Sunday, November 23, 2014

Film Making Tips Day 4: Lights

Studio lights are expensive! Fortunately, there are many alternatives that look great on digital video. The only place you need to go is your neighborhood hardware store. One of the cheapest and most efficient alternatives is a clamp light.

These run about ten dollars and you can use the clamp to attach it to a tripod or just about anything that you need to! Next you’ll need a good fill light, you’ll want to get a white chinese lantern.

Chinese lanterns are inexpensive and great at diffusing light. If you need something a little more powerful I recommend a work light.

Be careful with these because they get really hot. I’d also recommend bouncing them off a wall because pointing them directly at your subject may be a bit too harsh. FInally, if you are shooting outside you’ll want a reflector. For this you can simply use a white sheet of posterboard to reflect the sun back at your subject.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Film Making Tips Day Three: Boom Poles

Sometimes the audio from your camera mic just won’t cut it. That why it’s always a good idea to use a boom pole to capture sound. These can be made inexpensively from painter’s poles, fishing poles, monopods, or even broomsticks! There are many many great tutorials, but here are a few that I like:

Indy Mogul
Film Riot
DIY Camera Guy

Most shotgun mics will be able to connect directly into your digital camera, but if you are recording on an external source or you are on a multi camera shoot you will need a slate to sync up your sound.

These can be bought online for cheap or you can download apps to turn your tablet into a slate. But if worst comes to worst you can always just have someone clap in front of the camera before a take!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Film Making Tips Day Two: Steadicam

A great way to make a professional looking video is to have smooth shots. Hand held shots can have good effect sometimes, but primarily you’ll want to use a steadicam. I personally use a fig rig that I made out of PVC pipe. it only cost me about $25 and I learned how to make it form this video:

I used this rig to shoot two 48 hour film projects (Committed voice, Once daily) and my horror short, Underneath. But of course this is not the only steadicam rig that you can make, but it was a good one for me because it was so easy to put together! Here are some other steadicam rigs that you can make:

How To Build A $30 DIY Steadicam

$14 Camera Stabilizer

Remember you don’t have to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars to have professional looking shots in you movie!    

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Film Making Tips Day One: Intro

I’m proud to announce that Dragoon Films will be creating daily articles about affordable film making tips. I’ll be talking about some that I have discovered and some that I have learned about online and have implemented in my own films. These tips will range from building you own equipment like boom poles and steadicams to simple tips on lighting, sound, shooting, and editing. I’m excited to share my knowledge with all of you and I can’t wait to see what you make!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

New bandcamp site up and Starfest video news!

Tomorrow I will be uploading the Starfest 2013 video. This year it took a little longer to get online because we made our own music for it! My brother, Reid, does all the original music for all of our videos and just today he started a bandcamp site for his creations. Please check it out at: