For many creatives, this quarantine period serves as a chance to finally work on that pet project they’ve been wanting to do. As a filmmaker or film enthusiast, maybe you can look into this isolation as a chance to practice your craft as well. Think about it, if you’re working in the industry you’ve probably supported other filmmakers in creating film projects or videos of their own. But have you ever wondered what it’s like to create your own film?
If you’re up to the task, creating a film by yourself is totally possible! Want to know how? We’ve created a quick guide on how you can do this even if you’re home and all by yourself.
Create a General Idea and Write a Short Script
The first thing to do is to come up with a simple idea on what your film will be about and then create a script around it. Keep everything simple. You will be doing this alone so the goal is to make sure you can perform the task by yourself. Target a film that’s only 10-15 minutes long so you don’t end up overworking. Of course, if you’re feeling more ambitious, you can make it longer.
The film can be fiction or non-fiction, depending on what you like. It can be a documentary style or even just a silent narrative.
Prepare to do everything yourself. Unless you’re quarantined with family and friends or even pets who are willing to participate in your project, expect to become the actor, the director, camera operator, editor, sound engineer and producer of your film.
Prepare Your Tools
This doesn’t have to be complicated. If you already have a great camera setup and gear, awesome! But, if you don’t have any fancy camera with you, make do with what you have like your phone. Aside from a camera, you need an external microphone (if possible), lighting or a space with good lighting in your home, props, costume, and editing as well as music track software. Depending on what you’re making, you might need a small budget. Although we encourage you make the expenses as little or even zero, if possible.
Shooting Your Film
Depending on the type of film you are creating, there may be dialogue or not. So if you have dialogue or narration, make sure they are polished and written down. Put some thought on what you are trying to convey and communicate with your film or story. treat it like it’s something for a client if it helps. If you have experience creating a film before, have a storyboard or a shooting sequence. This will help make everything more organized.
Try not to create long scenes but instead divide it into short segments so it won’t be too complicated for you. Again, the idea is to create the project but to make it simple. Just one thing, try and capture more footage than what you need since you can always edit this out later. It’s better to have more footage than to find a necessary footage missing when you’re editing.
Editing Your Work
If you have editing experience, this should be a no-brainer for you. But if you don’t, this could be a great time to learn a new skill on top of improving your existing filming skills. Editing might have a slight learning curve but don’t be intimidated. Most editing software for video are simple to use and with a little patience you can learn the basics, enough so you can churn out a good homemade film.
Add a Soundtrack
A film isn’t complete without music or a soundtrack. This includes sound effect you might want to incorporate in certain scenes. You can go online and download free SFX loops. Just make sure it’s alright to use them in your film. Adding music to your film can help with communicating emotion, tension or other important elements that might not be expressed by mood, lighting or dialogue. So, don’t skip out on this step.
Creating a movie is fun and a rewarding experience. So, if you’re looking for something to do during this self-isolation times, then this could be a good way to go.
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