For any aspiring filmmaker, the first step is a short film. Those are often on a low budget which can make it even more difficult to produce an excellent film. However, newest technologies have reduced the prices and even allow people to produce a film fully shot on an iPhone for example. Additionally, the internet makes it super easy to find like-minded people to collaborate with on awesome projects.

To kick start your career as a filmmaker, read our top 5 tips:

1. The Script

Before anything else, an exciting script needs to be written and should be the highest priority. Filming without a completed script will waste money and lead to confusion regarding the film, so ensuring everyone knows what’s happening is super important.

Putting the search on hold for actors or the kit is, therefore, necessary, investing all your time into the script is the main priority at the beginning and shouldn’t be interrupted by tasks that don’t need completing yet. It’s the same when writing an essay, you never start with a conclusion.

Putting that extra time into your characters and how they build a narrative will definitely benefit in the future. Always remember, less is more.

2. Location, Location, Location

Once the script is done and the characters are created it’s necessary to start thinking of the location. With the location come many factors that need to be considered, such as outdoor or maybe a studio environment – find more regarding that topic here, Location Scouting – What To Remember.

Another factor is also money, a studio location will mean extra costs whereas an outdoor one is usually for free. The location will, however, need to match with the storyline of the film, you cannot film in a forest if the video is about a doctor. It all needs to fit in quite nicely and back up the story.

3. Equipment

Once the location is picked it’s time to start thinking of the gear, different locations will require different kit which is why it’s important to not do that prior. If the shoot is done indoor, it can be beneficial having extra lighting. Whereas with an outdoor shoot you will more like not need any of that, but rather have a camera that is water resistant.

With today’s amazing technology it’s no longer necessary to have the most expensive camera, many budget ones can be just as great. Before the actual shoot, it is of importance to practice. There is nothing more embarrassing and time-consuming than not to know how your camera works.

There also have been many films around entirely shoot on a smartphone, always worth checking out!

4. Screen it

Once the short film is completed it’s great to get it out there and let your friends/family see it. They can give suggestions and tell you what to improve in the future. We understand it can be quite scary showing your first film to a crowd, but without that step, you will not be able to learn and improve yourself.

Having a fixed date to first show it will also mean you cannot redo it over and over again. Finish it and let others watch it, then move on and improve what you’ve learned with the next one.


5.  Network

Promoting your film is always a good idea, upload it to YouTube and share it on social media platforms. Getting your name out there is important and will help with future projects. Additionally, there are so many independent film festivals that showcase short films so it’s always worth having a look around and see which one you can submit yours too. In case they won’t take it, it’s okay. Move on and improve yourself, there will always be opportunities just take them.

We hope this article has been of help and will hopefully benefit you in the future with your own project. We at Camden Studio provide excellent quality studios for videographers, please get in touch today and find out more regarding our services.