February 18, 2018

Beginner Tips and Tricks That Will Help You Shoot Better Films and Videos

Want to take your filmmaking game to the next level? This video covers a ton of bases.

If you're a filmmaker who is just starting out, chances are you have a lot of questions. How do you light a scene? How do you frame up a shot? What kinds of costumes work best on camera? The number of issues you'll have to face on set is virtually endless and wide-ranging, which is why this video from Basic Filmmaker is so helpful. A bunch of different topics, tips, and tricks are covered in the over 18-minute runtime, from how different lights affect a scene individually to prop placement and set design.

There's a ton of great advice packed into this video, covering so many important aspects of film production. Even though the tips are geared toward those who are filming themselves, like vloggers, they are definitely applicable to narrative and documentary filmmakers as well.

To make it a little easier for you, here's a quick breakdown of the contents:

  • Camera settings (0:52)
  • Lighting setups (2:08)
  • Horizon lines (7:26)
  • Clothes on camera (8:17)
  • Set design (10:33)
  • Focus (12:11)
  • Aperture (14:05)

Of course, there are many other things that you'll have to learn and apply as a beginner filmmaker. I mean, turning images into dynamic, rich stories is a pretty difficult thing to pull off, but this video will definitely get you started on a lot of the more confusing technical stuff.

What are some other essential tips that beginners should know about? Let us know down in the comments.     

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