Okay so you want to start your first film, or to be modest: video.
But you feel intimidated because your expectations are Hollywood-class.
Well, that’s the first thing we need to work on. Remember, it’s okay to have self-expectations because it pushes your boundaries. But also make it absolutely clear to yourself that whatever the outcome of your first video will not, in any way, summarize the rest of the films you will produce in the future. It will not.
You see, film may be a short four-letter word; or a video may be a short 5-letter word. But it expands a broad spectrum. There are different genres, styles, techniques, medium, etc.
Nobody expects you to apply all of them in your first video. And besides, nobody expects you know all of those. In fact, even the most successful filmmakers are still discovering new styles and genres.
So if you get rid of that high expectations, then you can start.
#1: Educate yourself with framing scenes. Instantly, when we watch movies, our minds picture scenes. And those scenes are, of course, professionally shot or framed. Our minds are awesome! They automatically screenshot those frames. But we don’t usually remember the shots in every single detail. It just subconsciously helps us the next time we point a camera to something. This is why you can tell if it’s a good photo or not, experienced or not.
#2: Go in a room and point the camera at you.
“Okay Vince, that’s a little too fast.”
Is it, though? Look around. Is anyone watching? God? As far as I know as a Catholic, the Judgement Day hasn’t come yet. So pointing the camera at you isn’t such a big step-up. It’s just like looking at the mirror, but this one can record.
So, go on. Hit that record button, and do whatever you want. Again, do whatever you want.
#3: Get comfortable. For you to be able to act, direct, or do anything related to the film industry, you gotta get comfortable. Overthinking and anxiety won’t get you anywhere but doubting yourself and thinking film is not good for you. Decide when you’ve actually tried it; not when you still haven’t hit the record button!
#4: Hit the god-given record button! If you really don’t wanna point it to yourself, at least point it at a subject (could be a person, thing, your pet.) And in your mind, just imagine a story that you could make out of this subject. Do you think it sets a happy tone? Sad? Neutral? How about colors: Would this shot look better in Black and White? Fully saturated? Slightly blue or slighty yellow? Can you see it?
Now you’re starting.
#5: Watch what you shot. What did you like? What did you not like? (Now don’t say you don’t like ‘everything’ this fast) There has to be something that may like; even if you have that slightest feeling of like. Now look at it, and see how that shot can be better. And then, go back to step number 1 again. Educate yourself.
Like every skill or trait, it needs repetition. It needs practice. We may think we are good at everything we do; and so set a high expectation on everything we do the first time. And if it did not turn out as expected? Quit.
Now go on, read those 5 steps again and CREATE.