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Attention, Filmmakers: Essential DIY Tips

Attention, Filmmakers: Essential DIY Tips

So much of DIY filmmaking involves doing research to find out what’s worked for other filmmakers. We’ve compiled some handy low-budget tips for DIY filmmakers (many of them courtesy of DIY filmmaking guru Joey Shanks).

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This Cinematographer Created An Incredible DIY Camera Rig: While shooting “Singapore Sling,” DP Ivan Rodrigues designed a camera rig for around $100. Read how and why he did it (and be safe out there!).

DIY or DIE: 10 No Budget Filmmaking Musts: It’s easy to spend money in the wrong places when shooting your own film. These 10 tips will help you keep costs down while getting the shots you want.

How to Create the ‘Film Noir’ Look With No Budget: This tutorial shows aspiring film noir directors how to create the famous and distinctive lighting style on a budget. 

Here’s How to Light Your Film Using an IKEA Trash Can: In this handy video tutorial, David F. Sandberg shows how he shot his short horror film “Not So Fast” using a trash can from IKEA and other household items.

Here’s How to Create the Magic Behind Cloud Tanks: In a new web video courtesy of PBS Digital Studios and Shanks FX, special effects guru Joey Shanks highlights the process behind cloud tanks.

How to Re-Create the ‘Interstellar’ Black Hole: In honor of Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar,” Joey Shanks shows how to recreate the film’s black hole with all “In-Camera” elements.

How to Use Front Screen Projection: The video instructs viewers on how to use Front Screen Projection, the technique Kubrick used for the “Dawn of Man” segment of his masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

Here’s How to Find What You Need for Your Indie Production at a Thrift Shop: Thrift shops are filled with many great items that can serve as filmmaking tools.

How to Shoot Your Film Using Flashlights: Joey Shanks shows other DIY filmmakers how to create special effects using household objects such as flashlights.

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