November 10, 2016 at 11:13PM


How to start?

Hey everybody!,

My name's Joey and i am an aspiring filmmaker. It is my dream to do this, but I am finding it difficult to get off the ground. Currently all I have is my camera... a Nikon D3200 with only the basic lenses it came with and a very basic mic. A crappy laptop that cannot do the proper editing I need. And lastly, I have my imagination and vision.
So, my question is this, what advice do any of you have for me given what I have? Maybe how to properly use what I have, or even new equipment I should look into to getting?
Any advice or ideas... anything would be greatly appreciated!



Filmmaking is, for the most part, a highly collaborative effort. One way to start is by joining somebody else's crew and being so reliable and so resourceful, that people are willing to give you a chance to prove your creativity and vision. Then they join your crew, and suddenly you have somebody with a great camera, somebody else with mad editing skills, somebody else who can manage sound, and you can realize your vision.

November 11, 2016 at 7:31AM, Edited November 11, 7:31AM


It seems the biggest mistake that everybody does is try to be a one-man band. You can't be great at everything, especially all at once, especially as a beginner. When you're writing, casting, directing, shooting, lighting, recording location audio, scoring, editing, mixing etc. all on your own, one thing will always be noticeably better than others, but that one thing will be noticeably worse than if it was your only job. Even very experienced one-man bands get tunnel vision, say, allowing the acting to go South because they were too fixated on the look. Almost nobody in this situation does sound well and that can ruin a movie as much as inappropriate delivery from the actors. I strongly suggest figuring out what you want to do as a specialty and collaborate on a few productions to refine your craft, letting other, more experienced people worry about the other jobs and using their own equipment.

If more people networked and collaborated, there would be fewer but better microcinema projects. I saw that happen in my area. We were starting to produce very professional, big budget-looking projects for next to nothing. Not only that, but people aside from us were getting to see them in public screenings! Things fell apart a few years later and everybody reverted back to one-man bands producing mediocre projects nobody ever sees.

November 11, 2016 at 7:41AM


We agree!

Michael Tiemann

November 11, 2016 at 8:18AM

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