Jerry Kokich explains the advantages of using stock footage as a stand in for creating complicated sequences.
There was a post on a Facebook filmmaking page about shooting a sunset. This guy was asking for technical suggestions as to how to deal with the changing light, camera and color balance. There were all these lengthy answers about elaborate f and T stops, shutter speeds, angles to the setting sun, lens flare, you name it. I said this:
But before I go there, keep in mind that if there’s a specific character you need to be walking through or off into that sunset, okay, you MIGHT need to actually film it, but there was none of that in the initial post. This guy just wanted to shoot a sunset.
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