Filming amateur movies has always been a popular hobby. Computers and
digital equipment, however, have revolutionized the art of film
production in a way that makes if fun and easy for anyone to create amateur
Using an inexpensive digital video camera and simple video editing software,
even a beginner can produce amateur movies that have the look of polished
films complete with smooth scene transitions and quality graphics and sound.
If you already have an analog or digital video camera, your best first
step is to acquaint yourself with all of its functions. If not,
consider purchasing a new or used digital video camera. There are
several different formats from which to choose, and you should do some research
to decide which format suits your recording and playback needs.
Practice using your camera by shooting video in different lighting conditions,
with and without a tripod, or by using the zoom and panning features. You
don't need to capture award-winning footage; the point is to learn the capabilities
and quirks of your equipment. Practicing with your camera will also develop
your eye for finding great angles that will make your amateur movies shine.
Once you have amassed some digital footage, export the material to your
computer. This can be accomplished with a few cables that probably came
with your digital video camera and some basic software. If you have digital
video editing software, you can manipulate and organize your footage into
the beginnings of an amateur movie. It may help to take a class or online
tutorial to learn more about video manipulation, but the process has become
so simple that almost anyone with a modicum of time and enthusiasm will
be quickly able to figure out what he or she is doing.
It's surprising how much footage is required to produce a short clip of
finished video. Creating amateur movies takes time and planning.
Try to decide on a story line before you begin shooting on a specific project.
Envision the different scenes in your mind and then try to recreate
them in the lens of your video camera. Shoot several variations on each
scene so that you have plenty of material from which to choose during the
editing process, and most importantly, have fun making your amateur movies.