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Tips by film-maker Jamie McDine

Plan, plan, plan

Before you pick up your camera, you need to get a few things straight. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Who is your audience?
  • What is the film duration?
  • Why is the film interesting to me and to my audience?
  • Where will it be shown?
  • What should the audience think after watching my film?

Know your camera moves

The main camera movements you will use are: pan, tracking, zoom in, zoom out, tilt up and tilt down. The tilt movement is great for showing the size of a big building or how tall someone is.

Get the right shot

Types of shot include establishment (setting the scene), MCU (mid-close up) which is a shot of someone's head and shoulders, and great for interviews. Close-up (just their face), wide-shot (two people) and extreme wide shot.

When you are interviewing someone, make sure you film them side-on and not from the front. This will put them at ease and make the shot a lot more natural.

Where is the light?

When you are interviewing people, the best place for the light to be is from the side or the front. If light is behind you, you will just see a silhouette

Editing your film

There are loads of different editing packages on the market and the best idea is to look around and speak to people who have experience of using a few. An interesting fact to remember when editing is that your audience will need 4 - 5 seconds of a shot for the brain to remember it.

Your film's première

So you're happy with your film and think you could give Spielberg a run for his money. There are loads of ways for the world to see your film. Start off by getting it onto the voyage website! (Contact us for further information about this.) Also check out YouTube, local film-making events and look out for young persons' film festivals.

Happy filming!