Non-Fiction | 20 July 2015How to Make a Movie in 10 Easy Steps Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Have you ever wondered how your favorite performers and artists first started out on the road to success? Many of the great entertainers kindled their passions at a young age, and then practiced and practiced until becoming the experts you know today. Famous filmmaker Steven Spielberg started out with his family’s home movie camera at the age of twelve, and taught himself how to write a script and direct actors. Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson taught himself to play guitar as a teen by listening to Bob Marley songs (on repeat!) and copying the chord structures. With the Super Skills Series from Walter Foster Jr., kids can pursue their own creative talents with help and advice along the way! For those future Spielbergs, How To Make a Movie in 10 Easy Lessons maps out the filmmaking process, helping kids to write a script, film with a camera, and edit a video, to name a few. How To Play Guitar in 10 Easy Lessons guides future rockstars from basic chords to playing solo, and provides online backing tracks for extra guidance. See how simple, fun, and budget-friendly making a movie can be with these tips from How To Make a Movie in 10 Easy Lessons, and don’t forget to look out for How To Code in 10 Easy Lessons and How To Cook in 10 Easy Lessons (coming in Fall 2015) for more fun skills to add to your belt! Moving Shots Excerpted from How To Make a Movie in 10 Easy Lessons We’ve discussed what certain shots look like and how you go about creating them, but the ones you’ve looked at so far are all static. This means that the camera doesn’t move. To make your film more interesting – and more professional – you’ll need to get your camera moving. There are three main ways to do this. Moving Shots The Zoom What it is: A zoom is when the image appears to become larger or smaller, depending on whether the camera is zooming in or out. How to do it: This is a feature built into all video cameras. The camera is held in one position during the zoom. The effect: This technique can be used to show the importance of an event or item and to help guide the viewer’s attention. Handheld or tripod: Either is fine, though it works best when the camera is held steady, such as on a tripod. Many stunts are filmed by moving the camera very far away from the actor and zooming all the way in. This makes the actor look much closer to the background than they actually are. Explosions and car chases can then be filmed a safe distance from the actor but appear to be very close to them on screen. Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.