September 21, 2017 at 5:19PM

9

Filmmaking Exercises

I'm trying to find things to do by myself that will help challenge me and improve my skills.
What are some good filmmaking exercises that I can do on my own to improve my skill?
(challenges like using one light to light a scene in 10 different ways, editing a video in different tones, taking a scene from a movie and rewriting all the dialogue, etc.)

6 Comments

Exercise 1: IN CAMERA EDITING
THEME: Myself
OBJECTIVE: The idea is to present yourself metaphorically. Who are you? Think more in terms of state of mind rather than physical appearance.
RULES: No camera movements, no video editing, no external sound.
NOTE: In camera sounds are allowed. So, if you want to play music for a particular shot, or say a line of dialogue, then it should be implemented on the set while you shoot, not added later.
DURATION: 2 minutes worth of unedited footage. The footage should appear seamlessly cut if played back to back on a media player(as if it’s already edited, hence in camera editing), the key here is to create continuity between shots without needing to edit them, a good camera operator will think in terms of sequences not individual shots.

Exercise 2:
THEME: THE CLOSE UP SHOT
RULES: No camera movement, no editing, no external sound, all shots must be composed of CLOSE UP’s or EXTREME CLOSE UP’s.
DURATION: 2 minutes worth of unedited footage.
OBJECTIVE: Create a video using only close ups or extreme close ups, the video must have a beginning a middle and an end.
REFERENCE: The shower scene in Alfred Hitchcocks Psycho.

Excersise 3:
THEME: The point of view
RULES: Introduce camera movements, the motion must be motivated or justified, no editing, no external sound, all shots must be POV.
DURATION: 2 minutes
OBJECTIVE: who's point of view? You choose! Must have a beginning, middle and end.
REFERENCE: Gaspar Noe’s film Enter the Void.

Exercise 4:
Choose any theme, shoot a sequence of shots which will come out to be between 3 - 4 minutes after they are edited. All shots must have the same theme. Think about the sound of this video presentation ahead of time, you can use a bit of music, but it can't have music from beginning to end. Think of ways other than music with which you can treat the noise/sound in general in your video.
RULES: NO RULES

Exercise 5:
Take a character, give them a state of mind, any state of mind or emotion. Now, materialize that emotion or state of mind through the use of light and shadow. Lighting for mood!

Excersise 6:
Create a 2 minute archival film made up solely of found footage. The video should raise a meaningful question.
Reference: 200000 Fantomes by Jean Gabriel Periot.

September 22, 2017 at 5:57PM

0
Reply
Elmoutasam Aziz
Chief Learning Officer
247

Exercise 1: IN CAMERA EDITING
THEME: Myself
OBJECTIVE: The idea is to present yourself metaphorically. Who are you? Think more in terms of state of mind rather than physical appearance.
RULES: No camera movements, no video editing, no external sound.
NOTE: In camera sounds are allowed. So, if you want to play music for a particular shot, or say a line of dialogue, then it should be implemented on the set while you shoot, not added later.
DURATION: 2 minutes worth of unedited footage. The footage should appear seamlessly cut if played back to back on a media player(as if it’s already edited, hence in camera editing), the key here is to create continuity between shots without needing to edit them, a good camera operator will think in sequences not individual shots.

Exercise 2:
THEME: THE CLOSE UP SHOT
RULES: No camera movement, no editing, no external sound, all shots must be composed of CLOSE UP’s or EXTREME CLOSE UP’s.
DURATION: 2 minutes worth of unedited footage.
OBJECTIVE: Create a video using only close ups or extreme close ups, the video must have a beginning a middle and an end.
REFERENCE: The shower scene in Alfred Hitchcocks Psycho.

Excersise 3:
THEME: The point of view
RULES: Introduce camera movements, the motion must be motivated or justified, no editing, no external sound, all shots must be POV.
DURATION: 2 minutes
OBJECTIVE: who's point of view? You choose! Must have a beginning, middle and end.
REFERENCE: Gaspar Noe’s film Enter the Void.

Exercise 4:
Choose any theme, shoot a sequence of shots which will come out to be between 3 - 4 minutes after they are edited. All shots must have the same theme. Think about the sound of this video presentation ahead of time, you can use a bit of music, but it can't have music from beginning to end. Think of ways other than music with which you can treat the noise/sound in general in your video.
RULES: NO RULES

Exercise 5:
Take a character, give them a state of mind, any state of mind or emotion. Now, materialize that emotion or state of mind through the use of light and shadow. Lighting for mood!

Excersise 6:
Create a 2 minute archival film made up solely of found footage. The video should raise a meaningful question.
Reference: 200000 Fantomes by Jean Gabriel Periot.

September 22, 2017 at 5:59PM, Edited September 22, 5:59PM

2
Reply
Elmoutasam Aziz
Chief Learning Officer
247

Exercise 1: IN CAMERA EDITING
THEME: Myself
OBJECTIVE: The idea is to present yourself metaphorically. Who are you? Think more in terms of state of mind rather than physical appearance.
RULES: No camera movements, no video editing, no external sound.
NOTE: In camera sounds are allowed. So, if you want to play music for a particular shot, or say a line of dialogue, then it should be implemented on the set while you shoot, not added later.
DURATION: 2 minutes worth of unedited footage. The footage should appear seamlessly cut if played back to back on a media player(as if it’s already edited, hence in camera editing), the key here is to create continuity between shots without needing to edit them, a good camera operator will think in terms of sequences not individual shots.

Exercise 2:
THEME: THE CLOSE UP SHOT
RULES: No camera movement, no editing, no external sound, all shots must be composed of CLOSE UP’s or EXTREME CLOSE UP’s.
DURATION: 2 minutes worth of unedited footage.
OBJECTIVE: Create a video using only close ups or extreme close ups, the video must have a beginning a middle and an end.
REFERENCE: The shower scene in Alfred Hitchcocks Psycho.

Excersise 3:
THEME: The point of view
RULES: Introduce camera movements, the motion must be motivated or justified, no editing, no external sound, all shots must be POV.
DURATION: 2 minutes
OBJECTIVE: who's point of view? You choose! Must have a beginning, middle and end.
REFERENCE: Gaspar Noe’s film Enter the Void.

Exercise 4:
Choose any theme, shoot a sequence of shots which will come out to be between 3 - 4 minutes after they are edited. All shots must have the same theme. Think about the sound of this video presentation ahead of time, you can use a bit of music, but it can't have music from beginning to end. Think of ways other than music with which you can treat the noise/sound in general in your video.
RULES: NO RULES

Exercise 5:
Take a character, give them a state of mind, any state of mind or emotion. Now, materialize that emotion or state of mind through the use of light and shadow. Lighting for mood!

Excersise 6:
Create a 2 minute archival film made up solely of found footage. The video should raise a meaningful question.
Reference: 200000 Fantomes by Jean Gabriel Periot.

September 23, 2017 at 6:04PM

1
Reply
Elmoutasam Aziz
Chief Learning Officer
247

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-sBvBBi6MY

Great way to challenge yourself.

September 24, 2017 at 12:58AM

0
Reply
avatar
Chris Hackett
Director, Director of Photography, Writer
851

Shoot a MOS, then shoot another, and another until they are actually entertaining without dialogue.

September 27, 2017 at 10:30PM, Edited September 27, 10:30PM

1
Reply
Indie Guy
857

I agree with this... cinema is a succession of images, not clips of talking heads. There's a reason things like Charlie Chaplin / Buster Keaton films remain timeless. All visual.

Thad Remute

October 1, 2017 at 2:56PM

Your Comment