I love filmmaking! Writing a good story, getting in-front of or behind the camera, and watching as all of the magic unfolds is a feeling unlike any other. In the technology ridden world we are living in now, making a film is easier than ever. Camera and sound equipment can still cost you a pretty penny and unfortunately that’s hard to get around. I’ve compiled some DIY tricks to help you save as much money as possible!
When making your first films you might not realize how important camera movement is. It adds a professional look to your films that can’t be captured by simply pointing and shooting. From Instructables comes this $30 Ikea Camera Slider! From supplies you’ll find right at Ikea, you can put together this slider and it’ll only take you about an hour! Now go ahead and slide into your next film with ease.
Another important and very helpful filmmaking tool is the green screen. I like to try and use in-camera effects as often as possible but for style purposes sometimes a green screen is just what I need. This DIY Green Screen Setup On The Cheap tutorial teaches you everything form building the perfect stand to where to find the cheapest green screen fabric. You’ll be flying high (or at least it’ll look that way) in no time!
Boom Mic Pole
What’s the point of having a beautiful looking film if the sound is garbage? No point! It can be a difficult task recording that perfect audio but a great place to start is with a solid DIY Boom Pole. NoFilmSchool has a video that’ll show you how to build a boom pole for just $25. On top of that, they’re going to teach you the basics of recording good audio.
Microphone Wind Screen
I can’t stress enough how important good sound is. If you’re shooting outside at all, you’re going to need something protecting your mic from the awful wind sounds it will pick up. That’s where this handy Microphone Wind Screen comes in. Easy to make and cheap, this wind screen will have your audio sounding as clear and crisp as possible!
Buy and Return Equipment
Fun fact, some electronic stores have a 30-day return period! Isn’t that neat? If you don’t actually have any equipment, you can literally go buy something on a credit card and if you return it within 30 days they have to give you your money back. Obviously, you better be extremely careful with this equipment (just like any equipment) because you don’t want them to have a reason to turn you away. Isn’t America great?!?
What about you? Do you have any DIY filmmaking tips, tricks, or hacks? Let us know in the comments!