Hey guys! Today I’m going to be sharing something that I may regret later on!
It’s a little embarrassing but what I’m sharing with you is– kiiinda –my first short film.
Now, the reason I say “kinda” is because back when we made it, I wasn’t intentionally going for a short, we just started shooting with no idea on where it was going, but as we kept working on it, it started building itself into something. It was made almost 3 years ago and of course, nothing’s perfect, it has flaws, things about it that I see now and I totally regret doing or just wish that I did differently– but that’s part of it, that’s how you grow and learn, it’s normal. On the flip-side, there are some things that I really do love about it, though I won’t talk about it here… I’ll just let you guys watch it yourselves.
It ended up being a 12 minute video, that when I look at it now, it could pass on as a short.
So that’s why I say “kinda”, because it looks and feels like a short, but it wasn’t intentional.
I accidentally made my first short film…
Today I’m going to be sharing with you guys some of my favorite internet sources of education for video-making.
First of all, just want to clarify that these are not mentioned in order of preference and that there are plenty of other good learning sources besides these ones — But these are usually the ones I follow/like the most. Let’s begin!
- DSLR Guide
Hosted by Simon Cade, this Youtube channel teaches you the basics of film-making. The thing I love about DSLR Guide is how Simon (the host) explains things to the audience, he has a very deep and philosophical way of expressing what film-making is. The more recent episodes are so well written, shot and edited that it almost has a short feel vibe. Plus, I’m 19, Simon is like 2 years younger than me and he has been the youngest person that I look up to….. younger than me! That’s weird! (in a good way)
- Good. (Podcast) Now this one is not a channel, but a podcast. The Good podcast is hosted by Christian Shultz and Jared Hogan and it’s all about having chill, laid-back conversations with directors, cinematographers, editors, etc. If you’re into film-making, you’ll love hearing their stories on how they got to where they are right now. It shows you that it doesn’t matter how pro someone is, they’ve probably also been through relatable moments of struggle. This brings a lot of inspiration.
- Video Copilot If you’re into some VFX and want to start diving into After Effects, I present to you Video Copilot hosted by Andrew Kramer. Kramer has been told he is the Godfather of After Effects. The work that he does is amazing and I totally recommend checking his AE beginner tutorials. There’s a Youtube channel but I prefer going to the website: videocopilot.net.
- Rocket Jump Film School
If you’re a Youtube veteran, you might of heard the name “freddiew”, yes, that crazy guy with all action videos with explosions and tons of guns… ah memories.
Anyways, Rocket Jump is now the channel’s name and it’s way bigger than before. They keep doing the same awesome sketches, but that’s just for entertainment. Rocket Jump Film School is their other channel and it’s all about learning film techniques, tutorials, tips and tricks, film commentaries, etc.. Each episode is very well explained and aimed for film-learners at any level, from beginner to advanced.
- Film Riot
Remember when I said at the beginning that this list had no order of preference? Well, that’s true, except for this one! Saving the best for last! Film Riot!
If you’re studying film and you haven’t heard of Film Riot, I need you to come out of that cave you’ve been living in for the last few years and go watch this show. Film Riot is a how-to trip through film-making from the hyper-active mind of Ryan Connolly. I’ve been watching Film Riot since they started, back when I was 12 years old, and ever since I stumbled upon them, it’s been an amazing ride. The show is filled with DIY goodies, vfx tutorials, camera tricks, BTS content, lighting and much more. You’ll never get bored watching it, the mix of education with entertainment is fantastic. They have inspired me deeply and I owe them a huge thanks.
A few film set slang words you may hear if you’re ever on a film set.
Starting off in After Effects? Want to learn a really cool and easy effect you can do at home? How about cloning yourself?
This is a quick and simple, basic tutorial on how to do one of the very first things I ever learned in After Effects. Today we learn how to do some cloning. Note: This is not recommended to the “After Effects veterans” audience, as it is aimed for beginners starting with the program. Enjoy.