From Backyard to Back Lot: Making Films at Home

While people have had more time on their hands at home, some have gotten pretty creative with the camera.  Swedish filmmaker David F. Sandberg made a short horror film called Shadowed, filmed entirely in quarantine. He even made a behind the scenes of Shadowed video that gives a detailed look on how he worked with what he had to create the spooky short. 

Interested in making your own videos, but don't know where to start? Check out some of the digital filmmaking titles we have available through the catalog or browse the catalog for physical materials that you'll be able to place on hold starting June 1st. 

Filmmaking for Dummies is a good starting point for anyone new to filmmaking. Digital Filmmaking 101 is meant for those wanting to make a quality film with little budget, while The Digital Filmmaking Handbook is a comprehensive look at filming in the digital format with advice on making storyboards, creating a set, and post-production work. 

Books like Digital Filmmaking for Kids for Dummies,  Filmmaking for Teens, and Write! Shoot! Edit! are great for kids and young adults who want to try their hand at making a video over summer break. 

Check out hundreds of videos on Lynda that focus on video. You can learn about video editing, filmmaking, lighting, and audio. You can learn to master video software: Lightroom, After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Maya to name a few. You can also follow one of Lynda's Learning Paths, a series of courses that help you advance your skills and career. Become a Video Editor, Become a Motion Graphics Artist, and Become a Film Producer are among the video Learning Paths that are offered. 

Have a filmmaking plan, but don't have the budget? Check out this Kickstarter blog on how to build a fundraising campaign for your film. 

Make your couch into a classroom, and learn all about filmmaking with a little help from Saint Louis Public Library. 

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