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How to get started with filming


#1

My friends and I are about to start filming a movie soon. I am still currently in the process of writing the screenplay and have tons of questions about filming. I would hate to film with just a ordinary video camera and would love to use real film. If there is another page to answer my questions, you can just drop the link. So my questions:


  1. What’s a great way to make to make a movie look professional?


  2. Is there any way to manipulate a video camera’s picture to look like a movie camera’s picture?


  3. Where can I find an inexpensive movie camera?


  4. How do you operate a movie camera? (example: loading film)


  5. How do you edit film?


  6. How do you convert a movie that on film to a DVD?


  7. How does a boom mic work? (example: where does it take the sound to?)


  8. What types of film are there? (etc. 9mm…32mm?) Is there a specific use for each type?


  9. Are there any other devices that should be used when filming?



    If any of these questions are out of order, I apologize. I’m really not sure what to ask, because I’ve never filmed a movie before. I just know I want to have a good looking picture without the piss poor quality.



    I appreciate ANY help what-so-ever! And hopefully I’m posting in the right place!

#2

I also live In florence where are you gonna film at?


#3

We will be filming probably everywhere in the Shoals area. Specific locations to be determined.


#4

Thats cool man, Did you go to filming school I believe they have one at UNA but Im not sure


#5

[quote=“ThaDuke”]
My friends and I are about to start filming a movie soon. I am still currently in the process of writing the screenplay and have tons of questions about filming. I would hate to film with just a ordinary video camera and would love to use real film. If there is another page to answer my questions, you can just drop the link. So my questions:


  1. What’s a great way to make to make a movie look professional?

[/quote]

This may depend on how much roll of film you got. But shoot alot of coverage is the best I can offer. (I.E. Shoot one scene from as many angles as possible) This makes your movie more visually pleasing.


#6

this isnt a go at you or anything but if you’ve never done a movie before maybe you should do it on normal cameras (mini dv etc)? because i’d imagine that shooting on film could become really expensive.

Do you have a decent budget or is it a no budget shoot?


#7

I guess you could say that we have somewhat of a budget. We may not have very much to spend, but we will not hesitate on spending on what makes the movie come out better-looking.


#8

sounds like your really determined to do this! thats cool, keep me posted


#9

I can deal with a digital camcorder, but audio is going to be my biggest issue with the movie.



Does anyone have any clue how a boom mic works? When recording the audio, is saved onto a tape and then used when editing the movie? Like an additional layer onto the video? Are they expensive?


#10

ive only used a shotgun mic that plugs directly into my camera.when i used it a sound level bar came onto my lcd screen and showed me how much sound was actually going in. im not sure about the tape because i havn’t copyed it to my pc yet but im guesiing that it should go onto the tape.


#11

That actually sounds more efficent if the sound went directly into the camera. That way both the audio and video are recorded together. But is there a one size fits all?..?



What exactly is a shotgun mic?


#12

A shotgun mic records the audio of whatever your pointing it at.

And yes it does just record to the tape.


#13

yea shotgun mics are very handy when theres only one pesron speaking at a time because it usually doesnt pick up things off to the side


#14

Wow…that sounds like what I may need then.


#15

hows the production coming along, have u made any progress?


#16

I have to finish the script first. It’s coming along very well, and hope to be done next week. Right now I’m on page 108 scene 24.


#17

[quote=“ThaDuke”]
I have to finish the script first. It’s coming along very well, and hope to be done next week. Right now I’m on page 108 scene 24.
[/quote]
Awesome man hope It works out.


#18

Wicked so are you planning on making the whole story? or just doing some key scenes and compiling them together?


#19

Most definitely the whole story. Why waste my time with just a few scenes. I want to go all out if I’m going to do this. 8)


#20

nice thats awesome! it’ll be alot of hard work but u sound really determined to get this done hopefully it all turns out really good :slight_smile: you should keep us up too date when you start filming with clips on youtube.