Simon Cade

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.

4 Basic Lighting Techniques

July 5, 2016 By

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Four things to remember for cinematic lighting (all filmed on a DSLR). Read more →

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How to Fake the Super 8 Look

June 27, 2016 By

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Let’s try a cinematic 8mm look with a digital camera. Read more →

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Cinematic Text Effects

June 20, 2016 By

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How to do two very different title styles (plus 3 more at the end).

 

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a film is…

June 12, 2016 By

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Something a bit different this week Read more →

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The Art of Color Grading

June 5, 2016 By

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A quick look at the ideas behind color grading. Read more →

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How to Shoot on Super 8 Film

May 28, 2016 By

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Ever wanted to shoot on ‘real’ film? Here’s the steps for shooting Super 8.

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How to Make a Dramatic Movie Trailer

May 21, 2016 By

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This week I challenged myself to make a dramatic movie trailer, but here’s the catch – I couldn’t film anything, I could only use stock footage.   Read more →

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5 Things that Inspire Me Most

May 14, 2016 By

inspiring blog

Here are some things that have inspired me recently.

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Film Noir Cinematography on a Budget

May 7, 2016 By

film noir blog

Using one light and some household objects for a classic film noir look.

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Using Sound in Filmmaking

April 30, 2016 By

post sound blog

 

The three stages I go through for post production audio. Read more →

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How to Shoot Timelapses

April 23, 2016 By

timelapse blog

 

Some tips for time lapse photography. Read more →

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My Video Editing Process

April 16, 2016 By

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Some simple tips that work with all video editing software. Read more →

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Watching my First Film

April 9, 2016 By

watching blog

Everyone’s first film is pretty awful – especially if you make it age 12… Read more →

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How to Shoot a Short Film

April 2, 2016 By

short film blog

 

What I learned from spending four days filming a short film. Read more →

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How to Shoot in Low Light

March 26, 2016 By

lowlight blog
Tips for reducing noise when filming at night. Read more →

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Cinematic Lighting on a Budget

March 17, 2016 By

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How to make the most of natural light. Read more →

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Productivity Life Hack

March 9, 2016 By

productivity blog

 

Something I’ve been trying this week to help avoid procrastination Read more →

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Cinematic Camera Angles & Movement

March 2, 2016 By

camera movement blog

How can we use composition and lighting creatively?

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Recording Sound for Filmmaking

February 23, 2016 By

sound blog

 

How to get better production audio on set.
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Tips for Beginner Directors

February 17, 2016 By

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What are some important qualities that make a good movie director? Read more →

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How to Budget for a Short Film

February 10, 2016 By

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How can we get funding for a short film?  Read more →

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Preparing for a Short Film Shoot

February 2, 2016 By

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Finding crew, storyboarding, and rehearsing – pre production part 2 Read more →

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How to Start a Short Film Project

January 26, 2016 By

start film proj blog

 

Script, casting, locations – welcome to preproduction. Read more →

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How to Get Work Done

January 11, 2016 By

work done blog

 

What does it take to beat procrastination? Read more →

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Cinematic Film Look on a Budget

January 4, 2016 By

cinematic blog

How to shoot video with a cheap camera, and not much equipment.

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3 Years on YouTube, What’s Next?

December 29, 2015 By

3yrs blog

 

What’s coming up in 2016, and a look back at 2015.

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Creating Powerful Images in Film

December 21, 2015 By

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The ‘tone’ of a film comes from something you can’t quite put into words. The sound, cinematography, production design, props, location.

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How to Get More Views on YouTube

December 15, 2015 By

youtube blog

How to increase your views and subscribers. Read more →

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The Elements of a Great Film

December 7, 2015 By

good film blog

This week we’re breaking down the elements of a great film.
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The Toughest Part of Filmmaking

November 30, 2015 By

toughest part blog

 

What is the hardest part of being a filmmaker?

 

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Cinematic Film Look on a DSLR

November 23, 2015 By

cinematic blog

 

How can we make our films look more expensive & professional?
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My Biggest Film Project Yet

November 16, 2015 By

biggestfilmblog

 

Why filmmakers should be ambitious with their films! Read more →

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Art of Visual Storytelling Review

November 6, 2015 By

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My thoughts on the ‘Art of Visual Storytelling’ with Alex Buono.

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Can I Call Myself a Filmmaker Yet?

November 1, 2015 By

cal filmmaker blog
Can someone who shoots digital for the web call themselves a filmmaker? Read more →

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How to Make Money as a Filmmaker

October 25, 2015 By

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For a lot of people, ‘living the dream’ would mean making their own films for a living.

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Color Grading in Filmmaking

October 18, 2015 By

color grading blog

 

There’s more to cinematic than teal and orange blockbuster grading.

 

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The Power of Imperfection

October 11, 2015 By

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Is being a perfectionist good for creativity? Read more →

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How I Make Music for Films & Videos

October 4, 2015 By

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This week I’m sharing my process for writing music, along with some ideas about the way music affects the emotion of a scene.

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How Much Does Success in Filmmaking Cost?

September 27, 2015 By

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What does it really take to make it as a filmmaker? This week we’re looking at the work / life balance.

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How to Make an Episode of DSLRguide

September 20, 2015 By

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This week we’re going behind the scenes to look at the making of a weekly YouTube show.

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2 Cinematic Lighting Breakdowns in One Location

September 13, 2015 By

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How much can we change a shot with lighting? Read more →

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How to Fix the Sound In Your Films

September 7, 2015 By

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This week we’re looking at what can be done to improve the sound in our films after the shoot. Read more →

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Filmmaking Tips for Better Audio

August 30, 2015 By

better audio blog

This week we’re looking at sound before and during the shoot. Pre-Production & Production Audio.

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5 Filmmaking Mistakes to Avoid

August 22, 2015 By

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Here are five mistakes I’ve been making recently, maybe you can learn from them.

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Tips for Editing Films

August 16, 2015 By

editing blog
This week we’ve got some ideas about editing – truly a stage of filmmaking that can make or break your film.

 

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The Future of Filmmaking

August 1, 2015 By

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What can filmmakers expect in the next 10 years? Read more →

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Why I Won’t Buy A New Camera

July 25, 2015 By

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Let me explain why I am not interested in any of the latest cameras.
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7 Things I Learned about Audio (Sound Advice Tour)

July 18, 2015 By

soundadvice blog
Here are seven things I learned from the Sound Advice Tour – recording and mixing audio.
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50 Tips for Filmmakers

July 12, 2015 By

50 tips blog

To celebrate reaching (almost) 50,000 subscribers, here are 50 tips for filmmakers.

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The Most Important Part of Filmmaking

July 4, 2015 By

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Equipment, Skill, Creativity? If there was one thing that mattered more than anything else in filmmaking, what would it be?

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