You watch a epic movie and see the behind the scenes, you see the crew using all sorts of fancy equipment. Although that’s the whole misconception, the truth of making a film isn’t about the fancy equipment or software you use. It’s how good you plan the film. I’ll tell you how to properly plan and shoot your first true film, all in three stages!
The first stage doesn’t start with you carrying your camera and shoot. For that it’ll have no structure or plot. A film is a art of visual story telling. So to do that, you have to be a good storyteller. This is the called the Pre-Production stage, or the Planning Stage. For all films made, this is the most important and difficult stage of making a film. This is because you have to create a story and plot that the audience likes and more importantly, understands. So this is separated in two or three sections. You’ll make the script, or the verbal planning of the film, like a play really. Always double check or just check every time you see it, for if it looks perfect at first, then something is wrong. Then there’s the storyboard, which is a visually portion of the film. It’s the planning of what the film would look like when you’re filming. It’s like a comic, where there’s a gallery of pictures of the film.
The exciting part of creating a film, to shoot the film. So I will make another post on some useful tricks in the future, so don’t worry if I give a little less info on this. Here’s a few tips on how to have a professional film.
Have a good microphone, for which sound quality is much more important than visual quality. It would be the best that you get either a shotgun mic, which focuses sound towards what it points, or a Lav mic, which is a small mic that hooks on the actor’s clothing for it can get their voice better. Also to have sharper sound effect, it’ll be better if before filming, you record as many sounds around the scene as possible.
When picking a camera, try to get either a good dslr or mirrorless camera for they let you change lenses and are a good price. For the resolution of the video, I would recommend one that can record 1080p, which is very popular that is played in most home theater TV’s, but if you want to step it up, try to get one that records 4k resolution.
For equipment, the recommended tools for helping you is different for every film and scene. It all depends on what you’re shooting, like if the actor is running, then you’ll either use a gimbal or just your hands. What also helps your film pop would be the lighting, but there are many kinds of lights out there like, tungsten or LED. This may be depending on your budget as well.
What will make a scene have better meaning will also depend on location. For the Pre-Production stage, try to have a shot list, so that others know the goal and to know where and how to shoot the scene properly. Like a cave would be more adventurous than a old foggy cabin in the woods, actually the cabin would have been creepier.
The final and second most important stage in the film process. The post-production stage is when you combine and order the footage that you shot. Back then, filmmakers have shot their films using a light sensitive “film”. They have combined and reordered them by cutting out and recombining them, this was called linear editing, where everything was pre-determined. But now in this era of electronics, we can do this through non-linear editing. There are many non-linear apps, some free as well. For recommendation, if you’re using a Mac, then choose Final Cut Pro. For Windows, then use the Adobe Apps, or their video editing software Premiere Pro. Good alternatives Although there are also free alternatives like Filmora or iMovie.
What To Keep In Mind
If your first try of filming is perfect to you, then you must have gotten it wrong. That first is your first DRAFT! Like writing a book, you take multiple takes, edits. Just double, triple check everything, because if you mess up something, that’s because you didn’t try to check hard enough.
ALWAYS BE ORGANIZED AND PLAN AHEAD!!!