Education: The Power of Fog in Video Production
In today’s world of online video production, it can be hard for an up and coming filmmaker to make his or her mark. With websites like YouTube, Instagram, and Vimeo, the market feels over saturated at the moment. Millions of young filmmakers want to make their mark in the artistic community. So how can someone set themselves apart from everyone else? In this article, I am going to explain how adding fog can make your video rise above the competition.
Why is Fog so Great?
The reason a lot of filmmakers use fog in their productions is that it adds some pop to the visuals you are trying to achieve. For example, adding fog into a scene will allow light contrast in the image. Also, your color temperature will not be as harsh and will provide a better viewing experience for your audience. My favorite reason for using fog is the subject of your scene will be able to stand out more because the image will not look as flat. Especially, when it comes to hip hop music videos. In most music videos the camera is focused on just one subject at a time. Therefore, it is crucial for the video director to make that subject stand out as much as possible. I learned most of what I know about the importance of the role of fog in filmmaking from our friends at Olufemii Tutorials. For whatever video you are making, you can always use fog to make it better.
Fog on a Budget $
For most of us, we can’t afford $10,000 worth of film equipment. However, we all want to make a dynamite video that expresses our artistic goals. So what is a filmmaker on a budget supposed to do? I am going to go over some inexpensive things you can do to make fog on a budget.
The first step in making fog is to get yourself a fog machine. Lucky for us, there are several cheap options on the market today. The Crenova FM-03, which retails at $40, is the perfect solution for any filmmaker. This fog machine can produce as much fog as you need, as well as having a wired controller for ease of use. However, the FM-03 has been known to burn out within a year of use. Therefore I would not recommend this as a permanent solution. If getting a machine is still too expensive for your production I would recommend using dry ice. The problem with dry ice is the filmmaker has little to no control over the quantity of fog or the ability to control it. I would only recommend using dry ice in desperate situations.
Now that you have fog how do you best use it to your advantage? Lucky for us, Josh Enobakhare goes over everything you need to know about fog. The first thing to go over is it is important not to overdo the fog in your video. When you use too much fog it can make your video lose crispness. An expensive way to have better control over fog is to get a haze machine. Haze machine on average $500 so this is not a solution for everyone. However, Josh goes over how you can get the same light effects without the harm of the smoke. Also, it is essential to have the fog behind your subject. This will give you the same color palette without the haze in front of your camera and retain sharpness. Finally adding ice to your fog machine is a great way to keep it under control. Adding ice to your fog machine will make the fog sink to the floor. The benefit of this is it will be the fog away from the camera, allowing a crisper image.
Congratulations, now that you know how to utilize fog you are on your way to making the next Thriller music video or Dawn of the Dead. The last thing I want to leave you with is to keep experimenting. There are a million different ways to accomplish a single goal. With this in mind, I would love to hear about your solutions to getting the best fog in your video.