Film Contest: Tips & Tricks

Learn and Improve

    **Watch These First

  • **Smartphone Studio Ep. 1: Intro To Cinematography (Length: 5:42) Watch Video
  • Smartphone Studio Ep. 3 : How To Make a Micro-Doc (Length: 3:21) Watch Video
  • Smartphone Studio 4: How To Edit Your Micro-Doc (Final Cut Pro) (Length: 13:10) Watch Video
  • **Smartphone Studio Ep. 7: Using the iMovie Storyboard Feature (iMovie) (Length: 7:36) Watch Video
  • iMovie Video Editing Tutorial (Mac) (Length: 22:14) Watch Video
  • Final Cut Pro: Intro to Final Cut Pro - importing, review footage, make an edit, shortcuts (Length: 7:26) Watch Video
There are many, many web resources to help you create your film. I selected the following links from the mobile motion film festival because of the vast number of topics covered.

Master Smartphone Filmmaking In Just 20 Minutes

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Resources for Creating Your Film

Steps and Resources for Creating Your Film

Need help getting started? Follow this step-by-step guide! Many of these resources have been adapted from other media festival websites.

Step 1: Brainstorm

First, review the submission categories and rules to learn how to create a high-scoring film. To get inspired, check out some examples of existing films below. But make sure to come up with your own idea and think of unique, creative ways to tell the story.

Step 2: Script and Storyboard

Once you have your idea, you will need to write a script and storyboard for your film. The script gives you a roadmap to your production and all the content that you will cover. In addition to a script, the storyboard allows you to visually plan your film.

Step 3: Permissions and Releases

Before filming your film, be sure you have all appropriate forms and releases signed. For more information, visit the Forms and Copyright section.

  • Release Form.

    Step 3: Filming

    Now it's time to bring your script and storyboard to life through filming. Make sure you have all the necessary equipment, such as a camera, tripod, microphones, and lighting, to capture high-quality footage. Plan your shooting schedule and locations in advance.

    Step 4: Editing

    Once you have captured all the footage, it's time to edit your film. Use video editing software to arrange your shots, add music and sound effects, and create a cohesive story. Experiment with different editing techniques to enhance the impact of your film.

    Step 6: Sound Design

    Sound design is an essential aspect of filmmaking. Enhance the audio quality of your film by adding dialogue, voiceovers, music, and sound effects. Pay attention to sound mixing and ensure that the audio elements complement the visuals.

    Step 7: Exporting and Formatting

    Before submitting your film, make sure it meets the required format and specifications. Export your film in the recommended video format, resolution, and aspect ratio. Pay attention to file size limitations if applicable.

    Step 8: Submission

    Follow the submission guidelines provided by the contest or festival you are entering. Typically, you will need to upload your film to an online platform or send a physical copy. Complete any required forms, provide necessary documentation, and submit your film before the deadline.

    Step 9: Promotion and Networking

    Once you have submitted your film, take advantage of promotional opportunities to increase its visibility. Share your film on social media platforms, create a website or online portfolio, attend film festivals, and network with industry professionals to expand your reach.

#42 - "How to shoot a short film" - How to make a short film with FiLMiC Pro, a smartphone gimbal a smartphone. Story creation, preparing, shooting scenes, editing and grading.

Number Topic
#1 Learning to Think Like a Filmmaker – I
#2 Learning to Think Like a Filmmaker – II
#3 What’s the difference between being HOT and merely talented?
#4 How to Get Out of a Rut and Start
#5 Teach Yourself Screenwriting – I
#6 How To Write A Short Film
#7 3 Point Lighting
#8 Twists & Turns – Teach Yourself Screenwriting – II
#9 Why the Hero’s Journey is No Joke-r
#10 The 3 Pillars of Filmmaking
#11 How To Make A Storyboard
#12 Constructing the Illusion of Reality
#13 What do we actually need to make a film?
#14 What is a “Logline” and why do you need one?
#15 Low Budget Short Case Study – Gareth Edward’s “Factory Farmed”
#16 The 180 Degree Rule
#17 Using Close Up Shots
#18 the Shot List
#19 Cinematic Locations
#20 The History of the Long Take
#21 Why You Should Make A Film With Your Smartphone
#22 Know the Shots – I
#23 Know the Shots – II
#24 Know the Shots – III
#25 Camera Angles
#26 How to use a Dutch Angle
#27 How To Use An Establishing Shot
#28 Using the Over the Shoulder Shot
#29 Assignment 1: Photo Story
#30 Assignment 2: Completed Action
#31 Storycraft: the Setup & Payoff
#32 Assignment 3: Process Documentary
#33 Assignment 4: Two Person Conversation
#34 Understanding Story Structure
#35 How to Shoot a Short Film on your Smartphone
#36 The Hero’s Journey, Story Structure
#37 The Big Lebowski… If It Was Written to the ‘Hero’s Journey’ Formula
#38 Passage of Time Assignment
#39 Understanding the (other) 180 Degree Rule
#40 Create Video Stories That POP
#41 Master In-Camera Transitions
#42 How to Shoot a Short Film: Extended