/r/Filmmakers

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Filmmakers, directors, cinematographers, editors, vfx gurus, composers, sound people, grips, electrics, and more meet to share their work, tips, tutorials, and experiences. A place where professionals and amateurs alike unite to discuss the field and help each other.

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Rules

  1. Please treat all users with respect and politeness.
  2. If submitting a film, trailer, or other creative content, you must select the "FILM" flair and include a submission statement (a comment on your post) elaborating on the following:

If you are seeking advice or feedback, explain what it is you need help with, whether that's lighting, cinematography, audio, editing, or something else entirely. There are many aspects to filmmaking, so specifying what you want people to focus on will get you better results than simply asking for general feedback. It may also help if you provide some of your own thoughts on your work, such as what you see as your strengths or areas of improvement and why.

If sharing your work and not seeking advice, your post must serve an educational purpose for the rest of the community. Outline your involvement in the project and provide some insight on how it was made. For example, you can detail lighting setups, explain how a particularly complex shot was achieved, or go over any setbacks that hit production and what you did to overcome them.

All submission statements must be at least 100 characters in length and be submitted within 30 minutes of submitting your post. Please remember that simply posting your film or page for views or subscriptions is not allowed.

  • No Travel Videos or V-Log videos are allowed. Try /r/videography instead!

  • Please flair your posts correctly.

  • Piracy or advocacy of piracy is not tolerated

  • About Us

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    • /r/Filmmakers is a place to meet, share work, tips, tutorials, and experiences in the field. Professionals and amateurs alike unite to discuss the world of filmmaking.

    • This is a place to learn from and share with professionals. In this spirit we encourage detailed and insightful posts, comments, and discussions on the Cinema Arts. Try to enlighten.

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    On professional sets, do actors have the entire script with them, or just the day's sides?

    Hey all, I'm currently writing a feature which takes place on a film set. Does anyone know whether, on professional sets, actors have the entire script with them at any given time, or just the day's sides?

    Thanks in advance.

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    2024/05/17
    12:29 UTC

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    Filmed all in one room, Friend of mine made a short film about a drug deal gone wrong. [12:27]

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    2024/05/17
    10:29 UTC

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    Little tight on budget, so got this prop Glock pistol for $15, spray painted it black, planning to make a short action film, is this realistic enough to be used in a short film?

    12 Comments
    2024/05/17
    08:16 UTC

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    Question about retroactive credits on short film

    I Directed a short film last year, and also acted as Exec Producer, providing and investing a third of the production budget.

    Since this, I have formed a new production company, which wasn’t around when shooting the film. I aim to get this prod co off the ground properly in 2025.

    The short film is currently in the film festival circuit, and hasn’t yet premiered or screened, nor have any trailers released.

    Can I retroactively credit and insert my new production company name as a co partner in this short film, seeing as I Exec Produced it? Or is this too late?

    4 Comments
    2024/05/17
    08:10 UTC

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    First indie film

    Hi, I am short film director. I’m currently in Saskatchewan, Canada. I’ve only done 2 short films. I am planning to shoot another short film this week. I’m not very tech savvy and I do all the work alone from writing, directing, editing and sound mixing. It’s because I’m in a different country and I don’t have money to invest in this. I always use my iPhone to shoot and CapCut to edit.

    Today I decided that I’m gonna make a feature film using iPhone. My inspiration is “the following “ by Nolan. A movie like that is not gonna cost me a lot and I can do it with a few actors. I need advice on how to do this. My biggest issue is sound quality, audio mixing and dubbing. Since I’m not very good at editing I use the audio in the video.

    How do I overcome these challenges? What should I do ? What are the other challenges that I should be ready for ? How can I make the audio better?

    Please advise.

    Thank you.

    1 Comment
    2024/05/17
    07:57 UTC

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    Advices on Applying to Short Film Fund/Grant

    Seemed like a very good way to get money — but anytime there is one available, there will be A LOT of people applying. Usually they require a script, pitch desk and past work samples. How do I stand out?

    1 Comment
    2024/05/17
    07:17 UTC

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    How to become a director?

    I'm 37 years old, I have been working in completely different field. I'm considering retirement at 40, so just a couple more years, then I think I'd like to pursue my dream, becoming a director. I just can't stand working for money anymore. I want to do something that gives me excitement.

    There has been always an inner desire to create a movie or TV series when I watch good ones.

    Just wanting to be a director without any knowledge or experience sounds like daydreaming but you gain nothing without trying, so I'd like to at least try.

    Do I go to school? I don't think any production would hire me for a position where I can learn directing while working. I live in Vancouver, Canada. I think there are some productions, but I'm completely clueless.

    If you were in my position, at age 40, have nothing but the passion. How would you start?

    12 Comments
    2024/05/17
    06:58 UTC

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    Lav mic + Hairy chest (Removal Techniques)

    Ok. So I commited a cardinal sin of filmmaking and left my thick flesh-colored medical tape at home on the day of a shoot.

    No “Sandwich” was made.

    Hair rubbing all over the Lav mic.

    Luckily I got what I needed, but I’m curious if anyone knows of any techniques or tricks to remove the DREADED chest hair rubbing on a Lav mic.

    Just in case I make this mistake again and need to remove in post.

    Thanks.

    1 Comment
    2024/05/17
    06:49 UTC

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    Drone to film smooth interior shots ?

    I'm not at all up-to-date on the drone market new capabilities. Is it possible to mount a camera on a stabilized drone to get very smooth footage a cam op wouldn't be able to get with a standard gimbal ? And is it be possible to record absolute fly paths that the machine would be able to reproduce accurately with the press of a button ? So, a combo of : mounting your own camera on it, the footage being stabilized, and the ability to pre-record moves in rehearsals, so that on the day you just have to press 1 button and it follows the exact paths you recorded (for a long one-take sequence shot for example, in coordination with the actors movements being pre-planned)

    4 Comments
    2024/05/17
    06:47 UTC

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    How Hollywood films writer decide film set year?

    Like Avatar (2009) is set in AD 2154, Alien (1979) in AD 2122, Prey (2022) in AD 1719.

    How they come up with a particular set year?

    3 Comments
    2024/05/17
    05:17 UTC

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    not happy with my work

    i've been filmmaking for about a year and a half now and i really find it hard to be even slightly proud about what i create. i'm not getting the quality or look i want in my films and i can't find any tutorials on what i need to do to improve in places i lack in. i find it so hard to find information that is actually helpful to help me get the look that i want. i guess what i'm getting at is i need help i've got no clue what i'm doing wrong and i want to get to the next step instead of being stuck in a rut. any response is greatly appreciated, thank you.

    0 Comments
    2024/05/17
    05:13 UTC

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    Florida's Bigfoot: An Expedition with the #1 Skunk Ape Expert (In the Field: Episode IV)

    Hello everyone! This is a short film/mocumentary about the illusive Florida skunk ape, a mythical Bigfoot-like creature which allegedly lurks within the Florida Everglades. It’s a bit goofy and a little bit off the wall, but feel free to check it out if it peaks your interest! 🙏

    1 Comment
    2024/05/17
    04:31 UTC

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    A recent short film that i made

    Hey Folks, here's a recent horror Short film that i made. Do watch it and lemme know your reviews on it.

    1 Comment
    2024/05/17
    04:22 UTC

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    What Should I do About my Last Name as a Filmmaker?

    Right off the bat, my last name is Hickey. And I really don't like the fact my last name is known as a neck bruise. Another thing is my name is already the name of a singer, so I'd like to avoid confusion. I ultimately feel like people wouldn't take my stuff seriously with my last name. I've asked a few people if I should use my last name and they all said that I shouldn't as people wont take it serious/ make a joke out of it.

    I've considered legally changing my name, but there's two major things that make me so no to this:

    1.) In my state, I legally have to publish my name change in 2 newspapers. Which is like a humungous "Hell no" from me because of privacy (Don't want people knowing where I live). Not to mention anyone can object to it just to be an ass.

    2.) My last name is a big part of me, In a way it wouldn't feel right to me.

    I seem to have 2 options.

    1.) Leave my name as is.

    2.) Use a stage name, preferably one starting with H, of European origin.

    What do you guys think? Should I leave my name as is, or use a similar name? What are your suggestions?

    29 Comments
    2024/05/17
    04:02 UTC

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    Safety of Insect Fogger with Fog Liquid?

    I'm going to be shooting a student film in the forest, I wanted that hazy/foggy "cinematic" look but am on obviously quite a tight budget and can't get those high-end expensive fog machines for outdoors. I saw many recommendations of using an insect fogger with fog liquid/mineral oil that had quite effective footage and seemed a pretty cheap solution.

    In every recommendation no one talked about the safety of it. I'm an idiot and don't know anything about the science and was just worried since the insect fogger is propane powered and it is in a forest afterall.

    Is it safe to use fog liquid in an insect fogger? Are there certain fog liquids that I should avoid/would be a fire hazard with a propane powered insect fogger? Is mineral oil safer? Should I keep anything in mind while operating the insect fogger like not turning it up too high?

    Also worried about the safety of inhaling vaporized mineral oil or baby oil. Seems potentially toxic?

    I'm sure it's fine since so many people seemed to have done it, but I don't want to accidentally overlook something and end up burning down a forest because of Film YouTuber recommendations and my stupidity lol. Thanks!

    0 Comments
    2024/05/17
    03:55 UTC

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    Should I move?

    I live in Sydney, Australia and I’m trying to break into the film industry, hoping to write and direct stuff. I write in my spare time and I’m trying to get more experience as a runner, PA, or any random position on set wherever I can, but I’m finding it difficult to find work or even unpaid jobs.

    I know there is work in Sydney and the industry is difficult to get into no matter where you are, but I’ve thought that I’d probably end up working in the US at some point or another anyway. Should I just move there and get it over and done with or build experience and repertoire here and then move in a few years if I have to?

    23 Comments
    2024/05/17
    02:13 UTC

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    2024/05/17
    01:43 UTC

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    Suggestions for professional looking film production company logo design?

    I'm struggling to find anything that looks like it could be used for a film production company on Fiverr... Everything looks like video game design or for twitch. I'm curious if anyone has someone they've gone through that they're happy with?

    2 Comments
    2024/05/17
    01:42 UTC

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    Anyone else here went to USC? If so, what should I do to maximize my time here

    Hey yall, wanted to know and chat to any USC alum here that graduated. Would love for some insight on how they spent their time here to become a better filmmaker and how it helped them throughout their career. For background info im a current sophomore studying film and TV production.

    2 Comments
    2024/05/17
    01:38 UTC

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    Looking for an affordable camcorder with a 80s-90s vintage look

    Title says it all! Looking for a camcorder that will give me an 80s/90s grainy feel. I know I could edit that in in post but don't really have time for that as this is really just for home videos and films that I want to put together over time for my family. Something about the 90s grainy look makes it so much more nostalgic for me. Any advice here would help me greatly!

    3 Comments
    2024/05/17
    00:34 UTC

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    Help improve my spec ad.

    I made this 3 x 30s spec ad and I'd love to get some feedback. Especially if there's anything I can do with graphics, grade, or online touches that you feel would improve it? The brand offers study courses. https://vimeo.com/931265868

    1 Comment
    2024/05/17
    00:10 UTC

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    Movies with similar looks to Jordan Peele’s “Nope”

    I’m gearing up to produce a short that takes place in the middle of New Mexico and I’m looking for visual references that look like Jordan Peele’s “Nope” both for daytime and nighttime shooting. What other movies kind of look like that?

    12 Comments
    2024/05/17
    00:06 UTC

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    Best way to keep an apple box from slipping on marble?

    Title, basically. I need to elevate an subject for a medium shot on a marble staircase, with their hand on the railing. The problem is, the railing was rebuilt to be higher, and the subject looks too short. A full apple in LA would be perfect, but I obviously don't want to risk them taking a fall if it slips on the stair. What's the best way to keep the apple box from slipping on the marble? I was thinking something like this would work? Thanks!

    12 Comments
    2024/05/16
    22:34 UTC

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    How would crew prefer to be trained on their timecards and start paperwork software?

    Hi everyone, I work for an entertainment payroll company and am in charge of creating learning content on our software that provides crew members their start paperwork and timecard creation.

    As a former crew member, I know it's an insanely tough job that can take up to 16 hours of your day. Learning how to submit your timecard is the last thing you want to do at the end of your day.

    So, in hopes of making our learning content better for you, how would you prefer to learn about it?

    • Text based content
    • Video based content
    • Webinar based
    • In person, instructor led training
    • Any others you can think of?
    5 Comments
    2024/05/16
    21:26 UTC

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    Newbie Framing/Shot Problem (please be gentle lol)

    Hey all, I’m new to the group, and also new to production in general. So my situation might be slightly unique: I’m starting to shoot some skits with a few local actors/actresses, but I’m also am going to be in the videos as well. For now just tripoding a few cameras. I do some story boarding, and also look at other videos, and stills for the angles, and shots I want, but my big problem is that when I go to actually set up the shot I can never seem to get the framing how I want it. So two questions:

    1. Is this and common problem for new producers, and directors?

    2. any tips, and tricks to help, improve with this?

    Thanks in advance!

    2 Comments
    2024/05/16
    21:05 UTC

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    Short Film set in a mental health hospital (Ward) and tips

    Hello everyone! I'm new around here but I am desperetly neeading help with an upcoming short film I need to make for a film festival, and I need a few tips since i'm new in all of this.

    1. My short film will be set in a ward or mental health hospital, I was wondering how that works, do I call a mental health hospital in my area and ask for a pr to get permission? Is it affordable? (it's a low-budget film)

    2. What cameras do you reccomend to shoot? tripods? mics? lights? other tech I need to know about.

    3. Is there a website or software I can use to help me make my script?

    4. Any editing apps or websites reccomendations for editing? and where can get music that will not get me copyrighted?

    Lastly, I would like to note that since it is a festival competion both time and money are limited, I have a budget of $700 in which i have to pay 150 for the festival, I greatly appreciate your time and tips!

    Best of luck to my other fellow filmmakers.

    1 Comment
    2024/05/16
    20:41 UTC

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    Is film school even worth it if I can get it for free?

    I have the GI bill from being in the military and it will completely pay for me to go to the New York Film Academy and many other schools around the country. I have been shooting films for many years now and have a YouTube channel. I know that it’s my future and want to continue developing my skills constantly. I’ve always known that film school is not necessary to become a filmmaker but since I can get in for free would it even be worth it? Or should I spend most of my time continuing making independent films?

    83 Comments
    2024/05/16
    20:32 UTC

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    James Jackson Leach on how to raise money for feature films

    12 Comments
    2024/05/16
    20:18 UTC

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