In this stage you work out your filmmaking idea and how you will tell your story. Your idea should be simple. Try writing it down in 50 words or one tweet: if you can’t, you need to rethink it or simplify it. Once you’ve got your idea, write a script and make storyboards or shot lists. Make sure you have all the people and all the gear you need before you start shooting.
Chosen a location? Don’t just assume it will be OK. Visit it before the shoot. Check that you can get permission to film there, if you need it. Check the light. Check that there won’t be any interruptions or distracting sounds. Check there’s space to get all the camera positions you need.
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Make sure you’re confident with your equipment before you start filming: spend time practising on short films that don’t matter before you start serious filmmaking.
You should shoot a bit more than you need, but if you shoot hours of footage it’ll take you forever to sort through it to find the bits you want. For a one-minute drama film you might need to shoot between three and five minutes of video. Documentaries – where you can’t control what there is to film – will need much more than this.
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Follow the advice on organising your edit and the good editing tips. Gradually refine your edit, then add titles, sounds and effects if they’re needed. Remember ‘less is more’: most films can be improved by shortening them. Keep saving your film as you edit, unless your editing program does this automatically. Even if it does, make sure you backup your edits.
Keep reviewing your film as you edit: check that it makes sense, that the pace is right, and that the sound is consistent.