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, start by reading these articles.
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Step 1: Filmmaking Basics
- Filmmaking and Film Direction Fundamentals
- Film Books and Trivia
- Screenwriting Fundamentals
- Preproduction Basics
- Post Production Basics
- Editing Basics
- VFX and CGI Basics
- Cinema Workflows
- Blu-ray Workflows
- Compression and Delivery
- Internet and Streaming Workflows
- Post Production Audio Workflows
Step 2: Read Driving Miss Digital
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Step 3: Film Video Essays
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Filmmaking and Film Direction Fundamentals
- What is Filmmaking? [Part One]
- What is Filmmaking? [Part Two]
- What is Filmmaking? [Part Three]
- Film School or Not?
- Film Directors: Why Your 8th Movie will be Your Greatest!
- How to be a Filmmaker (Part One)
- How to be a Filmmaker (Part Two)
- How to be a Filmmaker (Part Three)
- How to Finance a Film (Part One): Reality
- How to Finance a Film (Part Two): Leverage
- How to Finance a Film (Part Three): Examples
- The Ideal Viewfinder for Directors
- Understanding Style in Cinema (Part One): Defining Style
- Understanding Style in Cinema (Part Two): Creating Style
- Understanding Style in Cinema (Part Three): Recreating Style
- How to Allocate Money for Low Budget Films (Part One): Estimate Earnings
- How to Allocate Money for Low Budget Films (Part Two): Marketing
- Which is the Greatest Art Form? An Infographic.
- The REAL Guide to Filmmaking for Beginners
- The FIRST TEN Things you NEED to Buy for Filmmaking
- The 9 Blunders I Made on my First Feature Film
- How to Deal with Bad Actors
- 10 Practical Tips: How I Rehearse with Actors
Film Books and Trivia
- The Top 3 Directors of All Time
- Three Great Books for Directors, on Directing
- 13 Books for Directors, by Directors
- The 5 Best Web Resources for Screenwriters
- Understanding the Screenplay Format and How to use MS Word to write Scripts (Part One)
- Understanding the Screenplay Format and How to use MS Word to write Scripts (Part Two)
- How to Create a Great Twist Ending like M. Night Shyamalan
- 7 Places to Find a GREAT STORY for your Film
- The 3 Best Books on Screenplay Writing
- What is Pre-Production?
- An Overview of the different Stages of Pre-production (Part One)
- An Overview of the different Stages of Pre-production (Part Two)
- An Overview of Previsualization (Previz) Software and Methods
- A Quick Guide to Planning your Pre-production Schedule
Post Production Basics
- What is Post Production?
- An Overview of the different Stages of Post Production (Part One)
- An Overview of the different Stages of Post Production (Part Two)
- What are the Stages of Post Production for Cinema?
- What is Round-tripping, and How do you design a Round-tripping Workflow?
- What is Final Cut Pro XML (Part One): What is XML?
- What is Final Cut Pro XML (Part Two): Compatibility
- What is Three-Point Editing and Four-Point Editing?
- How Much Can You Uprez, or, What is the Limit of Image Interpolation?
VFX and CGI Basics
- What is Compositing?
- Layer-based vs Node-based Compositing
- What is a Render Farm?
- 20 Steps to Becoming a Master Compositor (Part One): The First Ten Steps
- 20 Steps to Becoming a Master Compositor (Part Two): The Last Ten Steps
- The Advantages of Working in 32-bit Float
- How to Make Special Effects
- Special Effects Software Guide (Part One): CGI
- Special Effects Software Guide (Part Two): Special Effects
- Special Effects Software Guide (Part Three): Bread and Butter Stuff
- The Advantages of using OpenEXR
- What is a Digital Cinema System and How do you get there (Part One)?
- What is a Digital Cinema System and How do you get there (Part Two)?
Compression and Delivery Workflows
- The Costs of Working with 2K and 4K Uncompressed Footage
- Understanding the limits of Data Rates and Transmission
- How to Send Video Files to your Client (Part One)
- How to send Video Files to your Client (Part Two)
- How to send Video Files to your Client (Part Three)
- What is Video Encryption and Should you Care?
- How much Resolution do you Lose with Compression, and does 4K help make 1080p Look Better?
Internet and Streaming Workflows
- How to Broadcast on the Internet (Part One): Defining the Experience
- How to Broadcast on the Internet (Part Two): What it Takes
- How to Compress a Video for the Internet
- What is a Streaming Server?
- How to Live Stream Video over the Internet
Post Production Audio Workflows
- The 3 Best Audio Editing Software for Video Editors
- The Post Production Audio Guide (Part One): Sound Editing
- The Post Production Audio Guide (Part Two): Sound Mixing
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:
- 10 Great Edits in Film that Inspire Me
- 10 Horror Movies that Should be Taught in Film School
- The Filmmaking and Cinematography Techniques of Dunkirk
- John Carpenter: How to Master Single Location Filmmaking
- What Filmmakers Can Learn from Films about Filmmaking
- The Marvel Cinematic Language Explained
- Guillermo del Toro: How to Master World Building
- Deadpool: How the Camera can Tell a Joke
- Pure Cinema: 2001: A Space Odyssey “Dawn of Man” Sequence
- The Secrets of the Slasher Film
- Rashomon | How to Make an Art Film + Solution to the Mystery
- Filmmaking and Cinematography techniques of Kagemusha, by Akira Kurosawa