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Now Accepting Submissions for Film Posters and Trailers

Posted by Jorgha Haq on August 1, 2013 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

2013 Fall SIFF season is in full swing and you can feel the excitement in the air. Submissions are now open for movie posters and film trailers. We want a sneak peak of what you have planned so show up your movie posters and film trailers. Deadline for submissions for both is September 1, 2013


You can find the movie poster thread HERE and the film trailer thread HERE.

Playbill

Posted by Jorgha Haq on July 30, 2013 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Be sure to check out the Playbill. Things are slowly getting added to it. Currently you can find all the band challenge contestants listed as well as the first two entries into the music video catagory for SIFF.


Stay tuned because there is a lot more coming!

Rising Stars Magazine

Posted by Jorgha Haq on July 23, 2013 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Rising Stars Magazine is back for the 2013 Fall season. This year we are profiling the bands as well to give them some extra attention. The first issue is already up and can be found in the Rising Star thread in the forum here: http://simatography.webs.com/apps/forums/show/7052449-rising-stars-mini-mags


If you have any questions, I am publishing the band editions and ChristiL is still in charge of the issues profiling the movies.


- jorghahaq

The Sims 3 Supernatural Announced!

Posted by Gus Rockman on June 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM

EA has announced the 7th expansion pack, The Sims 3: Supernatural!


The pack will contain fairies, zombies, witchcraft and werewolves. With the updated Create-a-Sim tool, you will be able to create these beings in detail. Witches can cast spells and brew potions. And it will contain new traits, careers, skills and interactions.

For more information, visit the info page and/or the press release.

Official Announcement Trailer.



The Exposer Stikes Again!

Posted by JN on January 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Check out to see if you're The Exposer's latest victim!


Pantless man Exposing more at Simatography.

Posted by Kazee169 on January 11, 2012 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

                                                      

Midnight's School of Photography - lesson two

Posted by midnight445 on July 10, 2011 at 5:57 AM Comments comments (0)


The second lesson from Midnight's School Of Photography is now available. Have fun!

Midnight's School of Photography - Wall Of Fame - Portraits

Posted by midnight445 on July 10, 2011 at 5:46 AM Comments comments (0)
 

The Wall Of Fame was finally published, check out the best photographers, Simatography and Midnight's School Of Photography has to offer for this week! 

Voice Actors Tips

Posted by Minraed on January 25, 2011 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Voice Recording Basics

step one

We are finally seeing people's voice over machinima's come to life with an encouraging increase in

responses to voice acting auditions. This is very exciting! 


Introduction:

   More and more Sims3 machinima makers are trying out voice overs or voice acting. Perhaps you've considered it too but you are not sure where to start. This lession is about how to get started on basic voice recording. Future lessons will provide more advanced tips for mixing and editing.

    Your voice overs can make or break an otherwise great machinima creation so we hope this helps you get started on the right track. We are  in no way intending to be mean. On the contrary, we want nothing more than to help each of you improve in any way that we can help. Rather than offer individual feedback which we have not been asked for,  we thought that posting this might help any of you auditioning for voice roles.  If you ever want any feedback on this, or any project, please feel free to contact Minraed or any of the moderators that you are comfortable with and we will be happy to help you along.

 

Part I - Preparing for Your Recording

  • Use a decent quality microphone - A microphone / headset is also a great way to monitor the sound as you record.
  • Limit background noise - don't record while you have music playing or other loud or distracting sounds.
  • Chair check - make sure you are not sitting on a squeaky chair that will be recorded every time you move a little.
  • Privacy and comfort - you are not likely to record a good voice over if you are whispering or otherwise trying to avoid other people hearing you. Choose a time and place where you have the privacy that you need so that you will feel comfortable and relaxed
  • Get comfortable - make sure you are not shuffling around trying to get comfortable
  • Avoid rooms that are "hard" like rooms that have a lot of hard wood, metal, glass - "soft" rooms that have plenty of carpet and soft furniture will absorb sound better and reduce unwanted reflective sounds or echos - hard rooms will make your recording sound like you are in a tin can, this is really bad

Part II - Tips for Recording

  • Record music and sound effects separately from your voice
  • Don't inahale the microphone - be sure to have your mic a good few inches away from your mouth to allow you to speak normally and to avoid capturing distracting breath sounds - too much puff and pops from your breath as you speak is bad (see next point)
  • Set the mic a bit off to the side rather than right in front of your mouth to avoid "plosives" - the poppings sounds from hard letters like b and p
  • Don't just talk like you would in real life - get into character, think like the character who the script is written for - think and speak like an actor
  • Posture and body language - good posture allows your voice to project more powerfully and will help you avoid distraction and shuffling around while body language, gestures, smiling or grimacing etc. will reflect in your voice - don't be afraid to play out the role a little as you read (another reason you may want that privacy)
  • Don't rush - leave spaces between sentences and bits of speech so that you can break them down in editing later - if you are speaking too quickly and running it all together it will be very difficult to edit out what you don't need later.

Part III - Audio Files Basics

  • In the Windows world quality audio is saved as .wav files
  • In the Macintosh world quality audio is saved as .aiff
  • Audio files can be converted to the universal .mp3 compressed file format but the quality will be reduced somewhat

Audio Recording Software

 

  Audacity - http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ ; or click HERE

       A free download - it takes some getting used to, but there are some very good tutorial and help files.

 

Discussion

   Drop in to ask questions, share tips or discuss this topic HERE

 


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