Saturday, August 20, 2016

5 Helpful Tips to Make a Short Film on a Budget

Many people that have grown up in the last 30 years or so have played around with cameras and attempted to make home movies. It’s often a very popular thing to attempt when you’re young, and it’s a great way to express your creativity and build lasting memories, even if it’s a simple. There’s nothing quite like watching a ‘film’ you made as a youngster. At Cineclair Productions, we’ve converted more than our share of old home movies to higher formats, so in many ways we’re experts on the topic!

Nowadays, with high quality cameras being available even on a smartphone, it’s never been easier to make a short film and share it with the world. But while it’s often a lot of fun to not take it too seriously, there are aspiring, amateur filmmakers out there that are possibly looking to make a film that is the best it can be. Let’s take a look at some tips for beginners going down this path.

1. Start Small

We all have grand ideas, but when it comes to filmmaking, it’s a good idea to start with a simple concept and develop it. For instance, a 20 minute whodunnit cop detective drama might seem like a great idea, but in reality it might be overly ambitious. What might be a more appropriate first film is an amusing or interesting conversation over a few minutes.

2. The Story Makes the Film

Even if you’re working with a small or near non-existent budget, write a well put together story and compelling script because this is the ultimate thing that makes the film work. Take time to work on a concept with characters that have some kind of goal, or problem to overcome. This can be developed within a single conversation and doesn’t need to be overly complicated - however it’s the foundation on which viewers can relate. Spending time to write good dialogue is well worth it, winging it and having your actors improvise can backfire.

3. Don’t be Afraid to Film Scenes More than Once

There are times when you’ll be sure you capture a scene perfectly, but it’s still well worthwhile to reshoot it a couple of times when you’re starting out. When you go to edit the film, it’s a great help to have a few different takes to shuffle through. Comparing them in this environment, you might notice things you didn’t pick up on when you were filming and probably had the adrenaline pumping.

4. Concentrate on Music

Music is one of the most effective ways of helping to create tone, but it’s important to use it in the right places and not put tracks in the film simply because you like them. Think about how you want the audience to feel about a particular scene and choose the perfect soundtrack accordingly. You can do a lot with a simple scene if you choose the right music, so spend plenty of time on your soundtrack.

5. Share Your Short Film Online

We are in an age where it’s so easy to share your content, get feedback and eventually develop a fan base. YouTube is of course at the top of the list but you'll find a lots of other websites to promote your short film online .There are a huge number of amateur filmmakers that have made their way in the industry after being discovered online. Nowadays, if you have a talent for film-making, you can be discover more easily than ever before. The great thing about YouTube is that you can test the reaction of your audience and improve your skills as time goes on.

So what are you waiting for, get out there and get filming today! And remember if you do happen to stumble upon an old home movie from when you were a kid (in a dated format), don’t hesitate to contact your friends at Cineclair Productions.

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