Movie Making Tips

  • Start short. There's so much to learn that reading a book or taking a course only gives you part of the story. Work on a movie script, plan it for shooting, get on set and shoot your movie before post production and then promotion. Why try to learn how to do it on a two hour movie when the principles apply to a five minute short? Start short and scale up.
  • Start small.  You're going to make mistakes and miss opportunities on set for the perfect shot. So keep it small and you'll be able to go back and fix it and learn how to avoid that mistake for your next movie.
  • Read as much as you can.  Don't worry about film school - there's loads of information out there.  Try these:

Movie Making 

Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee

  • Watch as many movies as you can twice. First time, just watch the film and see what you like and don't like about it.  Second time, watch it to see how it was filmed. Check out the lighting, sound and editing and be critical of dialogue and acting.  Make notes of things that you want to bring to your movies and things you want to avoid.
  • If you want to write your movies, read as many screenplays as you can. Look at format, structure, character, story arcs, sub-plots etc. Let us know what you're looking for by filling in our contact form and listing the screenplays you want and we'll try and track them down for you.
  • We're starting a six month on-line screenwriting course soon. There will be twelve lessons every two weeks which finish with you writing between seven and ten pages of screenplay so you have a full movie script at the end of the course.  Subscribe to our newsletter if you want to receive updates.
  • Shoot on digital video. It's cheap, doesn't need developing like film, can be made to look something like film in post production, is easier to light and gives you huge choice of format, quality, price and camera.  Check out this book for advice on picking a DSLR camera for filming with.

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