Isolation Challenges: Filming Yourself

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A collection of tips and tricks for filming yourself in isolation.

Cinematographer Danny Gevirtz demonstrates some great ideas to try – even using just the camera in your phone – and that, above all, good visual storytelling is about planning

Rob Ellis spent lockdown turning his YouTube channel into a learn-cinematography-by-filming-yourself business. One miniseries from his ongoing journey is all about Lighting with Colour (playlist):

The Straight 8 Competition challenges filmmakers to shoot on 8mm and edit in-camera (i.e. not edit at all). Create a shot list, and then shoot in story order. Their website has plenty of examples from their own isolation edition – here’s an entry from Edgar Wright:

Further Challenges

You can find a roundup of roundups – shooting, lighting, editing, and VFX isolation challenges – right here: