How to Learn Filmmaking FAST! – Without Film School

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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dynamical see focus over every point
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light under suppose well the cod and the
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bird appears to be inside the game
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because your eye holds each image
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briefly after it is gone
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your spit here and this is how to learn
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filmmaking fast without film school
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disclaimer there ain’t no disclaimer hey
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I am NOT against going to film school I
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went I learned a ton I am speaking to
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those who want to learn filmmaking
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without going to film school here’s a
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little 30-day curriculum you can follow
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absolutely free or your money back
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about that time Lego their game plan
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first things first we got to cover the
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50/50 rule 50% of the time you should
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watch a video or learn something new the
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other 50% should be spent actually doing
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that thing this way you’re getting
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plenty of hands-on experience and
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practical knowledge while you learn I’m
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not putting links to specific videos
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because I noticed over time things
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happen to some of those videos and I end
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up with useless links so you guys will
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have to look things up there are plenty
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of videos out there on just about every
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topic I’m just going to assume that
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whoever’s watching this knows absolutely
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nothing so this is where we’re going to
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start you got to get a camera either a
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DSLR or mirrorless camera preferably
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with all manual functions you’re gonna
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need a tripod eventually you’re going to
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need to get a sound recorder why it
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borrow and steal it if you need to I’m
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joking about the whole stealing thing
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before I told nobody new studio day one
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search composition and framing on
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YouTube watch three videos watch each
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twice pick up your camera and go take
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100 pictures
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practicing what you learn 100 goes by
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real fast a tune take 50 more pictures
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around a park or somewhere interesting
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practice framing and composition rule of
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thirds etc etc data research three
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points lighting on YouTube watch three
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videos about it re watch each video
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twice use lights around your house to
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replicate which you saw take 50 pictures
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lighting a subject if you don’t have a
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person to use practice on a toy or a big
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teddy bear day four take 50 more
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pictures practicing framing and
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Composition three-point lighting
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take 20 of those pictures with a subject
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close to a window and use window
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lighting day by look up depth of field
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on YouTube watch three videos twice each
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pick up your camera and take fifty
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pictures using your get lens
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experiment with different folks
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Ling’s mess with your aperture and watch
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out both of them affect your depth of
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field day six look up how to get the
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film look on YouTube watch three videos
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each one twice I did one of these so
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I’ll leave a link in the description
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pick up your camera and record at least
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a two-minute clip of anything using the
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proper settings you learned day 7 do
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camera tests record a few sample videos
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playing with just the shutter speed then
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record a few tests playing with just the
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ISO do it all wrong date get an editing
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application it could be Adobe Premiere
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or it could be any any free application
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just get one watch three videos on how
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to edit in whatever application you have
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import one or two of those camera tests
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you did make two edits and then render
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it out that’s it don’t do anything else
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to it congratulations you made your
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first video you’ve gotten something into
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an editing application and then back out
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of it day 9 lighting exercise tell the
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stories using light find six interesting
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shots that have something to do with
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lights I’m a light bulb so I’m a
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darkroom with light pouring through a
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doorway Magic Hour make it interesting
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pay attention to your camera settings
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and Composition day 10 edit the light
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exercise together render it out review
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it take notes on any mistakes day 11
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vlog your day pay attention to camera
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settings and Composition day 12 edit the
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vlog together render it out take note of
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any mistakes day 13 search types of
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shots and camera angles on YouTube watch
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three videos each one twice I’ve also
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just came with a couple of friends and
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using the script character 8 says hey
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character pieces how long do we have
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character aces all night character
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pieces okay those are the lines you can
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transform the meaning of those lines
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into whatever you want don’t worry about
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the lighting in the sound right now
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those things will probably suck that’s
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okay we’ll get to that later right now
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just focus on the camera settings
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framing and composition and getting your
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camera angles day 50 cut the scene
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together and render it out review it and
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take note on any of your mistakes there
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will be quite a few day sixteen shoot
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another one scene film this time try
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lighting with household light use the
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same script but took a different room or
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location learn from the mistakes that
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you made in the last video day 17 cut it
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together render it out review it day 18
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shoot another one seam stone focusing on
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framing in composition camera settings
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shoot the whole thing next to a window
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using available window light this time
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day 19 cut the scene rendered out take
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notes day 20 go buy a sound recorder or
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borrow one from a friend and vlog your
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adventures getting it keep it short keep
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it sweet have fun don’t steal don’t
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steal day 21 look up how to use
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whatever’s hammer recorder you got watch
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three videos and play with the sound
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recorder record three sounds around your
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house with the sound recorder day 22
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record fifty sounds with the sound
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recorder play with the gain experiment
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with over modulating a few sounds import
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them into an edit project drop them on a
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timeline crossfade between each one of
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the clips and then export day 23 sound
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exercise record 20 sounds and try to
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tell a story record your morning routine
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brushing your teeth and getting ready
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for school
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enforces on cliffs trims them down
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render it out this should be your second
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sound video day 24 grab a friend
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interview them about their day if you
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need lights use them as you record make
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sure your sound recorder is no more than
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three feet away from them you don’t have
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to use a slate for this first exercise
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day 25 look
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how to sync sound on YouTube watched
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three videos then take footage of your
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friend dump it into an editing
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application sync the sound and picture
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cut it up so it flows nice render it out
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now you’ve completed another video this
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time with much better sound quality day
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26 look up the 180 degree rule on
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YouTube watch three videos twice each
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practice with toys day 27 search how to
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write a script on YouTube watch three
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videos each one twice day 28 write a
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simple to page scene with like maybe a
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couple of people in one location I mean
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like really really simple
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make sure to sprinkles you know a little
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bit of conflict in there day 29 record
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the scene with two friends if they can’t
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remember the lines that you’ve written
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exactly then have them improv around the
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lines but just keep the spirit of the
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dialogue that you remember your framing
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and composition remember your camera
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angles remember the 180 rule and when
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you’re recording sound remember to keep
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your sound recorder at least 3 feet away
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from whoever you’re recording day 30
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edit it together render it out now you
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finished your first microfilm with
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picture and sound what I’ve just
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outlined for you is the curriculum that
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we were pretty much shown in film school
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just condensed into one month I remember
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thinking that all of those assignments
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were so lame but now thinking back on it
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I realized the only point to those
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assignments was to get you to play with
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camera settings and play with gear
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through a simple fun task
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you know like repetition from here on
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you can get a microphone a mic stand
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learn color grading after effect by life
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you know learn story structure blah blah
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blah blah but like you’ve got a
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foundation to build upon now test
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everything do tons and tons of tests
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whenever you learn something new make it
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a point to go out and do a camera test
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like if you just learn how slow-motion
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works or something go through a camera
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test do not wait until you’re shooting a
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film to experiment microfilm there’s a
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little secret
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shooting micro films is the quickest way
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to get nasty good just like crank
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through micro films build your
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understanding at the basics get that
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muscle memory going power through all
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those like beginner level mistakes and
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start really small just do like really
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manageable one scene films and builds
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and work your way up to a short film
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after you power through like 10 or 20
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micro films you’ll be more than ready
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and confidence
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tackle your first short film
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let’s talk about some traps you can fall
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into here do you watch filmmaking tip-in
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tutorial videos over and over and over
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again but you can’t really like remember
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the last time you picked up a camera
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yeah you’re a video head so many good
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videos if I watch enough of these I’m
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going to be nasty good
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nobody ever learned how to play
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basketball by sitting on a bench and
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watching other people play you have to
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actually get out there and practice
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dribbling practice shooting you have to
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feel the ball with your hands film is
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the same way you need the repetition of
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actually doing the thing there is no
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video on this planet that can show you
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what it feels like to to actually hunt
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for a composition the muzzle memory of
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setting up a tripod levelling it going
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through the settings on a camera and
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knowing which settings to check you have
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to physically do it so many times that
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eventually you don’t even have to think
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about it jump the gun yo what cast in my
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first short film you want to be in what
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weight we start shooting in three weeks
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have you ever made a short before no
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have you recorded anything sound video
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anything course not this is still making
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you just jump in and learn as you go
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what what there are several things wrong
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with this picture
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first off did you go and you get a whole
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cast and crew together shoot this short
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film you are going to waste everybody’s
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time because you’re not going to have
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the slightest idea of what you’re doing
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– you’re going to make a whole bunch of
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mistakes on that short that you could be
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making right now for free shooting
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camera tests and micro films and three
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usually when you’re planning for a short
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film you’re not doing anything else for
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three weeks or so you could have shot
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like five or six micro films and learned
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ten times that much in the same
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timeframe excuses I don’t have crew you
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don’t need crew to learn the basics
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thing you don’t need crew to shoot micro
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films I don’t have actors then don’t use
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actors use friends and family and if
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they can’t remember the lines that you
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wrote and have them improv around the
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lines getting like the spirit of the
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lines that you wrote closing thought the
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funny thing about taking your time and
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pacing yourself while you learn is that
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you actually learn things a lot
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faster now not saying you can’t go out
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and make an ambitious project like you
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can definitely do that just don’t do it
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right now
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allow yourself to grow into those bigger
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projects like really work your way up to
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them so if you’re freaking out at the
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thought of shooting your first short
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film maybe you’re not ready yet crank
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out more camera tests crank out more
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microfilm
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you’ll know when you’re ready festivals
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and success and fame and glory blah blah
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like all that stuff is not going
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anywhere guys it’ll be there don’t rush
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you’re not going to be Quentin Tarantino
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in 30 days so just just let that dream
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die filmmaking is a lifestyle you’ve got
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to really take every opportunity to keep
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learning and growing unfortunately there
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are no shortcuts to greatness what I do
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believe that’s all I got for you you
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guys can follow me on all of the social
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medias I also offer short film feedback
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and chat with musicians you can find
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more details at d4 darius calm or i’ll
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leave a link in the description section
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beep it up

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