I have always been a fan of Gia A Walsh Bronxville creator and her movie making is something that inspired me to get started with film production. I understand that during this weird lockdown that we are all living through that many of you have perhaps even inspired to get started with filmmaking and that is what I want to talk about today. Learning how to make movies is a wonderful way to be creative and it is an exciting thing that you can do for your blog or business, or perhaps even just for your own fun. Here are some tips then on how to get started.
Kit and Equipment
At this early stage there really is no point on getting hung up with what tech you have on your side, the key at this point is to get the skills down. Box office movies have been made with nothing more than an iPhone and some post-production software and if it’s good enough for the best directors in the world then it is good enough for those of us at the bottom.
The best advice which I received when I was starting out is to focus on one scene at a time, and learn how to best capture a particular scene. In order to do this just open up your camera and record 10 seconds of moving pieces, this could be a road, people walking past your window, whatever scene where there is some movement. When you watch this 10 seconds back, imagine it’s your movie, what music or sounds are there? What color does it look best in? What mood do you feel when you watch it? Through this simple exercise you can grasp the importance of the scene and then work out how best to bring it to life.
The large majority of time spent on any movie is in the planning stage, and this is absolutely critical for whatever you are shooting, no matter if it is a short movie or a feature film. The idea is to first map out the story that will take place, then you break it down into each scene, focusing on the details we just mentioned, then you shoot the movie scene by scene, not even thinking about the entire project until it is all done. The better you plan the better the movie will be.
What You Love
Another great piece advice which I received was to shoot movies based on things that you like and enjoy. Not only will this help you to become more details focused but it is also going to ensure that the passion which you have for the project remains. Always create a story that you want to read or watch, and that includes when you start making your very own movies.
Ultimately this is a trial and error process of planning, shooting and the adding details, keep trying new things and see how you get on.
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