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pt96
03-08-2014, 06:39 AM
Hi all,

I'm 16 and just got my first camera, a Sony HDRXR100 (which is an old model), and wanted some tips on getting into filmmaking. I'd appreciate if someone could outline what skills (technical or otherwise) I should start learning that will help me to make music videos or short films and things. I know it's a difficult thing to answer, but I'm really clueless and would like some pointers on any good books to read as well as practical tips of things I need to be learning and practicing, like things I could start doing now or tomorrow. Also a little overview on software and where I should be doing my editing would be appreciated also.

Thanks

filmmaker6563
03-08-2014, 07:02 PM
Welcome to FMF. Study ALL of these.

http://www.youtube.com/user/filmriot
http://www.youtube.com/user/D4Darious
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/
http://www.youtube.com/user/drumat5280
http://www.youtube.com/user/sonnyboo
http://www.youtube.com/user/LightsFilmSchool
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyGi33538KzB1ILhEUUNnVw
http://www.youtube.com/user/FilmSchoolOnDVD
http://www.youtube.com/user/Knoptop
http://www.youtube.com/user/thefrugalfilmmaker
http://www.youtube.com/user/onelonedork
http://www.youtube.com/user/philipbloom
http://www.raindance.com
http://www.lavideofilmmaker.com/filmmaking/filmmaking-tips.html
http://nofilmschool.com/2011/06/inspiring-ted-talks-filmmaking/

& the best advice you'll ever get:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murphy's_law

BobbyTannock
03-08-2014, 09:48 PM
OMG LOL massive list or what! I'm a 2nd year uni film making student and what I've learned is that to make videos you need
1- Good planning (script, shot lists, floor plans) storyboards help too but are a massive pain
2- Basic equipment (camera, microphone, editing software, lights for indoors shots)
3- Technical knowledge of the camera (shot sizes, camera movements, what exposure, white balance and focus are)
4- be able to make high budget looking film for no money (use good free locations, source free SFX and VFX and music)

If i was to say the most important things to learn about were I would say research what the following are and do:
Exposure
white balance
focus
gain/ISO
depth of field
180 degree rule
30 degree rule
cutting on action
continuity

Good editing software for video:
Sony vegas
Final cut (I don't like it but it's what a lot of professionals use)
Adobe After Effects

Good audio programs:
Audacity (Free)
Logic
Cubase
Soundtrack Pro

Good luck with your film making, all the best

Anonymous Filmmaker
03-09-2014, 04:18 AM
Bobby Tannock has a great list, but I would substitute out the program Final Cut with Premiere. Premiere is one of the most used professional editing software, in addition to Avid Media Composer. And After Effects is more of a compositing program for visual effects or motion graphics, not really so good for plain editing.

BobbyTannock
03-09-2014, 04:42 AM
Personally all I use is sony vegas and audacity with the exception of logic pro for making soundscapes and foley ect. Haven't used premier or avid, any good? And yeah it's a bit clunky to edit on after effects, I meant as a VFX editor, probably wasn't clear =)

Anonymous Filmmaker
03-09-2014, 04:45 AM
Personally all I use is sony vegas and audacity with the exception of logic pro for making soundscapes and foley ect. Haven't used premier or avid, any good? And yeah it's a bit clunky to edit on after effects, I meant as a VFX editor, probably wasn't clear =)

I love Premiere, basically a video focused version of After Effects. It's really great because you can just press "send to after effects" on a clip, and that creates a live link between Premiere and AE. I haven't tried Avid, but I've heard good things.

BobbyTannock
03-09-2014, 04:48 AM
I'll give premier a go then :D Editing software are all so similar really thought it's like choosing a nikkon or a canon they do the same basic thing just have slight differences. Who knows maybe premier will grow on me and i'll find a new editing software although, I do love sony vegas :p

Littlemonkey
03-09-2014, 06:57 AM
Welcome pt
A good little book that I've got is 'the guerrilla filmmakers pocket book' which goes through pretty much everything you need to know about filmmaking. I think Dominic mentioned Film riot who are a great youtube channel and have loads of useful tips. You'll probably find loads others if you just type into google how to make a music video/ short film, or whatever.
As for practising your skills just get out there and do it. Just watch some of your favourite films and see if you can copy any angles or if you can make a little scene from it (don't try and copy a James Bond car chase cause it won't end well) or ust make your own little scene.

Anonymous Filmmaker
03-09-2014, 08:24 AM
Check out the DV Rebels Guide for some good tips.