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Get geared up to win the Tap into Film 72hr Online Family Film Slam. Find tutorials and downloads for free editing software or get screenwriting and tech tips. You can even complete featured gear-up challenges to hone your skills.


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10 Simple Tips to Make Home Videos Look Professional

Planning to film with your smart phone? These simple tips will help you make your film look more professional.

  1. Always Use the Back Camera
  2. Stability and Focus
  3. Record in Landscape Mode
  4. Add a Grid
  5. Lighting
  6. Experiment With Angles
  7. Zoom With Your Feet
  8. Use Effects (But Don’t Overuse Them)
  9. Learn Basic Video Editing
  10. Cheat With the Editing

Writing 101: Basic Story Structure

Get started thinking about how to structure your script with Film Riot's introduction to three-act structure.

Generating Story Ideas for your Film | The Film Look

Here is a easy way to knock out writers block and continue back on the road to your masterpiece!

Dan Harmon Story Circle: 8 Proven Steps to Better Stories

Today, we’re going to look at Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’, a film with a seemingly complex plot, that we can break down into the 8 steps of the story circle.

Software Tutorials

How To Edit In DaVinci Resolve 14 - Beginner Tutorial!

DaVinci Resolve is not only for advanced color correcting - it is also a powerful and FREE editing program. Get all the information you need about editing in DaVinchi Resolve in this LONG, but informative How-To video. Oh, and Resolve is for both Mac and Windows users!

How to Use iMovie - Beginner's Guide

iMovie is a free editing app that comes with every Mac laptop and desktop. iMovie has a lot of editing features from beginner to advance and it's a perfect tool if you already have a Mac.

In this iMovie tutorial, we will cover the 15 most essential tasks in iMovie. Advance iMovie tutorial is coming soon.

  1. Creating a movie project
  2. Import media
  3. Bring footage to the timeline
  4. Change clip order
  5. Trimming clips on a timeline
  6. Split clips command B
  7. Adding music
  8. Changing audio levels
  9. Fading audio
  10. Separating audio and video
  11. Adding transitions
  12. Titles
  13. VoiceOver
  14. Color correction and effects
  15. Export

iMovie for iPad Tutorial

A tutorial for iMovie for iOS. Check out one of the most popular video editors for iOS. Apple’s movie editing app is surprisingly capable, with many good features hidden away under the minimalist design.

HOW TO EDIT in iMovie on iPhone

Think you need expensive video editing software to edit your online course videos? Think again. iMovie is a FREE editing app that comes with your iPhone, and it's as powerful as it is convenient. In this video I walk you through, step by step, how to edit in iMovie on iPhone. I'll help you understand the tools you need to know to make a great course video without having to spend a penny on software.


The Boring Room Challenge

I challenged myself to improvise a short film in a boring hotel room in an hour. See the results, go behind the scenes, and try it for yourself. **UPDATE** The situation with the hotel is resolved so I have put this back online.

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