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Let’s get visual!

6 weeks to go!

With 6 weeks to go, the Nextwave short film comp submission deadline is fast approaching, and we’re already starting to get submissions in! Woo! It’s not too late to create an awesome and creative short film for the competition. 

Today, we’re going to take you through some cool tips and tricks on how to incorporate colour into your short film through the creative use of costumes and props. 

The secret language of colour

Did you know that colour has been used in the film industry for years as a way to convey certain aspects of a character’s personality? For instance, if you are writing a character who is very angry or irritated all the time, you might dress them in red or have be associated with a red prop to personify that aspect of their personality to your audience.

Try experimenting with colour in different ways in your short film. Colour can completely change the tone and feel of your scene, thus conveying a different idea and message to your audience! 

Props! What are they good for?

Lots of things! 

Props, like colour, can be used to convey a character’s motivation and personality. Props can also be used to further the development of your story as well as represent the end goal for your film. Don’t get too bogged down with props though, sometimes less is more! It can be super fun to keep your audience guessing!
It’s good to keep in mind that one or two well used props can propel your plot further in a shorter amount of time than dialogue, so get creative with it and have fun!

Did you find these tips helpful? Want to hear more about costumes and props? We delve into all that and more in Episode IV of the Nextwave Online workshop episodes! Fill out the form below and a member of our team will be in touch to find the best subscription option for you! 

Happy filmmaking!

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