October 28, 2015 at 10:40AM, Edited October 28, 10:40AM


Without any prior experience, and no one to shoot, what is something I can record single handedly and turn into a masterpiece?

Hello, I apologize for the question as it may seem a little misleading.

I have little to no prior experience in filming other than making cinematic trailers for our school football team. Lately I've been getting a bit bored of the same repetitive stuff, and have decided that I want to do something a bit bigger.

What I have:

Canon EOS Rebel T5i (18-55MM / 75 - 300MM)
Lumix FZ1000 (33-400MM)
And a few monopods and tripods.

So here's the problem. I have everything I need to record, but I don't have the people to do it with. So my question is, what is something I can do by myself that I can create to get myself out there? I have access to the entire CC kit and am open for any suggestions!

If I left out any information, let me know, I'll be glad to answer.


Masterpieces are created by masters. You don't start out as a master.

...I would recommend improving your skill set by finding something you like, which could be a TV ad, a film trailer, or any scene from a TV show or movie, and then try and duplicate the scene. The main benefit of this exercise is that you know exactly what you are trying to create, and you can easily tell when you are getting closer to recreating the scene you are trying to reproduce. For most of us it will take 4-10 attempts before we start to get close to the feel of the original scene, and in the process you will learn a ton about what works and what doesn't, and your skill set will be greatly expanded. ( i.e. lighting is tough to get right, composition is tough to get right, directing an actor on set takes practice, getting a good performance out of your actor can be really tough sometimes, etc... )

Just remember to choose something that is possible for you given the resources you have to work with. It doesn't have to be some gigantic dramatic scene, it can be something as simple as somebody calling their friend or loved one on the phone because they feel lonely, or because they are excited about winning a competition, or because there's something in the basement that wants to kill them... :-)

October 28, 2015 at 11:23AM, Edited October 28, 11:24AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Thank you!

Thomas Walker

October 28, 2015 at 6:36PM

Lego :-p

Forget about the masterpiece. That usually takes experience.

October 30, 2015 at 3:56AM

Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer

Talk to people in the Theater department at your school. Actors love to be filmed, even if it's just a monologue.

December 5, 2015 at 8:06PM


Start out at the bottom then move up. For example this was me shooting two years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3CREwUmlO0. Obviously not a masterpiece. This was me two weeks ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CKKkaxxSTI. Not a masterpiece but much, much closer, and I didn't need actors! Nature has always been a great actor for me.

Take this for what it's worth, see if you can get some HDR working on your DSLR, I can't stand watching films that are super contrasty and low dynamic range. I always rent something higher like the GH4, A7s or C100 for bigger stuff and those take you the extra mile on an aspiring masterpiece ;)

On a side note, I start production today for my first film. To find actors I found talent agencies close to me and had them post an internship position. I also just directly contacted people I knew that could shoot for a few days, super easy!

December 9, 2015 at 8:12AM

Clark McCauley

You are super ambitious dude! i like that. Masterpiece.... ahhmm you gonna have to just shoot. There is no shortcut to that. As someone above said, Find someone especially someone who wants to be exposed. Develop an idea and shoot it...and not only shoot it, but think about your skill set and write your piece around that so you can really show what you can do.... Wish you all the best.

December 9, 2015 at 10:22AM

Wentworth Kelly
DP/Colorist/Drone Op

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