Here is a list to keep in mind when embarking on the project to make his own short film. These tips will help not make mistakes of beginners in video editing and give a professional look to work. – Of course, it’s all about ideas, and we must not feel limited in its possibilities when shooting a movie.
1. Have a good scenario
We must first ask ourselves if we would like to see the film if someone else did it. And often, we realize that no. So always have this question in mind when writing a script.
2. Do not start without a budget
Any film, as short as it is, requires a budget, so it is. So you have to be careful that the script ideas are consistent with this budget. So you have to calculate the amount you have before. It will be enough to make a chart on Excel by listing the needs of the film and to add the costs. Without planning a budget, it is likely that you put too much money in the film and that the project never succeeds.
3. Obtaining authorizations and legal rights
Pay close attention to these questions: you must have the authorization and the rights of each actor and this also for other media used in editing, whether for music, for a work of art or anything that will appear during the short film. Better to have enlightened the situation to start turning and this then facilitates last minute concerns.
4. Make a short video editing
Writers and directors always tend to put elements that do not add anything to the action of the film for the public. It’s good to know how to make a video montage that takes into account these necessary cuts – the public is grateful.
5. Make a casting that takes into account the personalities of the actors
I think that bad actors are plethora in low budget movies because they are often asked to play a character who has nothing to do with what they are in real life. A semi-professional actor may be playing the arrogance and insurance of a billionaire, but most fans are far from it. We must therefore listen attentively to the character of each and make the casting taking into account each personality.
6. Choose a suitable soundtrack
A bad sound for a low-budget film, even with a thundering scenario, removes any pleasure to the viewer and it quickly becomes unbearable. It is important to buy, borrow, beg (as you see fit) a good microphone that will guarantee the sound quality.
7. Do not bet everything on post-production
Unless post-production is the job of a reputable production company, it’s important to know that corrections made by post-production are of lesser quality and require a lot of time. We must therefore try to have maximum quality from the shooting to save time, money and nervousness.
8. Do not zoom
It is better not to use the zoom. A very good camera-man can probably make a nice zoom in view but 99% of the time is the sign of an unprofessional way to direct a film. If you want to focus on an object, it is better to make a break or use a Camera Dolly.
9. Be aware of cliches
It is useful to have some knowledge of cinematographic stereotypes, be it jumps in time, dream sequences and the alarm clock that gets out of the slumber, because being aware of all these clichés of the kind learns to know take them with tweezers: to reinvent them, to appropriate them, etc.
10. By day rather than night
Most video cameras do not handle darkness well. If we do not have a semi-professional light kit, we end up with jerks to the pictures, a loss of color and quality. It is therefore preferable and easier to change the scenario than having to take into account the problems of light.
I hope these tips have helped some. If you have other suggestions, feel free to share them with others by leaving a comment here below. For post-production work, we recommend our Deluxe Video which offers a semi-professional quality at a price accessible to any beginner.