Low Budget Filmmaking — Tips and Tricks for an Indie Look

Matty Brown, Filmmaker

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6 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Introduction

      3:27
    • 2. Shooting: Experimental In-Camera Effects

      6:53
    • 3. Editing: Painting the Picture

      11:19
    • 4. Staying Inspired

      4:14
    • 5. Sample Project: "I See You"

      1:06
    • 6. Conclusion

      1:41
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Project Description

Shoot a 1-minute emotion piece from your walk to the coffee shop.

ASSIGNMENT

Your assignment is to create a short video that conveys an emotion.

In the class video, I'll be taking a walk to the coffee shop and shooting for an hour or so, then editing the clips together.

Feel free to shoot your video in any place that's near you. The main thing I'd love for you to experiment with is getting creative with how you shoot it. Explore some of the in-camera techniques I share in the class, try out new things, capture the seemingly mundane little details of life (you can always use them as transitions later), and have fun! 

 

DELIVERABLE

Upload your video to Vimeo or YouTube and embed it in your Project Workspace

I'm excited to see what you capture! 

 

RESOURCES

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Inspiration

  • Look Up At The Stars, Portugal! – One of the first times I really experimented with camera movement and techniques, in-camera effects, and creating a specific feeling (nostalgia).
  • The Piano – One of the first times I tried a more narrative and constrained approach. Lots of in camera effects and experimentation with that piece as well. Plus, making a scary piece with something that isn't inherently scary was a blast!
  • BIPOLAND – An interesting project because I tried to capture the contrast between the sadness and the happy excitement. If you can find two opposite emotions for your piece, explore that!

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