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Write the script
After you write your screenplay, edit it and shape it properly, it’s time to get actors involved.
There are several ways to find people to star in your movie. You can publish ads in newspapers or put up signs at theater offices that want acting candidates.
Alternatively, you can use casting agencies. They work much like landlords who rent spaces with easy access to parking and public transportation, but for a fee.
Or you can do it yourself and meet potential cast members in restaurants or bars. It is not expensive to hire an actor; it is rather costly if you end up breaking up or lose contact with them.
More often than not, filmmakers prefer to use call shots when they’re filming movies. This is because call shots can be done more quickly than shooting live action. You don’t have to set up any lighting or sound equipment before you put the camera in the location. Once you get going, you can keep moving until the scene is complete.
The main exception to using call shots is if you want to achieve a realistic look while still keeping your production budget low.
In that case, it’s recommended you try both call shots and real scenes until you find a sweet spot that cost-effective for your movie.
At first glance, it may seem like there are more names for shot types then there are words to describe color temperatures. Thankfully though, this is not the case.
There are only two terms (read below) that apply to every single type of shot and those terms are depth of field and focus.
Depth of field refers to how much everything looks out of focus at a given distance. For example, if you consider a person standing next to a wall ou should also see what appear to be various objects in the background such as pets, furniture, etc.
This effect depends on many factors including the aperture size and the lenses’ f-stop value. Another important factor is the amount of motion present in the image. If you take someone walking down a hallway, for instance, you
Load the camera
When making a movie, you use multiple cameras to capture different scenes of the film. There are usually at least one shot recording video and one or more shots taking still photos.
However, not all movies are filmed using multiple cameras. Some films use as many as 250 shooting days over the course of the filming production. However, these shoots are very expensive and require extensive staffing.
In sets with actors, this means there needs to be someone supervising every shoot in the set who also plays a role in the cast and crew. In other words, everyone involved in the shoot has some responsibility for the finished product and no one is completely uninvolved.
This isn’t possible for most directors and writers because they’re too busy doing their own work, but it’s important for an environment of cooperation.
Actors perform better if they feel like they are being taken seriously and that their suggestions are heard and used.
Also, having several people overseeing the shoot helps prevent any repeats of the same scenes from being recorded repeatedly unless necessary. This saves time during production and gives the director more room for what he/she wants to focus on – finding suitable scenes and actions.
Fire the camera
Cameras or video cameras are mounted onto moviemaking apparatus such as crane mounts or tracks. Depending upon the size of the movie set, there may be several moviemakers working at one time. Several different movies can start at once by shooting multiple scenes all at the same time.
Some large studio films require to use special effects alone. It is very difficult and expensive to produce high quality visual effects if the film has digital release; however, it’s much easier to do if shots are hand-held since then you don’t have to worry about creating digital noise etc.
Also some sequences that appear in many films (a car chase for example) have been shot dozens of times so both actors and viewers get sick and tired of watching them! Stunt casting is another solution. Sometimes they cast people who are not famous but well known for a particular type of performance (like an angry person). That way audiences understand why their favorite character is being acted out by someone they haven’t heard of before.
Films also differ greatly in how they are filmed. Some use only cinematography while others use both camerawork and photography. A few go back to shooting on film like taking double exposures and ‘burnings’ into the film. Other new technologies include LED strips and LCD screens which are used for superscaling images down to tiny sizes.
Edit the film
After filming, they edit the film by putting together all of the pieces they filmed. They are called editors because they “edit” the movie by cutting it down to the best parts.
These films have different names depending on who edited them and when. Prior to 1920, most movies were cut by hand and saved any recordings that viewers made. People didn’t often go to the cinema for the experience of the movie; they went to hear the voice talent perform live at the theatre next door. Today, experts believe that if you show people something four times, then they will remember it. For this reason, early silent movies had few edits. Later, as technology improved, more tricks could be used to enhance the cinematography (the art of shooting pictures with film).
Different styles of editing became popular over time. For example, some filmmakers prefer to use sweeping pans and cuts to move from one scene or angle to another. Others like to take short clips of things that get interesting in tone and combine them into a single shot. A common theme among these is contrast – moving between scenes or angles that provide a visual punch.
Some directors specialize in using shots instead of cuts to weave in and out of scenes. Shots are just short descriptions of what the camera was doing, which can help make sense of many films that may use several cuts. Directors also choose how much dialogue to put in each shot to create an overall feeling.
Publish the film
Once you’ve finished filming, you need to publish your movie. You can do this with YouTube, which is free and open to anyone in the world.
If you don’t want people to know that there are videos of you playing your movie, then skip the next step but it is recommended that you make at least one video on your own time before publishing your film.
Publishing the film on YouTube gives you its own url and also helps other places (Facebook, Google+ etc) where they may be able to search for the name of your film or put up a page for those who like it.
Some people choose not to use YouTube because it is so easy and takes less effort. If you prefer to take more effort, here are some other ways to go about it.
Make movie posters
Fans love movies, and want to show their appreciation by watching them again and talking about them with other fans. Making your own movie poster is an easy way to contribute to the world of fandom and become part of the community.
All you need are some blank sheets of paper and Photoshop or its equivalent. This open-source software is what makes graphic design so popular among amateur scientists.
There are numerous free tutorials online that teach you how to make designs in PS. You can then bring these designs to life using software that’s familiar to you, like MS Word or Excel.
By creating graphics from scratch in this way, you have the freedom to be creative without worrying about programming rules or looking at a strict format. You can just focus on coming up with a visually appealing piece of work.
Market the film
Once you have your funding, you need to get the word out about your movie. With any luck, you will find someone willing to help spread the news. But if not, then you must be prepared to finish the marketing campaign yourself.
There are many ways to market your film, and each way costs money. The more people that see your film, the greater chance there is for them to like it and want to watch it.
Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, Instagram photos, Google ads, all cost money to create or promote. Youtube videos also cost money (although they don’t show up in search results unless you pay).
Traditional methods of advertising such as newspapers and magazines are very expensive. Radio stations can be paid off by organizations or individuals who use airtime bids.
Producing promotional materials and giving talks is another way to move bodies quickly into action for your cause. There are different strategies for each method, but overall spending depends on how much work you want to do.
Do public screenings
Finding out what happens ‘behind the scenes’ is an obvious start to any movie fan’s journey.
There are self-guided tours where people can visit different parts of the production, see footage from shoots and even soundtracks if they want to!
Anyone who has ever visited LA wants to know how movies are made, so here are all the lowdown on getting into filming, including where to go and which packages are best for you.
Many times tourists prefer these organized visits to catch a film shoot over spending hours interviewing people in the community. You just get more out of them and the interview process takes longer.
Locals may be harder to convince to talk to you, but you’ll usually find that around this area there is at least one well-informed individual.