The online film school for everyone
Film language means using images, sound and how you put them together to tell your story. The way you film your shots, how you use sound, and your editing will all affect how people understand your story and what they feel about it.
You can make your movie flow by following some simple rules about where to put your camera, how to frame your shots, and how to edit them together.
My package Editshots is a hands-on way to learn about film storytelling: it includes a complete short movie for you to edit yourself, with a step-by-step guide.
My interactive multitouch book Making Movies Make Sense explains film language and filmmaking from first principles for ages 9 and up. Designed for iPad, iPhone and Mac, you can get it from the iBooks Store.
You need to follow an organised process for planning, shooting, and editing and sharing: it’s explained here. I’ve also written simple step-by-step guides to making a factual video and making a movie on your iPhone or iPad.
If you’re a photographer looking to move into video, here are some of the key things you need to know about filmmaking.
You can get lots of ideas by watching other people’s films. If you want to make original, creative films you need to learn from other filmmakers and watch movies you wouldn’t normally see, like this one. This section includes ideas about how to use still photos, film poems and poem films, and how great filmmakers have used sound.