You won’t be able to learn the ins and outs of digital filmmaking with any amount of free filmmaking tools. How many people have had a friend or relative show them a bad movie they made using a digital camera and free digital editing software? Typically, the screening takes place in someone’s living room. To express their support, friends and family gather around and eat movie popcorn. Nobody says something when they’re watching, so they’re saying to themselves, “what a POS.” A few people can deliver half-hearted words of encouragement when the end credits finally show.Learn more about us at Live Hub Events

Only personal sex tapes and very bad wedding videos should use poor digital film production techniques. If you don’t learn how to use digital film production equipment and software like a savvy indie filmmaker, you’re wasting your money. Your film would be much better off if you put in only a little effort and time to learn the basic core principals of digital film making. As in other things in life, the more work you put in, the better the results will be. I’m going to share with you some digital film production cornerstones that will help you become a better filmmaker while I have your attention.

If you’re shooting with an iPhone or a Canon XL H1A Camcorder, get some practise with them before the first day of shooting. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to learn how to operate a camera on set. Cast and crew will become frustrated, which will result in poor work and performances. Unavoidable technological issues can be overlooked as they are being resolved. It will not be due to a lack of knowledge on your part. The cast and crew would quickly turn on you. Even if the production team is entirely made up of volunteers, they expect you to value their time and not waste it.

The majority of indie filmmakers shoot in locations to which they have access. Taking your script to your locations and deciding where you want the camera positions to be is smart filmmaking. Simple camera shot sheets and storyboards can be used to accomplish this in a straightforward filmmaking sense. In general, a shot sheet is a list of what you want the camera to film during a specific scene in a specific order. Consider it a collection of instructions for getting there. The someplace in this case is the end of your scene. Storyboards are based on the same concept, but instead of using just images, they use illustrations. Knowing where you’re going visually before you go on set improves the chances that the film will be finished and not a flop. Furthermore, getting a filming road map helps you to be more adventurous with your shots so you won’t be lost thinking “where do I go next?”