things i learned from film making

Still from Riverine, Filmed by Raunak Chhabra

Filming and shooting videos is a part of my life. It gives me happiness, satisfaction and a path to travel along with my baggage of artistic dreams. For me, film making is more than converting a written script into a visuals. I carry my camera everywhere and literally shoots everything and trust me, I always get something good out of the box.

During my Film Making journey, there are many things I came to know about, things that I learned while shooting. From technical things to all the practical stuff, here are 50 things I learned about Film Making.

50 Tips on Film Making

  1. If possible, always shoot raw.
  2. Its better to use a dslr than traditional handycams or camcorders.
  3. Use white LED light panels for lighting instead of yellow lights. It eliminates flickering.
  4. Use good quality external microphones. Camera’s built in mics are really bad.
  5. Always shoot at manual mode.
  6. Keep ISO value as low as possible. This will reduce grains and thus you get a better footage.
  7. Set picture control settings to neutral.
  8. Just because someone has expensive equipments doesn’t means that they’re a good film maker.
  9. Editing your film is an art in itself.
  10. Go outside and shoot videos rather than spending hours a day on Film Making and Videography forums.
  11. Being a Film Maker is classy.
  12. Whenever possible, use a monopod instead of Tripods, they are easy to carry.
  13. Always use High Speed memory cards with your camera to avoid buffer.
  14. Worry less about technical aspects and focus more on compositional aspects of film making.
  15. Join an online film making forum.
  16. Find your style of film making and stick with it.
  17. Don’t pamper your camera, Use and abuse it.
  18. Don’t be afraid of lens flares, they always looks good.
  19. Use a lens hood, when shooting outside at day light.
  20. Attach a follow focus with your lens.
  21. Always double your shutter speed with respect to the frame rate you shoot at.
  22. Don’t be afraid to bump up the ISO when necessary.
  23. Double check your camera monitor for sharp focus.
  24. Learn how to read a Histogram.
  25. Never shoot videos on an empty stomach.
  26. Edit your own films and videos.
  27. You don’t need an Editing Studio to edit your films.
  28. A laptop is enough for Editing.
  29. Alcohol and Film Editing do not mix well.
  30. Always dial in proper White Balance before hitting the record button.
  31. Costly lenses don’t give you better videos.
  32. The more films you make, the better you get.
  33. Draw inspiration from other film makers but never worship them.
  34. Simplicity is key.
  35. Having a second monitor is the best thing for Video Editing.
  36. Carry your camera with you everywhere. Everywhere.
  37. Join a film making club or start your own.
  38. Always carry extra batteries for your camera.
  39. And, also some extra memory cards.
  40. Shoot with multiple camera’s as cuts will look natural.
  41. It is always better to underexpose than overexpose, you can always manipulate the exposure in post.
  42. Monitor your audio while shooting.
  43. If you can’t afford a stabilizer, use Adobe After Effects warp stabilizer to stabilize your footage.
  44. Color Correction and grading should be done at the end.
  45. Never talk behind the camera.
  46. If shooting with characters, ask them not to look at the camera.
  47. Have fun while shooting Films.
  48. Film making is more than shooting videos, it is a philosophy of life.
  49. You will discover a lot about yourself through your Film making.
  50. Write your own list.