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How to make a short film?

     
1) OUTLINE YOUR IDEA OR CONCEPT
This is the foundation. An idea or concept is the broad message you want to convey through your film and use this concept as the focus of your script, around which you tell the story.

2) GET AND EXPLORE VARIOUS FEATURES OF YOUR EQUIPMENTS
From a professional video camera to simple digital cameras or a mobile, use whatever you have. Learn more about it’s features, for instance –white balance, focus, sound on your camera-

3) GET TO KNOW YOUR SUBJECT
Have a list of relevant interview questions about your subject. Interact with the people who you are going to make a film on and get know their story-their inspiration, beginning and the journey thereafter.

4) WRITE YOUR SCRIPT
A script is a detailed account of story, setting, and dialogues exactly as you wish to see on screen. It usually breaks the film into scenes, placed in a sequence as they are to be filmed.

5) MAKE A STORYBOARD OF YOUR FILM
The point of storyboarding is to communicate your vision of the film to a team who will be working with you. These can include any sketches or photographs of setting, as well as scene breakdowns, types of shot , etc., Eg, a wide shot over the shoulder, tracking shot close up, extreme close up, medium wide shot to name a few.

6) MAKE A PRODUCTION CHECKLIST
this is essentially an exhaustive list of all that you would require during the process of making the film and on the day of your shoot.
Cameraman
Lightman(if needed)
Props(if needed)
Actors/subject
Location
Shooting schedule etc.


7) GET YOUR TEAM ON GROUND REHEARSE.SHOOT YOUR FILM!
Respect privacy and be mindful of copyrights, take permissions and give credits.

8) EDIT YOURFILM
If you don’t have access to professional editing softwares, you can always use windows movie maker(it is already installed in PCs), imovie for Macs’ or online editing software in youtube: www.youtube.com/editor

9) ADD MUSIC AND CREDITS
Always use royalty free music!

10) SHARE
Share your films with friends and don’t forget to upload them for our contest!