The past few years have seen a noticeable increase in the number of amateur film makers; this can be attributed to the advancements in technology and the growth of social media such as YouTube, which provides a platform for anyone to post and share their videos online. Furthermore, technological innovations have also provided tools for amateur film makers to help them create videos and films of higher quality than previously possible. Tools and technology that were once only accessible to professional film makers are now in the hands of amateurs as well. Let us take a look at the tools that are used by amateur film makers and the things you need when creating amateur films.
The basic requirement is of course a good DSLR camera. The best brands of DSLR cameras include Canon, Panasonic and Nikon. While it is important to obtain a good camera, make sure that you leave enough money to spend on other aspects of the film as the camera is just one of the many things you will need.
Drone filming is an innovation in filming that is utilized by professionals and amateurs alike. Drones are fitted with cameras and can be flown to and fro to capture amazing bird’s eye view shots. Scenes captured in this way will add to the quality and professionalism of an amateur film.
Some of the best drones on the market are 3DR drones; 3DR also provides other complementary tools to facilitate drone filming such as the 3DR backpack, which was created to make the transportation and set up of drones easy and efficient.
You will need a microphone to allow you capture the sounds in the video clearly; often it is insufficient to simply rely on the microphone in your camera to pick up the sounds with precision. Popular brands of microphones include Sennheiser, Rode, Micron and Sanken.
Slider equipment will allow you to film various angles smoothly and thus help you to prevent your recordings from turning out shaky. This will add significantly to the professionalism of your film as well.
Getting Your Crew Together
Film making is something that you will be hard-pressed to accomplish alone; while it is possible to capture basic videos by yourself, to create more complex films and videos you will require the help of others. You would then need to get a crew together; perhaps you can find other amateur film makers and ask them to help you in return for giving them a hand with their movies or you could recruit the help of your family and friends.