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A team of writers, videographers, and editors help clients turn family videos in to cinematographic reality

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Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Valid only within 30 miles of zip code 32824. If outside of service area, call before purchase to ensure merchant can provide service to address. Appointment required, same day appointments accepted. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Limit 3 per person, may buy 4 additional as gifts. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Valid only for option purchased. All goods or services must be used by the same person. Must provide video footage. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $199 for video editing package with up to two hours of footage edited into 30 minutes of video ($461 value)
  • $249 for video editing package with digital enhancement of up to two hours of footage edited into 30 minutes of video ($581 value)
  • $409 for video editing package with digital enhancement, visual effects, and up to two-and-a-half hours of footage edited into 40 minutes of video ($976 value)

Cinematic Storytelling: How Directors Manipulate Audiences

It’s easy to lose yourself in a movie, forgetting that you’re even looking at a screen—and much of that is because of the ways the camera lures you in. Read on to learn some of the basic techniques directors use to subtly affect our emotions.

Though much of a movie’s story is told through dialogue, film is inherently a visual art. As a result, many of the techniques filmmakers use—the language of the cinema, so to speak—are subtle visual tricks designed to instill certain thoughts or emotions in an audience’s mind. One of the simplest of these techniques is controlling the direction of movement. If a character enters from the left side of the screen, viewers may naturally consider him a “good guy,” instantly feeling at ease with his presence. The idea behind this principle is that the eye is more comfortable moving from left to right, since this mimics the motion of reading in most Western cultures. Likewise, a character entering from right to left can be seen as unnatural and unfamiliar—a clear antagonist. Directors can also use vertical motion to influence audiences. If a character moves down the screen, from top to bottom, it appears comfortable, as the audience subconsciously assumes the pull of gravity aids in the motion. All of these tricks can be used together to instill a scene with unbearable tension—if the camera moves diagonally up the screen from right to left, defying both gravity and the eye’s natural movements, audiences can feel dread without even knowing it.

Though they sound like clever artistic flairs, many of these techniques were the children of necessity. For the filmmakers who made classics such as The Great Train Robbery and Metropolis, the camera had to do all the work of telling the story without the help of sound. Title cards could communicate locations and dialogue, but directors used them as a last resort since their static appearance was less engaging than the marvel of a moving image. Thus, filmmakers were forced to experiment with the nascent art of cinematography. Along with the aforementioned tricks, directors found ways to introduce plot and character details without saying a word, such as using light to highlight important objects or shooting a character from a low angle to make him instantly appear more powerful.

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