So you’ve watched all the BBC natural history & David Attenborough TV shows, you’ve been inspired by our filmmaker blogs and you have a fantastic film idea for Earthwatch’s Young Earthwatch Film Competition… but how to actually go about and make a film?!
With some help from the BBC and the educational charity IntoFilm, let us take you through some of the important aspects of filmmaking!
#1 – Storyboard
Story-what?! Storyboarding is an incredibly important aspect of filmmaking, it ensures your film has structure, no one wants to watch a bunch of random clips in no order!
#2 – Structure
The structure is similar to storyboarding, but goes a little deeper. We’ve established you need to have a beginning, middle and end, but why?
What is your story about?! What happens.. and to who? And how will it end?! SO MANY QUESTIONS!
Before you put all that effort into filming a magical moment.. make sure the audience will see it as clearly as you can. Lighting can really bring out the detail in a scene and make the viewer go WOW!
Equally, poor lighting can have your audience squinting at the screen wondering what they’re looking at..
It may seem obvious, but making sure you’ve got clear audio is simply a must!
You’re nearly there! Editing is all about choosing the best of what you’ve captured, and putting it all together in order.
Make sure it’s not too long, not too short, it’s your chance to add that extra polish to your scene: whether it’s a sound effect, cropping a scene, adding slo-mo or a even a time-lapse.
Hopefully these pointers will help you form a plan that finds you thoroughly enjoying the filmmaking process and not left scratching your head!
Entry for the Young Earthwatcher Film Competition is already open, and the submissions deadline is the 19th of September 2018, so if you’re feeling creative, then get to work planning that storyboard.
Remember, the winner of the film comp’ receives a prestigious Panda Award as well as a Panasonic Lumix DC-FT7 waterproof camera, and the two runners up grab a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30!