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3 tips to make your next movie more cinematic

We all want our recordings to look and feel cinematic. But how do we do that?

Who doesn’t love free tips to improve their next movie? Well, we have some that use all kinds of devices, from things that might be in your house to high-end ones that have been in your shopping cart for a while.

In this video by Learn video online, let’s learn some DIY tricks and tips, and some more expensive and professional tips that can help improve your next movie for the cinematic quality we all know and love. Check out the video below, then we’ll dive deeper into it.

Smooth camera movement

If you want to replicate the sleek Hollywood style of footage, try a gimbal.

Gimbals come in so many different styles and sizes, from a smartphone gimbal to a DSLR to a mirrorless gimbal. Every gimbal you use will reduce camera shake. So how do you know which one to use? Well, you can check out our equipment guide on this topic to get started.

The smartphone gimbal will be the cheaper option. The more professional option will be the Zhiyun Smooth-X 2s. It gives your shot the perfect Hollywood feel and pretty much eliminates camera shake. Overall, we prefer that DJI RS 2.

If you need a crane-like mount, attach the gimbal to a light tripod.

Sliders are another must-have. This is another way to create the sleek style your movie needs. Online video learning promotes a mini hand slide that easily fits in a backpack. The nice thing about a hand sander is that you get exactly the movement you are looking for and you don’t need any batteries. The disadvantage is that the manual slide requires some skill.

If you’re alone and don’t have the hand slide skills, a motorized one works just as well. The motorized slider is perfect for solo shoots and provides a little more movement. Most motorized sliders are great for heavier cameras and can be controlled through an app on your phone.


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Find the right lighting

Light is the holy grail of cinema. Without the perfect lighting, the actors and actresses would cast harsh shadows on their faces and the entire shot would look boring. To create a shot with depth, it is important to get the best possible lighting.

The best and free option is the sun. Remember, the time of day is super important. The best time to take pictures in daylight is the golden hour (sunrise or sunset). This makes for excellent lighting that adds depth to your recording and bathes the entire recording in a nice warm, golden color.

Practical light – such as lamps, candles or LED lights – offers great light for indoor shootings. You can move these lights to create a mood that suits the shot. For a trendy look, try using tube lights to create a neo-noir feel.

Looking for a more expensive option, try a good set of LED video lights with a short box. Beware, if you go for the cheaper option, you may get a shade of green or magenta to the video that requires color grading in post-production.


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The proof is in the works

There are many elements in filmmaking that make a shot look cinematic, but the editing is like the icing on the cake. There are so many little details to add to your shot after filming.

One way to do this is to increase the ratio. Films made for the theater are shot at a ratio of 2.35: 1. To replicate this, add two black bars to the video. It seems simple, but the differences are drastic.

Another way to cinematic the mood, style, and feel of your movie is with color grading. You can color-grade each shot or download software that quickly designs the entire scene for you.

If you don’t have enough footage and music to fill the scene, add stock footage. Drone shots of the landscape and some music can fill a scene and add more depth and mood to your movie.


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All of these tips will help make your movie feel more cinematic and ready to be projected onto the big screen!

Which tip would you like to try out in your next film? Let us know below!

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