If you are new to the amazing world of filmmaking, everything you come across will seem difficult and hard to learn – especially if those are some more advanced things that you shouldn’t approach unless you have certain knowledge on other stuff.
No doubt, filmmaking is hard, and it can give you quite some headaches if you don’t get into it properly prepared. To be prepared means being aware of some tips and tricks out there, tips that are meant to make your improvement process a lot easier.
Therefore, today, we will show you some behind the scenes shots and present you some tips for beginners that you have to remember every time you will be working on a new project.
Learning How to Choose the Location
Of course, most of the film’s quality is going to come from the location you decide to choose. That’s why you should put some extra time when going out with some members of your crew in order to find the perfect spot for a scene.
If you find just the perfect location, you should know that there are a few other things that have to be taken into account. First of all, you will have to look for the available power options. Working with a larger crew means you are going to have more equipment on the set, which, in turn, means that you will need more equipment powered up.
Then, you should check the location in terms of sound pollution. Sound and noises can have a very negative impact on your final shot. If the area is too noisy – for example, if it’s located next to an airport or factory – you can change the location or find some ways through which you can avoid any unnecessary background noise.
Resolution and Frame Rate
Naturally, you wouldn’t want the scenes of your rough cut to have different types of resolutions and frame rate. If you get this result, this can mean only two things: you will either have to deal with the fact that your film is going to be bad and have poor reviews or go back and shoot most of its scenes again.
The standard frame rate nowadays is of 24 fps – and the resolution can vary. However, as mentioned before, it’s important that these two things stay the same throughout the movie.
Experiment with Lighting
A scene shot in a beautiful location is nothing without the proper lighting. You wouldn’t want your dark, medieval film come out with happy and joyful lighting – especially if your location consists of an old, medieval castle.
This is why, before actually shooting for your film, you should approach different ways of lighting a certain scene. Lighting is very important as it can give your movie that cinematic look you see in high-budget productions.
Most beginners out there don’t take lighting into consideration that much – and that’s why we always have the feeling that the story and action do not fit with the background and location.
Experiment until you find the lighting that fits your film and your scenes the best.
Now that we’ve got the looks and the lighting out of the way, it’s time to move to another very important aspect you should take into consideration, namely, sound quality.
Even the most professional filmmakers out there have once said that sound is much more important than the visuals of your film. Therefore, you have to take care of this! A good way to improve the quality of your sound if you are a beginner is to use a boom microphone, as it will make your film sound much better.
Furthermore, by using such a gadget, you will spend less time editing and modifying certain audio files. Your sound will come out much clearer and you won’t have to use any enhancements.
Don’t Keep Your Actors Standing Still
Many times, we see short movies on the internet, in which certain characters stand completely still, especially in dialogue scenes. This is so out of character! If you want your actors to tell a story through the characters they’re playing, make sure to tell them to move, a lot!
Certain body and hand gestures will make your film look more realistic and won’t give the impression of something fake. Make them move while filming a scene and use all the available space in a certain shot while doing so.
If you keep these tips in the back of your head before and while filming a certain scene, you will have no problem at improving your skills. Of course, the world of filmmaking will require you to learn much more if you want to be a professional, however, your starting point should cover up the basics – basics that even professionals have to rely upon.