Filmmaking on a Budget: Tips for Achieving a Cinematic Look | Simon Cade | Skillshare

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Simon Cade, Filmmaker, Producer

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20 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:11
    • 2. Equipment

      0:53
    • 3. Frame Rate & Shutter Speed

      1:43
    • 4. Aperture & ISO

      1:38
    • 5. White Balance

      1:25
    • 6. Smartphone Settings

      0:56
    • 7. Optical Stabilisation

      1:14
    • 8. Basic Camerawork

      1:43
    • 9. Adding Depth

      1:35
    • 10. Focal Length

      2:04
    • 11. What's Around the Camera?

      1:00
    • 12. Getting Location Permission

      1:26
    • 13. Props & Costumes

      2:15
    • 14. Camera Movement

      2:18
    • 15. Using Natural Light

      1:51
    • 16. Motivated Light

      0:48
    • 17. Light Direction

      0:58
    • 18. Light Quality

      2:22
    • 19. Light Color

      1:36
    • 20. Wrapping Up

      1:04
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About This Class

Want to create beautiful, cinematic looking videos without breaking the bank?

This course is about using the equipment you have – whether it’s a brand new mirrorless camera, an old camcorder, or your smartphone – to create a professional, cinematic look.

In this practical 30-minute class, you’ll learn the technical and creative steps required to film well-composed, immersive videos that get that Hollywood-look on a budget. 

The key lessons include:

  • Setting up your camera for the classic cinematic look
  • Achieving great-looking footage with natural light 
  • How to inexpensively DIY your lighting 
  • Choosing the right location and props on a tight budget
  • How to add depth and life to your shots 

Simon Cade is a filmmaker with over a decade of experience in shooting documentaries, short films, and branded content. He started his career by filming on a tight budget and still believes in smart, budget-friendly filmmaking. 

By the end of this course, you’ll be shooting cinematic footage that looks and feels like the real thing!