This is where it starts to get fun and you will see your imagination come to life

Production and post

Now all your hard work will in pre-production will pay off.

From your shooting schedule will have to develop a call sheet before the start of each filming day this is just to make sure everyone knows what they are doing.

Call sheets

This is how long you plan describing each shot and location with the crew and cast basically a synopsis of the day for all who many need it.


Begin filming and have fun but if you are ever unsure about a shot just reshoot it might be annoying at the time but it will save you a lot of hassle later on.



Keep a pad handy.

For your more complicated scenes, it’s always good to make note of simple things like the way someone’s hair looks, the amount of blood being used and so on. It may slip your mind at the time, but these tiny things can throw a viewer out of your film a way to keep track is by taking a photograph at the start of a scene and using it as a reference when you are unsure.

Ins and outs of post production

In Hollywood time is money some editing is split up into

Picture edit

 Audio syncing


Color correction

Sfx editing

Sound design


but if you are like me and don’t have money to throw at all these you can work your way through them yourself in your own time.

Picture edit

First you need some software to edit on, An Apple mac does have free programs but there not very good. My advice to you would be get your hands on adobe creative suit this has everything you will need in it. First you have premier an audio and video editing software. To work on it you drag all
your media (label before starting) into your media browser. Look through your footage and make note of the shots to use.

Below is a tutorial that explains project settings if you used a DSLR in filming go to the DSLR folder and set it as 1080p 25 (UK if American set to 30)


Audio syncing

Once you have your picture edit finished time to sort out that sound.

If you have used a clapperboard during filming this should be easy. Make a new sequence and label it audio. You have to work through every piece of footage separately copy a clip into the audio sequence and drag the left hand side out fully. DO NOT TOUCH THE RIGHT HAND SIDE!!!, now find the audio file that named the same as the video one. Double click the video and look through the footage until you see the clapperboard close on that frame ether place a marker or cut it to there, now you go to the start of the footage you should be able to roughly hear where the board closes and once you have found that zoom into the audio and you will see the spike go to the frame ether on the spike, or just after it and ether place a marker or crop to there. Now line up the audio and the picture, select all and right click you will see the option to link footage. Rewatch to make sure everything is ok then copy and paste it into the end of your first sequence. Drag the file to directly above your original and make the ends meet then move the left side to fit and delete the file below.

This process is monotonous but once you get the hang of it, it speeds up, repeat then move on.


Colour correction

If you filmed your film correctly then colour correction might not take that long, just some fine tuning.

Within premier there are several effects that you can use for colour correcting, the easiest is to go to fast colour and there should be an icon like the kind you would come across in paint, which allows you to select a colour from on your screen use this and select something that should be white and it should correct it. That is the basic’s some films have lots of the colours changed to give it different dramatic feels this is just make the shots look more normal. (if there are multiple clips that need the same thing done to them you can copy and paste the settings from before into the desired clip)

If you want to spend a lot of time on colour correcting there is free software called DIVINCIE RESSOLVE that is used for advanced colour correction.


Sound design

Sound is a critical part to build atmosphere


If you have friends who you can get to make music for your piece, this is great but if not it gets a bit harder because of copyright laws. You can look up copy right free music but most stock footage is quite bad I did however find a good web site called royalty free kings they do have conditions for most of there music but here is a site that doesn’t  . The website has music you can buy ranging in price, but it also has a section for free music which is quite varied there only rule is that if you use it you must put a link into your film in reference to their web site.

Sound effects or Foley like gun shots or clocks can be found on the internet, to be safe you can always make your own most sound effects can be made with an everyday object and a mic.



There are so many exporting choices but you choice the one best suit for what you want to do with your film. I would use H.264 at 1080p this is an all-round good export, good quality and good for uploading to the internet.


Hope these have helped you through your first film, you can only read so much so go make your film and learn from your mistakes if there is anything I have left out on these 3 blogs please make sure to comment.

Also check out my blog on equipment to get a further understanding on how to film your first movie.