Muvimi Pro-Tips: Setting the Scene!

Happy Friday all, and welcome back to the BIGUMAKU blog! We're back with another round of tips to help you create the best clips possible with our app, Muvimi. If you're reading this, hopefully you've already embarked on your very own movie-making journey... but just in case, we'd love for you to check it out! This week we're talking scene-setting: read on to learn how to get that perfect aesthetic and make your movies super-atmospheric...

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Plan your story first

Have an idea of your themes and dialogue first, so you can easily select items and background options that fit. We're starting with a dramatic background from the Fantasy Tales theme on the Muvimi studio map. We're going to be creating a historical, comedic scene with a King and Queen, so this backdrop is perfectly regal!

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Place some scenery items

Tap on the top left blue button to open the scenery items menu. Large props are sorted into themes just like the maps. We're keeping it traditional here, with fantasy-themed items. Did you know that tapping on some items, like the throne below, will swap the direction they're facing? This can help you create a sense of symmetry.

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Make use of props too

Don't feel limited to the large scenery items when setting up your scenes - you can make them feel much busier by adding more small items from the props menu. You'll find them at the second blue button on the left hand side. You could get experimental here and mix up different genres - perhaps draw the viewer's eye with something bright and surprising? 

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The stage is set!

Finally, it's time to bring your actors into the spotlight. Don't forget to match their costumes to the setting for maximum authenticity, and to play with camera angles to get the best shot you can! You'll find your actors waiting behind the bottom blue button on the left of the initial set up screen above.

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Other things you could consider include:

  • Colour coordination between backgrounds, props and actor clothing.
  • An unusual camera angle that shows off a part of the background you might not normally consider
  • Piling lots of items on top of each other for a really busy look
  • Where you place your actors in the scene - if you place them in the centre, or crammed in the right corner, think about what that's saying in your scene. What emotions are you trying to communicate?

Do you have any more tips and ideas? We'd love to hear from you! Tweet or Facebook message us @BIGUMAKU! Thanks for reading, see you next time!

 

Lauren du Plessis