Best movie tips

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Best movie tips

Post by Dave Watterson » Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:43 am

As a little Christmas present to all our readers ... why not share the best movie-making tip you were ever given ...

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Post by Stephen » Fri Dec 19, 2008 11:36 am

from a member of my video group before I started making films.........

Use a tripod laddie!... use a tripod!!!
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It's much more important than that.

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Post by fraught » Fri Dec 19, 2008 4:56 pm

My favourite tip is to never zoom!!! Unless you intend to cut it out in Post. :-)
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Post by stingman » Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:03 pm

ALWAYS pack everything the night before and plan your filming day. ALWAYS remember to pack a tape!

Be good.....

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Post by ned c » Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:37 pm

When you pan or tilt (hold it) go FROM somewhere that matters TO (hold it) somewhere that matters.

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Post by Mike Shaw » Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:37 pm

Start shooting early, finish shooting late.

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Post by billyfromConsett » Sat Dec 20, 2008 12:19 am

Plenty close ups

Shoot wide, shoot close, shoot through.

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Post by Willy » Sat Dec 20, 2008 12:23 am

Before shooting take some tranquilizers, smoke some weed or hashis so that you don't feel like a cat on a hot tin roof.

Funny fiction film : Smile while you are shooting and try to tell a joke from time to time. Offer them a "duvel" every hour. Your actors must have glorious fun.
Fiction film that ends in tragedy : Offer your actors a drink, but before doing this add a spoonful of ammonia to their drinks. Only a little, please !

Merry Christmas ! Happy New Year !
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Post by Dave Watterson » Sat Dec 20, 2008 11:08 pm

Health & safety notice:

A Duvel is a fine Belgian beer

Ammonia is NOT for drinking however watered (?beered) down !!! The point is that its fumes will bring tears to the eyes. A safer approach is slicing onions ...

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Post by billyfromConsett » Sat Dec 20, 2008 11:37 pm

Keep the camcorder level, so boats don't sail upwards along a river...

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Post by Brian Saberton » Sun Dec 21, 2008 8:46 pm

"The Director should be the calmest person on the set."

Sorry guys but I don't know where I heard this one - it was several years ago.
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Post by Willy » Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:54 am

When you make a one minute movie never use credits at the end of your film. The very last shot is always the surprising plot-twist. It creates emotions. Most one minute films are funny ones, but that's not necessary. Anyhow, when you add credits to your short film you oblige the viewer to read them and then it suppresses the feeling that you wanted to create.
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Re: Best movie tips

Post by Pqtrick » Wed Dec 24, 2008 8:31 am

When filming action for documentaries, use both eyes, anticipate the next move and use the one in the back of your head; so that you don’t fall off the pavement!

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Re: Best movie tips

Post by tom hardwick » Wed Dec 24, 2008 5:07 pm

Remember variety is the spice of life. Surprise and delight your viewer. Use the dynamic range of the video and audio. Use manual exposure and vary the focal length, pov, filming speed and scene length.

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Re: Best movie tips

Post by john ingham » Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:41 am

1..stop panning on still objects

2.. Buy a decent Tripod

3.. Buy a Blimp

4 join this forum
Keep trying, for one day you will get it right

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