What filmmaker doesn’t want to have a better looking film?
Sure, filmmaking is about telling a story, and the story is the absolute most important part of any film, but great visuals can go a long way to help tell that story.
Directors like Stanley Kubrik, Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro, they all use stunning cinematography and camera work to help tell their story on film.
Now you may think that getting the kind of amazing images that these guys get in their films is something you need a huge Hollywood budget to do, but I’m here to tell you, that’s not true.
The truth is, many of the techniques that these and other directors use in their films are very basic. In fact, many of them are so simple that you can learn them right now, start using them TOMORROW, and instantly see better results in the look of your own films.
And the best part is, these are all techniques that you can learn without having to buy a lot of expensive gear or software. You can get started using these right now, for very little, or even NO money at all.
It is entirely possible to make an indie film that looks like it came straight out of Hollywood, just by mastering these very simple techniques.
I want you to take a minute to just imagine something with me.
Imagine the very first film you made. Even if you haven’t made a film yet, you probably have a film that you WANT to make, or that you’ve THOUGHT about making, so take a minute to imagine that.
So think about that film.
Now think about this–if someone handed you a camera, would you be able to make that film the way you’re imagining it in your head right now?
Probably not. Or it would probably take you a lot of time trying to figure things out on set, probably reshooting a bunch of scenes, probably doing a lot of heavy editing in post-production.
Hell, someone could hand you the best camera in the world and give you an unlimited budget for all the gear and special effects that you can imagine. But the truth is–if you haven’t mastered the basic techniques on how to make a film with that cinematic look, it’s never going to look as good as you imagined it.
Kubrick, Nolan, and all those directors I mentioned before?
They’ve mastered these. That’s the real reason why their films look so good.
It’s not about the gear they have, it’s about the techniques behind how they use it.
I could go out and buy the exact same shoes that LeBron James wears, get all the same kind of shorts and jerseys that he practices in.
I could get all the exact same gear that LeBron James uses but that’s not going to make me a better basketball player.
And if you ever saw me play basketball, you’d understand just how true this is.
But the same thing goes for filmmaking. Great gear makes a great filmmaker even better, but it’s not going to help you if you haven’t learned the techniques to make a great looking film.
The good news is, it’s actually not that hard.
There are hundreds of things that go into making a film that looks and sounds good, but the good thing is, you don’t have to know them all.
Just master these 10 things and you’ll be well on your way.
Really learn just these few simple techniques, and you will instantly get better looking and sounding films.
And best best part? You won’t have to invest thousands (or even hundreds) of dollars to do it.
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10 Ways To Instantly Improve Your Film For Free (Or Cheap)
Simple concepts you can implement TODAY that will help you make better looking films without spending a lot of time or money