December 8, 2014 at 2:36AM


totally new to filmmaking,, all I have is a script and a t3i

I wanna make a movie and I only have t3i and a script
But I don't even know how to use the dslr.. how I can learn fast.. And what lens should I get considering the crop factor ... my movie will contain mediam to semi close up and close ups ... about the audio I'm confused should I get the rode or zoom .. are they different? What gear and post production software will I need ? I'm getting premier pro and after effects

Thanks in advance


A start is to pick up the camera and film some stuff. See what the lense you have can do. Then you can decide better what lenses you'd like to have.
Premiere Pro and AE are great tools. AE takes a while to master. Start with PPro. There are a lot of tutorials online. Make sure you learn the basics, which is basicly cutting, trimming, expanding and moving around clips. With that you can play around, try stuff, make little things to get the feel for it. It's alright when it's not as great as you hoped: that's part of learning new things.
If you still love doing this after some time, it's time to look for more lenses and microphones and get better.

Take it step by step.
Filmmaking is a wonderful adventure :-)

December 9, 2014 at 1:44AM

Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer

Thank you very much

December 22, 2014 at 11:34PM


Youtube is your friend when it comes to learning!!

December 23, 2014 at 1:34PM

Michael Militscher
Director / Commercial Producer

You should get registered to the university of Google with a major in YouTube.... take some time to get familiar with the gear. While you are at it you can get the zoom h4n and a rode shotgun to use with the zoom. Post in film communities that exist in your area and ask for some help. There are always people willing to help so don't be afraid to ask.

December 23, 2014 at 8:46PM

Wentworth Kelly
DP/Colorist/Drone Op

To be honest I read your post and felt that I can relate with every every single word of yours though today I am on a brighter side of the struggle :)

I bought T4i, then bought loads and loads of stuff from ebay like steadycam, slider, lights, sound recording stuff, tripods, video monopods etc. etc. while thinking that I NEED EVERYTHING TO MAKE A MOVIE and hell I was wrong and I am glade that I discovered much sooner then many and also in less painful manner.

You are on far darkner and pethetic spot then you actually think you are, trust me on this :)

Most of the people around you will release their stress and negativity by discouraging you and telling you to get a real job and a life, limited minds tend to do such stuff as compare to us the people with passion and desire to create awesomeness prefer to take the hard way :)

Don't force yourself to shoot the movie NOW because need to learn and polish some basic and crucial skills in order to prepare yourself for producing something good.

Your T3i is awesome tool, get the Magic Lantern on it and play with it, download the movie scripts from this website, watch those movies and then replicate those shots in same and different manners. You can use your friends or even toys just to develop the mind and vision of a filmmaker.

Experiment with everything, you need to because low budget production means you got to know most of the stuff if not everything.

I am also on this path and I wish you all the best.

December 23, 2014 at 11:22PM

S M Sabir
Filmmaker in MAKING :)

I got the 50mms 1.8 as it's cheap and I heard it's a very good lens

December 24, 2014 at 10:53PM


Thank you guys so much.. I will make my first movie soon .. it will be a horror short....I will share it with you guys for your comments

December 24, 2014 at 11:52PM


I loved my T3i when I first started! A few suggestions. I found it to be amazing when paired with the Magic Lantern firmware. It gives you very useful features like histogram, focus peaking, crop mark overlays, audio meters and more. Second thing I purchased was the canon 50mm 1.8 ( Its about $125 and its amazing for the price. The second lens I bought was the Tamron 17-50 VC 2.8 ( This was a great zoom lens and very versatile. As far as NLE my suggestion would be FCPX. I love it! The program has great tools for editing, organizing, color grading and sharing. And its also $300 one time. Next would be to invest $150 in the Neat Video Plugin to clean up some of the footage if it gets a bit noisy. Have fun shooting brother!

December 27, 2014 at 9:35AM

Brandon Champ Robinson

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