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Vaders' Photoshoot by Chris Isherwood

The Basic Skill Sets You Need to Make a Movie ASAP // Part Three

Welcome back. This is the third part of a series that gets you from no skills to basic in making your movie… or at least that’s the idea. Remember, if you have any questions, comment below.

From part 1 I left you with a shot list. A shot list for every scene hopefully. If not, then at least have a shot list created before you decide to shoot those specific scenes (unless you’re the type that can keep images in your head for long periods of time). Continue Reading…


The Basic Skill Sets You Need to Make a Movie ASAP // Part Two

For part two we’re going to focus on two important concepts before we move on to the actual shooting: shot composition and lighting. I’m also going to give you some common shot types to build on so when you go out to shoot your prepubescent, scallywag of a movie, you won’t be naked in the wind. Continue Reading…


The Basic Skill Sets You Need to Make a Movie ASAP // Part One


Write. Shoot. Edit.

There, that’s all you need to know. Am I joking? Half.  It’s become almost a catch-phrase. But the essentials of making any film is within these three words. Of course, yes, there are particular skill sets needed to make these words work. Continue Reading…


Exposure Basics and Shooting in Manual Mode

I normally don’t like anything automatic, least of all automatic payments, those suck the worst when you’re living on a budget. But I also don’t really like automatic settings on something I’m trying to be creative with, for instance, my camera.

Some may call me a control freak, but as a filmmaker, there is no such thing as automatic exposure. My shots are usually thought-out, storyboarded, or listed before I even hit the record button. It’s a practice I’ve pulled over from my photography days when cameras were using film and I didn’t have the luxury or the money to waste it, unlike this digital era of filmmaking and photography where now all I need is a bigger flash card or external hard drive with an ungodly amount of storage to record to. Continue Reading…

[My capture card of choice. SanDisk Extreme: Class 10.]

From SD to the Editing Room / Organizing Your DSLR Footage

How an editor organizes their clips before actually making a cut can tell you a lot about their style. But then again, keeping clips in a certain order, labeled, and named in purposeful ways saves a lot of time when making decisions for your edit. Unless you enjoy scrubbing through every clip, looking for that exact moment when the dolphin at Sea World smacked a clown’s hat off and flipped him the metaphoric bird with his tail, cataloging can save you some frustration during post.

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