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1).Think about the genre of movie you want to make (e.g.: horror, science fiction, action, drama, fiction, non-fiction, etc.) and watch a couple of similar movies to the one you are trying to make. Don't try to analyze the whole film, remember you're making a short, so look at a couple of scenes and see how they did it.

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2). Write a scene, or first write a story, it's up to you. Sometime a scene can take your imagination where you want to go quicker than trying to say the story in chronological order. Think of one page equal ONE MINUTE of story if your page has at least half page of dialogue.

3). Decide the plot and then write the script.
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4). Make storyboards and a shot list from your script. Planning what shots you want to film will make the shoot go smoother.

5). Cast your film (Find actors).

6). Location scout: find a place and decide on the time to shoot it! Home movies will be relatively spontaneous, but structured films should have a schedule so your cast and crew know when and where to gather.

7). Before your scheduled shoot, get (and test) your equipment. You will need a video camera and tripod, additional microphones, lighting equipment, and spare tapes/discs.

8). Pick out some costumes and makeup for your actors, just to add some idea of who the actors really are in real life or just for the movie, depending on which style your making your movie in (if needed.)

9). Film your movie. The shots you decide to take will make the difference between a "home movie" or a professional looking movie. Some people say to shoot multiple takes from multiple angles because it will be more interesting in the end. As a very general rule, professional filmmakers shoot each scene in a wide shot, medium shot and close up of important elements. Also, the type of shots they decide to take are determined by what feeling or emotion they are trying to convey.

10). Take your footage to your computer - upload the photos/production you shot, and edit it. Cut out the boring parts. Make quick cuts and hold the viewer's interest. Editing between various angles can quickly show multiple things going on in the same scene. Use your editing system's split or razor tool to create smaller clips from multiple shots, and then mix and match. You'll get the hang of it.

11). Add sound effects and music. Make sure that your music flows with what is going on during the movie at that second. Music gives the movie an emotional stance. It changes the audience's emotions which give them a more positive view on your film. You can vary your music, to make the audience feel happy, sad, angry, scared, excited, emotional, and more.

12). Create titles and credits with software like VideoTagger for your actors and crew. You can also include a list of "thank you's" to any organizations that were willing to let you shoot in their establishments.

13). Export to a digital format DVD.

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