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Film Production Resources
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Think of an idea / story or health subject matter that you think would make a interesting film, eg:
- A health condition
- An interesting person you know
- A news story you’ve heard
- An idea you’ve thought of
Write the script. Plan questions for your interview. Storyboard (optional). Shot List (there are plenty of templates you can find online)
Basic Equipment List: camera + microphone + computer. And make sure you know how to use them before you start filming
Remember your shot composition rules
Make sure you’ve got enough lighting for your scene
Make sure you’re able to stabilise your footage
Remember to record extra footage (B-Roll)Separate shots relevant to your story that will enrich your film. And will also help when you’re editing
Make sure everything in the frame is there for a reason.
Record in a quiet room with minimal background noise. Listen out for the hums of fridges, fans, busy roads, etc. - this will all be picked up by the microphone.
Make sure the microphone is as close as possible to the person speaking (without getting in the frame)
Don’t forget to record “Room Tone” – 30seconds of the room with no-one speaking (this will help you blend the audio when editing)
If you can, use a separate device to record sound
Once you’re happy, press record!
Draw in all of the footage / audio / images onto the it for the project
Cut out bits not needed. Move segments around to build your story as you wish
If recorded separately, match up the dialogue to the pictures. Add room tone if needed to smooth out the cuts between the dialogue.
Add B-roll, music, images, graphics/captions, titles as needed
Record and include voiceover if required (e.g: if you’re making a documentary)
Remember to refer back to your script / storyboard / initial plan if you get stuck
Remember to save your project at regular intervals!
Now that you’ve made your film, it’s important to show it! Private screening for your friends and family. And don’t forget to show the film to the people who helped you make the film!
Submit to local film festivals – this is also a good place to connect with other filmmakers and collaborators.
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