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"Pick up your camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister stars in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you're a director. Everything after that you're just negotiating your budget and your fee." ~ James Cameron

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How To Be a Better Camera Operator – Part 3: EQUIPMENT

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Welcome back to part 3 of my “How To Be A Better Camera Operator” series (if you haven’t read part 1 and part 2… what are you waiting for?! Haha). In this post we’ll be looking at Camera Equipment – there’s lots of information flying around all over the place about gear, so sometimes it can be very tough to see what’s really important about the kit you use. In this post I’ll try to cover what you need, why you need it and how to make sure it keeps doing what you want it to do!

This one’s a long one, it’s hard to condense this kind info… So without further ado, buckle up and let’s begin!…

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How To Be a Better Camera Operator Part 2: TECHNIQUE

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Welcome to part 2 of my “How To Be A Better Camera Operator” series (if you haven’t read part 1 click here). In this post we’ll be looking at Camera Techniques – what tricks or techniques do you require, or could you improve on, to be the very best Camera Operator you can be? Read on!…

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How To Be a Better Camera Operator – Part 1: MINDSET

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Being a professional camera operator is a highly skilled job, which requires many qualities. It’s not just a case of just looking down the viewfinder and shooting. Sadly many people think that’s all there is to it, but in reality this is just the start.

The following guidelines are a result of my many years of shooting as a documentary cameraman and drama DoP.  Professional operators practice this stuff “day-in, day-out” because high standards really do matter.

I’m going to cover my top guidelines in 3 parts, which I will release separately over the next couple of weeks:

  • Part 1.  The Camera Operator’s Mindset
  • Part 2.  Camera Operating Techniques
  • Part 3.  Care and Handling of Equipment

So if you’re really serious about getting to the top of your career… and I’m assuming you are…read on. For all you Producers, Directors and Camera Operators out there I hope…

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Lighting for Film & TV – Part 2: 3 Point Lighting

More lighting tips! 3 Point Lighting-Part 2
Happy Film Making 🙂

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If you can light an orange so that it looks or photographs as smooth and round as a billiard ball, you are ready to light close-ups and portraits of living people.

– John Alton, Cinematographer.

So… Lighting: It’s a huge subject, but I thought I’d attack the very basics in part 2 of this series – 3 point lighting. If you haven’t read the intro to this series you can find it here.

3 Point Lighting is a common technique that can be used for both documentary AND drama. It’s the foundation of most lighting techniques and is relatively quick and easy to setup. Please keep in mind that although I make a lot of references to lighting interviews here, these techniques are perfectly transferable to lighting your lead actors in a film, musicians in a music video or products in a commercial.

I’m…

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Lighting For Film & T.V. – The Basics

A great post on ‘the basics for lighting’!
Learn the skills.
Apply to your film.
Teach others.
Happy Film Making 🙂

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We’ve briefly touched on some of the techniques required to become a successful camera operator in the “How to be a Better Camera Operator” series, (part 1, part 2 & part 3). This next series is going to be all about Lighting.

Why lighting? Well first and foremost we get asked about it a lot. We’ve had a lot of requests from people wanting to know more about how to light and it’s one of our most successful courses.

In the posts that follow, we’ll be discussing everything and anything to do with lighting, from the basics right up to more advanced, in depth knowledge. So let’s go!…

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Film. How can I help you?

Film Snippet

Low Budget. Low Experience.

All that matters is that you start somewhere. I did.

This is a snippet of a short film I did when I first started.

I was using a cheap camcorder, a ladder to hoist myself up into trees so I could get higher angles, a tripod-on a skateboard-on a carpet as a dolly effect, friends as actors, and a flimsy tripod.

I thought I would post a small bit of the film to show that even if you don’t have $$$ worth of film equipment, a story can still be told.

It also shows that although it may not be the best film, or the clearest storyline…you can still do it, gain experience and learn from your mistakes.

Happy film making 🙂

Clay. Cardboard Box. Camera.

Ok ok you might be thinking it is a bit dodgy...yes it most definitely is...but I wanted to try it... so I did!

My First Claymation Attempt

So I started making little films here and there from the time that I became a teenager. I found some images from my first few films and I thought I’d base this post on my one and only attempt (so far) on CLAYMATION!

Nothing fancy…just me wanting to give it a go…

1. I was using bad quality cameras…but this didn’t stop me from making a film! Any camera can tell a story!

2. I was still experimenting with camera angles…although I was filming randomly shaped clay figurines in a painted cardboard box.

3. I’m obviously not an artist when it comes to claymation…but it was a really fun experience that taught me a lot!…especially about patience!

These images can be an inspiration to other aspiring filmmakers….

….because just like me…you don’t need the highest tech to start somewhere. All that matters is that you start!

If you are a wanting to make films...give claymation a shot. After you try to make a film like this you will have so much more appreciation for people who do it really well. Film makers who do claymation professionally are incredible!

A Note To Aspiring Film-Makers

Hey all you aspiring film-makers!
I found an awesome post that gives great advice on STORYBOARDS!
This is a MUST if you are making a film…plan plan and plan!!!
Just as you need the ingredients to make a cake…you need a story to make a film. 😀

3 Simple ‘Homemade’ Film Tips

So you want to be a film-maker but you don’t have all the gadgets to make a PRO blockbuster film?

Stress less because you can make awesome films at home with simple technology that won’t cost a fortune!

1- What do I use as a video camera???

If you have a camcorder it would be very handy as you would be able to produce a film with good visual and audio quality. If you don’t have one you can use the ‘record’ settings on a normal camera or you can use your phone. Keep in mind that if you want better quality, the phone probably won’t be the best option. It all depends on your budget.

2- How do I keep the camera stable when filming???

I would recommend buying a tripod as this is your best bet on getting a stable image. Once again, if you don’t have one you can place the camera on stable objects such as chairs, tables, railings…etc. Use the environment around you.

3- How do I edit my films???

If you have a PC it should have the program ‘MovieMaker’ on it. This is a great system to edit simple films on. It will give you enough options to produce your on little film. If you have a MAC, it should have iMovie on it. Out of the simplified and cheaper editing programs this one is my favourite as it is easy to use and results in awesome films. If you did have extra cash lying around I would highly recommend buying an editing program called ‘FinalCut’ as this can give you additional editing options that will assist your film in appearing more professional.

Hope these tips helped and that you will soon use them to start producing your own work.

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