Media Production Mentoring

Free online film school designed with beginning filmmakers in mind.


Assignment 9: Run and Gun

Purpose: To begin to figure out how to use your equipment as efficiently as possible.

Basis: You can spend a ton of time fiddling with your camera, lights, and shots. The time for that is not now. This is about telling your story, not getting an Oscar.

Directions: Shoot your movie. If you have lights you may use them, but you really don't have to. In fact, it may be a good idea not to. You'll spend time working on lighting a set later. Right now the goal is to get your film shot. Do it as quickly as possible. Your storyboards should help you get the shots you want quickly. If they don't help, why didn't they? When you've finished filming, dump your footage onto your computer.

Remember to thank your actors, crew, and anyone who helped you or gave you snacks or access to their barn.

Looking Forward: Post-production starts soon.

What to Watch: "Extreme Parkour and Freerunning" Nothing like picking up your camera and shooting your crazy friend doing crazy stuff. This film is way too long, but you get a feel for "raw" production.


Unknown said...

Why is the video on the end not available to watch?

Luke Holzmann said...

Hmm... the link to the next video works. But the link to the blog is not. I may get that working at some point. But for now, the link is here: