Films, at their basic level, are a collection of still photographs placed one after another and played at high speed to give the illusion of movement. But films are so much more than this. They have the power to move us, to take us to new worlds and see strange places that we could never imagine. They can be huge blockbusters or smaller independent films. No matter the size or style of the film, they are extremely powerful pieces of art. In this guide, we’ll show you to write, shoot and edit a short film of your own.
The great thing about filmmaking is that cameras, tripods and editing software are just tools, never worry about what it takes to get the end result as long as you’re happy with it.
The script is one of the most important parts of filmmaking. All film productions start with a script and it is important that you are completely happy with your script before you start shooting.
Story writing tips:
Once you have your script idea, turn it into a storyboard so you have a clear visual aid of what the finished film will look like. This will also help you remember your ideas when you begin filming.
It doesn’t matter how good your camera is, if what you’re’ shooting looks dull, it will be a dull film, remember cinema is a visual medium.
Each time you move the camera to a different angle we call it a set-up, some scenes have one set-up, most have multiple in order to get a cinematic look.
Filming indoors is going to force you to get creative, especially in many tight spaces, here’s a great video full of tips.
When you get to the editing stage of production there is a general process that you will want to follow in order to make sure you get the best final product.