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Basic Fundamental Film Making Tips

Updated: Jun 28



One common mistake when making a low budget film for your company is expecting stunning images with very basic or minimal lighting. Getting a quality image from the shot takes time, resources and a technician that knows how to light a scene. If you're struggling with budget and need to do a quick well-lit shot without expert crew then the easiest way is to film in an entirely outdoor location in the daytime. If you use boards and reflectors to divert and control the light, you can get a bit of control over your final result. Avoid shooting at night if possible, without enough light as this will add time, tiredness and all sorts of additional problems, resulting in a cheap looking scene.



When shooting a scene or piece to camera always ensure you get at least two or more takes as well as takes from alternative angles. This will help in the final edit if one of the cuts is suffering from a technical issue or if the shot has a problem that wasn't picked up at the time of shoot.



Quick Tip!

Before calling action on a scene, allow at least 5-8 seconds where both sound and camera are rolling/recording to support the sync during the editing process.




Perseverance is one of the key fundamentals to getting your project off the ground. You have to believe in your final film and consider the audience at all stages. Be honest with yourself throughout the whole process and also remember the message you are trying to deliver.


Whilst filming always review your footage through a frame. If you don't have a monitor to review the image it’s vital that you look at your shot through a frame of some kin, whether it’s via the camera's viewfinder, a mobile phone or even by making a square with your fingers. Do this continuously throughout the job as this frame is what the audience will ultimately see and you have to be able to picture what’s going into it. Any device that helps in this way will help you create for the audience exactly what you want them to s