Homemade movies are types of motion pictures created by amateur filmmakers. The crew members and actors involved in making homemade movies do not make films professionally. Unlike professional filmmakers, they do not produce homemade movies for the main purpose of making money. They produce homemade movies usually for personal or artistic purposes only. The homemade movies they produce, aside from lacking a theatrical or DVD release, are not sponsored by a production company or a film studio.
What skills are needed in making homemade movies
The two most important skills needed in producing homemade movies are video recording skills and video editing skills. Video recording, in simple terms, is the art of capturing moving images using an electronic device. The electronic device used in video recording include video cameras, camcorders, webcams and mobile phones with built-in cameras. Video recording is the very essence of making homemade movies. You have to learn how to properly operate your chosen electronic device to perfectly capture the shots or angles that you want. Although you can hire a professional video editor to do the work for you, it is always advisable to edit your own homemade movies. You can download a video editing tool from the Internet. Editing video footages is very important in making homemade movies, as this allows you to delete irrelevant sequences, develop important scenes or add necessary captions. Video editing involves other important filmmaking practices such as titling, sound editing and video sequencing.
What to keep in mind when making homemade movies
Homemade movies must be self-explanatory. Some people prefer watching videos over reading books because videos provide a visual representation of characters, settings and events that are only described in books. Great homemade movies are both clear and concise. The effectiveness of homemade movies is rubbed out if they feature elaborate explanations on why this or that happened. Unless your directing a suspense thriller or a mystery film, do not keep your viewers guessing. Homemade movies, alone, must convey the story to the viewers. They are, after all, motion pictures not guessing games.
Where to find homemade movies
Homemade movies, traditionally, are shown in television programs that feature amateur video making competitions. Amateur filmmakers are invited to send in homemade movies that will be judged according to videography, creativity, originality or just comedic quality. The most common source of homemade movies, however, is the Internet. The Internet currently houses several websites that offer a wide collection of homemade movies for both online streaming and personal downloads. Examples of websites that offer homemade movies streaming or downloads are video sharing websites, social networking websites and online communities for artists or filmmakers.