomorrow, with another day of filming.

I'm hoping to get the 2nd, 3rd and even 4th soils' parts done, or at least the greater half of each. There are indoor scenes which must be done another time. But if it goes as planned, this will be the biggest step taken so far. It will also mean a longer day of filming and concentration.

Man. I'm tired and I have to admit it. My dad really helped with brainstorming how in the world to portray a certain scene, earlier, so I'm thankful he was there to help. Otherwise my brain was preparing to fray out!

Yep. Busy. What a wonderful life God has given me. It's rich, full, blessed, and buuuussssyyy..... yeah. I like it that way, despite the staying up till' midnight trying to finish storyboards and other numerous things!

Well, that's all for now. Blessings to all of you, well, you 2 visitors who happened to drop in.
Thanks for reading, anyway!

Sincerely,
Leah Kathryn

Friday, February 25, 2011

Parables and Shorts

Well, we're thinking of combining the two. Recreating a parable from God's Word, as a short film.
Last Wednesday we had a meeting with Mrs. Gilliam and her kids to discuss the idea. So far, it looks like we'll be pursuing the Parable of the Soils.

Ideas? Thoughts? That's what commenting is for! :-)

For God's Glory,
Leah Kathryn

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Welcome to the Blog!

Welcome to Glory Film Productions' first and foremost internet blog. We'll try to keep you up to date on our latest projects and plans... not to forget the learnings in the art of moviemaking!
It's a fun adventure-- filmmaking. Although we have a ways to go to accomplish our dreams for the company, it's all a learning experience. We're taking 'baby steps'. Our team has grown to 4 new members, though. You can learn more about us at the About Us page. (where else?)

Blessings,
Leah Kathryn