WEDDING SEASON SALE! 30% Off Training Systems!

Your content will be up shortly. Please allow up to 5 seconds
Tips & Tricks

50 Quick Filmmaking Tips and Tricks

By Hanssie on July 16th 2015

My brother spent a boatload of money and many years on his education  to get a masters degree in filmmaking and cinematography. And though he is quite talented, I think he’s still paying off his massive student loans. I just watched the 7-minute video below and I think I’m ready to fire up the ol’ camera and make my first Oscar-winning movie. (Just kidding, little bro).


If you’re an independent filmmaker or looking to become one, the following video from DSLR Guide is a great place to start. To celebrate reaching 50k subscribers, host Simon Cade shares fifty of his tips and tricks that he learned in his years of filmmaking. Having made his first film at age 11 (and not looking much older than that!), Simon has lots of knowledge he picked up, learning from trial and error. The video is a mashup of tips on business practice, lighting, sound and general filmmaking tidbits.


From syncing the time on your camera and audio recorder (tip #1) to where to hold the microphone (tip #15) to rigging a boom pole with a piece of string (tip #44), this video has all sorts of info, so grab a notepad before you press play and write down your favorite tips! One tip I really liked was tip #20, “Never buy a camera that costs more than your audio or lighting gear.” Simon says that the camera itself matters less than what is behind and before it. That really falls in line with our philosophy behind our Photography 101 Workshop where we use entry level gear to create amazing imagery. Check it out here and then grab your notepad to watch the video below.

What are your favorite quick filmmaking tips? Comment below!

This site contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links, however, this does not impact accuracy or integrity of our content.

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

Please or register to post a comment.

  1. Hassanien Moawad

    Great tips

    | |
  2. | |
  3. Brandon Dewey

    thanks for sharing

    | |