Filmmaking for Everyone

Tom BarranceMaking a short film is a great way to tell your story. is packed with free advice, information and resources to help you learn filmmaking.
Tom Barrance

Everything you need to know to start making movies: telling your story, organising your filmmaking, and choosing the right equipment.

Interactive ebook, video clips to practise editing, and planning templates to help you learn or teach about film and filmmaking.

On-site training, projects and workshops for organisations, and 1:1 courses for individuals, in the UK and Europe.

Film language:
telling your story

Shot size grid

Film language means how you set up and film individual images, how you use sound, and how you combine them to tell your story and influence what people 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.

The filmmaking process

Woman with camcorder

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 iPhone/iPad filmmaking

Choosing equipment

Panasonic G7Tripod

You need to choose the right camera and other equipment. I’ve compared the best affordable cameras for starting filmmaking.

If you’re on a tight budget, you can make movies with cameras costing under $300/£250, or even with your iPhone or iPad.  This article will help you choose video cameras for children and teens.

Techniques and ideas

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.

Multitouch eBook

Making Movies Make Sense

My 148-page interactive multitouch book introduces film and filmmaking for ages 9 and up.

For iPad, Mac and iPhone.

Editable movie

Editshots - movie clips to edit on Mac, PC or iPad

Learn or teach filmmaking by editing my short movie on your Mac, PC or iPad.

55 video clips plus step-by-step PDF guide.


Effective film training

I provide filmmaking training and workshops for organisations around the UK and in Europe.
I also provide training for individuals and small groups.

How can I help you?

“Tom is a really good teacher and is able to convey a lot of technical detail without baffling his audience. Highly recommended.”
Gillian Southgate, Assistant Director, NHS R&D Northwest