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    How can I train myself to film better?
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    I'm a college student w/ a dvx100b and I really need some money. I thougt I'd start my own video service company and do commercials, music videos, and business promotional material. Only thing is I need to know how to properly film better so I can get the best result when doing business. ANy tips on how I can self train myself?


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    SHOOT, SHOOT, SHOOT.

    Shoot every chance you can, then give yourself a critical analysis of what you've shot. What are you happy with and what would you like to do better. You can't shoot enough right now.


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    As well as read as much as you can about composition, basics of lighting, and the business end of making profit through production. You will learn tons by reading here and other online film forums, and if you pick up a cinematography book or two, you will learn techniques you can practice and perfect in your shooting.
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    Man, thanks, I'ma go to barnes and nobles and pick up some books.


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    Amazon "the 5 c's of cinematography," It's easily the most helpful book I've read about composition, screen direction, etc. Lighting is critical, learn about it as much as possible (quality, color, intensity) and your films will look pro. Harry Box's book is very good too. Analyze movies, notice how the cinematography complements the mood/story.

    Learn how to light portriats, know the difference between key, fill, kicker, rim, hair, background light.

    Google some stuff about color (which colors go together and what emotions they create).

    Learn a little bit at a time, you really want to pace yourself.
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    Okay, I didn't want to have to say this, but watch some of Geoff Reisner's work...


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    AC for a good DOP


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    Shoot little family docs and edit edit edit them to see what works.

    Editing your own material is the best way to learn how to shoot stuff that works.
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    Any audio book or video besides book? Book tends to put me to sleep.


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    read read read, then watch some of your favorite music videos of all time and analize every camera move and effect, then figure out how they did it and how can you make something better, then analize why you like that particular music video


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