Those of you that know me will realise that I am always making noise about the fact that I need to stop taking so much on and that I need to slow down a bit. In fact I talked about this in yesterday’s post where I lamented the fact that I need to stop juggling so many balls! You won’t be surprised to learn that I have done the complete opposite again. I know, I am an extremely fickle lady. I liked to be kept busy and I am always looking to learn new skills.
For a while I have been following the very cool and lovely Xanthe Berkley on Instagram. If you don’t follow her on Instagram then you really should. Her feed is an absolute joy and bursting with colour. You can not help but fall in love with her feed. It is my source of go to inspiration and therefore it seemed only right that I enrol on her film course. I have just started her ten week ‘Make Films’ course. It is suitable for beginners, good job because I have never made a film before and I really don’t have a clue where to start! Well there was that one time I had to make a film for my A Level Communication Studies. It was all about me. That was the prompt, I didn’t decide to make a film all about me out of choice – honestly. It was horrendous and that film is still floating around somewhere. I still have nightmares about it resurfacing. It basically involved me taking a camera round the neighbourhood whilst trying to act cool. It was not cool. In fact it was cringe worthy. Therefore, I am hoping that this course will make me cool (one can dream) and give me the confidence to eventually start vlogging. Aby from You Baby Me Mummy and Amy from Mr and Mrs T Plus Three run a fantastic vlog linky which I am determined to join one day.
What does the course do?
The course looks at filming and editing techniques. You don’t need any fancy equipment to do the course. I am just making my films on my iPhone. It tells you about the different shots we should be employing and how they can be effective in telling a story. The idea is that we make mini films that we can then share on Instagram. In our very time poor society I love the idea of a mini film that captures the essence of what we are trying to say. Every week you are given a prompt for your film. This week our prompt was scenes from the weekend. My first attempt at film making is below. I am hoping that as the film course progresses you will see an improvement in my film making. It wasn’t the best weekend for making a film as Oldest was at a birthday party and the weather was rather grotty. However, we gave it a good go.
My first film
What do you think of my first attempt? I’m no Stephen Spielberg! Hopefully, the only way is up 🙂 I have already learnt so much. My aim for next week is try to make my footage smoother. It is very wobbly in parts. The film also finishes very abruptly so I am hoping that I learn how to solve that. I also need to mix up my shots more. The start of the film has three downward shots back to back. However, it is all a learning process and I am really excited to get started on this week’s project.
In other exciting news Tots100 agreed to let me write a monthly round-up of all things bloggy. It goes up tomorrow. I would love it if you would head over.