Film Production 101 | Alex Sofonea | Skillshare
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6 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Idea

    • 3. Pre Production

    • 4. Shooting

    • 5. Post Production

    • 6. Outro

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About This Class

The film is more than nice shots or VFX. It's the Visual Art to Tell a Story. In this class, we're going to go in depth on every step of the filmmaking process.

This class will focus on:

  • The Idea on which you start your story
  • Transforming the Idea into a Scenario
  • The Pre-Production of your Film
  • The actual Shooting
  • The editing of the final Film

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Alex Sofonea

Filmmaker & Web Developer


Hi, I'm Alex and I'm a filmmaker & web developer. I'm passionate about filmmaking, cinematography, VFX, and anything that is part of the filmmaking industry and web development & design, and I also want to teach that. So here will you find classes about Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Cinematography, and Design. I'm hosting also a YouTube channel with weekly filmmaking, cinematography, video editing & VFX tutorials.


Since I started, I searched a lot for tutorials, but all of them were long and boring. I want to change that. Here will you find short classes which invite you to practice. I will not bore you with theory because I learned from my own experience that, without practice, you will not learn anything.

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1. Intro: Film is not just via phase night shots or good sound design. If he's the story is the visual store which you can tell because the fear is the visual arts to tell a story. Hello, I'm Alice, I'm a filmmaker estimate. Over, in this class we are going to go in-depth on making a short film from the idea until the final product, we are going to go in-depth into the printing production, the actual shooting, and of course, the post-production. So join me and let's learn together how to make a short film from beginning to end. 2. Idea: Hello, I'm glad that you joined my place. In his first lesson, we are going to talk about the idea on which you will make your field. First of all, it's an idea to make the characters, to make the first detection with determines the characters to do something. To find this idea. Tried to watch a movie or maybe read the book. Because this is one of the most important parts of your shorts feeling this idea should make the audience want to see your movie out there who have these initial idea, need to start adding other things, other actions, other characters to your idea. After you have very small clue of what you want to have into your field, you need to make it using the three-act structure. The structure is the most known structure for a film scenario. What do you need for that is to make in the first state some actions that should determine the character to do something. In the second egg, there should be multiple actions and multiple clues to the main subject to help him find the solution. And in the third act, there should be some final bed and the final scene, which would be the most epic, the most interesting part of your fear. And then the film ends. This is the rig structure. After you met your idea into this structure, you can start making your scenario. Also, don't forget the most important part in the second act. There should be some changes. So character goes from good to the bedside after you have your scenario, give it to your family or maybe to a friend to see if, as example, in a comedy they laugh at your jokes to see if the audience would like your fill idea. After all this is done, we are going through the preproduction. 3. Pre Production: In the pre-production, need to think about the location where you are going to feel, but also about the gear that you should take with you on the actual shooting. First of all, the location, you need to think about the perfect location where you should feel. Also, think about the space for your gear for an other crew members which should be on the shooting so that you have enough space and enough room for placing every camera and every life. Also don't forget to check if there is allowed to film sampling there after read you in to try to find the perfect crew members. If you're not filming it alone to save the actors, have time. Or if you're feeling with your family or friends, then if there have time and that everyone can go to that location after you found the right place, everyone has time and also the weather for your story allows if time to find the right gear. First of all, the camera and the lens, you should say. But also try to get also a second lens because can have some problems or maybe you need a different focal length and the front aperture so that you have especially every type of lens which you can use. This goes also for microphones in lights because some decisions can be made right on the actual shooting and you need to be prepared for these. Also, don't forget the most important part which is the battery, every camera, every drone, light and so on, should have a fully charged battery to not have to wait until battery's fully charged and only then to waste the time all of the other crew members. And also one tip is to prepare your gear one day before the actual shooting so that you can be sure that every part of your camera, your batteries, microphones, lives, and so on, are perfectly put together. And also one extra tip. If you have an older game ball or an older camera, you use just for special shots into check if its function really well. And also for gamers and other things, try to recalibrate them before the actual shooting so that you don't waste time when you're filming to calibrate the gimbal or maybe see if something doesn't work. What you should also take his a letter which has an SD card reader so that you can see what your camera has captured. Because maybe you are unsure if there is too much noise or it's too dark or made way too bright. And you can't see exactly on the camera monitor, even if you have a bigger monitor on top of your cable. Now everything is prepared, the scenario, the gear, and the perfect timing. Now it's time to start shooting. 4. Shooting: And for the shooting, remember one thing, you should go a little bit before the actors. If you are dead men with the gear, because you should be prepared when they come to have more time to show. The most important thing is to take more food dish and you actually need, sometimes you can add more footage to make your film longer. You can edit into the intro or maybe outro and always there can be some place for dead part of footage. One tip is if you're having a drone and there is some outside walks without any dialogue or something. I did tried to make it from a drone to give different angles. Because if there isn't any speech, the audience can focus on other things which can again tell a story. And is you're filming with just one camera. Try to retake that action over and over again to have multiple angles, maybe multiple on multiple focal lengths, to have a variety of shots into the editing room. And now let's go into the editing room to see what we shot. 5. Post Production: Now we are getting into the postproduction, or like many says, the editing group here, you can add lots of creativity into our feeling because we have lots of freedom. If we shot some scenes on multiple angles, on multiple focal lengths, we have the creative choice on or by changing the focal length, by making your own edit and also by making the sound design. First of all, what I'm usually doing is to make a rough idea of the end. I'm also a labeling colors every shot that shows spatial sound design, some special effects, and so on. After that, I'm going through the film and I'm deleting every sound clip that I don't need. If there is an excerpt of that sound. If I'm creating fully or maybe if I'm making sound design, I'm always recording them separately so that I can delete almost the entire sound of the fear of, and I have just the video after it. I'm starting, depending on the field, maybe windy via effects or maybe the sound design. The effects are on the most important part of your film. Of course, the fields, not just a fill, just read USA, but you should remember then the second most important part in the film is the sound. You should pay very much attention. Usually when I'm making a bigger short film or maybe bigger Phil, I'm always making the sound designs on the speakers, on eggshells speakers because they have a much greater sound. It, I know if you are playing from my phone that they've quality we're not degree after. What I mentioned in by this is if I'm playing these clip on a high-end speaker, then there can be some sort of noise, some sort of things, some sort of errors that I didn't notice on my cheap earphones. So that's why I'm always making the sound design on better speaker so that I know that even if I'm playing again on better speakers or maybe if I'm playing on a phone, I have the best quality that I can get from the device. Sound designing, I'm making some folders because sometimes there are some sound effects which I'm going to use those in some other scenes. But after the sound design industry, the end also the effects. Now it's time for the color correcting. Here. If there is a smaller Filmer, small short films, something like that, then I'm just putting an adjustment layer over my footage and I'm co-locating directly on that. But if there isn't more important video, I'm usually making the color correction on every shot separately to get the perfect, great feeling. And also don't forget that through cooperating sound is via effect. You can tell your own story in the editing room. After all this is done, it's time for the intro animation and maybe the outro animation. These are very, very important because if you're not making them good enough, if they don't tell a story which your firm should be about, then you can the risk that the audience will be bored and we're not know about what will be your film dry through every thing to tell us, throw it to the color correction through the sound design, through the VFX and so on, not just through the video that was captured on the shooting. One of my biggest mistakes when I started out was that I made animations just for the sake that I make animations into my film, which isn't good. It will not tell a story about what will be my field. But the most important part is if you're even a camera guys, sound guy with lighting, or maybe in the editing room, you have your creative freedom. That's the most important part when you're making a short film. Everyone, every crew member should have their own creativity part into your short film. Because that's why I love making short films or maybe videos because there is a no creatively me to go and you're making films, animations, or sound design. There. You can go as creative as possible in every part of the filmmaking industry. And after all this is done, you can start exporting your film. What I'm usually doing these 2 first exported to 720 P so that I can show it to my family or maybe to some friends to see their feedback if they see any mistakes that I saw when I was editing to have enough time to make it again so that I can show the final probe direct only if it's perfect. 6. Outro: And now it came to the end of our class. Thank you so much for watching. I hope that you learned something new for the class project. Just make a shorten which respects that trig structure. There's a story through almost everything through the VFX. If you are using them through the sound design, through the camera movement, through everything you can. Because this is the most important part when you're making a fear to tell a story. Thank you so much for watching.