Plenty of people do beginner smartphone movie how-to’s, but they often miss the most basic steps a newbie movie maker might need. As films shot on smartphones are a huge part of social media for personal stories and rescues, let us help you with that right now!
As part of Thankful Thursday with Brian and his family we are sharing knowledge we are thankful for. Knowledge we have learned and that we hope will encourage everyone who loves their pets to make a movie. It took us a while to teach ourselves and you can do it too.
Remember, your movie will mostly be for your own pleasure when you start, or to share with friends. The pressure is off, you might want to remember a lovely cat or dog when they have crossed the Bridge, or show off your new kitten ad make people laugh. You are not looking for perfection, just the confidence to make loving memories. Ready to take a breath and take those very first steps?
Learning Takes Time
The first and most important thing for your smartphone filmmaking kit is patience. Research has shown that you can learn anything at any age and it takes the same amount of time.
Kid’s aren’t tech wizards. They just apply themselves and work and work at it until they can use the technology. You can do that. Turn your smartphone on, find the movie making app – and go for it.
Get comfortable holding your smartphone.
There should be a printed or downloadable manual, or an online video about holding your phone (its ‘orientation’). Theres a little orientation movie here. If you need a couple of examples, we shot shot our Duckling movie by holding our phone upright (portrait mode), and then turned it horizontally (landscape mode) in this fun Tabcat movie!
Beginner Smartphone Users Will Wobble
Everyone wobbles, so don’t sweat the small stuff! It happens. TIP Brace yourself against a wall, a doorway, the back of a chair. A little movement isn’t so bad. Don’t give up.
Make Sure You have Some Light
Smartphones are called smart for a reason BUT they do need some help to do a good job. Try to practice outside in natural light. If it’s an indoor pet movie, try working inside near a window. Make sure your subject is relaxed too!
Practice People Practice!!!
No one learns to drive in five minutes, and no-one becomes a good movie maker fast either. Sit down with your smartphone (any type, any price bracket) and play. Take a video of your knee, learn to zoom in on a cat’s whiskers, point your smartphone outside, inside, upside down. Practice = confidence, even for a nervous newbie.New to #Smartphone #movie making? Check our #powertipsClick To Tweet
OK fearless explorers. Take a breath before you go rushing off! Remember, none of us are Peter Jackson filming Lord of the Rings, but we can appreciate the gift of amazing technology to make our own wonderful pet movies. We may be using what seems like ‘rocket science’ but confidence will inspire us all to face a fear and fly that rocket to the moon and back.
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See you next time
Beginner Smartphone Editor