7 DIY Filmmaking Hacks for When You're Stuck at Home

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Being stuck in your house doesn't mean you can't still make cinematic films.

March 2020 will go down as the longest month ever recorded in the history of humankind. Why? Because a third of the world's population is on lockdown due to the novel coronavirus.

We filmmakers are no longer able to go to set, travel the world, or shoot in literally any location other than our own homes, which means that we have to get creative with what we have available around us if we want to make films while on quarantine.

In this video, Yannick from Cinecom has shared 7 DIY hacks that will help you turn everyday household items into nifty filmmaking gear—so, you know—it won't matter that all of your gear is collecting dust in a studio or warehouse somewhere. 

Check it out below:

Whether you're stuck at home due to COVID-19, an empty gas tank, or a general sense of malaise or ennui, these hacks will not only get your creative juices flowing but allow you to create some interesting (and pretty stylish) cinematic effects.

Here's a quick list of the hacks used in the video.

  • Collander Cookie: Use a colander/strainer or any kitchen utensil that has a bunch of holes, as a cucoloris to create interesting shapes with light.
  • TP Roll Extension Tube: Want to shoot some macro shots? Use an empty toilet paper roll as an extension tube. Just be careful around your camera sensor.
  • Door Slider: Missing your camera slider? Well, if you have some clamps or mounts (or a lot of gaff tape), you can mount your camera to a door and swing it open to get some sweet shots.
  • Iron Atmosphere: You probably don't have your haze/smoke machine at home. Use the steam function on your household iron to produce puffs of that sweet, sweet atmosphere.
  • Chair Dolly: An oldie but a goodie. Plop your camera on your rolling desk chair to get some great dolly shots. (Bonus points if it also swivels!)
  • DIY Particle Blaster: Need a cool particle effect? Put down some flour, cornstarch, or any other fine-grained material and use a blow dryer to blow the particles into your shot.
  • Slow-Mo Drop: All you need to capture this sweet slow motion tracking shot is a big, soft place for your precious camera to land. A bed with a fluffed comforter works. Make sure you shoot at a high frame rate to capture it all in slow-mo.

What are some other great DIY hacks that filmmakers can use while stuck in their homes? Let us know down in the comments!     

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April 1, 2020 at 5:37AM, Edited April 1, 5:37AM

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Thomast Hanson
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OMG

April 2, 2020 at 2:05AM

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Alo Thông Tắc
Alo Thông Tắc - Hút hầm cầu | Thông cầu cống nghẹt giá rẻ
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Some good stuff!!

April 5, 2020 at 10:02PM

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Hi! I love this video - as an alternative to a chair dolly you can also mount the camera on a suitcase with wheels.

April 9, 2020 at 2:42AM

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Claire Letoret
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