Snowflake in the forest

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As a kid I used to always wonder how they made the animals act in movies. I mean the exact moves, the coy look, the dash across the field, how could they make the dogs understand the script and ask them to act accordingly.  It was only later on I realised that it was not done that way. They just did the shooting of the dog in whatever movement he made throughout the day (maybe with his master or trainer standing close by but out of the camera frame). They later added it at the right places as per the script.

Whenever I shoot some event with my camera, there is already some idea developing in my mind as to how it will look after the final editing.  Joining the strips together, giving it a smooth flow of the events is an art and some are very skilled at it.

Making movies is easy if one has an idea to build up on. That is what Andy Parker did.

During the early winter of 2011 it snowed heavily in England. Andy decided to make the most of it. Taking the dog for a walk was what he had in mind but he also took his small tripod and his Canon 5D Mark II and his 50 mm lens.

He had the advantage of a pack of Huskies joining in. This gave him more “characters” to add to his 2 minute film.  He documented the day, completed the editing in the afternoon and uploaded the movie by evening. I am sure Dog lovers are going to love this.



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Love to watch well made movies. Will be criticising/appreciating some of the short pictures on this site.

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