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ID:	91625What camera should I start filming with?

    Any camera you can get your hands on. Beg, borrow, but don’t steal. The most important thing is that you’re practicing what the world looks like through the eye of a lens. Even an old camcorder may not look pretty, but it will help you develop the skills and techniques you need to succeed.

    Where do I film?
    Anywhere and everywhere. Start by filming around your house. Create a movie script or scene that takes place inside a house or in a yard. Then, once you find other locations available to you, write movie scenes involving those locations. Usually small businesses are open to helping student filmmakers, but don’t pay any money for a location at this point in the game. No matter where you film, always remember to respect each location.

    Where do I find Actors and Crewmembers?
    Family and friends are a good place to start. There are also plenty of students in acting, drama, debate, & TV production classes at school that have similar interests. Respect everyone's talent and skill level because you'll never know if and when you may need them in the future. If you’re a good organizer and you can help them achieve their goals by having them help you, everyone’s a winner. Again, no money should be involved here.

    How much money does it take to start making movies?
    The real answer here is ZERO. If you can borrow a camcorder, have your friends or family help you, don’t buy any props or outfits, and schedule your time accordingly, you shouldn’t have to pay a dime. The first thing you should ever consider spending money on is food for your cast and crew. Why? Because they’re working hard for you and a good leader always takes care of the people around them. Once you’ve made a few movies or scenes, you can consider spending money on props, wardrobe, special effects, or food for the cast and crew. At this stage in the game, I would not advise paying for actors, crewmembers, or locations.

    Where do I show my movie when I’m finished?
    The best place to put your first movie is on YouTube. This will give you the opportunity to instantly share your movie with all of your friends and the world. Search for local film festivals and contact them regarding submission standards. Usually film festivals are more lenient for local filmmakers because they know you and your family are guaranteed to attend and purchase a ticket.

    I finished my first movie, now what?
    Repeat the process and build upon what you’ve already learned. Repetition and knowledge are the keys to becoming a great filmmaker.


    Good Filming.

    Trent Duncan

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