Making a small scale movie as a YouTube video, for a class project, to show family and friends, or just for the fun of it, can be a laborious task if you don’t have the necessary products and equipment to film. Having made four short films that are currently on YouTube I can tell you that planning and knowing ahead the types of things needed for a film can make the job all a little easier.
The first most essential and key part of filming a film is a video camera. Depending on the kind of film you desire to shoot you will need a certain type of camera. If you want to shoot a longer more HD type of film you will need to start budgeting for a camera that can shoot in 720 megapixels per frame which could run you about 300-600$ depending on the brand. If you just want to shoot a lower quality shorter film you should be fine with a camera that shoots 360 or even 480 megapixels per frame. Cameras like this can run you about 100-300$.
Secondly, Depending on where and when you are going to be shooting you are going to need lights. If you are going to be shooting a scene where it is required that it is dark you will probably have to wait until the night time, but if you do this your camera might not be able to pick up anything because it is so dark. This is why lights are important. You will probably need around 3-4 lights for every angle and corner of the video, so that there is not too much amount of light in one area, because three multiple lights balance each other out. Cheaper LED lights can cost you around 30$ for a single light, but the heavier and brighter lights could get you dishing out 100$ for a light. If you are conservative you can try to use a lamp light if you already have one and use an edge or another prop to hold it correctly and proportionately to the how the video is being shot.
Thirdly, microphones are another big player in creating a successful movie. When I talk about Microphones I am not talking about the ones that news reporters use in their newscasts. I’m talking about the ones that movie stars use on actual movie sets. The mics that are hidden within their clothing as to not divert your attention. These are called lavaliere microphones and are very excellent microphones. They run at about 140$ for a single one but are recommended if you are planning on making a longer higher quality movie.
Lastly, a very key part of the movie process is not just shooting but editing. Everything needs to look polished and run smooth in a movie. Depending on if you want a more professional looking movie you can download or buy Sony Vegas Pro or Adobe after Effects. But if you are on a budget you can use whatever editing software you Computer provides. IF you have a Mac Imovie should already be installed and if you are on Windows a version of Movie Maker should be on.
As seen from reading the above, making a movie is a very solid task and requires the necessary products and knowledge on how to use them. Depending on the movie you are trying to make the endeavor can be a very costly one, but the sense of achievement you will feel after its done will outweigh everything else.