The Game Plan:
- 50/50 Rule: 50% of your time should be devoted to watch a video or learning something new, the other 50% should be devoted to practicing that thing.
Day One 1
- Search for “Composition and Framing” on Youtube.
- Find three videos.
- Watch them all twice.
- Go get your camera, take a hundredredredred (100) pictures, practicing what you learned.
Day Two 2
- Take another 50 pictures around a park or somewhere interesting, again, practicing what you learned yesterday.
Day Three 3
- Search “Three Point Lighting” on Youtube.
- Find three videos.
- Watch them all twice.
- Mess with lights around your house, replicating what you saw.
- Take another fifty (50) pictures while doing this.
Day Four 4
- Take fifty (50) more pictures practicing framing, composition, and three-point lighting.
- Take twenty (20) pictures of a subject that is close to a window. This means you’ll have to use “Window Lighting”.
Day Five 5
- Look up “Depth of Field” on Youtube
- Find and watch three (3) videos.
- Watch them all twice.
- Take fifty (50) pictures practicing depth of field.
Day Six 6
- Look up “How to get the Film Look” on Youtube
- Watch three (3) videos about this.
- Watch ’em all twice.
- Grab your camera and record at least a two (2) minute video using the settings that you learned.
Day Seven 7
- Record a few more videos, messing around with the shutter speed as you see fit.
- Record a few videos messing around with the ISO.
- Do all of it completely incorrectly, you’ll probably learn more that way.
Day Eight 8
- Get some free editing software. At this point, any of ’em will work just fine.
- Search for videos on Youtube as to how to edit in whatever editor you chose.
- Watch three (3) of them twice.
- Import some of those videos you made yesterday and the day before into that software.
- Make two (2) edits, and then render it out. Do nothing else.
- CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve made your first video!
Day Nine 9
- Tell a story using light.
- Find five (5) interesting shots using light.
- Pay attention to your camera settings an composition while doing all this.
Day Ten 10
- Edit that lighting exercise videos (the ones from yesterday) in your chosen software.
- Review it. Make notes on any mistakes or anything you’d like to change.
Day Eleven 11
- Vlog your day!
- Again, pay attention to camera settings and composition.
Day Twelve 12
- Edit the vlog together, render the lot of it.
- Take note of any mistakes.
Day Thirteen 13
- Search “Types of shots and camera angles” on Youtube
- Find three (3) videos, watch them all twice.
Day Fourteen 14
- Grab some friends and record a video of them reading of this script HERE.
- You can mess with the script to fit a mood or theme as you see fit.
- Don’t worry about lighting and sound right now.
- Do focus on camera settings, framing and composition, and camera angles.
Day Fifteen 15
- Take that scene you recorded yesterday and put in your editing software.
- Render it, review it.
- Take notes of what you did right and what you did wrong.
Day Sixteen 16
- Using the same script from before, make another video.
- This time with one scene, as well as fixing some mistakes that you made before.
Day Seventeen 17
- Edit that new video, render it, review it. You know the drill by now.
Day Eighteen 18
- Shoot another one scene film, but focusing on framing and composition.
- Mess with your camera settings.
- Shoot the whole with available window lighting.
Day Nineteen 19
- Edit the scene, render it, take notes.
Day Twenty 20
- Buy or borrow a sound recorder.
- Vlog your adventures getting the thing.
- Keep it short.
Day Twenty-one 21
- Look up how to use whatever sound recorder you have.
- Watch three (3) videos twice.
- Play with the settings a bit.
- Record three (3) sounds from various locations in your house.
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your spit here and this is how to learn
filmmaking fast without film school
disclaimer there ain’t no disclaimer hey
I am NOT against going to film school I
went I learned a ton I am speaking to
those who want to learn filmmaking
without going to film school here’s a
little 30-day curriculum you can follow
absolutely free or your money back
about that time Lego their game plan
first things first we got to cover the
50/50 rule 50% of the time you should
watch a video or learn something new the
other 50% should be spent actually doing
that thing this way you’re getting
plenty of hands-on experience and
practical knowledge while you learn I’m
not putting links to specific videos
because I noticed over time things
happen to some of those videos and I end
up with useless links so you guys will
have to look things up there are plenty
of videos out there on just about every
topic I’m just going to assume that
whoever’s watching this knows absolutely
nothing so this is where we’re going to
start you got to get a camera either a
DSLR or mirrorless camera preferably
with all manual functions you’re gonna
need a tripod eventually you’re going to
need to get a sound recorder why it
borrow and steal it if you need to I’m
joking about the whole stealing thing
before I told nobody new studio day one
search composition and framing on
YouTube watch three videos watch each
twice pick up your camera and go take
practicing what you learn 100 goes by
real fast a tune take 50 more pictures
around a park or somewhere interesting
practice framing and composition rule of
thirds etc etc data research three
points lighting on YouTube watch three
videos about it re watch each video
twice use lights around your house to
replicate which you saw take 50 pictures
lighting a subject if you don’t have a
person to use practice on a toy or a big
teddy bear day four take 50 more
pictures practicing framing and
Composition three-point lighting
take 20 of those pictures with a subject
close to a window and use window
lighting day by look up depth of field
on YouTube watch three videos twice each
pick up your camera and take fifty
pictures using your get lens
experiment with different folks
Ling’s mess with your aperture and watch
out both of them affect your depth of
field day six look up how to get the
film look on YouTube watch three videos
each one twice I did one of these so
I’ll leave a link in the description
pick up your camera and record at least
a two-minute clip of anything using the
proper settings you learned day 7 do
camera tests record a few sample videos
playing with just the shutter speed then
record a few tests playing with just the
ISO do it all wrong date get an editing
application it could be Adobe Premiere
or it could be any any free application
just get one watch three videos on how
to edit in whatever application you have
import one or two of those camera tests
you did make two edits and then render
it out that’s it don’t do anything else
to it congratulations you made your
first video you’ve gotten something into
an editing application and then back out
of it day 9 lighting exercise tell the
stories using light find six interesting
shots that have something to do with
lights I’m a light bulb so I’m a
darkroom with light pouring through a
doorway Magic Hour make it interesting
pay attention to your camera settings
and Composition day 10 edit the light
exercise together render it out review
it take notes on any mistakes day 11
vlog your day pay attention to camera
settings and Composition day 12 edit the
vlog together render it out take note of
any mistakes day 13 search types of
shots and camera angles on YouTube watch
three videos each one twice I’ve also
done one on the topic link in the
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video blog STATCOM /pu cast day 14 she
just came with a couple of friends and
using the script character 8 says hey
character pieces how long do we have
character aces all night character
pieces okay those are the lines you can
transform the meaning of those lines
into whatever you want don’t worry about
the lighting in the sound right now
those things will probably suck that’s
okay we’ll get to that later right now
just focus on the camera settings
framing and composition and getting your
camera angles day 50 cut the scene
together and render it out review it and
take note on any of your mistakes there
will be quite a few day sixteen shoot
another one scene film this time try
lighting with household light use the
same script but took a different room or
location learn from the mistakes that
you made in the last video day 17 cut it
together render it out review it day 18
shoot another one seam stone focusing on
framing in composition camera settings
shoot the whole thing next to a window
using available window light this time
day 19 cut the scene rendered out take
notes day 20 go buy a sound recorder or
borrow one from a friend and vlog your
adventures getting it keep it short keep
it sweet have fun don’t steal don’t
steal day 21 look up how to use
whatever’s hammer recorder you got watch
three videos and play with the sound
recorder record three sounds around your
house with the sound recorder day 22
record fifty sounds with the sound
recorder play with the gain experiment
with over modulating a few sounds import
them into an edit project drop them on a
timeline crossfade between each one of
the clips and then export day 23 sound
exercise record 20 sounds and try to
tell a story record your morning routine
brushing your teeth and getting ready
enforces on cliffs trims them down
render it out this should be your second
sound video day 24 grab a friend
interview them about their day if you
need lights use them as you record make
sure your sound recorder is no more than
three feet away from them you don’t have
to use a slate for this first exercise
day 25 look
how to sync sound on YouTube watched
three videos then take footage of your
friend dump it into an editing
application sync the sound and picture
cut it up so it flows nice render it out
now you’ve completed another video this
time with much better sound quality day
26 look up the 180 degree rule on
YouTube watch three videos twice each
practice with toys day 27 search how to
write a script on YouTube watch three
videos each one twice day 28 write a
simple to page scene with like maybe a
couple of people in one location I mean
like really really simple
make sure to sprinkles you know a little
bit of conflict in there day 29 record
the scene with two friends if they can’t
remember the lines that you’ve written
exactly then have them improv around the
lines but just keep the spirit of the
dialogue that you remember your framing
and composition remember your camera
angles remember the 180 rule and when
you’re recording sound remember to keep
your sound recorder at least 3 feet away
from whoever you’re recording day 30
edit it together render it out now you
finished your first microfilm with
picture and sound what I’ve just
outlined for you is the curriculum that
we were pretty much shown in film school
just condensed into one month I remember
thinking that all of those assignments
were so lame but now thinking back on it
I realized the only point to those
assignments was to get you to play with
camera settings and play with gear
through a simple fun task
you know like repetition from here on
you can get a microphone a mic stand
learn color grading after effect by life
you know learn story structure blah blah
blah blah but like you’ve got a
foundation to build upon now test
everything do tons and tons of tests
whenever you learn something new make it
a point to go out and do a camera test
like if you just learn how slow-motion
works or something go through a camera
test do not wait until you’re shooting a
film to experiment microfilm there’s a
shooting micro films is the quickest way
to get nasty good just like crank
through micro films build your
understanding at the basics get that
muscle memory going power through all
those like beginner level mistakes and
start really small just do like really
manageable one scene films and builds
and work your way up to a short film
after you power through like 10 or 20
micro films you’ll be more than ready
tackle your first short film
let’s talk about some traps you can fall
into here do you watch filmmaking tip-in
tutorial videos over and over and over
again but you can’t really like remember
the last time you picked up a camera
yeah you’re a video head so many good
videos if I watch enough of these I’m
going to be nasty good
nobody ever learned how to play
basketball by sitting on a bench and
watching other people play you have to
actually get out there and practice
dribbling practice shooting you have to
feel the ball with your hands film is
the same way you need the repetition of
actually doing the thing there is no
video on this planet that can show you
what it feels like to to actually hunt
for a composition the muzzle memory of
setting up a tripod levelling it going
through the settings on a camera and
knowing which settings to check you have
to physically do it so many times that
eventually you don’t even have to think
about it jump the gun yo what cast in my
first short film you want to be in what
weight we start shooting in three weeks
have you ever made a short before no
have you recorded anything sound video
anything course not this is still making
you just jump in and learn as you go
what what there are several things wrong
with this picture
first off did you go and you get a whole
cast and crew together shoot this short
film you are going to waste everybody’s
time because you’re not going to have
the slightest idea of what you’re doing
– you’re going to make a whole bunch of
mistakes on that short that you could be
making right now for free shooting
camera tests and micro films and three
usually when you’re planning for a short
film you’re not doing anything else for
three weeks or so you could have shot
like five or six micro films and learned
ten times that much in the same
timeframe excuses I don’t have crew you
don’t need crew to learn the basics
thing you don’t need crew to shoot micro
films I don’t have actors then don’t use
actors use friends and family and if
they can’t remember the lines that you
wrote and have them improv around the
lines getting like the spirit of the
lines that you wrote closing thought the
funny thing about taking your time and
pacing yourself while you learn is that
you actually learn things a lot
faster now not saying you can’t go out
and make an ambitious project like you
can definitely do that just don’t do it
allow yourself to grow into those bigger
projects like really work your way up to
them so if you’re freaking out at the
thought of shooting your first short
film maybe you’re not ready yet crank
out more camera tests crank out more
you’ll know when you’re ready festivals
and success and fame and glory blah blah
like all that stuff is not going
anywhere guys it’ll be there don’t rush
you’re not going to be Quentin Tarantino
in 30 days so just just let that dream
die filmmaking is a lifestyle you’ve got
to really take every opportunity to keep
learning and growing unfortunately there
are no shortcuts to greatness what I do
believe that’s all I got for you you
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