8 ESSENTIAL skills you need for a Career in filmmaking!

If you were to ask different filmmakers how they got noticed, you’d get a few different stories, from family ties, to Luck, to success on the film festival circuit to getting noticed from online work. There is no sure-fire way to make it but If you develope these essential skills you’ll definitely increase your odds of success.

BOOKS MENTIONED
Directing actors by Judith Weston
Story by Robert Mckee
Screenplay by Syd Field
Save the cat by Blake Snyder

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How I shoot B-roll – My Techniques and Tricks


Let’s talk filmmaking tips and tricks. Here’s what I use to get B-roll. For those who are new to filmmaking, your A-roll is the footage of your subject speaking while your B-roll is the footage you cut away to. you can usually hear the subject’s voice over in the A-roll while you see something different on the screen.

Usually the B-roll is related to whatever is being discussed in the A-roll. B-roll is super important as we typically use it to spice things up visually. Check out the video to see my techniques for getting B-roll.

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How To Write A Short Film: Part 4 – Punchline Films

What is a punchline film? Tips for writing your short film script. We cover joke structure for short films and breakdown the film “I’ll wait for the next one”.

Shorts referenced
I’ll wait for the next one short film

Horribly slow murder by extremely inefficient weapon

cannon ball ice dude – jump into frozen pool 

How To Write A Short Film: Part 2 – Plot Structures

This is all about Plot Structures. By nature, the plot structures of short films are not as complicated as feature films. We discuss the basic story elements of short films and breakdown “Signs” the short film, Tips for writing your short film script.

short film we beakdown
Signs Short Film

Top 15 Mistakes Beginner Filmmakers Make!

Tips for beginner filmmakers. When you’re starting out as a filmmaker you’ve gotta make some good mistakes inorder to progress. It’s all apart of the process. We cover the top 15 most common filmmaking mistakes beginners make from story, to lighting to editing, composition and more.

Short film mentioned Seafood Tester short

Here’s a written list of all 15 common mistakes from the video:

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Tips and Advice for Young Aspiring Filmmakers

I’ve gotten a lot of requests for this video. There aren’t many tips videos geared towards the youth. At this level the biggest priority should be learning the basic elements of story. Resources are usually a big issue at this level but your understanding of story and learned and honed at any level. We cover this and much more.

Video mentioned
principals of drama

My first short film

MASTERING compositioin + Cinematography with Will Smith

We cover composition and framing techniques for filmmaking, the aesthetic of beauty, the rule of thirds, headroom, leadroom, and more. As with everything in life nothing can truely be mastered but with a lot of practice we can get pretty darn close.

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