Filmmaking For Beginners

There’s a famous saying: You must learn to crawl before you can walk.

Some people might ask: Why learn to crawl if you can walk right away? But think about this: There’s a reason why nature put the crawl before the walk. It’s a good skill to have. One day, we might be called upon to crawl again.

If you’re a total beginner, you’re in the right place! 

Bookmark this page, and use this menu to get what you want quickly:

Step 1: Filmmaking Basics

Step 2: Read Driving Miss Digital

Click to get the keys to the secrets of the Universe.

Step 3: Film Video Essays

Click here to watch film analyses and video essays from great movies.

Filmmaking Fundamentals

Film Books and Trivia

Screenwriting Fundamentals

Preproduction Basics

Post Production Basics

Filmmakers Discuss Filmmaking

Step 2: Driving Miss Digital

Driving Miss Digital is so huge it needs a menu of its own! If you are absolutely new to video, but are determined to learn, start with this fictional love story. Here are some of the cool things you’ll learn along the way:

  • What is Sampling and why is it important for both audio and video?
  • What is the resolution, dynamic range, ISO, frame rate, color space, etc., of the human eye and how does it relate to cameras?
  • What is the sampling rate, bit depth and number of channels of the human ear, and how does it relate to audio?
  • What is the ideal audiovisual system?

I know it sounds complicated, but I’ve taken great pains to write it as simply as possible. Try a few chapters and see for yourself. Start reading Driving Miss Digital now.

You won’t be disappointed!

Step 3: Film Analysis

Take your filmmaking to the next level with these cool video essays from great movies: