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Filmmaking 101: Getting Started

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There are many different ways to make a film, and no single approach is right for every project. However, there are some basic principles that all filmmakers should be familiar with. This handbook is designed to provide an overview of the filmmaking process, from development and pre-production through post-production and distribution. Whether you’re just getting started in filmmaking or you’re an experienced director, this handbook will help you develop a strong foundation in the art and science of filmmaking. So let’s get started!

This guide is for filmmakers

That statement may seem obvious, but nowadays there is a broad spectrum of people making some form of motion picture (video) content. These range from creators making YouTube posts or TikTok shorts to an instructor creating an online course and thousands of other options in between. All of these are valid artistic endeavors and many of them will utilize the same or similar tools as the traditional filmmaker.

However, this particular guide has been specifically created for filmmakers, and in particular, low-budget independent filmmakers at that. If you’re working with a big studio on a Hollywood blockbuster, you probably don’t need this guide, you have people around you that can provide you with all that you need to know. But if you’re shooting a no-budget short film or a micro-budget feature, then this guide is definitely for you.

Hopefully, there will be sections that will be useful to all creators, but the specific techniques and reasons for employing them will be specific to the feature film production process. And even if you’re a seasoned filmmaker we have up-to-date relevant content that can provide you with the best gear for your next project.

History and Hollywood for Context

As we journey through the filmmaking process we’ll touch on the standard operating procedures employed by large studio productions. It’s important to understand where these methods come from and how they’ve developed over time. This understanding will help you make informed decisions about the techniques you use on your own projects.

It’s also worth mentioning that there are many different ways to make a film, and no single approach is right for every project. The methods outlined in this guide are meant to be a starting point, not a rulebook. Feel free to experiment and find what works best for you and your team.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s jump in with a look at the different types of film production.

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