Technical resources

Shooting video

I recommend you shoot videos for this course on a smartphone, because the quality of most smartphones is good, you’re probably comfortable using it, and it’s the camera that you will have on you most of the time.

File storage

You will need plenty of storage for this course - you’ll be shooting one short film per day for several months. If your phone has limited memory, there are several ways to deal with this:

  • Clear all of the stuff you don’t need off your phone. This sounds obvious, but sometimes there are apps or films or photos or other things on phones that take up a lot of space.
  • Use a cloud provider to store your photos and videos remotely (meaning you can delete them from your phone). Services like Google Drive/Photos and Dropbox offer a free tier which enable you to store photos and videos online to download later.
    • If you are happy for your videos to become part of a collective resource, and publicly accessible for use by anyone, upload them to the Google Drive link provided hereXXX.
    • Google Photos can offload the photos and videos on your phone, so that you’re able to view and download them later. It’s free, and works well; the price, however, is privacy, as Google will scan every photo and video to infer things about your life.
  • Filmic Pro
    app for iOS / Android (paid), offers highly controlled
  • Hyperlapse from Instagram
    app for iOS (free), allows shooting of stabilised time-lapses
  • Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile
    app for Android (free), allows shooting of stabilised
  • iMovie
    app for iOS/Mac (free), allows video
  • DaVinci Resolve
    Mac/Windows/Linux (free), professional-grade video editing
  • FFmpeg
    All computer platforms (free). A Swiss Army knife for formatting, splicing, converting video and audio files. Works via the command-line interface (e.g. Terminal on Mac) but is incredibly powerful. Want to split audio and video? Make a long video from lots of short videos? Extract all of the frames from a film? Use

Bibliography / useful references

Movie prompt generator

Movie prompt generator

Graphic design

Graphic design presentation