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Danny Mellino
01-13-2014, 10:19 AM
As the title says, I am a new filmmaker. Since I was young, I have been making films. It's kinda in my blood as one of my uncles was an editor for Disney and did fish-out-of-water for Chicken Little, and my other Uncle owns Creative Capers and directed Bionicle and t's sequels. Since I was young I have loved film making, as I said. I started using my family's camera filming Star Wars films and then Lego stop motion films. I ended up breaking the camera with so much use. Eventually we got new cameras (all of which I broke...) until finally, my uncle bought my a Sony HDR-XR100.

Early in 2009, my attempt to make my own version of LOTR fell through. I read a friends script he had written some years before (though he never had time to make it into a film) and volunteered to work under his studios title (Lord and Lady Productions) and make the 50 minute film, The Crusader's Tale. It is on our youtube page. It turned out alright, but the editing program wasn't up to the task leaving it in a much lower definition than I had hoped. The audio also wasn't good at all as it has no mic outlet. We had to resort to subtitles for the duration of the film. Recently, however, my parents bought us a Canon Vixia HF-R400 which does have a mic outlet as well as a Rode mic (can't remember which model) and a new system (CyberLink Power Director). Why I am writing this:

I need advice. I have all the stories and scripts we need, but I need advice on what to do next. You can see what sort of progress we've achieved on our youtube channel (Lordandladyproductions) but it's still not excellent. I don't have the benefit of cash to burn, so I just need a list of afordable gats and gear which I could eventually get. I also could use some advice on where to go, what to do, who to talk to, etc. with my passion. Advice would be apprecieted.

Nick Soares
01-13-2014, 10:42 AM
Luckily the industry has advanced so much in the last few years that you can actually produce a product that looks decent and close to film.

It will of course still require money.

Let me get a good friend of mine Justin and see if he can better answer your question, I know he will want more details so if you could reply to this with more specifics on what you want to start your film career that would be great.

Danny Mellino
01-13-2014, 10:58 AM
I love storytelling. Ever since I can remember I had my own opinions on how the story/move could have been told better. When I watch a movie in theaters, I find myself rating them lower and lower for this or that reason which I "know" I could've done better.
I'm more interested in a theatrical films. On our channel you can see the types of films we're interested in.

Danny Mellino
01-13-2014, 03:49 PM
I also forgot to add that I am interested in directing. My budget is a McD's budget so it's kinda low. I'm interested in making film making a career, rather than a hobby.

filmmaker6563
01-13-2014, 07:27 PM
Study up:

http://www.youtube.com/user/filmriot
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBasicFilmmaker
http://www.youtube.com/user/indymogul
http://www.youtube.com/user/polcan99
http://www.youtube.com/user/afi
http://www.youtube.com/user/framelinestv
http://www.filmmakingstuff.com
http://nofilmschool.com
http://filmmakeriq.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filmmaking
http://www.screenwriting.info
http://www.screenwriting.com
http://www.simplyscripts.com
http://www.amazon.com/Screenplay-Foundations-Screenwriting-Syd-Field/dp/0385339038
http://www.amazon.com/Save-Last-Book-Screenwriting-Youll/dp/1932907009
http://www.amazon.com/Story-Substance-Structure-Principles-Screenwriting/dp/B000E6TVNW
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screenwriting
http://www.amazon.com/Preparing-For-Takeoff-Preproduction-Independent/dp/0415661684
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-production
http://www.videomaker.com/how-to/pre-production
http://www.indietalk.com/showthread.php?t=39742
http://www.amazon.com/Guerilla-Makers-Handbook-American-Edition/dp/0826414648
http://www.amazon.com/Rebel-without-Crew-23-Year-Old-Filmmaker/dp/0452271878
http://www.amazon.com/On-Directing-Film-David-Mamet/dp/0140127224
http://www.amazon.com/Master-Shots-Vol-2nd-Techniques/dp/1615930876
http://www.amazon.com/Master-Shots-Volume-Shooting-Dialogue/dp/1615930558
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_director
http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Idiots-Guide-Independent-Filmmaking/dp/1592573908
http://www.amazon.com/Film-Crew-Fundamentals-Professional-Production/dp/0578033445/ref=cm_lmf_tit_1
http://www.amazon.com/The-Shut-Shoot-Documentary-Guide/dp/0240809351/ref=cm_lmf_tit_4
http://www.amazon.com/Acting-Film-Michael-Caine/dp/155783699X/ref=cm_lmf_tit_7
http://www.writersstore.com/directing-actors-judith-weston/
http://www.writersstore.com/the-five-cs-of-cinematography-joseph-v-mascelli/
http://www.writersstore.com/the-filmmakers-handbook-steven-ascher-edward-pincus/
http://www.amazon.com/Producing-Great-Sound-Expert-Series/dp/024080970X/ref=cm_lmf_tit_2
http://www.amazon.com/The-Sound-Effects-Bible-Hollywood/dp/1932907483
http://audio.tutsplus.com/tutorials/recording/how-to-record-high-quality-audio-for-film-tv/
http://www.amazon.com/Sound-Design-Expressive-Effects-Cinema/dp/0941188264
http://www.mediacollege.com/audio/film-video/
http://www.amazon.com/Painting-With-Light-John-Alton/dp/0520089499
http://www.youtube.com/user/danonabouncycastle
http://www.amazon.com/The-Filmmakers-Book-Dead-Heart-Racing/dp/0240812069
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0428441/
http://www.amazon.com/On-Film-Editing-Introduction-Construction/dp/0240517385
http://www.amazon.com/Technique-Film-Editing-Reissue-Edition/dp/0240521854
http://www.amazon.com/The-Film-Editing-Room-Handbook/dp/0321679520
http://www.amazon.com/Blink-Eye-Revised-2nd-Edition/dp/1879505622
http://joyoffilmediting.com/index.php/books/film-editing/
http://www.amazon.com/History-Film-Music-Mervyn-Cooke/dp/0521010489
http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Guide-Scoring-Richard-Davis/dp/0876391099
http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/film-composer.htm
http://www.robin-hoffmann.com/category/tutorials/guide-to-working-with-a-film-composer/
http://timidmonster.com/how-to-work-with-a-composer-for-your-film/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_grading
http://www.colorgradingcentral.com
http://www.taoofcolor.com
http://www.amazon.com/Color-Correction-Handbook-Professional-Techniques/dp/0321713117
http://www.amazon.com/The-Technique-Digital-Color-Correction/dp/0240809904
http://nofilmschool.com/2012/07/get-started-in-color-correction-and-davinci-resolve-9/
http://www.indietalk.com/showthread.php?t=50409
http://www.indietalk.com/showthread.php?t=38636
http://www.indietalk.com/showthread.php?t=37825
http://www.writersstore.com/6-lies-of-film-distribution/
http://www.filmmakingstuff.com/sell-your-movie/
http://www.amazon.com/Special-Effects-The-History-Technique/dp/B008SLF3R8
http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/special-effects
http://www.indietalk.com/showthread.php?t=49155
http://www.indietalk.com/showthread.php?t=45351
http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/category/filmmaking-tips
http://www.amazon.com/Film-Art-Introduction-David-Bordwell/dp/0073535109
http://www.raindance.org/5-things-you-should-know-about-dslr-film-making/
http://nofilmschool.com/dslr/
http://www.tomcruise.com/blog/2010/11/05/how-to-become-movie-producer-guide/
http://filmmakeriq.com/2011/04/10-strange-filmmaking-terms-explained/
http://www.indietalk.com/showthread.php?t=18708
http://www.filmsite.org
http://vimeo.com/channels/filmschool
https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=audio+in+film&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=film+distribution&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
http://www.youtube.com/user/MichaelGleasonDotNet
http://www.amazon.com/101-Things-Learned-Film-School/dp/0446550272
http://www.creativeskillset.org/film/business/#
http://www.raindance.org/10-zero-budget-filmmaking-tips/
http://www.raindance.org/16-ways-screenwriters-and-filmmakers-fail/
http://www.imdb.com/glossary/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102015/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0181288/

I recommend you either get a Canon T3i, BMPCC, or GH3.

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/slr_cameras/eos_rebel_t3i_18_55mm_is_ii_lens_kit
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/892456-REG/Panasonic_Lumix_DMC_GH3_Mirrorless_Digital.html
http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicpocketcinemacamera

For audio:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/551607-REG/Audio_Technica_AT_875_Shotgun_Microphone.html
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/832911-REG/Tascam_DR100MKII_DR_100mkII_Portable_Linear.html
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/49510-REG/Sony_MDR_7506_MDR_7506_Headphone.html

For lighting:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/339448-REG/Lowel_DP_3_Three_Light_Kit.html

For editing and all of the post work:
http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.html

JHar888
01-13-2014, 08:29 PM
^ Damn! Great resources there.

filmmaker6563
01-13-2014, 08:31 PM
Thanks JHar888! Hopefully this will come in handy for the OP or whoever else reads this :)

Danny Mellino
01-14-2014, 05:30 AM
It certainly does! Thanks Dom!

filmmaker6563
01-14-2014, 01:08 PM
No problem!