July 12, 2017

10 Basic Techniques That Will Help Make Your Footage More Cinematic

Even if you're a beginner you can use these simple steps to make more cinematic videos.

A lot goes into making giving your footage that all-important "film look," including lighting, costuming, set design, and more. If you're new to the game and/or barely have a budget for a couple of end-of-day pizzas, let alone lighting equipment and props, there are a bunch of simple, relatively accessible things you can do to make your films and videos more cinematic. In this video, filmmaker Mathieu Stern lists ten techniques you can try on your next shoot that will increase the production value of your project almost instantly.

Here are the tips mentioned in the video:

Now, all of these techniques are great and can absolutely help make your footage look more cinematic and professional, but like I always say, lighting is probably one if not the most important thing (other than audio) you should invest in when putting together a project. I'm not just talking about money—you might end up only needing a bunch of cheap modifiers—I'm more talking about your investment of effort, time, and attention. If you've got great lighting and a bunch of items from Stern's list going on, your project will be well on its way!      

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I'm glad you added some nuance to the whole video. Like other factors that come into play. Just watching the video I felt like they're trying to say: "Just apply these little tricks, and there, bam, you have mastered cinema!"
Not like it's a whole proces of disciplines coming together and years of experience (which I am still working on, not even nearly there yet).

July 13, 2017 at 4:01AM

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Arne Noot
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Nice advices, but the color grading part is an awful example!

July 13, 2017 at 7:18AM

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marder
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July 14, 2017 at 3:24AM, Edited July 14, 3:24AM

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July 14, 2017 at 5:57AM

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marder
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Rule of thirds... proceeds to center frame just about everything else in the video.

July 15, 2017 at 4:49PM, Edited July 15, 4:49PM

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Aaron Lochert
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Great advice. Thank you so much.

July 16, 2017 at 10:27AM, Edited July 16, 10:27AM

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Sameir Ali
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