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Beginning to shoot film on your DSLR? This tutorial goes over some practical tips on creating a cinematic look with your DSLR footage. In this video I cover the basic camera settings to achieve a popular style and some effective editing techniques to begin with. Have a read of the comments - some much more qualified people have shared their useful tips!
Something I did not mention is that you can use a neutral-density filter to reduce amount of light entering the camera. This will allow you to shoot with a wide aperture in bright daylight while keeping the exposure correct.
While I mentioned you could overlay an image with black bars to make a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, some filmmakers in the comments suggested it's better to make the project itself the correct ratio so that films display better on ultra-widescreen displays (they are 100% right). You can change this in the composition settings or in the export settings in premiere - for 1080p footage the resolution will then be 1920x810 pixels (rather than 1920x1080). If you still want to use the template to letterbox the video you can download the template here: http://cl.ly/0Z1z390h1E2g
As this film is aimed for absolute beginners - I highly recommend Fenchel & Janisch's more advanced (and more qualified) tutorial: https://youtu.be/pf_3gX_Z6Lo
In the film I am using Adobe Premiere.
I'm currently a third year Computer Science student at UNSW Sydney though I also have a love for filmmaking, electronics and graphic/UX/industrial design.
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