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We recommend you follow our suggestions, before you start a profile, to help you create a more successful project.

Choose a script

1. This is pretty much a must have before you can begin.

2. Read through it until you know the story backwards and forwards.

3. Look at the characters and try to understand their roles in the story. Put yourself in their shoes.

4. Storyboard the shots and sequences for yourself, your crew and actors. This will help everyone to actually see your vision.

Actor's Performances

1. Help the actors in practice and make sure they feel comfortable with you. Or, if you are the main character, don't be afraid to do several takes until you feel it is right.

2. Go over awkward or odd lines until they are comfortable.

Camera Angles

The camera angles can mean a huge difference in creating a moment.

1. Balance your angles. Don't be too creative in your first couple of movies; you don't want to (lose) your audience.

2. Know the different ways to create different shots.

  • High-Angle Shot
  • Low-Angle Shot
  • Bird's-eye view
  • Worm's-eye view
  • Neutral Shot
  • Point of View Shot

3. Don't forget some of the basic shots.

  • Wide angle - good for letting the audience see surroundings, getting a sense of time and space where story is situated (also called Establishing Shot)
  • Medium - good for seeing a group
  • Close-up - Good for seeing an expression or detail of a key element or prop.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

- Robert Frost

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