Stuck at home, but still want to make movies? Here are some ideas for shooting, editing and VFX on your own.
Cabin fever may be setting in. Maybe it’s something you’re trying to fight off – or maybe it’s something you’re inspired by to have some fun – here’s a range of video creations and challenges.
Take inspiration from TikTok, play with in-camera transitions and lighting:
Recreating shots from your favourite movies and TV shows is a fun, hands-on way of developing your craft:
Documentarian Mark Bone, nomadic filmmaker Brandon Li, and the creative crew at Cinecom.net have a bunch of fun, easy-to-try ideas with things lying around the house:
DIY filmmakers Philip Bloom and Brady Bessette suggests using your time at home to practice your lighting on the most patient subject possible:
A roundup of lighting effects using a projector:
Rear Project Things
Why not build your own sound library, which you can use forever? You could begin with capturing and manipulating realistic or hyper-real sounds…
… or avoid naturalism altogether, and experiment with completely unexpected or otherworldly sounds:
A great way to learn (and improve your own) film-making is to recreate scenes from movies you love, or create stories using only stock footage – and have some fun with it:
Take a cue from Colour Palette Cinema and others, by freeze-framing your favourite movies and breaking down the colours they use…
… or analyze their colour grading, and apply it to your own footage:
VFX with Things
Ordinary objects can be made to look extraordinary with careful polishing in post-production:
A guide to recreating space battles from Star Wars – at home, and with no CGI:
How To Get Started
Here’s a roundup of tutorials on how to get set up to shoot narrative or talking-head videos by yourself:
Remember: have fun!