If filmmaking is how you express your creativity, there are some components you need to include in your videos to make them amazing. But they may require expensive gear, and not all of us have the budget for it. Luckily, there are plenty of budget-friendly ways to improve your filmmaking. The guys from Mahalo my Dude share eight essential elements every great video needs to have. They make it short and sweet, yet they give you a ton of useful tips to follow if your budget is tight.
For the sixth year in a row, RØDE is announcing My RØDE Reel, the world’s largest short film competition. This year’s prize pool is the biggest yet, offering over $1 million in prizes over nearly 30 contest categories. Everyone can enter and win some of the valuable prizes from the filmmaking industry’s biggest brands, all you need to do is make an awesome short.
If you are into filmmaking, there are plenty of ways to improve your work and to make the shooting more successful and efficient. In this video from StudioBinder, Brent Barbano of ShareGrid gives you seven quick, but very valuable lessons that will help you raise your filmmaking on a higher level.
Even if you don’t use a smartphone for creating videos, it can still be a useful addition to your workflow. There are tons of apps out there you could find useful, and Sareesh Sudhakaran from Wolfcrow shares some of them in his latest video. This is a list of 18 apps he actually uses, so take a look and you may find something useful for yourself, too.
You want to get into filmmaking and your first thought could well be that you need to go to film school. The choice between school or going self-taught has both pros and cons and you might well be indecisive about which is the best option for you. Filmmaker Brandon Li has launched a video where he discusses both the good and the bad sides of attending film school. Since he’s both a film school graduate and an experienced filmmaker, I believe his advice could help you make the decision. Some of his points also apply to photography school, so if you’re considering enrolling there you should also check out this video.
In addition to cameras, lenses, tripods and the other essential gear, there are also some cheap, random items every filmmaker and photographer need. Matti Haapoja from TravelFeels shares a list of these things you may find useful in all kinds of situations, and you can get them all for under $20 (most of them for even under $10).
When it comes to male and female roles in the society, there are a lot of stereotypes and a lot of inequality. One of the fields where disparity seems to be largely present is filmmaking, and movie industry in general. Simon Cade of DSLR Guide discusses this topic in his latest video trying to get some answers. Do filmmakers need to be male? And if not – why men are still predominant in this industry?
We are DIYPhotography, but we love DIY solutions for moviemaking equally. After all, many of them can be applied to photography as well. Ryan Connolly from Film Riot gives you a list of top five (plus a bonus) DIY solutions for every filmmaker. They are cheap and simple, but don’t let it fool you – they can up your filmmaking game pretty well.
Filmmaking involves a whole lot of knowledge, and if you ask me – filmmakers also use some magic to achieve certain results. Sometimes they use special effects, but on a number of occasions clever filming and lighting are just enough. Ryan Connolly from Film Riot brings you five tricks every filmmaker should know. They are simple, yet very clever ways to achieve great results with minimal investment and post-production.