- Ten Lists of Ten Tips for Digital Filmakers &
Tips On Making Your Film Look More Professional on
By Karen Nedivi
an obvious giveaway that you're watching an entry
level, low-budget film when the sound is horrible
or even just noticeable, the actors are semi-professional,
the sets are obviously sets, and the camera work and
editing is a mess. The following tips will help any
film look more professional without throwing a lot
of money at your shortcomings.
Real people. Until you have the money to pay a
professional actor for their time, you might as well
use real people with an interesting look and character.
Write your story based on that person and then they
don't have to act, but just be themselves.
Real locations. I have seen too many student shorts
in my film school days spend so much time building
a set and lighting it from scratch, running around
like a bunch of wannabe professionals. The result
is a location that doesn't look real and distracts
the audience from the story. Use locations you already
have access to and write your story with them in mind.
Sound. If you notice the sound, it's bad. There
really is no way to get around this one. Sound is
important. Hopefully, you don't have too much dialogue
and there is a good music score you can overlay, cause
recording sound and mixing is important. If you can't
get good sound, you might want to consider making
it a silent film.
Create your own style. Pick something that will
make your film stand out and go with it. You don't
need a ton of money to make your film have style,
you just have to stick with one idea and use it the
whole time. A mistake is something that happens only
once. A theme is something that happens many times.
Turn a negative into a positive. Don't have a
tripod, go Blair Witch Project or Dogme 95.
Don't have a D.P, use natural light and shoot at the
most beautiful time of the day. Don't make it obvious
that you couldn't afford what you want.