Shooting Your Own Movies

Making your own feature film can be a dream for some people and with the ready availability of professional equipment and software. If you have a great idea, or want to film someone else’s feature; it can be fairly easy to get from the idea to global coverage. With the increased popularity of internet video sites, you can easily get exposure to millions easily through video websites such as YouTube and MySpace Videos.

In just a few easy steps, you can get your idea off the ground:


Whether the film idea is yours or someone else’s, make sure it makes sense and can actually be filmed! From doing a joke video to a low budget, but serious film, you should plan everything out before hand, both for the experience of planning and to save yourself time and money when filming. This can also let you see if you need some extra people to help you out doing jobs such as sound or make-up.

Choosing the right gear

Depending on your budget, there can be a great variety of equipment to choose from, or you could be forced to get the cheaper option. Either way, you should make sure you shop around and get the best deal, rather than blowing huge portions of your budget on equipment. Of course, if you can afford it, it is best to get good quality recording equipment, especially if you have more plans for the future.

Get the script down

Unless you are planning on recording a completely improvised piece, it is a good idea to get at least the basics of a script completed. Getting everyone into character is important, so that ad-libbing can be done if needed. If you are making a documentary style film, having questions lined up and briefing anyone involved can help you get the best answers first time round, cutting down on filming time.


Once everything has been covered and everybody knows what they are to do, it is time to film! Check that you have permission to film, as you may not be allowed to in some places, so getting in touch with people in charge of different places is important. This can help you get the most out of your filming time, without any interruptions.

Once it is all done, you can start getting into production. This can be done yourself, or sent off to someone else if you are unsure in your abilities. If you are doing it yourself, you can get professional broadcast equipment for less than you might think. If you are just doing a one off, then it can be out of your budget, but if you plan on making many movies, the investment can really be worth it!


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