Have you ever tried to shoot an interesting scene but it comes out looking like a terrible Vine shot on someone’s iPhone 4? Making a film isn’t easy, and making sure it doesn’t look like garbage is even harder. But it isn’t impossible. Don’t settle for less than your vision. Here are a few tips for making your amateur film look more professional.
Having high-quality equipment is a no-brainer if you want your movie to look good. Not everyone can afford professional equipment but there are a few things you shouldn’t skimp on.
Bad sound is distracting, and can really ruin the entire movie-watching experience. The microphone on your recording device is probably not going to be up to snuff if you want good quality sound. Rent a professional mic for the duration of your shoot. They’re surprisingly cheap to rent, and will make a huge difference to your sound quality.
Unless you’re making another Blair Witch sequel you probably want to keep your camera steady. Invest in a tripod to avoid the shaky cam look. You can also search for tutorials online that tell you how to make different kinds of camera rigs for cars and other spaces in which it may be difficult to film.
First, match the lighting to the genre of film you’re making. Horrors don’t take place on sunny streets and well-lit buildings. Before anything else your lighting will set the tone for your film so be aware of what you’re shooting, how its lit, and whether it gels with the genre of film you’re trying to create.