I am working on a project that's outdoors. It's a sort of survivalist horror film. Does anyone know how I can shoot nature (the woods) to look eerie or looming sense of dread that comes with being outside. Thanks Shane
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I wood assume a smog factor works gloomy overcast and smog makes the scene appear like something is coming in the air
Hi Shane, how are you? do you need a storyboard artist?
Is it a day or night time shoot? how are you filming it? is it found footage? there's a lot of tricks to get a shot outdoors to look eerie. if someone is running from someone use a wide lens to place the characters in the same shot, if your protagonist has gotten away show their perspective with a longer lens to give it that "tunnel vision" look along with movement that isn't present with the other cameras. adding fog definitely adds atmosphere, at night a single source of light through the fog keeps everything outside of one area dark and menacing. watch classic horror films like an american werewolf in london to see what can be done with just a single light source in a field. good luck on your project and keep us posted.
I think of the dread of being in the woods coming from not knowing if there's something lurking around the corner or in a bush. So highlighting those moments with good sound design - the sound of the persons own heart or breathing and things like that could help accent the visuals. Also wide shots, showing the vastness - making the character feel small. Things like that.
maybe something like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq5yg6pIMcs
Coolers with lots of dry ice works wonders
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