How to create a short film

31-03-2017

4 steps for when creating a film. I have tryed to write down how you can create your film.

I hope you find it usefull and I wish you a lot of joy when filming!

Bert Collet


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Step 1: Brainstorming.

When you want to make a film, it's important to have structure.

Take the time to develop your characters and establish a whole story telling. Although a filmmaker might be tempted to grab a camera and begin shooting scenes, a good film tells a story. A script ensures that a film tells such a story.

Have your script written, your shots planned and your set locations scouted all before you begin the shooting process.

TIP: Sometimes dialogue can ruin a movie. Make your dialogue very natural. Sometimes silence is just as effective as words.

Step 2: Filming.

Now you have a rough idea of the theme of your story, take some time to explore how you want to say it.

The way that you shoot the film is an important part of getting the film right. Now is the time to experiment with basic camera angles. If you have never filmed before, take some time to practise these shots before making your film and see how they can relate to what you want to say.

4 tips when you start filming:

1. Always Use the Back Camera from your phone.
This may seem like an obvious rule, but it's easy to forget. The quality is simply better than the front camera.

2. Stability and Focus.
It's important to hold your device with both hands while recording video. Use a tripod or place your camera on a stable surface for best results if you can. Another thing to keep in mind is to constantly look at your phone to ensure that your recording is smooth.

3. Record in Landscape Mode.
As mobile phones have gotten bigger, portrait seems like the logical (and comfortable) way to record video. While that's fine to view on a mobile device, keep in mind that videos are best viewed on a big screen, like a PC or TV. So even if you have to record something in a hurry, get into the habit of recording in landscape mode.

4. Add a Grid.
Adding a grid lets you use your background as a point of reference to ensure that your recording is always straight. Some devices don't have this option, or you may need to enable this within your camera app. The grid helps you align your video against a line in the background to ensure you're recording straight videos. If you're recording people, then position their eyes in level with the top grid line.

Step 3: Putting the film together.

Now comes the most time-consuming part: Editing.

If you are using a phone or digital camera, you may find it best to simply delete the scenes as you go along so you only have the ones you felt worked. But be careful of deleting scenes too early!

Try to use a free video editor, there are many to find on internet. Or use the one from Windows or Apple installed and ready to use on most PC's.

Don't bite off more than you can chew. If you feel yourself getting too overwhelmed, just step back and reorganize your priorities. And don't be afraid to ask for help from your teammates, parents or friends.

Tip: music.
Choose the right music, this can really make the film, its creates a feeling, a sphere,...

Step 4: Submit.
So you have your 3-5minute film and it is polished and ready to submit. Congratulations!

PS: More can also be found in the following video



Keep pushing yourself. Keep refining and learning!