A Guide to Making Your Own Film
1. Decide on a theme / topic for your film
All films tell a story of some kind. What's your film's story? Make sure your film's story and message is clear and that it has a beginning, middle and end. Download a guide to styles of film-making.
2. Thorough research
Decide what your story is, where you're filming, and who your contributors will be - who will you interview?
Think of the storyboard as a comic strip. It's a template for your film. Download a story board and shot list template.
4. Examples of shots used when filming
5. The legal stuff
You may need permission to film at your desired location, you will need permission to film actors or interviewees and you will need a license for any music used. Download more information and sample release forms.
6. Health and Safety
Think about the dangers that your shoot might involve and work to manage or eliminate them. A risk assessment of your production is essential. Download a blank risk assessment form.
Download some more tips for pre-production
1. Don't overshootTo avoid this plan your shots carefully. Download examples of camera angles to create different moods.
If we can't see it we won't watch it!
If we can't hear it we won't watch it!
4. Don't be afraid to stop.
If the sound isn't right or something is going wrong with the shot don't be afraid to stop.
5. It's all about teamwork
Working well as a team is essential. Diva doesn't work!
Film competitions, organising a screening, uploading to YouTube, vimeo etc are all ways to get your film seen.
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