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I've been really intrested in making movies, but i need some ideas. i would give everybody full credit. Answered

I use imovie but would be willing to use a different program. i love using effects and everything so if i could get some ideas that would be great.
thanks,
amandel

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canucksgirl

7 years ago

Start with the kinds of movies YOU like watching... that will help you in finding a theme or genre to film on. There are just too many possibilities to list, so you have to think about the end product and what you'd enjoy. Effects are fun and nice in the right situation, but don't just focus on that in making your movie.

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canucksgirlamandel

Answer 7 years ago

You're welcome. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask. ;)

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rickharris

7 years ago

Plan! in movie making this is called story boarding.

Each scene is drawn roughly to show the shot. This continues until the movie is finished. You can then play with the scenes getting the order right etc.

Then you just get the scenery and actors together and shoot each scene and out them together.

As a suggestion download the free program CELESTIA for Mac or windows and you can use that to create suitable backdrops for your own 2001

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thegeeke

7 years ago

Well... I'm not too good at writing the story lines, so I will not attempt to give you advice on that. However, I do know from experience that you should not center your whole story around some special effect you have, or music you are using, etc. It will not look good in the end. If you are looking for a good video editing suite, cyber link PowerDirector is a nice program for the money (around $80 U.S.), but it also doesn't work on a Mac. I have to be honest here, my main job is in IT, but I do AV on the side. I really know how to work with both windows and macs. If you know how to configure Windows and Mac the right way, Windows will actually run better than a Mac. Right out of the box, specs to specs, a Mac will run better, however, make sure to consider the fact that if you spend the same amount of money on a Windows that you do on a Mac, you will get a whole lot more computer for your money. No matter which way you go, make sure to get at LEAST 8 GB. Of RAM. Anyway, back to software, although PowerDirector is great as an all around program, and I use it for most of my editing, it doesn't do everything. For special effects, use Adobe After Effects. If you get a Mac and need an all around program (after effects isn't practical for anything other than special effects), use either Adobe Primire, or Sony Vagas. Another good program suite is made by Avid, but I haven't used it that much, so I can't tell you about it.

For camera work:
Learn the rule of thirds, depth of focus, rack focusing, etc.
Make sure all of your cameras are color calibrated, of possible use a single source time code, otherwise use a clapper board for syncing later. It will make your job a whole lot easier.

Also look at your local community college to see what kind of movie production program they offer. (I know mine has a really nice one)

Let me know if you have any questions, I would be happy to help! (You can also check out my audio instructables). Good luck! :)

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Kadoodle

7 years ago

Every good film starts with a good script, you can make a bad film from a great script, but you can't make a great film from a bad script. Any idea no matter how stupid can still be a good story if developed well.

Read Syd Field's "Screenwriters Handbook", it will teach you a lot about writing scripts (you need to know the rules before you can break them)

Then whilst making/planning for your film, get different books out to help you along the way; e.g. whilst doing the cinematography/ shots list, read a book on cinematography alongside.

Never used imovie, but you can edit a film in pretty much anything (read Walter Murch's "In the Blink of an Eye", he talks about editing and why it works pyschologically). For effects After Effects is pretty good, and I like to edit in Premiere pro (I find it more flexible than Final Cut), but whatever you find comfortable should suffice.

Remember, film is a collaborative process, get people to read over your scripts, and always do test screenings, you may get the story but your viewers may not.

Not going to lie, your first film will probably be crap, but that's ok, it's a learning process, you'll get better if you stick at it.

And finally, never pursue a film you are not passionate about, you won't give it your all and your end product will show that. Have a vision, and make it a reality (on screen anyway).

Good Luck : )

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framistan

7 years ago

Instead of trying to make a "movie", think in terms of "i want to tell a story." What kinds of stories do you know that you can tell? Maybe you live somewhere near something interesting that others will never see. For example, I live near the state of Illinois where there is a park called Piasa park. so named because of the legend of the Piasa bird that lived there that used to carry off indians and eat them! What do YOU live nearby that I never heard of here in St. Louis Missouri? Tell a story about that. I also suggest getting a book written in 1986 by Milo O. Frank, titled,"How to get your point across in 30 seconds or less." This will help you tell your story in little 30 second pieces to help hold the interest of the viewer.

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