A compelling regional and historical study that transforms our understanding of film history, Amateur Movie Making demonstrates how amateur films and home movies stand as testaments to the creative lives of ordinary people, enriching our experience of art and the everyday. Here we encounter the lyrical and visually expressive qualities of films produced in New England between and and held in the collections of Northeast Historic Film, a moving image repository and study center that was established to collect, preserve, and interpret the audiovisual record of northern New England. Contributors from diverse backgrounds examine the visual aesthetics of these films while placing them in their social, political, and historical contexts.
Here at the National Science and Media Museum we have an amazing library of books and journals, most of which have been catalogued by a dedicated team of volunteers. When I asked our Associate Curator of Film, Toni Booth, about book and journal recommendations, she suggested I look at amateur film-making as a starting point. This turned out to be a great idea.
Here are five of the most useful filmmaking tips that should never be overlooked, no matter your current level of experience. A great sound editor who can make the final mix balance beautifully will also pay dividends in the long run. Same goes for any feedback you get from test screenings.
That's okay! Making mistakes is part of learning and becoming better -- which, if we're smart, we never stop doing. But, it's always nice to learn how to avoid pitfalls before its too late, which is where filmmaker Darious Britt comes in. He has compiled 15 common though not altogether obvious mistakes that filmmakers make when they first start out and not only gives examples to learn from, but he also offers some excellent wisdom on ways to fix them in the video below:.
Shooting is the process of gathering the building blocks for your movie. As you might imagine, this is a critical part of the movie-making process. Your movie can only be as good as the video you build it with.
At some point, everyone has imagined themselves acting on the big screen or working behind the scenes of a major motion picture. Just as amateurs in real life will attempt to make films using their friends and a camera, fictional characters also like to try their hand at film-making. Maybe they're entering a film contest or just having some fun.
With the advent of digital filmmaking and critical recognition of the relevance of self expression, first-person narratives, and personal practices of memorialization, interest in the amateur moving image has never been stronger. With contributions on the role of the archive, on YouTube, and on the impact of new technologies on amateur filmmaking, these essays offer the first comprehensive examination of this growing field. Patricia R.
I have updated this list to be more relevant to those reading it today. What is an "amateur" filmmaker? In times past, it was your dad, shooting home movies with his super 8 camera and then editing them in the garage with scissors and tape.
A clear plan of action You must be very clear as to what the subject of your film would be. This is a subject you must be familiar with to some extent, through reading, observing or watching something related to it in other films. It is important to find that niche as that will them give you the direction you must take when you start your research on it.