FILMMAKING ADVICE THAT’S FREE By Lola Louise

By MediaMonkey

June 24, 2024

There’s a lot of gatekeeping in this industry, even from those who aren’t as high as they think. People told me I had to have the best equipment, they’d tell me to splash out on writing software, a new camera, the best editing software etc. I get it, some want to help others but half the time, it’s a way to exclude those who haven’t got enough money from joining in on something they love. I’m here to tell you, screw that.

There’s been talk recently where when others have asked for advice on how to start their career, they’re always told to go get a degree or go back to college, which will obviously put them in debt for life. I’ve been through BTEC, let me tell you, I didn’t learn anything special, in fact, I haven’t used a thing I was taught at that point in my life. Everything I learnt, I learnt by trying and experimenting. It doesn’t matter if you make mistakes, they’re a learning experience, it’s how you build yourself up. If anyone constantly points them out, like they’ve never made one before, stay away. If they think they know everything, run. You can never know enough, the day we stop learning, well, that’s not a good thing.

What if I told you, you can start your career from your phone? Most phones have the capacity to shoot 1080p and even 4K. Test it out. Think of something you want to say and go out there into the world. Everyone has a voice so never let anyone tell you, that your story is the wrong story to tell. Stand up for yourself and keep going. Planning is key. Always make notes on what you want to be working on.
Where do you want to film? Most places don’t care about filming as long as you don’t disturb someone. I started with vlogs and singing videos back in 2015. They were embarrassing and a huge mistake but they helped me learn and develop my editing skills. I say skills loosely.

Speaking of. There is a lot of free software out there. Davinci, premier rush iMovie. I still use iMovie for my vlogs and simple edits. Don’t tell anyone haha.

When I started working with others on my writing, I got told that I should invest in some of the most expensive writing software. It was around £180 for the Mac version. There was an iPad version for £7, I gave it a try and it wasn’t for me, it didn’t have what I needed. I’ve used Pages since its invention and I will continue to do so. It’s about the quality of the script rather than some fancy software to gloss the world, although format is important but it’s nothing you can’t do for free.

Last but not least, if you’re wanting to learn and find opportunities, have a look at indie filmmaking groups online. Facebook has quite a lot, see what you can find. The indie scene might not have the respect for the big wigs, but, it is bustling.

Best of luck, Lola 🙂 Remember to have fun.

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