This year’s Oscars were a big deal for online streaming service Netflix, which—through a savvy combination of marketing, theatrical maneuvering, and the “Hey, why didn’t we think of that?” genius to give Academy darling Alfonso Cuarón money to make whatever sort of movie he might happen to like—scored its first Best Picture nomination, for Cuarón’s Roma. Sure, it didn’t win, but Cuarón picked up another award for Best Director, and it was still a much more high-profile performance for a studio/network/something that usually has to content itself with nominations and the occasional win over in documentary land. (2017’s Best Documentary Short Film award for The White Helmets was the service’s first actual win.)
What is production value? It’s that unique quality that makes a movie look high quality. What filmmaker Joshua Caldwell shares in this post is that high production value doesn’t need to cost you in dollars.
Here’s a great (and pretty funny) example of how sound paired with visuals helps to create mood: