Many people think that filmmaking is only for those who have the financial means to do it. Of course, if what you have in mind is a big-budget movie that is equivalent to what Hollywood can offer, then you truly need millions to make it happen. But filmmaking is not an exclusive privilege of the affluent film lovers. It is a form of art that can be performed with the least cost. As a matter of fact, with the right filmmaking guide, you can come up with one with no cost at all. What’s significant is that you learn the skills needed for this enjoyable activity first.
As a newbie, you might think that to simply watch movies would give you the ideas of how to take shots.
There could be some truth to it but you must bear in mind that you’re only trying to create a home-made film on your own. Therefore, you might realize that there are shots that are just impossible to do because of the low cinematic technology you are using. Read a basic filmmaking guide and you are to realize that what’s essential is just expression. Making a movie is an art, which means that the end-product should represent your ideas and emotions regardless of the technological level you have.
Therefore, even if you only have one digital camera to boot and a PC on which you can edit and add special effects to your movie, you can still come out with a great work of art. Same as all newbies though, you may not have the theoretical background or the first-hand experience to make at least a decent short film. If you are quite serious about this craft and are planning to make movie-making a career, you may have to enroll yourself in a school for this particular craft. But if you only want the basic skills, then to have a filmmaking guide should be more than enough.
You can download easily any filmmaking guide from specific websites about the craft. There are those that you can get for free but if you really want those more comprehensive and really detailed types, then you may as well order online too. But, you must know that there are brilliant filmmakers who did not have any formal training. They just love the craft and possess the eyes and imagination to create their initial masterpieces. Thus you may possess all those theories in your mind but if you don’t love it entirely, you’ll run short. A little theoretical background is valuable but the more you actually practice, the better a filmmaker you will become.
Question by to the left: For people who went to the NYFA 3 week digital filmmaking program…?
I have a boatload of questions.
1) What exactly are you required to do in this program? I mean, from what I’ve understood, you make a film. Is that what you work on for three weeks? And is it just one film or more than one?
2) Is it compulsory that you direct a film in the duration of the camp, or is it possible for you to do other things, like light and sound?
3) What was the whole experience like in general?
4) Did you have your film idea before you got there or did you figure it out in the process?
I’d check the website but it’s not working for me for some reason (the Internet is a bit screwed up.) I’m going to the one in Boston, at Harvard.
Thanks in advance if you answer my questions. =]
Answer by Ruby C
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In this lecture, Jasper Gray will share Uncle Jack, a short film created with the Pentax K-7. He will guide you through the different scenes, lighting, and camera settings used in various sequences. B&H Event Space bit.ly
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