How To Make A Film
1. Follow the Theme: The theme of the film festival is “Suspense.” Storyboard an idea related to “suspense” that you can make into a 3 minute or less short film. Be unique; play to your strengths, and make something that is really “you” – not what you think we want to see. And feel free to interpret the word suspense however you want!
2. Plan Your Shoot: Pre-production is vital. Plan your shots well, including actors, props, light, and sound design. Light is especially important, as phones don’t perform well in low light, so definitely secure some external lighting if you need it. Base your lighting, color, and sound needs around the overall mood you are trying to achieve, and carry that mood through the whole film for consistency. For some inspiration, take a look at previous Moment Films.
3. Shoot Your Film: Shoot your film 100% on mobile, using whatever tools you want! We especially recommend using stabilizing tools, like a tripod or gimbals like DJI Osmo and Smooth Q. We also recommend Moment lenses to achieve different perspectives, and our favorite app to shoot in is Filmic Pro. Make sure you’re filming in at least 1080p resolution (4k ideally).
4. Edit Your Film: Using whichever software you prefer, make a cohesive edit that tells a story of “suspense.” Add music if you want, from sites like Musicbed, but make SURE you own the rights to whatever you use. When color grading, make sure to keep in line with the original tone you wanted to convey.