30 RANDOM TIPS ON FILMMAKING

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Hi guys, welcome back to my channel. So today I'm making a video I promised I
would make a long time ago... and yeah,
basically, just keep in mind that I'm not
a professional filmmaker and I'm just
sharing whatever I have learned along
the way. But yeah, without any further ado
let's jump right into it.
1. Never film on an empty white background.
If you need so you can add some texture
or some color. // 2. Be inspired by bigger
filmmakers, but never try to compare your
work to their work. So, let's remember
that they have so much more experience,
they've been working for many many years
doing bigger films, they have basically
unlimited money compared to you, they
have huge teams, they have a lot of people
working on set, they have unlimited,
basically unlimited resources, so that is
why every idea they can think of, will
probably always come to life. // 3. Listen to
conversations wherever you go, so that
when you are writing your own dialogues,
you will make them as natural as they
can be. // 4. Show, don't tell. What's the point
of describing whatever it is on screen
with words, yet again. I used to have a
problem with that, I used to do a lot of
that, I'm trying to sort of... back away
from this. Sometimes it's unavoidable, especially
when you have a monologue and you are
trying to fit in as much information as
you can into a film. But yeah, basically,
stay away from describing whatever it is
on screen with words. // 5. Which brings me to
another point: so, tell as much as you can
about your characters without words, yet again. So, do it via imagery, do it via
clothes, the food they eat, whatever they
have on shelves in their rooms,
the people they meet, the places they go, the
music they listen to. // 6. The unseen can be
much scarier than the seen... Because the
audience will automatically fill in the
gaps with whatever scares them the most. // 7. Explore your locations
before you shoot, because you might
actually find some elements that might
improve your script, and you might find
some elements of the set design that
your characters might interact with in
an interesting way. // 8. If you're filming
horrors, thrillers or action films, it's
very important to give the audience at
least a moment of release, so that when
you grab their attention yet again, it's
not just, you know, not just a very
intense 1 dimensional experience.
9. Grab your audience's attention at the very
beginning so that they want to stick
around. And you can either do it via
instant action scenes or you can do it
using a very strong first liner, so a
sentence or two, something interesting
that will keep them wanting more. // 10. Only
use locations that are readily available
to you. I know we all want to make our
films big from the very beginning, but
the truth is that not everything is
available to amateur filmmakers. So
you'll have to... you'll probably have to
tone down your scripts, so yeah. Just try
to shoot mostly in one place and you can
take it to one location, for example, to
make it seem a little bit bigger. // 11. When
writing the first version of your script,
don't try to think about the details too
much, don't try to perfect it, just write
down everything that comes to mind. Just
let it all out... Because you will be
probably rewriting it five times
anyway so... // 12. Write something that is
detached from the main story and then
try to figure out a way... how to get
there. // 13. To some people this will be
obvious but... If you're shooting with a
DSLR, use these settings to get footage
that is sort of resembling the film look.
14. Take care of your audio. It's very
important, so... It doesn't have to be
anything, fancy but basically any external
microphone is better than the camera's built in mic. // 15. Don't let anyone tell you that equipment
is not important, because that's just not
true, it's a lie.
Equipment is very important. Better
equipment can take you to better places,
on one condition though. You have to know how to use it. So if you buy a camera
worth, like, you know... fifteen thousand
pounds and you don't know how to use it,
it won't just work. You have to know how
to operate it. // 16. Use YouTube. There are
so many great tutorials here,
so basically, you know... if you're
searching for something, just try and
type it in in the search bar, and I'm
pretty sure that something will pop up. // 17. Lenses are just as important as the
camera. // 18. Watch as many films as you can, and... even though they are terrible, even
if they are pretty much unbearable, you
have to try and watch them till the end,
because I got a theory, that you actually
learn a lot more effectively when the
film is terribly made. So, mistakes always
stand out so much more, so you can, you
know, try and look for for these and try
and avoid them in your own work.
19. No, you cannot fix it in post, so if you can, don't take the risk and reshoot the
scene. // 20. Obviously, color grading and colors in
film are extremely important, but if you
very much care about the color palette
and if you want to achieve very specific
color grading, something that is for
example similar to the Wes Anderson
films, you have to think about it before
you even start filming. If you take a
look at my social anxiety short film, you
can tell that it has a lot of blues and
yellows.
However, even if I graded it the very
same way that
did and the set design was not blue and
yellow, and the wardrobe was not blue and
yellow, if basically everything was not blue and
yellow, I would not have been able to
achieve the very same color palette and
the very same look. So you have to think
about color grading even before you
start shooting. // 21. Don't ever let a man tell
you you cannot be in filmmaking, just
because you're a woman, and women are
somehow worse by definition than men at
filmmaking... because that's just not true.
So, instead of arguing with these people,
just silently continue working and prove
to them that they are wrong. // 22. If you don't
know how the workflow on a real film set
looks, you can always try and find a job
as an extra, so that way, without having
too much pressure, you can basically, you
know, take a sneak peek at what
filmmaking on a huge set looks like,
23. Remember, the people that you want on your team will read your script only
once, so make it count. // 24. Try to recreate
color grading from bigger films as
practice. // 25. This is going to be tough, but
you have to let people criticize your
work. I used to have huge problems with
accepting, like... sincere critique of my
work, but the truth is that everyone has
got the right to say something about a
film that they just saw. So... try and
remember the last time you left the
theater and you thought to yourself "well,
this film was pretty good, but I would
have changed this this this and this". So
basically, it's the very same thing with
you, people and your films. // 26. And on that
note, you cannot make everyone happy, so
don't even try to. Some people will enjoy
your work, some people won't. So
the fact that 50% of the audience did not
like your film, doesn't mean that the
other half doesn't count. // 27. You won't make
a good film if you don't have anything
to say. So read as much as you can, watch
anything you can, listen to anything you
can. Listen to podcasts and that will
give you ideas. // 28. Always make a storyboard,
even if you're terrible at drawing. And...
I've heard Werner Herzog, sorry
for my German pronunciation, but yeah,
basically I heard him say that he thinks
storyboards are for cowards. I very much,
disagree, because I think that if you
want to, you can always deviate from
whatever you have planned... But if you
have a storyboard, especially when you're
new to filmmaking, it takes a lot of
pressure and a lot of stress off of you
when you are actually on set. // 29. Never trust
your mind to remember an idea. So,
always write it down, even when you wake
up in the middle of the night, or even
when you think of something just before
you fall asleep, try to write it down,
because I promise you that you will
probably forget it. //30. Ideas will be free-floating in your mind,
so to speak, so don't expect that
everything will come to you at once.
Write everything down, just have a big
box of ideas and then try to look for
ways to connect them in a script. Okay so
this is it for today. I think I'm losing
my voice, I've still got a little bit of
a cold, so sorry if I sound a little bit
screechy from time to time... But yep,
this probably is not the last
video with tips on filmmaking... and
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video. Bye!
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