July 12, 2015
To celebrate reaching (almost) 50,000 subscribers, here are 50 tips for filmmakers.
This video is a culmination of my time as a filmmaker – little tips and tricks I’ve picked up over the years, either from other filmmakers or through trial and error. There are plenty of general tips but also some focusing on Lighting, Sound and business practice.
THIS WEEK’S DSLR GUIDE:
Feel free to tweet me your favourite tip and I’ll add them to this post!
@DSLRguidance I believe one of the most important part in a scene is the location that can enhance the presence of character’s in a story…
— Arre jara sunna (@Pratyachh) July 11, 2015
@DSLRguidance an iPhone with story beats an Alexa without.
— Dylan Delaney (@DylanDelaney12) July 11, 2015
@DSLRguidance Don’t be afraid to admit or accept when you have made a mistake, but still be proud in your work and what you achieved.
— Rhys Warren (@RhysWarrenDOP) July 10, 2015
@DSLRguidance ‘I always made a living so I could make movies, I never made movies to try and make a living.’ the wise words of Casey Neistat
— sam a (@samangl_) July 10, 2015
@DSLRguidance Always double check. Make sure your shutter speed, white balance, ISO, aperture, etc. is how it needs to be.
— Ethan Hughes (@ethanhughess) July 10, 2015
@DSLRguidance Just keep making stuff! You learn something on every project you do!
— Logiska Albin (@niablodrum) July 10, 2015
1. Shoot slow, edit slow. It is easy to find yourself in a rush, but at the end it is worth to keep calm, slow, keeping every aspects of filmmaking in mind, double-check everything before hitting record, you can save a lot of headache and wasted time/money/effort when keeping it slow.
2. If you can afford to buy your gear, you can afford to buy 2 external HDDs. Always back up your footage (that you might want to use later) at least twice – HDDs may fail, you may accdentally delete your footage etc.
3. Always buy quality bags to store and bring your gear, you don’t want to break everything just because of saving 30 USD, e.g. due to low quality plastic carbines.
4. Always have spare batteries with you, it might be really frustrating when you have to stop shooting just because of empty batteries for your LED lights. Always have spare cables (audio, USB when neccesary etc.)
5. Anybody can afford a low-cost jib today – always be very careful when setting it up/taking off your camera/counterweights etc. You might easily break your gear that is worth tohusands of dollars.
6. Time on set is very precious – always prepare your gear as much as you can: place batteries, screw quick release plate, check settings etc. in advance.
7. If you don’t have a specific camera monitor, use DSLRController for monitoring on your phone/tablet!
Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.