What if I didn't know how to shoot, direct, write, edit, do VFX, and color grade? What if I only could do one?
I found myself in one of the hardest situations I've been in years this summer: Stranded and alone (filmmaking-wise). I spent the summer in a small Tennessee town where my parents live, and while there I decided to make a short film. What I assumed was going to be a simple project turned into a nightmare.
It wasn't like in Miami where there's a growing Film community. This town was empty (I couldn't even rent a tripod), so I was either going to do this alone or scratch the project altogether. No AD, AC, DP, or any of the other abbreviations; it was just my 2 actors and me.
Long story short, we shot the short film, titled "Angel," and I'm currently in the VFX stage! While spending countless hours working on particles and motion tracking I got to thinking:
You can make money with your talents, and the best time to start is now!
A lot of us Filmmakers are very talented individuals, but we fall into the trap of the Starving Artist. We have the talent, but we struggle to monetize it. I know we all just want to make artistic films, but bills and responsibilities don't care about our art. Filmmakers need to develop some business skills, and a great way to do that is by getting paid work.
I'm talking about doing Music Videos, Corporate Videos, Weddings, Live Events, and everything in between that doesn't fall in the conventional Movie category. In this post I'll give you some basic tips on getting started with paid gigs, and share a little about my experience.
How I got started.
All throughout my High School years I never once entertained the idea of doing anything other than movies. My big plan was to graduate High School, go to college, get a film-related job, and become the next big movie director. That plan was, to say the least, naive, and I'm glad my eyes opened when they did. Things don't always go according to plan, unfortunately, so I began doing things the unconventional way.
With all the recent news of new cameras and Filmmaking gear coming out, I began to notice something. I guess I've noticed it before but never took the time to think about it. What I'm seeing is that a lot of us Filmmakers (myself included) keep waiting and waiting and waiting for that perfect time to make a movie.
"If only I had that Camera/editing software/lens I would finally make a movie." *sad face*
Really? Would you? Because there is always going to be better equipment coming out, and once you go down that road nothing will ever be good enough for your movie (and it will never happen). I feel like a lot of us (again, myself included) sometimes use our lack of "proper" gear as an excuse to sit on our butts and do nothing.
Why it's not a valid excuse.
Lack of having the "right" equipment is only a valid excuse if you don't have a camera and editing software. I understand that in some cases our script requires something that we aren't currently able to get, but in most cases WE DON'T EVEN HAVE A SCRIPT!
The following is a Guest article written by filmmaker Michael Malko.
Making your own films is great, but what if you want to pursue filmmaking as a lifetime career? There are a lot of jobs out there in the industry that doesn’t even involve holding a camera or directing. If you’ve ever wanted to get into the digital video/film industry, or wanted to know what half of the people do in the credits after watching a film then keep reading.
I’ve made a chart of the main jobs you’ll come across in your journey and descriptions of what exactly you do on a professional set. This will help give you brownie points on sets and give you more of an understanding of what others are doing.
Hey guys! Recently a user posted a thread on our Forum asking for advice on how to get ready for a film shoot, so I thought this would be a nice subject to cover on Film Tips. I've been on many shoots over the years (both free and paid projects), so this post will be based on what I've experienced shooting.
So you have your actors, your locations, and your equipment? Great! But what now? Whatever you do, don't just "wing it" on set. When it comes to filmmaking, preparation, no matter how small, will always make a big difference in the final outcome. Here are 5 things to remember before filming.
Tip #1: Visit the location and take pictures/video.
I never used to do this step back when I was making videos for fun, but when I started my video production business I knew I couldn't leave certain things to chance. Anytime you go visit the location, be sure to take pictures or film the place.
DO NOT use your phone camera, or any other basic camera to shoot. The point of this is to not simply remember what the location look like, but to actually see the location like your camera would. So whenever possible, bring the camera that you'll use to shoot your scene when you're location scouting.
The "film look" can be described as many different things. Some say the film look is when your footage looks like it was shot on actual film rather than a digital camera. While that can be part of it, that's not the definition that I adopt.
To me and most of the general public, the "film look" or "movie look" simply refers to a video looking professional--like movies look. You see, viewers usually don't care if your footage has film grain because they're not trained for that sort of things. To them, there are either professional looking videos that look like movies and TV shows, or amateur videos that look like something their mom could film with her digital camera.
In this post I will teach you some basic tips on what to consider to get your videos looking more professional.
Welcome to the first ever post of our Film Tips series. To kick things off, I (Rodolphe) will start with this basic tutorial covering the Rule of Thirds. I do plan on making more advanced video tutorials in the near future, not just articles, but for right now let's start things simple. The Rule of Thirds is one of the key guidelines to framing beautiful and interesting shots, so let's learn all about it!