TIME TO BECOME A FILM DIRECTOR—AND ALL YOU NEED IS YOUR SMARTPHONE. HERE IS HOW TO MAKE A SHORT FILM WITH YOUR TRUSTY DEVICE.
The best moments in life often come unannounced and you want to store them somewhere more than just in your memory. Since you can’t always carry a camera to capture the occasion, you will have to fall back on that often forgotten, often unappreciated, tiny pin hole, gazing at the world from the back of the phone. With phones becoming smarter, the embedded cameras too are acquiring HD and Full HD recording capabilities along with the power needed to process these files. From creating a short movie to reporting an important event, today’s smartphones can actually come close to the video capturing capabilities of a camcorder. But while all phones can record videos, not everyone can capture them noise-free. Fortunately for us, companies like Apple and Nokia are constantly working on improving the camera optics by using bigger sensors that can capture more light.
A perfect example of what phone cameras can do today is the much-acclaimed stop motion video Dot, shot by Aardman Animations on the Nokia N8—a phone which can capture video only at 720p resolution. While creative teams use high-end equipment not easily accessible to many, there are some tools and techniques that can help you make great videos without burning a hole in your denim pockets.
WHERE TO BEGIN
“There are some simple things to follow,” begins Gaurav Raturi, filmmaker and co-founder of Filmbooth, a collective on short films, “storyboarding the idea and making sure you have the right footage to edit and come up with the final film. Pre-planning should be perfect as then the whole process of shooting on location becomes a simple process.”
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