One of my favourite YouTube channels when it comes to film making is D4Darious. I’ve been following him for about a year now and I would have to say his videos have helped me more than any other channels. Not because of how he delivers his content which he’s also good at but the type of content he provides. His content focuses more on filmmakers who want to create shorts\features which is where I fall in.
In the video above, D4Darious talks about how to create a cinematic sequence. Sequences use multiple type of shots for an event. Such as a wide, medium and close up shot.
Another tip D4Darious mentions is using different lens. Understanding lens is important. Use a wide lens for a wide shot. Use a 50mm for close ups. Use a macro lens for extreme closeups and inserts.
D4Darious mentions shooting everything in slow motion. This is subjective, I believe with more experience, you slowly developed your own style, which he does mention in the video. However, shooting in slow motion does make everything more dramatic.
Another important tip is camera movement. Static shots if used continuously is boring. D4Darious mentions to always use camera movement in your shots. Adding camera movement makes your shots more interesting by adding depth. A follow shot draws the audience closer as if they were actually following the characters. Apply pans, tilts, pull outs and other camera movements in your video.
Color grading is essential for setting the mood of your film. Understand it so you can have a sense what type of mood you want your audience to have. Check out my Guillermo Del Toro blog post regarding the director’s use of color in story telling.
At the end of the day, experiment and experience will be your best teacher. Try new things, don’t do it because it looks aesthetically cool but do it so it can enhance your story. Remember, film making is all about bringing out emotions in story telling. Use all these tips to help you achieve that.