Brandon goes into the wilderness to shoot video in the snow. He demonstrates which situations to avoid and which provide ideal opportunities for great looking winter videos.
Bill Myers shows us how to record live video direct to your computer from your camcorder. You will need: long firewire cable, camcorder with firewire output, computer. Procedure: Connect one end of the firewire cable to your camcorder, then connect the other end to your computer. Start your video editing program. Turn the audio down on your speakers to avoid feedback. Turn your camcorder on then check the capture option in your screen. Record the video then hit the stop button when you're fin...
If you're trying to film on a budget, this tutorial is perfect for you. Instead of spending money on expensive professional lighting equipment, you can use these inexpensive alternatives (like using tin foil as a reflector or a shower curtain as a diffuser).
The Western film, once the end all be all of great American filmmaking, is now rare to behold at all at the movie theaters. Whereas in the old days directors made the films about true American gung-ho spirit and handsome, stoic John Wayne cowboys championing the greater good, these days the genre gets ruined by CGI and other absurd additions.
This tutorial covers some of the basics of dramatic filmmaking. A drama is a film that is character-driven, using the characters' emotional responses to situations to move the story along. Epic and historical dramas put their characters in historical events. Crime dramas are set within the rules and boundaries of reality, but do not have to be linked with any historical event. These films utilize suspense and action to push the characters through the story. Biopics are motion picture biograph...
Writing a script is easy, but writing a script that the Hollywood elite would actually like to pick up is a totally different story. Any aspiring screenwriter will find this information about action in scripts helpful.
Springboard from Six Mile Creek Systems is a program for creative writers and artists using Windows PCs, to help storyboard their ideas into visual means. Nowadays, storyboards are what people want to see, because it's less time in their hands (reading takes forever!). So, if you have Springboard, this video gives you a quick stepping stone to using it to sketch and animate your storyboards— for films, videos, animations or any other media.
In this Film & Theater video tutorial you will learn how to make a documentary film step-by-step. The various steps involved in making a documentary are defining the documentary, stylizing the genre, shooting and finally editing. A documentary is a movie that documents reality. It is based on real life situations or people. The three most sub genres are the observational documentary, the expository documentary and the participatory documentary. The different styles can be sit-down interviews ...
Watch this video to learn how to shoot anonymous interviews for documentaries. Matt explains how to maintain anonymity using the proper lighting and audio effects.
“Continuity and Screen Direction” is all about the one simple principle of keeping the screen direction of the subjects the same from one shot to another in a sequence. It’s a fundamental principle and knowing how to get it right will make your videos much better and more professional.
Mike from the SubStream's "Film Lab" has some tips on preproduction paperwork. Learn how to complete preproduction paperwork. Specifically, break down the script. You know that you don't want to do it, but it's important, okay?
An effective treatment is your first step to getting a job and funding for your documentary. This is a written document used to describe your film and why you want to make it. This video gives you some good tips on how to make an effective treatment for your project.
In this free film making series, veteran producer Scott duPont will go through the steps of production once the money is in place. Scott will also point out the mistakes many first-time film producers make, which can cost huge amounts of money and slow down the production. Learn about creating shot lists and storyboards as well as how to edit your movie.
Tells you how to make a fighting scene by using three steps which are -continuity
Measure twice cut once applies to filmmaking as well as construction or any other complex process really, and that's why preproduction is they key to actually finishing your film on time and budget. This video will help you with several preproduction tasks, including storyboarding, making a shot list, lining / timing your script, and scheduling the actual production of the film.
This film technique is one that is not only used on movie sets, but with journalists as well. This is a great way to shoot a discussion that is going on between two people. In movies, it's a great way to help add some emotion to a dialogue that both characters are having with one another. In broadcast journalism, the same technique is used in order to portray a relationship between the interviewer and interviewee. It's a great way for them to communicate and is really easy to use. So sit back...
Jennifer talks about the technique known as "Natural Wipes". She gives several examples of these types of "in camera" transitions and how they can be used to create better videos.
Directing an actor in such a way that they can deliver the best performance possible is the most important work of the stage and screen director. If you're just getting started and need some tips, watch this video for some basic rules to follow on coaching actors.
If you have ever wondered about the functionality of slating during a film shoot, what a shooting script or line script is and how to keep a shot log, then this may be the perfect video tutorial for you, in two parts.
Making a storyboard before shooting a movie is like drawing a blueprint before grabbing a hammer and nails. Do it well, and make sure your film is structurally sound.
This video gives a ten minute tutorial on how to achieve the superimposition effect for web videos with a little props and software.
Brandon Pinard discusses the most commonly used transitions in television and film: the Cut, the Fade and the Dissolve. He covers the basic definition of each of the three transitions, how they are most commonly used in the film and television industries, and how anyone can improve their own videos with the proper understanding of these transitions.
This how-to is aimed at the uncynical, bright-eyed outsider who wants to become a television producer…the talented person who believes he or she has the ‘it’ to crack Hollywood. The ‘Sammy’ who just arrived in 90210.
Watch this video to learn how to create mise-en-scene if you are making a movie. Elements of mise-en-scene are explained. Apply these ideas to your own film!
Creating a successful new television show isn't as easy as brainstorming a great idea and calling up a producer to tell him all about it, hoping for the go-head. Creating a show, as well as submitting it to agents and producers, is a complex job that requires a lot of paperwork.
Sean Astin hosts AFI's filmmaking tutorial series, LIGHTS, CAMERA, EDUCATION! In this segment, we explore the importance and how-to of storyboarding your film or video.
This video demonstrates an easy way to create natural transitions. The key is to have the subject enter and exit the frame during different shots. This keeps a level of continuity that makes your movie easier to follow and easier to edit!
Screenwriting isn't as easy as it seems, and many screenwriters can't make it past the second act of the screenplay. It's called writer's block, and one reason many writers fall victim to this is because of a poorly outlines idea. The only way to make sure you get a completed first draft of your script is to properly outline the whole storyline.
Ben and Paul demonstrate the important process of storyboarding as a tool to plan your film.
Are you a closet film buff with a movie up your sleeve? Do you have a great film idea that's guaranteed to be a blockbuster? VideoJug presents the screenwriting basics to formatting the scenes in your film script like a pro, and giving those Hollywood screenwriters a run for their money. Format scenes in a film script.
The screenwriter Gene Fowler once said, “Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” Here’s how to make the process of writing your first screenplay a little less painful. You will need a formatting guide, a realistic set of expectations and source material. This video provides general knowledge on screenwriting.
See how to make a low budget web show, like Pop17, seem like a grand thing. This is low budget basics including lighting, microphone and an HDV camera. You should also edit it in Final Cut Pro, because that's what Pop17 does.
Storyboards are like blueprints for your movies. And the bigger your production, the more important they become. Making a movie without a storyboard is like throwing your money into a bottomless pit. Watch this video and learn how to make your own storyboards!
With the economy as terrible as it is these days, obtaining any sort of job, from receptionist to screen writer, requires thorough networking.
In this how-to video, you will learn how to pick a theme in order to make your own web show. You must decide what your web show is about. It can be about anything. For example, if you liked dogs, you could do a web show about dogs. If you like eating healthy foods, you could do your web show about healthy foods. Clothes can also be a great theme for a web show. Cool and lame music, cats, lunch meats, cooking, sports, and monkeys are also great themes you can try out for your web show. Your sh...
This tutorial shows you how to make a professional looking video. Specifically: panning, tilting, zolly effect, dynamic dutch angle, and proper handheld technique.
A few tips on how to attract major sponsorship for your zero budget film - and what tactics to avoid...
Sean Astin hosts AFI's filmmaking tutorial series, LIGHTS, CAMERA, EDUCATION! Here, we explore "The Pitch" or presenting your ideas for your film script.
Mike from the SubStream's "Film Lab" has some tips regarding screenwriting, specifically... documentary scripts.
Continuity is an underrated and more importantly, overlooked aspect to multi-cut scenes. Many films, television programs and internet videos forget its importance. So this week, The Shirtless Apprentice give his tips on the subject as he sits down and has a romantic candlelit dinner with continuity.