What are good tips on how to shoot a short film with a smartphone camera?
December 3, 2012
The main thing is, start with a good simple but solid story, and plan out as much as you possibly can. Do shot lists, number your scenes, draw storyboards… basically, create your movie on paper before you shoot it. A fantastic and FREE tool that helps you do this is Celtx (https://www.celtx.com/index.html). This is what all great filmmakers do, and Hitchcock famously said that shooting the actual film after all the prep is done was the boring part.
Second, when you shoot, you can use the native camera app or you can use video apps with more advanced features (like higher frame rate, a “slate”, audio monitor, etc.) like FiLMiC Pro (http://www.filmicpro.com). Look around, there’s lots of great apps for your smartphone out there (I have an iPhone so I don’t know much about what apps are available for Android).
I won’t recommend any editing software, as that tends to be a personal choice for most filmmakers, but I’m still amazed at how much you can do with the iMovie app… I’ve even used the iPhone version to quickly edit something and it worked great!