"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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Tropfest Film Idea!

Wow wow wow! So today I’m meant to be studying for my exams…and out of the blue it’s just like ‘BANG!’

All I could think about was film college and film making and Tropfest! It was like BOOM boom BOOM… left right and centre!

Of course I just wanted to procrastinate, because honestly, who enjoys studying?!!! But but but (and please ignore the fact that I just started a sentence with the word ‘but’…3 times…)…I came up with a mega cool idea for my Tropfest Film for 2013.

Now I can’t go giving away all the details just yet…but I will give clues and post clips about my film making process for this festival. Whoop whoop! Can’t wait!

So clue #1: It will be innocent, funny and serious…ALL IN ONE FILM! Exciting stuff I know!

Happy film making 🙂

PS- How is your Tropfest film coming along? Would love to hear the details 😀


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

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

Through The Lens Film School

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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.


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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!

Tropfest Australia 2013

Tropfest Australia 2012 has just come and gone with incredible films produced by such creative people all over the country.

With 20 years of short film behind them, Tropfest enters a whole new league in 2013, as it will be their 21st birthday!

Wouldn’t this be the perfect opportunity for you to make that film and to enter it into this film festival?

The THEME for Tropfest 2013 has been announced…and believe me…it is very exciting!

The theme is….WAIT FOR IT…….drum rolllll…..


More information will be given at a later date BUT for now….get out there and make your short film!

P.S.-Be sure to refer back to this blog for extra tips on how to make an impression with your 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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