Hello everyone! It would be nice if someone could give me a hand with a documentary movie project.
I work as a professor of physics at a gymnasium, part time. I also work on various other freelancing jobs, ranging from localization to programming. Recently, I stepped into area of animation and found myself being Steven Spielberg on a mission, although without a beard. I am going to be the chief scientific adviser (script writer) and animator for a popular-science documentary. Science, script writing and visuals perhaps go hand in hand. Described as a non-profit project, this could be the greatest job in my non-existing career of an idiot, and so I could really use a helping hand this time!
I asked for permission to discuss the documentary here and the permission was granted. (I hope that the movie at least comes out as a surprise to my mother.) I received the story and questions or ideas that the producer wants to tackle. It is a little bit too long and detailed. The way I see the story, it is about the Evolution of Natural Law.
We are wondering
* what "natural law" is,
* how "natural law" appeared in the history of civilized world,
* how a concept is born in practice (from personal, psychological perspective and in society),
* what the limits of natural laws are and
* whether the laws are changing over time.
Is science evolving? What is new in science? Where does science break and is there any tabloid-story-like sensation there for wide audience? (I would add: have we changed in a way that changed the natural laws?)
I estimate that this pro-science documentary may be acceptable for people who are against science too. I think that science will improve its image of a closed, bureaucratic or absolutist system in which limited theories are used to obtain general policies such as those exercised in teaching. This epistemological aspect may be reduced in quantity for the sake of sensationalism.
Since I never made any long movie, I would like to learn a lot of vital things about time management, e.g. how much time can be devoted to the script or where to invest more time. I would like to know about filming process at the level of timeline editor (story boarding). I definitely need to brush-up my knowledge of relevant tools and skills, narrative and character buildup (even without any characters or dialogue).
I think that the underlying story is flawed and that in the end, I am indeed a representative of holy inquisition of science, because I feel that I know all the answers to everything. Therefore, I think that the majority of content will be up to me alone to generate. That makes me a movie director and not just an info-graphics animator, visualizer, or adviser.
I am not really an artist. I do not paint or create 3D game characters, to be exact. I only draw patterns and logos by freehand in my notebooks. By coincidence, I've been deeply interested in short artistic videos over the years, generative arts and writing, without ever considering profession of this kind.
I may create visual concept, presentation slides with motion pictures and basic animations, capture footage of some kind or think of a story, but I cannot read the text myself or star in the film. (And I was going to sing for the screen.) Some footage will be at my disposal, but I do not know really what footage may be used for narrative. I would like to know which animation tools and editing software you would suggest for motion pictures, special effects on top of any eventual camera footage, or cartoon animations.
I love educational movies such as those at TedED. I recently posted one of their movies here http://ed.ted.com/lessons/cloudy-climate-change-how-clouds-affect-earth-s-temperature-jasper-kirkby.
I like something like this https://vimeo.com/84763962 too, just to take it from the list of most recently seen movies. I think that TedED could provide a good role model, although their movies are short. I greatly respect Neil deGrasse Tyson and his latest documentary series, or Brain Games also now showing on National Geographic. For some reason, I enjoy a lot of documentaries. I like suspense, make-believe and timing in M. N. Shyamalan fiction movies. I was dying to watch Transformers episode 4, but I had work and I had to write this post.
I think that http://documentarystorm.com/the-secret-life-of-chaos/
is above and beyond.
Any advice, counseling, tutoring, mentoring, book and website suggestions would be welcome, which would prepare me more, especially in terms of technical expertise, but please do continue from whatever aspect of the story you are inclined to review and expand. Debate whatever feels right to debate.
I produced content in the past by using Microsoft Office, Corel Draw, Corel Photopaint, Adobe Photoshop... Camtasia Studio, Sony Vegas Pro... and various small programs including my own programs that are producing certain visuals pertinent to the topic such as graphs or animations.
Now I am concerned that none of this is very effective in plotting the cartoon reality as a whole or rendering it in 3D (if required).
Resolution of 4k is becoming the new standard. I supplied my previous short film in 2k resolution, which has been accepted, but I need to think towards 4k resolution. I do not see how 4k can be maintained without appearance of different data bottlenecks and major slowdowns. I would like to have an opinion on this. I only managed to produce 4k video in Sony Vegas, but Camtasia Studio provides the only beautiful timeline editing that I know of. CyberLink PowerDirector has been bugged. CyberLink updated it so that it does not function at large resolutions any more. I have many other programs that I rarely use (I used Blender only; Unity3D, Maya). I have two ordinary ATI graphics cards HD7660 and R7 250 Devastator for improved noise experience.
I am also accepting medications if you have any for increasing dimensionality of animations in my head.