Filmmaking for Beginners: 3 Tips for Getting Started

Filmmaking is exciting craft whether you're doing it as a hobby or as a career. It's not as easy as it looks and it takes time and practice to master. Here are three tips to help you get started.

1. Have the Right Equipment

There are three minimum things that you need for filmmaking. You need a video camera, an editing program and a computer. With these three tools, you will be able to shoot and edit a video. There are a lot of other great things to have to that will make your videos even better. You should consider getting like a tripod, lights and microphones.

2. Plan Ahead

Shooting a great film requires a lot of preparation. You need to find the right location, have the right props, and cast the best actors. You also need to plan ahead and determine what shots you want to get before the shoot because time is very limited on set. This also goes for documentary production. You should know ahead of time what you need to shoot because if you miss it, then that's it.

3. Shoot More than You Need

You should always try to shoot more footage than you think you will need when you're starting out. As you become more experienced, you will find that it is much better to be forced to cut stuff out instead of wishing you had more to add.