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Welcome to Episode 1 of the Behind the Scenes
series of my short film “Coming Home.” Hey everyone, Camber here back with you, and
today we are talking about starting the filmmaking process by coming up with an idea for a story. And if you’re new here, this channel is all
about teaching you how to use your camera to make good videos so consider subscribing. Oh, and if you haven’t seen the film yet,
go to my other page, Camber Films, check out the video, and then come back here and watch
the behind the scenes series. It’s always been helpful for me to see behind
the scenes footage of films to help me understand the reasons behind why things were filmed
the way they were. And if you do the same thing, let me know
if the comments below. And so with this short film, I wanted to make
a behind the scenes documentary of how I went about filming from the concept stages all
the way through exporting and sharing the video. But one of the hardest parts of the process
is coming up with an idea for your film, but once you do get that idea, its typically going
to be stuck in your head until you start the filming process. And so when you are trying to come up with
ideas, one of the easiest things to do is just to pick a subject that you already know
a lot about and then find a way to make it relatable. And that’s what I did with this film. I travel a lot with my job, and I miss my
family because I have to be away from them. And family is something that’s relatable to
everyone. So there I had my basic concept of being away
from family and coming home to see them. And then I figured the easiest way to convey
this message that a lot of people could relate to and understand was coming home from a long
deployment. So now once you get started, its really easy
to start getting all these grand ideas of locations and shots for your film. You’ll imagine your film being this great
blockbuster because of these great ideas you have. But really, all you have is this location
and then this type of gear and no crew. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done
this so let me know down in the comments if you’ve done the same thing. But something to keep in mind is if you keep
waiting for the right gear or make it super complicated with tons of locations and lots
of actors, then chances are you’re going to just keep putting it off because you think
you need to have the best of everything before you start filming, and then it’ll never get
done. And that’s what happened to me with this film
because I originally had the idea for it about 5 years ago, and I was trying to set up this
massive shoot with over 100 people involved so it would look like a lot of people were
getting back from a deployment and the whole thing would just look more grand. And I shelved it for about 4 years because
I kept feeling like I needed the next best thing to make it look the best it possibly
could. And what I eventually did was adapt it to
work for me so I could still film it with minimal people while still conveying the central
message. And this is really important to understand
because at my experience level 5 years ago, even if I had pulled of the logistics of that
big shoot, I really doubt the footage would have turned out very well because my experience
level wasn’t very high. So what you need to do, especially when starting
out, is try to plan films that you can shoot solo and possibly in one day so that you can
make mistakes on those small projects. And then when you get to your bigger projects,
you’ll have learned from that. And then you’ll know what you’re doing, people
will trust you, and your films will turn out way better. So once you have your film concept worked
out, the next step in the process for me is determining how many locations and actors
I need in order to make the film work. And then I start working on a shot list and
plan out a shooting schedule, which will all be covered in Episode 2. So stay tuned, and I’ll see you soon.

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