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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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