Watch: Quick Tips for Creating Better Films and Videos

By V Renée

You want to become a better filmmaker, but where do you start?

We all want to make better films and videos but knowing what to do (or what to do differently) can be difficult if you’re just starting out. In this video, Tobias Gleissenberger of Surfaced Studio shares five tips on how to improve several important filmmaking skills, including lighting, camera movement, and adding a subtle color grade to make your projects look more professional and cinematic. Check it out below:

It’s all about light

Good lighting is the key to achieving the “film look.” If you have poor lighting, your footage is going to turn out dark, grainy, and sloppy, so be sure to get yourself some lights. They don’t have to be super expensive—these days even pocket-sized LEDs are powerful and effective enough to light a scene with.

Go manual

It might be tempting to let your camera do all the work when you’re not really sure how to handle your camera or expose a shot, but you should really always shoot in manual mode. That means adjusting your settings to fit the needs of your shot, including the shutter speed, ISO, and aperture.

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From:: No Film School