Free filmmaking resources


This page contains free reference and learning resources for download, aimed at helping you to develop your filmmaking skills using Moviestorm.

Filmmaking e-guides

A range of self-guided e-books, with exercises designed to improve filmmaking skills using Moviestorm.

 

 

 


Making Better Movies with Moviestorm - Volume 1: Basic Camerawork

This book, designed for self-guided study, enables students to develop their skills through filming scenes in several different ways.

Exercises cover common situations such as:

  • Walks
  • Conversations
  • Phone calls

Students are also asked to experiment with filming techniques including:

  • Static vs moving cameras
  • Close-ups
  • Focus
  • Reveals

  

“Spot on. The exercises are set up in a very logical, progressive way.”

James Martin, University of North Texas

 

“Excellent - great for schools and colleges alike. The tone of the writing is perfect - neither patronising or too authoritative.”

Jezz Wright, Blockhouse TV

 

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Making Better Movies with Moviestorm - Volume 2: Staging

Exercises cover common situations such as:

  • Doorways
  • Action scenes
  • Dramatic conversations

Students are also asked to experiment with filming techniques including:

  • Different size sets
  • Using extras
  • Showing the passage of time
  • Deep staging

 

“If someone goes through the book and does the exercises, they're going to come out a better filmmaker, no question”

Hugh Hancock, Guerilla Showrunner

 

“A really good primer for any film student, especially all crammed into 40 pages.”

Andrew Segal, Carshalton College

 

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Making Better Movies with Moviestorm - Volume 3: Sound and Lighting

Exercises cover techniques such as:

  • Ambient noise
  • Working with music
  • Shadows and silhouettes
  • Night-time filming

“A very fine job on sound and lighting.”

Ricky Grove, Machinimator, sound designer and actor

 

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Making Better Movies with Moviestorm - Volume 4: Editing

Exercises cover techniques such as:

  • Split cuts
  • Establishing shots
  • Cutting on action
  • Montage

 

“ Anybody making not just machinima, but any sort of live action or animated films, will benefit from this informative series of books.”

Kate Lee, Chat Noir Studios

 

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The Moviestorm guide to previsualisation 

Previsualisation is a powerful pre-production technique that has the potential to reduce production and post-production costs and also help you make better movies. Some proponents of previsualisation claim that this technique can reduce shooting time by up to 50% and cut post-production time by up to 25%.

 

 

 

 

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Using Moviestorm to create storyboards

Explains the basic process for creating a storyboard from Moviestorm and the key concepts of animatics and storyboards
Identifies two different approaches to animatics and how to choose which is right for you, then explains how to generate your animatic with Moviestorm, and convert it into a storyboard.

 

 

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