How to Be an Efficient Filmmaker

June 27, 2015 By

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What can filmmakers do to make sure we’re not wasting our time?

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Camera Movement – Storytelling with Cinematography

June 20, 2015 By

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This week we’re looking at creative ways to use a slider, jib and tripod. 

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Creativity – My Story (Part 4)

June 13, 2015 By



Learn from what I’ve learned over the past few months.

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Let’s Talk About Originality in Filmmaking

June 6, 2015 By


What does it take to be inspired by someone else’s work without flat out copying them?

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How to Use Any Camera for Filmmaking

May 30, 2015 By

use any camera blog This week we’re seeing what it takes to turn any camera into a filmmaking machine.

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The 2nd Most Important Part of Filmmaking

May 23, 2015 By

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This week we’re taking a look at what I think is the second most important part of filmmaking.

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Lenses – Storytelling with Cinematography

May 16, 2015 By

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How can we use lenses creatively? This week we’re looking at depth of field, focal length, field of view and aesthetics.

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Let’s Talk About Writing

May 10, 2015 By

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This week we’re trying something new – a real-time experiment into the process of writing + coming up with ideas.

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Lighting – Storytelling with Cinematography

May 3, 2015 By

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This week we’re going through lots of lighting setups, focusing on the way that we can use lighting to tell a story.

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Networking Opportunity for Filmmakers

April 25, 2015 By

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This week we’re trying something completely different – an opportunity to start conversations with other filmmakers.


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How To Make a Showreel

April 18, 2015 By

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This week we’re learning how to make the best impression with a show reel or demo reel for your clients, and other people you might be working with.

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10 Tips: How To Make YouTube Videos

April 11, 2015 By


This week we’re looking at the 10 things you can do if you want to make better youtube videos.

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Why Filmmakers Should Learn Photography

April 4, 2015 By

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This week we’re looking at what photography can teach us about filmmaking, specifically cinematography.

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How to Learn Filmmaking without Film School

March 28, 2015 By

This week I’m sharing the 5 things that you should do if you want to learn filmmaking outside of film school.

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Behind the Scenes of ‘Introduction to Filmmaking for Beginners’

March 22, 2015 By


This week we’re seeing what goes into making a special kind of episode for DSLRguide.

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Cinematography Tips for Filmmakers

March 14, 2015 By

This week I’m sharing some things that have helped me with my cinematography, from the practical to the creative.

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Short Film Behind the Scenes – Imagine

March 8, 2015 By

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Taking a behind the scenes look at filmmaking, working on a short film. What things have I learned from being part of a bigger production?

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Why Filmmakers Should Shoot Music Videos

February 28, 2015 By

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This week we’re looking at some reasons why music videos are a great opportunity for filmmakers, and then I’ll be sharing my tips on how to make good ones.

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Visual Storytelling in Filmmaking

February 22, 2015 By

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Film is a brilliant combination of written word, music, sound and pictures, so this week we’re looking at the ways we can tell a story visually, rather than always relying on dialogue to explain things.

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Filmmaking Progress: Part 3 – Storytelling?

February 14, 2015 By

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This week we’re looking at my journey as a filmmaker, a time to reflect on the things I’ve learned over the last few months.

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Storytelling with Cinematography – Framing + Composition

February 7, 2015 By

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This week we’re looking at the deeper meaning behind cinematography choices, starting with framing and composition.

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What I Learned from Shane Hurlbut’s Illumination Experience

February 1, 2015 By

This week I’m going over what I learned from Shane Hurlbut’s Cinematography workshop, from advanced lighting ideas to general good practices and principles.

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How to Film Live Music

January 24, 2015 By

This week we’re going over filming all kinds of live music, whether it’s a huge concert or a small live session in the garage.

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Filmmaking Q&A

January 17, 2015 By

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This week I’m answering a bunch of general filmmaking questions, submitted by you! 

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Sound Design Tips for Filmmakers

January 10, 2015 By

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The latest part in my mini series about sound design is the nuts and bolts of sound – we’re getting a bit technical, going over some of the tools that filmmakers can use for sound.

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My Filmmaking Goals for 2015

January 3, 2015 By

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This week I’m sharing my goals for the year, things that should help any filmmaker to push themselves and stay on the right track.

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Why Filmmakers Should Learn Sound Design

December 27, 2014 By

Most filmmakers agree that audio is just as important as visuals – so this week I’m sharing some reasons why you should focus on sound – along with some tips at the end.

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How to Make an Intro

December 20, 2014 By

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If you have a production company or youtube channel you’ll probably want an intro, so this week I’m sharing the four things that make up a good intro.

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Why Filmmakers Should Use Social Media

December 13, 2014 By

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Social media is becoming more and more important to all kinds of business – even filmmaking. This week I’m sharing the benefits of sites like Facebook and Twitter, along with some tips at the end.

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Editing – Filmmaking Scene

December 6, 2014 By

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This week we’re recreating a scene from a film, getting in to the nuts of bolts of editing. Studying cinema in this much detail is guaranteed to teach us loads.

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How to Make Thumbnails For YouTube

November 29, 2014 By

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This week we’re learning about one of the most important factors of success on YouTube – making thumbnails. There’s a lot to learn when it comes to graphic design, but it’s worth it.

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10 Tips for Freelance Filmmakers

November 22, 2014 By

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Freelance filmmaking is a great way to gain experience and make contacts while making money! This week i’m sharing ten tips that have helped me when making videos for clients.

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Why Filmmakers Should Focus on Story

November 15, 2014 By

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Lately, the thing I’ve been realising more and more is the power of storytelling – but why is it so important to filmmaking, and how can we improve our storytelling?

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How to Make a Music Video

November 8, 2014 By

Ever wanted to know what goes into making a music video? This week we’re going through the process, from coming up with an idea to the final touches in post production.

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Behind the Scenes at DSLRguide

November 1, 2014 By

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To celebrate reaching 10,000 subscribers I thought I’d show you what goes into making an episode of DSLRguide – there should be lots of filmmaking tips along the way.

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Dealing with Clients in Filmmaking

October 25, 2014 By

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How can we avoid misunderstandings, and help to keep our clients happy? This week I’m sharing some principles that have helped me when working with clients.

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10 Ways to Stay Productive as a Filmmaker

October 18, 2014 By

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This week i’m sharing the ten things that have helped me to stay focused when sitting at the computer, going from Facebook to Twitter, to YouTube and then back to Facebook..

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Does Gear Matter in Filmmaking?

October 11, 2014 By

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It seems that often there are two kinds of filmmaker: the purist story tellers who don’t care about equipment at all, and the gear obsessed pixel peepers who spend all their time researching cameras. What can gear do for us as filmmakers, and more importantly: What can’t it do?


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Three Light Cinematography

October 4, 2014 By

Lighting breakdowns are my favourite way to learn lighting.  You just can’t help but pickup lots of tips and techniques, and see how the different lights work together. This week we’ve got some more setups, but this time using three lights.

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Cinematic Color Correction

September 27, 2014 By

Trying to match shots from different cameras? Set you white balance wrong? This week we’re looking at fixing our footage with colour correction! It’s part 2 of my mini series on working with colour. 

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Cinematic Color Grading

September 20, 2014 By

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In the last few weeks, I’ve had many comments asking about color grading, so I figured I would show you how I color grade my DSLR footage. The principles should apply regardless of which camera or editing software you use!

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Why Filmmakers Should Learn About Music

September 13, 2014 By

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Music is another one of the elements of filmmaking that many people overlook. This week I’m talking about why music is so important, and sharing some tips for how to improve the music in your films!

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Advanced Cloning Tutorial

September 6, 2014 By

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Last week I uploaded my Ice-bucket Challenge to my cadevisuals channel. Many of you were asking how I did the cloning effect, so I thought I’d do a quick tutorial! Hopefully there will be some principles you can learn from other than just this effect!

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7 Ways to Challenge Yourself as a Filmmaker

August 30, 2014 By

Sometimes we need to push ourselves, so that we can learn the most of the films we work on. So I’ve put together this list of things you can do, which should allow to you really flex your filmmaking muscles, rather than taking the ‘easy way out’. Filmmaking takes more than just passive practicing!

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Sound Design – Filmmaking Scene

August 23, 2014 By

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The first episode of my latest series titled “Filmmaking Scene” where we learn how to do one of the many disciplines of filmmaking by recreating a scene from a film. This week we’re looking at sound design, breaking down how to do a scene from ‘Shaun of the Dead’. 

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Why Filmmakers Should Watch the ‘Directing Motion Tour’

August 16, 2014 By

If you follow the filmmaking community, you’ll have heard of Vincent Laforet’s Directing Motion Tour. I had the opportunity to check it out, and wanted to let you know what I thought of it!

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How to Setup a Video Editing Studio

August 9, 2014 By

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I spend a lot of time editing and working on videos, so I decided to set aside some time to plan for the best working space. This week I’m showing some of the things I’ve done to make my home studio an efficient and comfortable place to work!

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Filmmaking Kit for $5000

August 2, 2014 By

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What equipment would I get, if I had $5000 to spend on equipment? It’s all about prioritising, and splitting your budget between camera, audio and lighting equipment!

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5000 Subscribers Special (Contest Winners!)

July 26, 2014 By

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This week we’re celebrating reaching an awesome milestone by showcasing the films of 5 winners. The idea with the competition is to give you guys the chance to get some feedback and encouragement on your work!

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10 Tips For Beginner Filmmakers

July 19, 2014 By

When you first get started with filmmaking, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all of the things that go into making a film. This week I’m sharing some things that I would tell myself if I could go back to when I was a just starting out!

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