How 2 Film Your Movie

The simplest rule I can give anyone when it comes to making movies is to learn lots and then do it. Websites like How 2 Make A Movie have loads of useful content and practical advice. Plus, we've collected a range of courses and books that we think are helpful so check them out too. But when you've got an understanding of the basics, get out there and make a movie.  

The next best piece of advice I can give you is start small. Don't dive into a massive movie without making a few short ones. Find a few competitions that accept short films and make a movie to enter into them. That way, you'll learn loads and make tons of mistakes but you should have the time to fix them if your final movie is only a few minutes long.

When it comes to actually making your first movie be prepared for long hours and hard work. If you've been involved in getting the screenplay ready to film and you're directing the movie, you'll probably be one of the busiest people on set. Not only that but all creative decisions stop with you and if something goes wrong, you need a good Producer to help you out of the mess or that's on your shoulders too.

Making movies is hard work. And stressful. And tiring. And AMAZING FUN!

Here's a list of essential items needed for making a movie:

  • Camera(s) 
  • Recording media
  • Charged batteries
  • Tripod
  • External monitor
  • Lights
  • Reflectors
  • Sound recording equipment
  • Microphone
  • Wind sock
  • Boom
  • Clapper board
  • Gaffer tape
  • Power outlets and extension cables
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sewing kit
  • Spare scripts
  • Food and drink
  • Space to relax away from the set if possible
  • Bathrooms

If you've prepared everything as much as you can and you've not tried to run before you can walk, even making mistakes is fun because you learn so much so quickly by actually making a movie.

If everyone knows what's happening, what's expected of them and what stage everything is at so they know if time is short and the pressure is on, you're going to enjoy the process because you're MAKING A MOVIE! How awesome is that?

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