It’s easy to dream about becoming a filmmaker, but traditional film school can be exorbitantly expensive. Luckily, we live in a time when the technology for creating cinema is rapidly democratizing.
Pre-production software like Celtx can be downloaded for free and used to organize your screenplay, storyboards, and shot-list. It’s likely that the camera on your cell phone is powerful enough to shoot a feature-length film (see: Tangerine or Night Fishing). And if not, DSLR cameras are cheaper than ever. Even editing and visual effects programs have become more accessible, like Adobe’s subscription-based Creative Cloud and its Premiere and After Effects applications.
But having the right tools doesn’t necessarily make a budding filmmaker great. After all, film is a fusion of craft, technique, technology, and artistry.
You can never truly replace the mentoring relationship of film professor and film student, but there are thousands of high-quality tutorials on YouTube that teach the basics of storytelling, camera angles, editing techniques, and beyond.
We’ve assembled a collection of such videos into what we call “YouTube Film School.” There’s always more to learn, but these clips provide a great foundation for budding filmmakers.
Don’t wait any longer to be a filmmaker. Start your camera rolling and let your creativity (and our YouTube Film School) be your guide.
8 Tips for Screenwriting by D4Darious
How to Storyboard & Schedule Your Film by Film Riot
Camera Angles and Movement
Basic Camera Shots for Filmmaking by Martin Curley
Filmmaking 101 – Three Point Lighting by DiCasaFilm
Lenses to Use for DSLR Filmmaking by UglyMcGregor
Live Sound Recording
Sound Recording Tutorial by George Black
The Psychology of Film Editing by Julian Melanson
Post-Production Sound Design
The Fundamentals of Sound in Post-Production by Filmmaker IQ
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