Are you a budding Hitchcock or a wannabe Spielberg but have never had the money to make your very own film? Well, now there is no excuse as it has never been easier to grab a camera and create your very own Oscar worthy cinematic masterpiece. Films like The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity have shown just how easy it is to create a fantastic low budget movie that can be a huge global success in its own right. So, if you’re a budding filmmaker, or just a newbie filming enthusiast, there are a few simple tips you can follow to make sure you get the most professional looking work out of your low cost equipment.
Getting the right equipment together for your film shoot can be not only tricky, but expensive too. However, if you are looking to use the same state of the art camera and lights that they use in Hollywood, but you’re looking for a more authentic, low key look for your film there are plenty of low budget cameras available on the market that can do the job well. When you’re shooting your film always remember that the narrative and acting are two of the most important things to get right if you want to make a good impression. You can be forgiven for the quality of your shots if the story is well told and you have good enough actors to pull it off.
Once you’ve got all the shots you want in the can, it’s time to edit together your film and add those finishing touches to complete your movie. Things like transitions, a title sequence and music can all be added at this stage, and you can also move around scenes to make sure you get your masterpiece just the way you want it. If you really want to give your film the professional edge add some credits to the end and make up an official film company logo which you can reuse again and again on your work.
Most new computers will have some sort of in built film editing software for you to use but if you really want to splash out you can opt to buy a specific editing programme so you can give your movies the professional touch. With these programmes you can add colour to your film and you will find a greater range of cutting and editing tools than a run of the mill programmes you can get for free.
Whether you are shooting your film on a small hd camcorder or you are taking out a loan to hire some top class equipment, creating a film you can be proud of takes determination, skill and a lot of creativity, no matter what kind of tools you are using. So if you are keen to put your film skills to good use, grab a low budget camera and get shooting, and you could be collecting that Bafta in no time.
Paul Buchanan writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.
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